Tech & Media Mashup

Edition 6- December 2015

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

As part of the RSS Strategic plan, we are expected to implement a digital citizenship curriculum at every grade level. At Millbridge, we are going to make this happen with some teamwork! Guidance, Technology, and Media are going to team up with the classroom teachers to implement the RSS Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Please join the Schoology RSS Elementary Digital Citizenship group ASAP and begin looking at the curriculum for your grade level. (code: 9ZT8C-Q62WM) Out of the 18 lessons per grade level, the classroom teacher will only have to teach approximately 9 because the rest will be taught by support staff. Remember, every lesson is ALREADY CREATED and all resources needed are PROVIDED! After Christmas, we will go over the lessons (which ones support staff will teach and which ones are left for the teachers) in your PLT meeting.

iPad Consequences

If you haven't shared our iPad Consequences form with parents yet, please do it before we leave for Christmas break. The most updated form is kept in our MBES Schoology group under Resources in the Technology folder. You can share it by email or class dojo. It does not need to be signed unless you are sending a hard copy home after a student has broken a rule. When that happens, don't forget to put a copy of the form in my box.

Hour of Code

Mrs. Sloop and I have had the most fun this week introducing coding to your students! We have had every class from K-5 participate in Hour of Code! It has been so awesome to see the kids getting so into it! Every day I have had students from K-2 up to 3-5 come to me and show me how they've been coding at home, too! The students are using higher level thinking skills and the 5 C's to work through the levels. I hope you will continue to incorporate this! Below are some of the resources we've used:


  • code.org (lots of coding tutorials for the students to complete--best for grades 3-5)
  • Scratch Jr. (app)
  • Lightbot (app)
  • Daisy the Dinosaur (app)
  • The Foos (app and on web browser)
  • BrainPOP

BrainPop is Here!

You can access the basic school account by going to Brainpop.com and using millbridgeelem as the username and pop1 as the password, but I would HIGHLY suggest creating an educator account. This will allow you to set up your class and give you access to neat features and tools such as Quiz Mixer. Below are the steps for creating your educator account.

  1. Go to Brainpop.com
  2. Go to the top where it says Enter Code and enter this: VSKJ5339
  3. Next enter in your information on the registration page.
  4. Check your email for your account activation link.
  5. Copy and paste the link into your browser to activate your account. (The text on your email may look strange, but just copy and paste the link and it will work.)
  6. Now you can log in and begin creating your class.

DE Spotlight: Virtual Field trips

How would you like to be able to give your students authentic learning experiences beyond the walls of the classroom, in some of the world's most famous locations, without any budget restraints? Well, you can do that with Discovery Educations Virtual Field Trips!

I would love to join your class for these trips and/or help you plan them. Just let me know!


You can search virtual field trips by subject, grade level, or theme. Here are just a few examples:


  • Connect With Weather: Virtual Field Trip With Meteorologist Mark Elliot
  • Kilimanjaro Expedition
  • A Virtual Field Trip From the Museum of Science
  • North America: Meet the Animals
  • Education Station: Pearl Valley Farm



Follow this link to find out more!


http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Events/virtual-field-trips/explore/index.cfm?campaign=flyout_teachers_virtual_field_trips

From Mrs. Sloop...

Coming very soon to a media center near you!

As you know, last year, media centers across the district began renovation projects to transform library spaces in order to better meet the needs of today's learners. We began phase one of our project with our furniture additions and words on our dome area. The inspirational words that were chosen: question, wonder, ask, explore, create, imagine, inquire, reflect, think, share, discover, connect, and READ are all words that reflect upon the actions that we hope to see our students engaging in on a daily basis. Media centers and libraries are natural places for these actions to occur, but one way to encourage these actions is through makerspaces. Makerspaces are a fairly new movement in schools, libraries and communities, but are basically spaces filled with materials and equipment that allows users to gather, create, invent, tinker and explore. One of the neat aspects of a makerspace is that it can be fluid, changing and evolving to match the needs of the school and the curriculum.

As part of our renovations last year, the computer tables were refurbished to provide workspace for this type of learning. Our goal is to start with an introductory space that includes Legos, Duct Tape creations, a Makey Makey invention kit, and even just plain craft type supplies. We hope to even have materials that could be checked out for whole classes to use.

So as we come back from Christmas break and start getting our makerspace up and going, you may see all kinds of learning, doing and making going on in the media center. And yes, this is a new concept for us. But we're excited and eager to meet the challenges that have been set before us by Dr. Moody and out district leaders.