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  • Create Your Own Virtual Adventures

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 4/5/2019

    Create a virtual tour. Tour Creator makes it easy to build immersive, 360° tours right from your computer. Share your tour wiht a link. No extra pps, no downloads. Embed on your website or blog. Google Tour Creator

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  • The AR side of Google Expeditions

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 3/29/2019

    When we purchased the cart, the AR side of Google Expeditions wasn’t officially announced yet, and they didn’t have a kit option for AR. 

    I’d like to swap out the last 5 of the devices in our cart with AR devices to get us started with the 3D AR and see how we like them.

    You are familiar with the VR expeditions, and you have seen them used around the school. It is basically a 360 degree field trip where you are immersed in scenes.

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    The AR expeditions, with our current set up, send images to each device. The students open the goggles and can turn, zoom in, and examine the object on the device in 2D.  But with an upgraded AR device, teachers can “place” those 3D objects around the room using markers, and students can use the device to walk up to the 3D object and examine it, so basically there would be a volcanoe or skeleton or shark (etc.) on the table in 3D that students walk around and examine.

    Check out the over 100 AR Expeditions

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    Click here to view movie.

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  • Brainpop-Sensitive Content Notification

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 3/22/2019

    brainpop moby image Sensitive Content Notification

    Just a reminder to always monitor elementary students anytime they are using technology & to give direct instruction on movies/topics for students to view. Be aware that there are some topics with sensitive content in Brainpop, so free explore time, even in Brainpop may not be suitable for students.

    From Brainpop: As an educator, you know how valuable it is that BrainPOP offers content on just about every subject you’re looking to teach. We provide a wide and deep range of topics that address the needs of many different classrooms. So while it may be appropriate for an eighth grade class in Texas to study the Holocaust, for example, a third grade teacher in Maine may not be ready to introduce this topic to her students.

    Teachers and parents have asked that we give them a heads up when a BrainPOP topic contains potentially sensitive material. To address this, we’ve added a notice on topic pages containing  movies with some sensitive content. You’re the best judge of what’s developmentally appropriate for your students, and we hope this notice will serve as a helpful guide.

    We encourage you to preview all movies before sharing with your class, and set the tone for an inclusive, respectful discussion.
    NOTE: The sensitive content notification does not appear on our Featured Movie app. We encourage you to access BrainPOP directly from your browser if you’d like to see these notifications.

    Brainpop Jr doesn't have a senstive content warning.

    For example:

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  • Before Break. . .Your Classroom Technology

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 3/19/2019

    As always, before Break. . .

    • Remove your microphone from the charger.
    • Unplug mobile devices (iPads, Chromebooks, laptops)
    • Turn off your teaching “stuff” (sound system, doc cam, projector, viewsonic display).
    • Restart your computer.

    (It is also a good time to make sure your Outlook email inbox is not full—the sent and deleted folders are taken into account as well as the inbox. )


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  • 4 Ways To Inspire Your Classroom--Google For Education, Extensions & Apps

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 3/15/2019

    4 ways that you can inspire your classrooms

    Google for Education makes it easy for us to help you find ways to inspire your students.

    Through Google extensions, Chrome apps and mobile applications there are endless ways for you to make your lesson plans come alive and create an
    all-inclusive learning experience! 

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  • Student Chromebooks

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 3/5/2019

    student chromebook image Please have your students restart their Chromebook once a week. Chromebooks have to be restarted in order to update.

    Many students are just closing the lid which is not a restart & is OK on a daily basis, but some Chromebooks have not been restarted in months.

    Restarting at the end of the day on Friday would fix some of the issues we are seeing & keep them updated.

    Also, in CES K-6 Teachers, in your email, you have a list of your students' chromebooks. Please re-label the fixed asset tag number and student name of any of your students' chromebooks who have peeled off those labels. (We are getting ready for our end of the year check in and fall redistribution process.)


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  • Creative Coding in Brainpop-Great News, CES!

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 2/20/2019

    creative coding image . . . have been added to Crestline’s BrainpPOP subscription until June 30, 2019. When you and your students now log in with individual usernames, you'll be able to access the Creative Coding feature.

    across curriculum image Across the Curriculum

    Creative Coding — developed in partnership with Scratch and Vidcode — includes both block- and text-based projects spanning the K-12 curriculum. Scaffolded and delivered at the topic level, the projects are specifically designed so that all teachers can easily introduce coding no matter what they're covering in class.

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    BrainPOP supports teachers of any subject as they introduce coding — even if they have no prior experience with it. Their professional resources make it easy to start fostering the vital skills associated with coding — from problem solving to collaboration and beyond. Creative Coding includes a live professional development webinar to help you get started. In-person coding workshop illustrates best practices for integrating coding into an existing curriculum. A robust library of resources such as lesson plans, videos, and teaching and assessment tips is available on demand through BrainPOP Educators.


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  • OSMO -Creating an Account, Student Profiles, Downloading Shared Album

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 12/6/2018
    • Go to https://my.playosmo.com/ and create your account. You will be given a code to enter on all devices you want to join to your account.
    • Once signed in, select My profiles and add your students’ profiles. You can do their first name or their initials or just student1, whatever.

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    • When you open the OSMO Words app on your iPad, you will be prompted to sign in with your account and password or you can choose school and type in your code either way.
    • When you click your profile in upper right of the iPad, you will have the option to select one of your other profiles, so your student would select his herself before they begin to play.
    • If you want to add an album someone else has made, on the iPad, before you select PLAY, select Library.
    • In the library, at the top, tap on Download More. It will take you to my.playosmo.com. on the iPad where you will Sign In (choose the with password option) and you'll be taken to your dashboard.
    • You can search for the album. Click here for more detailed instructions. 
    • Osmo Account
    • Teacher Guide
    • About Our Class
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  • wevideo

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 11/29/2018

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    To get started, teacher first steps.

    1. Sign in as teacher. Your username is your Outlook email address & the password was sent to you via email from me.
    2. Watch a couple of the how to videos below and create a quick movie yourself to get a little familiar with the tool (You Don’t have to know it all—the kids can explore and help each other.)
    3. Then add your students to your Group--Click the + to  create your Group
    4. Name your Group: CES Your Last Name Your Grade (for example: CES Smith 5th)
    5. Give your students your Code.
    6. Have your students sign in with their Google Account and enter your Code to join your Group. (The teacher will be able to see all of his/her students’ videos.)
    7. Show the a. dashboard overview b. storyboard editing mode c.timeline editing mode d. students upload to Classroom https://www.wevideo.com/academy#pok4305ac0 
    8. Give students the assignment to create a 1 minute video on a topic of choice—you could give them a list of options like:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Sports
      • A book you recommend
      • Something you’ve learned this year
      • Explain “give them a topic”
      • Travel destination
      • . . .(whatever)
    9. If you have a little something you want to show them that you learned when you made your teacher video—that’d be good—don’t tell them everything. Show them your video. You may want to point out there is a ton of video footage already in there under the star they can search for and then add text.
    10. When students are finished with their video, they can save to their drive, and there is a quick share to Google Classroom button as well.
    11. (Time for this lesson—no more than two class periods)
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  • Stop Pesky Notifications on your School Desktop

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 10/26/2018

    Stop those Notification POPUPS that are showing up on your Desktop while you are projecting to your class.

    There are two types of popups—those from your web Browser and those from your Outlook email.

    1. From Browser: It can be annoying, or worse. . . if you have your computer projected in your class, and a notification pops up of something you wouldn’t want your class to see. Generally, on the pop up, it tells you where it is from. The quickest way to get rid of this popup and all others from this site is to click the small settings gear in the upper right of the popup. It will take you directly to your notification settings, and you can scroll down to those that are allowed to find it and block or remove it.

    If you’ve already closed the notification, or you want to go check ahead of time and make sure there are no notifications allowed from random websites, here are the steps in Google Chrome:
    -Click the menu (3 dots) in upper right of your Chrome Browser window. Scroll down and click Advanced.
    -Then under Privacy and security, click Content Settings.
    Under Content settings, click Notifications.
    -Then under Notifications, notice the top section are those notifications, you’ve already blocked. -The bottom section are those that are allowed. The puzzle piece indicates it is from an extension you’ve added. Scroll down more to see the ones with the 3 dots menu.
    -Beside the notification you want to block, click the three dots and choose Block or Remove.
    -Done. (If you continue to get notification popups from other sites, perhaps you are using another browser other than Chrome. If that is the case, you can do a quick search on how to turn on notifications for Edge or Firefox.)

    Something else to be aware of—notification popups often occur as a result of places you’ve been online or emails you’ve received through which you’ve clicked links. If you are switching between your school and personal Google accounts on your desktop, you may encounter popup notifications from sites visited even on your home computer. My recommendation would be if you need to sign to your personal Google account, be sure to then sign out of your personal account from the web browser when you are finished.

    2. Stop those notifications from your Outlook email popping up on your desktop:
    Select File > Options > Mail.
    Under Message arrival, select or clear the Display a Desktop Alert check

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