Sketch like a boss with this awesomely free drawing app, Paper 53! Thanks to Debbie Smith, Ed Tech from Eanes Elementary for this week's hAPPy Friday App Snapshot. What will you draw next?
With a rainy day outside and a storyteller on stage, 3rd and 4th grade PE classes headed to the library for Yoga. Led by an engaging YouTube video from Cosmic Kids that sets Yoga poses to a retell of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, our students made fiery phoenix poses, stood as tall as the Hogwarts Castle, rode a broomstick and got sorted into different wizarding houses. Using Showbie, students submitted photos of their poses and comments to their PE teachers about how Yoga benefits them. Rainy day mischief managed!
Morning calendar in our kindergarten classrooms went digital long ago when we first got SMARTboards. Using Smart Notebook for the SMARTboard, one lucky student each day was in charge of writing the date, counting numbers, and checking and graphing the weather as the entire class followed along. After learning about Showbie, Ms. King decided it was time for an upgrade! Ms. King and our team of amazing kindergarten teachers now snap photos of their SMARTboard files and deliver them to the entire class to follow along with the lesson on their iPads! Now all students graph the weather, tally and count numbers in ten frames as well as marking calendar dates. What an awesome upgrade!
Our Literacy Library is a leveled library accessible to all teachers to support guided reading instruction within the classroom. We have sets of 6 of each title from reading levels A-Z, great for small-group instruction. Teachers are able to select from a multitude of genres that include, Graphic Novels, Narratives, Fables, Non-Fiction, Myths, Fantasy and more. All of our recently purchased books include high-interest topics with contemporary artwork. We use a free resource called Booksource Classroom Organizer to keep inventory and check books out to teachers. They even have an app that lets us add books by scanning barcodes! Our 5th graders help unpack, label, and reshelf books. A big thank you to our Booster Club for enhancing our literacy program at BPE.
Bridge Point 3rd grade students led this morning's assembly to honor and extended our thanks, gratitude and admiration for the men and women who have served our country. Our 3rd graders sang, Thank You, Soldiers, written and composed by Michael & Angela Souders, and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. After our assembly, veterans from our community joined 3rd grade classrooms to be honored and recognized for their service. May you have a safe and beautiful Veterans Day.
Our hAPPy Friday app sharing this week introduces Draw & Tell HD -- an app younger students can use for drawing and simplified animation. Whether exploring color and pattern combinations in the coloring-page section, drawing their own images, or creating mini-animations with movable "stickers" and voiceover, this app offers many open-ended exploration opportunities. For more info on how to integrate this app in your classroom, check out the app integration handout. Many thanks to VVE kindergarteners who shared some of their own creations as well as VVE Ed Tech, Holly Moore for this post.
Predicting what will happen in a book before you read it builds reading comprehension. These kindergarten students used sticky notes to jot down words or ideas that they predicted would appear in the book, At the Vet. We almost ran out of Post-Its they had so many predictions!
Using the Post It Plus app, I captured their sticky notes and Air-Dropped the file to each student's iPad. Students were then able to review, annotate, sort and check for their predictions as we read At the Vet. They then could group the digital stickies into predictions that were verified and ones that were not.
Good readers also know that pictures and text connect. After a short discussion on the difference between text messages and text in a book *grin* we used the app Skitch to draw arrows connecting words and text to photos in the book. And that's what good readers do!
BPE 5th graders added a little bit of technology fun to their production of Alice in Wonderland this year using the Do Ink app, green screen technology and a beautiful hand-drawn background of a magical rabbit hole. What talented students we have here at Bridge Point!
This week's hAPPy Friday app is World's Worst Pet Vocabulary. World’s Worst Pet Vocabulary is an engaging way to build vocabulary for students in grades 3 and up. Students practice identifying synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes as they find a way to save their pet Snargg from peril to get him home safely. Take a look at the App Integration Snapshot for more information.
This month's Life Skill is Citizenship. Bridge Point 3rd graders generated a collaborative Answer Garden to brainstorm what it means to be a good community member and a good citizen. A few 3rd graders and Ms. Bennett then created this video using Green Screen technology to teach us all a little bit more about how to show citizenship. Earn a flag this month by showing good citizenship!
Thinking Blocks by Math Playground facilitates the step by step modeling of word problems. As students interact with each word problem they organize information and make model visualizations of the math problem. For ideas and resources for using this app, open the App Integration Snapshot below. Thanks to FTE's Jennifer Flood for this week's hAPPy Friday!
We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated, talented, and kind community that brings us ARTS DAYS at Bridge Point. This Friday, BPE students got to create, sing, drum, dance, draw, glue, construct, paint, bead, and learn about how art is a part of cultures around the world. Thank you BPE for the ARTS!
This week's hAPPy Friday comes from Debbie Smith at Eanes Elementary. You can have your students brainstorm ideas and concepts on Post-It notes and then use the Post It Plus app to capture the notes to a digital interactive version that can be shared. Check out the App Integration Snapshot below for more resources, ideas and learning fun!
The sound of over 700 voices of Bridge Point students filled the auditorium this morning with the beautiful song, We Are the World. As our students sang, their classroom teachers lined up to receive giant colorful balloons with messages attached to spread joy, love, kindness, peace, trust, and happiness. We want you to know that YOU ARE LOVED at Bridge Point! What a wonderful way to launch a celebration of the Arts!
This week our hAPPy Friday app spotlight shines on Stick Around -- an interactive puzzle app that allows kids to play, design, and share sorting/labeling puzzles. Check out the App Snapshot, as well as a helpful how-to infographic. Thanks to Ashley Pampe, Ed Tech at Barton Creek Elementary!
This week our hAPPy Friday app is Pic Collage Kids, a photo collage app. Check out the app integration sheet below for ideas on how to use Pic Kids with your students. Thanks to Holly Moore, Ed Tech at Valley View for this week's post!
Faster than a speeding bullet, she updated iPads in a single bound! More powerful than a locomotive, she copy and pasted Google logins and passwords using split-screen technology with the touch of a single finger! She entered Showbie class codes with her bare hands! She is a 5 year old iPad Superhero! Thanks so much to this amazing superkid in Ms. Skonieczny's kindergarten class for helping me update and set up Showbie on over 20 iPads!
Let Canva help you and your students to create and design beautiful graphics for teaching and learning. Check out this week's hAPPy Friday App Integration Snapshot by FTE's Jennifer Flood and start using Canva in your classroom!
hAPPy Friday, everyone! With the new school year came a new way to get apps for our student iPads. To help get to know some of these apps, the EISD EdTechs will feature an app on Fridays that's in Self-Service (our EISD version of the Apple App Store) with some ideas for curriculum integration. This Friday's app is Chatterpix Kids, a tool to make anything talk! Check out the App Integration Snapshot and watch the tutorial above for a quick start to using this app in your classroom.
We did it! BPE teachers and students rolled out over 700 brand new iPad 2 Airs since school started! Students enrolled their iPads into our new MDM system, signed email and iPad contracts, set up their email accounts, and became familiar with our new Eanes App Store through the Self-Service App that allows students to only download approved educational apps. WAY TO GO BRIDGE POINT!
BPE teachers can't wait to start this new school year! Thought you might like to see what they're up to when the kids aren't here!
A sneak peek from this morning's special assembly. Brad Wirht, you are the BEST PRINCIPAL EVER!!
Video includes the song, Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti
Representing that the journey of childhood comes to a beautiful crossroad full of possibilities, nearly 100 high school seniors stood proud and tall at this morning's assembly to share their successes. From Stanford to NYU, and even Argentina, our former BPE students wowed and impressed our students and staff. Best of luck Class of 2016!
Inspired by this blog post, 5th graders in Ms. Leavitt's Social Studies classes took a step back in time to retell the American Revolution as a Graphic Novel. Using a graphic novel from our newly upgraded Literacy Library called The Boston Tea Party as a model, her classes studied the features of a Graphic Novel.
Her students learned a new style of note-taking called Sketch-Noting to record their learning. The notes served as a reminder of what they needed to incorporate in their project. After the students learned about Graphic Novels, they were assigned an event in the American Revolution. They then began the research phase of the project, utilizing textbooks, websites, library books and their own interactive journals.
Students worked in small groups to summarize the main ideas on a flow chart. Next, they identified what would go into narrative boxes and how dialogue would support the story. Various storyboards were given to the student groups in order to plan out their Graphic Novel. Soon they were working on hand drawings for the panel layouts in the Book Creator app.
Each class created a series of nine historical events written in a Graphic Novel style and uploaded them to their teacher using Showbie. Students were challenged through each stage of this creative, collaborative project to retell history using their own drawings, voice, and style. Click on the pictures below to download the Revolutionary Retells for each class. Click here for the Graphic Novel rubric. Click here for the group work rubric.