Well, it's that time of year again! Gather all your kids who turn five before September 1, 2014 and tell them to head on over to register for Kindergarten at our beautiful school! Want to see just how awesome Kindergarten is a Bridge Point? View our our teacher and student created Kinder Round Up video for 2014 featuring these songs: Everything is Awesome by Tegan, Sara and The Lonely Island, Best Day of My Life by American Authors, We're Going to be Friends by Jack Johnson and Count on Me by Bruno Mars. Kindergarten at Bridge Point is Awesome!
Merging Texas History, Language Arts, pictures and videos, Ms. Cook's 4th graders created living historical poetry that literally pops off the page! Using the Pages App, students authored poems based on historical events. They then took photos collected by Ms. Cook, and created a visual poem with the iMovie App, adding their voice and music. To top that off, her students used a printed picture to trigger an Aura using the Aurasma app that made their visual poem pop right off of the page. Texas History has never been so very magical!
In an effort to better protect our students from inappropriate content we are now requiring ALL devices connected to our network to utilize the EISD SSL decryption certificate. This allows the district to better filter both content and enforce safe search browsing. If you are visiting our schools and want to use your own device, please follow the directions posted here: http://www.eanesisd.net/cert
Super readers have Super Powers! First graders in Ms. Guthrie's class honed their Reading Super Powers in class today. Using Reading Street's leveled readers, iFiles, and the Explain Everything app, students practiced pacing, self-correction, using context clues, decoding skills, and reading with expression. To do this, students opened a PDF version of a leveled reader in Explain Everything and used the pointer tool (there are several options including a Light Saber!) to track what they were reading (see student directions). Students were able to record and listen to themselves reading. They could then apply their Reading Super Powers to become more fluent readers. Ms. Guthrie can now listen with her students to set individual goals, students can work in partners to review each other's reading powers and students can load the book a second time to re-record so they can hear their super reading powers improve! Go Super Readers!
Letters lurk everywhere! Kindergartners in Ms. Krost, Ms. Plevich and Miss Hester's classes have alphabet book fever! Inspired by the original BPE ABC book project, these 5 and 6 year olds studied the genre of ABC books and noted how authors use text, font, color, alliteration, quotation marks and big vocabulary to write an ABC book. Using their iPads to capture hidden letters, our students hunted down very sneaky letters hiding in the halls, walls, and play spaces of Bridge Point. Check out their adventures by viewing the Animoto Videos and see their photos and writing in their beautiful ABC books below!
Bingo! Hundreds of Bobcat families attended a fun-filled night of family bingo on February 26th. Thanks to BPE parent, Ms. Dennis for creating this slideshow to showcase Bobcat Bingo Night.
This week's hAPPy Friday App SnAPPshot is Videolicious.
Videolicious is a free iOS app for creating videos on the go. The concept behind Videolicious is similar to that used by services like Animoto. With Videolicious on your iPhone or iPad, you can mix together images, video clips, music and your voice to create a short video. Check out the App Integration Snapshot for a quick how-to. Thanks Margie Brown!
Plagiarism is really bad, it can get the teachers really mad! Ms. Mojica's 5th grade language arts students are delving deep into the process creating a quality research paper which includes understanding plagiarism, copyright, and paraphrasing. To learn more about how to avoid common pitfalls in the research process, check out the videos above and this presentation by our talented 5th graders.
hAPPy Friday! This World Wildlife Federation app brings you in-depth, interactive stories of endangered animals, including giant pandas, tigers, monarch butterflies, marine turtles and polar bears. It includes printable origami directions for each animal, an interactive 3D globe, includes adventures like tiger vision and showcases unique facts about endangered animals. Learn more with the video tutorial: http://youtu.be/JGNafvYqr9s?t=18s and check out the App Integration Snapshot.
Are you a Digital Parent? Learn how to stay connected to the digital learners in your household through EISD's Digital Parent Gazette. This month's topics include an adventure with an iTunes U Digital Parenting course, information on gaming addiction and how to handle distractions in this hyper-connected world.
Ms. Husain (Educational Technology Coach) and Ms. McLaughlin (Instructional Coach) had the pleasure of sharing Bridge Point's awesome learning experiences with an international crowd at Ed Tech Teacher's iPad Summit in San Diego, California on February 4th.
We met and learned from educators from Canada, Alaska, Kansas, Iowa, England, Australia, Hawaii and California about best practices when implementing technology into the curriculum. Check out some of the resources we learned about here: http://list.ly/l/ESI
With a Beatles' 50th anniversary theme, we shared how curriculum and technology can COME TOGETHER with A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS and how we TWIST AND SHOUT about how our awesome teachers and students use iPads in their daily learning adventures.
Interested in our presentation? Using an iOS device, go to our iTunes U course: iPad Learning Revolution. And while you are at it, check out Ms. Fiske's presentation, From Luddite to Leader as well as Mr. Yenca's presentation on iTunes University Course Manager.
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.
Ms. Steimle and Ms. DeLuca's class had great fun learning from their new Haitian friends in Neply again today. Over Skype, BP students and students in Neply shared their holiday traditions and special treats that were exclusive to the holiday season. We spoke of gingerbread houses, special dinners and presents. They spoke of their New Year's celebration of cooking pumpkin soup and traveling with small gifts to homes of their family and friends. It's amazing how patient, respectful and attentive each group of students are as they wait for each other's words to be translated into Kreyol and English. We ended our connection today by singing Jingle Bells in English and Kreyol. Happy Holidays!