Stop Motion Science

8Science students collaborated in the creation of a LEGO Stop Motion Video to demonstrate their understanding of substances and different types of Elements. They created a story line that included MONATOMIC ELEMENTS, DIATOMIC COMPOUND and TRIATOMIC COMPOUNDS!

New Blakers!

Welcome Dash and Dot! AfterSchool Coding Club members are test-driving the new robots which will soon be integrated into the Science curriculum.

Digital Learning Day 6th Discussion Panel

Medfield School District held its 3rd annual Digital Learning Day Conference filled with over 60 workshops for K-12 teachers in district and from schools out-of-district. Wellesley 6th Grade teachers joined Blake's 6th teachers and students for a discussion on their initial year of having 1:1 iPads in the classroom.

A Shout Out to Medfield HS/MS Student Volunteers

Our Digital Learning Day Conference wouldn't have been possible without the support of our wonderful Medfield HS Students and Blake MS students. This photo was taken at the beginning of the day, during a briefing with Neal Sonnenbergy (HS Tech Integration Specialist)

Look out for these future App Developers

This group of Blake MS girls are entered into the Global Competition, Technovation to design a mobile app that solves a community/social issue. Wish them Luck! The final pitch is on May 1st @ Microsoft NERD Center!

Took the Show on the Road

Blake MS Principal Nat Vaughn and 8Science Teacher Jason Heim presented about the Blake iPad Initiative at the LearnLaunch Conference, Harvard Business School.

Green Screen App Smashing

At our final EdTechTeacher Workshop, 6th/7th Grade Teachers explored their creative side by layering green screen videos over images for engaging instructional videos. It was total fun!

Convert Smells to Energy = Smellergy!

Nicolina is changing the world one nose at a time! Her entry was clearly on track with dreaming, designing, and delivering an energy-saving idea into the Blake Energy Invention Contest!

Sometimes the Ideas start here

Planning and drawing out a story board before the creation of an Explain Everything project is an essential step in the process!


What? I have to get my iPad License?

The basic iPad Driver's License test certainly came as a big surprise to Medfield's Students with moderate disabilities who are attending the Summer School program. In fact, they were surprised to see a box of iPads being delivered to their classroom today!  

  For these last three weeks of Summer School, we will spend time covering basic iPad skills and previewing how iPads can be integrated into their learning for daily organization, writing and publishing of their work.

For our first week, you know the best place to start is at the beginning... with the basics. While most students have iPads at home, many have primarily used the iPad for entertainment purposes. When asked today, " What do you do on your iPad?" Every response was.. "I play games-like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja"!  This, obviously was pretty much expected.  But, students also expressed a lot of "I already know how to use my iPad!"  

That's where the test comes in! 

View, print or share the driver's test-part 1 below that identify the basic skills covered and the importance of identifying a few rules of safety & responsibility too.

Needless to say, we have some newbie iPad Drivers on the road! Give a big Shout Out to all of our students who passed their iPad test today with flying colors!  
Tune in next week for our Week 2 update when the next road test challenges students to start recording events in iCal and learn how to blog about their current events using the  Kidblog app!

*The idea of the iPad License came from Suzy Brooks, a 3rd grade teacher in Falmouth, MA. Please visit her Third Graders, Dreaming Big classroom blog for this and other innovative iPad ideas.


Free Summer Technology Ideas for Teens

Hi Blake Middle Schoolers,
(aka Blakers)

What?  Summer just started and you're bored already?!

Well look no further.. 
Apple and Google are hosting a free opportunities to learn 
digital filmmaking, DIY projects,and field trips! 

Check them out!
Apple Summer Filmmaking Camps
Learn how to shoot your own footage & create your own song to produce your
very own film. This free workshop, held at Apple Retail Stores, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. 

Click on the image below for more info.

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Free Virtual Summer Camp for Teens
July 8th - August 16th
Join the virtual camp to build some awesome DIY projects and share with other teens 
in the Google+ Community. Every morning a new project is posted, join the Maker Camps Hangout in the afternoon for tips & tricks, and explore with Friday's Field trips.

More Info & Sign Up for Maker Camp Here

 Google's Field Trip App
Google is offering free admission to a long list of museums and zoos 
mostly in the San Francisco and Washington DC area. All you have to 
do is download their Field Trip app. How easy is that!

Check our this iPad app guide for coding, creating, crafting, building and more!

There you have it... how could you possibly be bored now!
Also if you know of any other free summer activities (technology or non-tech)
please feel free to leave a comment to share with others.

Happy Summer!