Ms. Hester's kindergarten class grabbed their iPads today and went for a walk to capture the beautiful signs of Spring. After photographing our gorgeous school grounds, they created PicCollages to show off their work. What a wonderful way to SPRING back from our BREAK!
In this student initiated design challenge (similar to the Global Cardboard Challenge invented by the then 9 year-old Caine Monroy of Caine's Arcade challenge) Ms. Osofsky's students constructed a marvelous maze of handmade cardboard arcade games.
After studying classic arcade games, they applied the engineering process and designed, tested, re-tested, tinkered and re-tinkered their ideas in order to construct foosball, pinball, claw games, strategy games, bowling, plinko, whack-a-mole and so much more!
Students had to pitch their games to parents, students and teachers explaining the design process, bumps along the way and how they came up with their ideas. I was lucky enough to receive a golden ticket and play the ball toss game. I even won some hand-drawn prizes! Way to CREATE, COLLABORATE, and LAUNCH your great ideas!
Ms. Wright's kindergartners sure do have the "write stuff!" Ms. McLaughlin, our Instructional Coach, and Ms. Wright teamed-up in Writers' Workshop to study how text and illustrations work together to tell a story. First, they carefully studied and noticed choices that real illustrators make when writing books. Then they created noticing charts to anchor their observations of mentor texts. They learned that real authors and illustrators plan their work and each child created a 4-Square planning sheet to start the writing process. Using the planning sheet, the students began authoring their own books. Ms. Wright and Ms. McLaughlin conferred with each student during Writers' Workshop time. Students added their very own illustrations using techniques from their author and illustrator study. Ms. Ricketson, our Ed Tech, and classroom parent helpers joined the creation process by helping each child photograph and narrate their published work via Shadow Puppet Edu. Above you will find just a few examples of their incredible books!. To celebrate being real authors and illustrators, Ms. Wright invited special Bridge Point guests to showcase their published work. Write on, kindergartners!
Looking to change things up a bit? Need an alternative to Kahoot or Socrative? Then Quizizz is for you! Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot, with a few key differences. Quizizz questions and answers can be projected and are displayed on student devices. Students can work at their own pace or work as a class. There is even a Quizizz's app! Check out this guide for more information. Thanks to Ashley Pampe, Barton Creek's Ed Tech for this week's hAPPy Friday!
Check out this year's EEF video for the 2017 Silver Celebration Gala Opening. You just might see some BPE friends!
hAPPy Friday! Adobe Spark Video, formerly Adobe Voice, is a simplified video editing tool that can include pictures, up to 30 seconds of video, narration and a soundtrack. You can trim clips easily and add several themes. Videos are posted online and can be save to the the camera roll. Teachers could use this app to create a video newsletter, directions for small group instruction including videos for stations, centers and/or workshops. Happy video-creating!
This week's app is free on the App Store and is in SS K-5 in EISD. Overdrive is a valuable resource for checking out eBooks and professional quality audiobooks for free using your Westbank or Austin Public Library card numbers. A step-by-step guide for setting up the app is here. The guide HERE gives you many possible uses for this app in your classroom and with some IEP, it could be very useful as well. Thanks to Tanna Fiske, Ed Tech at Cedar Creek Elementary for this week's hAPPy Friday app!
Happy Valentine's Day from Ms. Wright's Love Monsters animated via the Chatter Pix Kids app!
Check out some pictures from yet another fabulous Science Day that took place on Friday, January 27th! Science Day is where students get the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of community members who really dig science and are willing provide a half-day of hands-on learning for our K-5 students. Thank you so much to our parents, caregivers and our community for providing such an amazing experience for our students!
It's gotta be the 100th day of school when you see 5 year olds dressed as if they were 100! Our old-fashioned 5 years olds brought smiles to everyone's faces today as they celebrated the 100th day of school. For even more fun, our teachers used the Aging Booth app to age their kindergartners all the way to 100!
All across the district, elementary schools were given S.T.E.A.M materials for each grade level right before winter break. Those materials included a Dash robot. Thanks to Eanes Elementary's Ed Tech, Debbie Smith for creating this handout and video to help us get started!
TIPS from Eanes Elementary:
1. Each student needs to download the Wonder App in order to interact with the Robot
2. Check out the Dash and Dot website for great lessons!
Okay, well, not exactly by osmosis but by Tangible Play's Osmo apps! Students in our first grade classes have been using Osmo's letters, numbers, tangrams and now Pizza Company apps and manipulatives to reinforce their spelling, counting, spatial reasoning, and financial literacy skills. Ms. Gunter and Ms. Stone's classes were visited by a developer from Osmo to give their feedback about how to make this program work even better in an educational setting. Way to learn, first graders!
It's not just the weather that's shaking things up in Ms. Ward's second grade classroom! Apple's new virtual teaching assistant, Apple Classroom and a small, but powerful device called the Apple TV are making some big waves too! Ms. Ward is one of our many Bridge Point teachers piloting the Apple Classroom app and Apple TV, and she absolutely loves both of these new initiatives!
With Apple Classroom, Ms. Ward can connect to all of her student's iPads in her room to seamlessly send her students to websites she has favorited on her iPad, open apps that her students have, monitor student use, as well as lock down iPads and be alerted to battery issues.
In this lesson, Ms. Ward sent her students to Weather.com to fill our their moon journals during science class. Then she sent them to PebbleGo, a kid-friendly research site that we subscribe to, to complete some guided research on Wild Weather. After that, her second graders created Keynote presentations and beamed their work up to the Apple TV to share with the class! That's sure is WILD!
STEAM equals Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. To support and encourage more S.T.E.A.M activities in our classrooms, our district has provided Bridge Point with building, creating, programming and just plain tinkering tools! To model effective use and to get our students' brains flexing, we have created the Bridge Point Bobcat Brain Gym. K-5 classrooms, in search of a little extra brainercise, can join Ms. Osofsky, our GT teacher, on Fridays during F.I.T (Focused Instructional Time) to create, collaborate, cooperate, build, tinker, and well, THINK! If you hear a hullabaloo in the Think Tank (located in our library) on Fridays, it's most definitely coming from all of that THINK-TINKERING!
Did you see us in the Westlake Picayune? Read the article online or below and see how our new principal, Heather Meek is settling into her new job here. We are so glad to have you here at Bridge Point, Mrs. Meek!
There is nothing more magical than students writing about what they are passionate about! Ms. Green's 5th graders did just that by writing feature articles and poems based on their interests, feelings and passion. Her students worked through the writing process and focused on peer editing and providing feedback to their classmates. Click on the pictures below for a few samples of the magic of weaving passion into student writing! Nice job 5th graders!
Help streamline your classroom with Apple's new virtual teaching assistant, Classroom. Our Tech Services department helps to configure it, you just download it and try it out! Send your students to a website in a flash, showcase a student's work or help them focus by locking their iPad down to one App. Check out the App Integration Snapshot below and give it a try!
To complement Ms. Mill and Ms. McMillin's unit on on weather, they Skyped Ms. Mills' niece (who happens to be a second grader!) at St. Ambrose Elementary School in snowy Minnesota . Of course, on this January day, our students were dressed for 80 degree weather while their new friends in Minnesota showed off their daily wear of snow pants, boots, hats and gloves to simply go outside! Brrr! Students asked each other questions about the weather in each region and enjoyed a conversation that spanned over 1,000 miles. A great tip our second graders learned was if you wear a skirt to school in the snow, simply tuck it into your snow suit! And we thought snow suits were just for ski trips!
January's Life Skill is RESPECT. BPE 4th graders show us what respect is all about in this student-created video. Earn a Bobcat paw by showing respect this month!
Students in Ms. Bennett's 3rd grade class were interested in using stop-motion animation to create videos for science concepts. To become familiar with the stop-motion animation process and the app iMotion HD, they first created short animations using cars and backgrounds they created. Then, after they studied how rocks are weakened and broken down by weathering, they created an animation to deomonstrate their understanding of how erosion occurs and how sediments are picked up and moved or deposited to another place by water, wind or gravity. Way to go 3rd graders!
Ms. Rojas' 2nd graders sure have verve for verbs! Students in her class chose a verb to act out in front of the green screen and then found a background of their choice to add to their video. And what would a kid's video be without a blooper? Check out both videos above and you might be surprised at who you see dancing, running, jumping and rolling their way across the screen!
'Twas the day of recorder lessons and all through the school, not a paper was printing, cuz, that'd be uncool. Showbie was launched by the iPads with care, in hopes that their music lessons would be there. The students were all nestled criss-cross, while they all played their recorders "like a boss." While visions of Hot Cross Buns played in their heads, our music teachers' lessons were successfully spread!
Ms. Jones and Ms. Hatch have caught the "Showbie bug" and now instead of handing out music in paper form just to get lost or crumpled in the bottom of a backpack, they deliver it via Showbie! But even better than that, students can press a button on the sheet music to hear their teachers play the song with the correct tone and tempo. But EVEN BETTER THAN THAT, students can record their songs and submit it to their teachers who can listen to it on their own time and provide feedback digitally. Students can even log in on their personal iPads at home or via a browser with their school Google account to submit and view their work from home. Honk! Honk!
The Hour of Code is upon us! Have a super hAPPy Friday with Apple's new WYSIWYG coding app Swift Playgrounds. Students join fun characters as they learn Apple's new programming language that compiles code right before your eyes! A great challenge for 4th grade and above! Thanks to Barton Creek's Ed Tech Ashley Pampe for this week's App Integration Snapshot.
Did you know that the Photos App now has markup tools? I didn't either until Ms. Ward stopped by to show me! She uses it with her second grade class to annotate photos. Check out the video above to learn how you can markup photos too! #teacherwin
Did you know that the Notes App now has drawing tools that don't need iCloud accounts in order to activate the tools? Me neither, not until Ms. Tremel taught me how she uses this app and its tools as whiteboards for math with her first graders! Check out the video about to learn how you can use these new features too! #teacherwin