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!


Swiping Holiday Cheer

With the arrival of new iPads at Wheelock School right before the holiday break, Mrs. Sheehan was eager to try out a simple festive activity to introduce iPads to her third graders.  We thought this clever, simple idea from a Czech Republic class (discovered through their posting/sharing via Google + ) would be perfect! Click here to view

Here's the Holiday Recipe:
Preparation- gathered 13 iPads & installed the Crayola: Paint & Create app
+ Introduced the Activity by watching the Czech Republic's class video and discussing what was their message and how did they create it. What could our simple Holiday Message be?

+ Demonstrated a quick tutorial on the how-to's of the Crayola app and saving the image to the camera roll. Also identified some iPad rules (stays on the table or rug-flat surface, only work in that app, etc.)

+ Paired the students up to share an iPad. It worked out nicely because there were 2 pairs of partners at each table. One set of partners would design the letters to the first word and the other set of partners designed the second word.

+When finished, each table had a chance to come to the rug where they would "perform" their message (swiping through the images in the camera roll) to music (while video recording from above).

+The end product of curating all videos was done using PlayPicPost (paid) app or you could use the Video Collage to then push to YouTube or Vimeo or save to the camera roll to upload anywhere else.

Without further ado...... Mrs. Sheehan's class presents: Swiping Holiday Cheer!

I can not even begin to tell you how thrilled these third graders
were in having the chance to integrate and create with the iPads.
It was so much fun being apart of their experience.

On the teacher end and reflecting back, this was an effective and
appropriate initial activity with not too many steps to complete, sharing and
working together with others, and learning the basics of the iPad all wrapped up in one.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea- +Tomáš Kováč

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!


Good Night iPad- a Must-See

For all of our iPad-multiple device families!
Watch the updated version of Good Night Moon...

Of course it's available as an app too!