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

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ThingLink Whaaaaa?!

Hi Friends, Ms. Raleigh here!

I'm with Mr. Whitfield & Mr. Moore in a session at #edtechteam Google Summit and this presenter reminded me of a super cool tool you might want for interactive pictures. It's called ThingLink (use code: XVRCA3). Would you check it out & give your feedback by commenting on this blog post or making a FlipGrid, please?!

💜 Reporter Raleigh, out!

Reporting (Almost) Live from the Google Summit...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here's the Blogger Resource.

Please take a moment to check out some of our students' favorite pages.

Portfolios - If you find some great examples, share their links in the comments to this post! Then shout them out on our FlipGrid Page!

Old(er) student blogs from days past... But amazing as portfolios. Check out the way their labels work.

Badging: Mr. Sharpe is doing a session all about how our badging system works - Here's our badge page!

Also, please take a moment to share some of your favorite student and teacher blogs as Flipgrids or comments here on the blog!

Finally, help share student voice! Use the hashtag #comments4kids (even w/o a Twitter account!)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31st... Plus a secret message

EDIT: It's no longer Halloween, but it's still Dia de los Muertos for today! Learn more (or find a cool link for your interactive drawing here.)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the bottom of this post is a post script message I really hope you read.

If you are interested in learning more about this day, continue on with this post. If not, please go ahead and move on down to the post script below, and the the blog post which will help you with your Guestbook and some Coding activities for today.


If you'd like to learn Halloween things, read on.

Mr. Ferlazzo's Picks: All sorts of the most amazing resources for learning about Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. (The Day of the Dead)

BrainPop: Learn about Halloween

Candy Corn Explained

Halloween Coding with Tynker

...Or with

You could also create something Halloween-ey with Canva, Google Drawings, or the tool of your choice.

~ Mr. Moore

PS (Post-Script) - We also tried to make interactive, secret-hidden-link Real+Google Drawings... Here's a link to my not-too-great example. Yours can teach us about anything you want. It doesn't have to be Halloween.

Also -

This weekend, many of your favorite teachers (Raleigh, Sharpe, Mazzella, Moore, Whitfield) will be sharing your portfolio work with almost one thousand teachers at a giant conference in Boulder, Colorado. If you'd like to make sure we know your work is ready, please do the following:

1. Make sure the things on your portfolio are shared correctly, and that your portfolio is on the list. You'll definitely want to make sure your guestbook is on point.

2. Use the Portfolio Shout-out Flipgrid! Make sure you've already copied a link to the best page of the portfolio you're shouting out! You can shout out anyone, including yourself! :) If you need help, PLEASE ask!

3. We're looking for great examples of Badging, Music, and Anything ELSE you are really proud of!

4. Share your work and get feedback right here in the Lab. A student built a new sharing station (she just finished sharing in the very beginning of the video above.) It's a giant TV in the Lab with a yellow marker table. Bring a friend over, and come check it out.

4. Thank you. Your work will really make a difference for some students after this weekend. It's actually a very, very, BIG deal.