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Tips for 1:1 iPad Integration - April 28, 2015

End of the Year Tech Activities

STEM Challenge Week - May 11-15

As we near the end of the school year and we know our children are getting burnt out on regular school work, let's spend a week working on some STEM challenges. Remember that our goal throughout the entire week is to challenge kids to think and solve problems without teachers having to spend any money! Here are all of the details you need to know:



  1. Paper Airplane Challenge - due Tuesday at recess time. Have your students design and build paper airplanes out of any materials you choose (magazine pages, newspaper, cereal boxes, etc.) Have a class plane throwing contest and pick the student who has the plane that flies the furthest. During your recess time on Tuesday, I will be out on the blacktop to measure distances to decide on school-wide winners.
  2. Things That Roll Challenge - due Thursday at lunch time. Have your students design and build things that roll out of recycled and found materials. Again have a classroom contest to find the vehicle that rolls the furthest. I will be on the stage in the cafeteria to measure how far your class' best vehicle rolls and find school-wode winners.
  3. Amazing Tower Challenge - photos due by noon on Friday. Build an amazing tower out of recycled and found items. It might be the tallest tower, the most beautiful tower, or the most creative tower. This may be done in small groups or as an entire class, but please be sure it is 100% student created. Send your photos to me by noon on Friday. Winners will be selected by a blind panel and announced the following Monday.



There are ideas and suggestions for all 3 challenges on the Chapman Pinterest page. Also watch the morning news next week for some tips and suggestions. AND I have lots of donated materials in my classroom which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Keyboarding Practice

I think we can all agree that our students need to practice their keyboarding skills. Below are some links to free keyboarding exercises (or free trials) that you can use during computer lab time as we come to the end of the year.

Edmodo Practice

Since all of the students in the school are a part of the Chapman Media Center group, and many of the grade levels said students need practice moving things from Edmodo into the appropriate app and back again, I will begin posting some challenges during the week of May 18. Some will be for specific grade levels and all will have directions and due dates included. Challenge your students to complete as many as possible during that week in order to be named Edmodo Champion!

Reminders for Teachers

Digital Citizenship

Our list of Common Sense Certified teachers keeps growing! Congrats to Mrs. Keenan. And our school certification just came through this week. If you are still waiting to teach that last lesson or 2 so you can get your certification, there is no time like the present.


Please let me know if I can help you pick out a last lesson or two to teach so we can reach our goal of 100% certification by Common Sense.

Ed Tech

Ed Tech is moving to Charleston this fall and that means travel becomes a lot more expensive. If you want a chance at being able to attend, get your proposals in! Only the lead presenter is given free conference registration, so presenting on your own is a good idea. The link to that form is below!

Chapman Elementary

As always, I am here to help you integrate technology into your lessons. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.