Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SoundTrap and App Smashing!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you're on track right now, here's what you have finished and shared correctly on your portfolio:

1. A screencast from the coding activities, and a flipgrid to go with it.

2. A screencast reviewing an Android App, and a flipgrid to go with it.

3. Updated portfolio pages including: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and 3D Design.

If you've got those things finished, most kids have been working on one of the following ideas:

Social Studies: Getting this page started is easy. Check out BrainPop Social Studies or any of the iCivics games for a fun start! Here's a tutorial for the game called "Win The White House." Here's a link to all of the iCivics games. 

3D Design: 3D Printing blew up in The Lab last week. We've been working on an entire 3D Printing page here on the blog!

Need some motivation? Watch this.

...And, as always, Music is a big hit. Lately, kids have been using the SoundTrap Android App. If you haven't done your App Screencast, you could use SoundTrap! They've discovered video collaboration, custom loop sharing, and App Smashing. Can you figure out how to use something you create with another Android App in SoundTrap? The best one I've found so far is Remixitlive. Find it in the Play Store, and learn more here.

Need some motivation? Watch this.


Make sure that your work gets shared correctly on your portfolio!

~ Mr. Moore

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome back! I hope you had plenty of time to relax over break with friends and family.

This week, we're going to start back nice and easy.

So far, there are two required assignments for your report cards - the coding screencast, and the Android App screencast. We won't add any new assignments this week.

You also have some new required pages (15!) for your portfolio. Read this post carefully!

Today, get your new pages made, and make sure they each have some writing (at the very least, a short paragraph...)

PS - The line for getting something 3D Printed continues to grow! To get your thing printed, check out the new 3D Printing page here on the blog! Curious how you could do 3D Printing as your job? Check out this video!

~ Mr. Moore

Monday, December 18, 2017

To Do: Before Break

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here are the things you definitely want to finish before you go on break. This way, life in The Lab is nice and easy when you get back! #lablife

1. Respond to your coding buddy! They used the Visitor FlipGrid to say thanks for their time in The Lab, and you can find your buddy and respond directly to them. If you can't find your buddy, pick a kid you know, or a kid with no response, and let them know you had a great time working with them!

2. Make sure you have the coding screencast on your Portfolio with writing about what you learned and a link to the tool you worked with. Also, make sure your Coding FlipGrid is complete and posted.

3. Please have an Android App screencast on your Portfolio with writing and a link. Your screencast should be a review of the app. Let us know what is great about it, as well as anything you'd like to see improved. Make sure you add your ideas to the Android App FlipGrid, including any apps you'd like to be able to learn or create with that aren't in the McGlone App Store yet!

4. Share Settings: I keep finding so many things that aren't shared correctly on your Portfolios. Go through your Portfolio with a friend's account or the share station to check that things are published and shared correctly! 

5. If the first four items are complete, enjoy a choice! Consider one of the Android Apps for your choice! There are some great music and art creation apps you can choose, and I'm still looking for suggestions! Can you use a tool to make someone a holiday gift?

~ Mr. Moore

PS - Looking for some new games to play, or "experiments" to do over the break at home? Check here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Android Apps on a Chromebook?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Your Chromebooks here in the lab should now have access to some new Android Apps! These are the same apps Android phones use.

We are trying to decide which Android apps we should be installing on our Chromebooks. You can find some great ones, like Toontastic 3D, which lets you draw, animate, record, and create your own 3D cartoons!

Your job is to create a screencast in which you can show why we should use one of the currently available Android Apps.

Some questions to consider...

1. How/why is the Android App better than the website we've already been using?

2. How is this Android App helpful for students, teachers, or learners?

3. Can this Android App do something we couldn't do before?

In case you are not finding the new Apps, check out this video.

When you're ready to share your thinking, Use this FlipGrid! Click the Green Plus to get started!

PS - For my kids who really read carefully, here's a list of approved YouTube videos to things we have, or tools you have access to... Thanks for reading carefully!

1. SoundTrap - Music
2. Makey-Makey - Inventing
3. Explain Everything - Describing anything or Teaching
4. Tinkercad - 3D Printing/Design
5. 3Doodler & 3DSimo - 3D Pens
6. StickBot - Beginning Green Screen

~Mr. Moore

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hour of Code!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This week, I'm starting with the WHY?
As in, "Why are we doing this, Mr. Moore?"

The best answers come from kids. So, here are a couple of them.

Jonathan Buchanan (Age 10. CEO, and Apple App Designer/Coder)
Krish Mehra (Also an App Coder and Designer)

In classrooms, libraries, homes and all sorts of other places around the world, this week is Computer Science Education Week - also known as #CSEdWeek!

Check out this video, called What Schools Don't Teach, or watch The Hour of Code is Here to learn more. Maybe you'd prefer Coding with Stephen Curry (With headphones, of course!)

This week, I'll definitely be looking at your Technology or Coding Page before you make other choices.

One of the best ways to share your coding work is with a screencast! Ask a friend if you need help.

Pro Tip: Make your entire Screencastify Google Drive Folder is shared as "Public On The Web" so that all of your screencasts are automatically shared correctly on your portfolio.

The largest collection of coding activities can be found here, at the actual Hour of Code website.

Pro Tip: clicking some choices to help get the best options - I recommend "Computers," "Self-led tutorial," and "Grades 2-5."

Also, you can feel free to choose anything from the pink section of the Choices Page, here on the blog, because all of these choices involve coding.

To get to your choices, you'll need a coding screencast with writing about what you learned on your portfolio. You will also need to complete a FlipGrid sharing what you learned. Click the green plus below to get started on the FlipGrid!

When you are finished, if you'd like to go to other choices, we will share your work (including your FlipGrid!) on one of big screens! This means that it must be on your Portfolio and shared correctly!

Thanks for your great work! I can't wait to see it and share it!

~ Mr. Moore

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Reflections from Grading Portfolios...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I had a great time looking at every page of every portfolio over the break! I want to give everyone some general advice for success in the second trimester.

You can receive up to four different grades in this class. You are scored specifically on the following:

1. Effort - 4, 3, 2, or 1. Four is the highest score.

2. Academic Content - Everyone receives a score of "GL" which stands for Grade Level. This means you are being taught skills which are on grade level.

3. Standard: Uses digital resources effectively and creatively - This is scored from 4 to 1 and it is based on the work I see on your portfolio. Make sure there is student-created work on each page of your portfolio that represents your learning in each class!

4. Standard: Uses digital resources to collaborate and communicate with others - This is also scored from 4 to 1. It is based on the writing and evidence of collaboration I see on your portfolio. Make sure that you are always writing about what you are learning!

If you'd like to learn more about each page and what should be on it, please check out this post!

~ Mr. Moore

Monday, November 13, 2017

Report Cards!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I'd like to make sure a couple things get done.

1. I'd love to make sure you get a chance to share your portfolio and check your share settings so your report card grade is the grade you actually deserve. Please use the share station! Also, If you get the new badges, there's a badge for sharing! If you need help with ideas for each page, check this post out!

2. A friend named Dee Lanier is looking for a real-world problem to solve during the holidays this year. He's a big thinker who knows how to get people working together. What problem would you love to see solved in the world this holiday season? Share it with him using this FlipGrid. Here's an example Smashboard he made to help Veterans on Veterans' Day! If FlipGrid isn't your jam, use this slideshow instead.

3. If you've shared your portfolio, and everything is looking great, you might want to take a shot at coding your own Google Logo.

4. Check out some Soundtrap videos... I've added everyone to Soundtrap using Google Classroom, and I can't wait to see what you create! I also came across this video, which shares how C-Threep makes a live recording and mixes it down to sound just right!


~ Mr. Moore

Friday, November 10, 2017

Johnnie's Video

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I had to share this! We had our Cardboard Challenge already, but there is plenty of cardboard to work with here in The Lab!

If you need some motivation or inspiration, look below, or click the link to check out this video!

~ Mr. Moore

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

If You'd Like to do Some Thanksgiving Learning...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you're interested in learning about Thanksgiving, maybe you'd like to try an interactive art job, or share your learning in another way.

Here are some resources you might want to check out for your Thanksgiving learning...

1. BrainPop - Use the quiz or a screencast of you playing a Thanksgiving Game to share your learning!

2. Flocabulary - Make a Soundtrap and add your own "Thanksgiving" lyrics!

3. Interactive Drawing - Use Mr. Ferlazzo's Thanksgiving List, like we did for Halloween!

4. National Geographic Kids - A great resource for you to learn more...

5. National Geographic (Not Kids!) - Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Also, check out the Sharing Station! It includes a touchscreen Chromebox, it's built by students who wanted to share, and it's ready for you!

If you haven't played with SeeSaw, you might want to give it a try. Sign in with Google, then use the class code on the chart on the wall. Try an "Activity" and add it to their blog using the "Globe Icon."


~ Mr. Moore

Monday, November 6, 2017

Line Rider

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Have you ever played Line Rider? If so, I'd like to learn more from you! I saw this amazing video, and I'd love to create some great music projects, or if you have an even better idea, I'd love to give it a try! This person spent a month working, but it's so amazing!

~ Mr. Moore