Please meet the newest member of our Bridge Point Tech team, Andrew Boyd. Mr. Boyd joins our Bridge Point team as a Support Specialist (a.k.a Tech Ninja) from the Tech Services department of EISD. Mr. Boyd is a native of Georgetown, Texas and has his degree in Information Systems from Tarleton State University. He is an avid backpacker and has lead troops of kids ages 14-21 across Texas and New Mexico. We look forward to his expertise with our iPads, computers, sound systems, document cameras and all things tech at Bridge Point. Welcome!
4th grade guest bloggers, Kade and Wyatt give us a perspective about Skyping with Peru
Today was the first time that we Skyped Mrs. Steimle's sister who is teaching kids in Peru. Peruvians and Haitians are really alike because they both eat really different things. Peruvians eat guinea pigs and Haitians eat cats and goats. Peruvians and Haitians both don't eat very many American foods. When we asked the Peruvian kids what they ate most of it wasn't hamburgers or pizza! That surprised us the most! The Peruvian kids that we Skyped with were wearing hats because you can get easily sunburned when you live up high in the mountains. Haitians speak Kreyol, and Peruvians speak Quechua and Spanish. There are a lot of animals in Haiti and Peru. In Peru it is summer right now and it's about 80 degrees! Haiti and Peru are similar in a lot of ways and we can't wait to Skype with them again! By Kade and Wyatt
Nothing beats professional learning that comes straight from our homegrown expert teachers at Bridge Point Elementary! January 20th's inservice was designed with just that in mind. We had the opportunity to learn about various technology integration topics from our own teachers and district educational technology leaders who live and breathe technology integration daily. Giving teachers some time to absorb and apply what they are learning really helps them to put it into practice.
Today's hAPPy Friday is brought to you by Barton Creek's Ed Tech, Juan Orozco. Nearpod allows teachers to construct presentations using the Nearpod website and deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once. The teacher controls the presentation from a master iOS device, while students follow along on a class set of iPads or iPods. To enliven instruction, teachers can also embed multiple choice questions, polls, videos, quizzes, open-ended questions, and web-links in their presentations. See an App Integration Snapshot and a video on Nearpod to help you get started. Thanks Juan!
Nowadays it's so simple to whip out your phone and take an impromptu video of something that happens around you! Much to BPE's surprise, 5th graders shared what they were learning about in their music classes and Ms. Williamson was able to capture it on her phone!
Rooted in the competitive dance rituals practiced from traditionally African-American sororities and fraternities, Stepping is a form of expressive dance that involves using the body as an instrument. It includes hand claps, voice and foot stomps. BPE 5th graders celebrated this tradition by creating their own dance led by our awesome music teachers, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Revering.
This week's hAPPy Friday App is iMotion HD, brought to you by Janet Couvillion, EdTech at Forest Trail Elementary.
iMotion HD is fun timelapse and stop-motion app. It can be used to photograph cloudscapes, plants growing, crowds and whatever you can think of!
Check out the App Integration Snapshot to learn more.
Our amazing ABC Genre Study with kindergartners has spread! Two more classes of kindergartners have studied the genre of ABC books with noticing charts, great sentence writing and their very own iPads to photograph hidden ABCs lurking around BPE! Check out Ms. Ward's ABCs Around BPE and Ms. King's King-Sized ABCs Book.