NBPS Technology Newsletter
NBMS Wax Sculpture Garden
#NJSTEMTogether Communities Challenge
This is an annual challenge for New Jersey high school students to come together and design a solution for a problem that their community is facing. The guiding question for this year’s challenge was, "How can the students help make their community more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goal #11)." The students' proposal was to build a bridge over the railroad that crosses New Brunswick (Van Dyke to Reed St.) in order to make the community more affordable, resilient, sustainable, and accessible.
Livingston's Flipgrid Championship
Livingston School and the Library Media Specialist, Mr. Rivera, would like to congratulate their Flipgrid Reading Champions for Grades K-5. The students competed to make the most engaging and creative video reviews utilizing Flipgrid. In five months, the students created over 1100 videos that were reviewed and condensed to a little over 800. There was a winner for every Grade Level K-5. There was one Grand Champion.
The rules were simple:
1. Introduce yourself - Say your name
2. Say the title of your book - Show your book
3. Why did you like the book? - Show your favorite parts of the book
4. Would you recommend the book to other students? - Will your friends like the book?
5. Say Bye, See You Next Time
Students figured out all the intricate features of Flipgrid from graphics, music, screencasting, etc. They became producers of their own content, which was amazing. Overall, students had to utilize critical thinking skills to explore, design, and create their content while exploring the app itself.
Click here to view the presentation and access the Flipgrids to enjoy the videos.
Congratulations to all the champions!
First ever ZebraTalk!
Mr. Peralta shared his inspiring story and how he overcame challenges in finding his passion. His story is one of determination and resilience. We look forward to many more NBPS alumni joining our Zebra Talks and connecting with our students.
Tech-Tip for Teachers!
Pageless Feature on GoogleDocs
"You can now experience a new way to work with documents that is built for the screen! Pageless format allows you to remove the boundaries of a page to create an infinite surface to work on.
In this setting, there are no page breaks, images adjust to your screen size, and wide tables are viewable by scrolling left and right. Line breaks for text will adjust to screen size and as you zoom in and out.
Within a document, navigate to File > Page setup to switch between pages (the default format) and pageless (the new format). Changes to this setting are document-specific: everyone who interacts with your document will see it, but changing the setting for one document won’t impact other documents you own.
For pageless documents, you can choose a personal custom text width of narrow, medium, or wide. This setting will apply to all pageless documents you view, but won’t affect what other users see. The default setting is narrow text width, and you can change it by navigating to View > Text width while on a pageless document.
Some features are not available on pageless docs: columns, page numbers, headers and footers, page breaks, etc. If your document contains elements like footnotes, headers and footers, or watermarks, and it is converted to pageless, those elements will not be visible. To view the content again, switch the document setup back to pages." (Google)
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