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!


Audio Tech Tip #15: Speak Selection

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Audio Tech Tip #14: Voice Searching w/ Google Search


And the Crafty iPad Set Design Award goes to....

Envelope please!

The Crafty Award winner is Dorothy Frewald, Wheelock's Tech Support who was looking for a way to easily organize and charge the set of iPads in Wheelock's LMC.  It didn't have to be anything fancy.. or expensive.

 In fact, it could simply be homemade! Enter the Supporting Cast nomineee ....PINTERESTThe ultimate social media-visual pinboard where you'll discover a million and 1/2 DIY ideas for anything!  

See for yourself:

Dorothy casted this DIY iPad dish rack storage idea as the set's design.

And voila! this less than $5 dish rack wins her the award!

Great minds find great ideas on Pinterest (that win you awards 

Feel free to follow me for technology integration ideas 
and Memorial's Librarian Randie Grodon for suggested books and literacy ideas.


In the Spotlight

There's so many innovative and creative ideas happening in Medfield's classrooms that it's hard to keep up these days.  In this post, I wanted to spotlight a couple of those teachers who are making a difference.

First, we're very honored to be featured in one of Edudemic's recent blog posts on How to Start Using Augmented Reality in the Classroom- big thanks to Beth Holland @brholland!

Our 6th grade Science Ts, Marjorie Heim, Gina Muscatell and Kelly Dengos collaborated across cluster to create an engaging & interactive learning experience for students using AR on the Nexus 10 devices. AR has also made it's way into  Cynthia McClelland's 8th Social Studies Classroom in connecting images with content- multimedia style as an alternative way to consume/learn information. Go ahead & check out the article by clicking on the image!

Next up in the spotlight is Kristen Manning, one of our World Language Ts who is off traveling and 
experiencing Madrid, Spain as we speak! A BIG part of her travels is to record and collect authentic images, audio and video to then create Medfield's own Spanish digital curriculum.  You can follow her adventures on her blog that also incorporates her Daily Audio Boo Phrase of the Day so you can learn spanish too!  Check out her blog by clicking on the image below.

Our last spotlight comes from another World Language T, Susie Boulos!  Over the February break, she was involved in an amazing program. The website she created highlights the Quest Student Leadership program, which takes students on 3 distinct overseas service/mission trips every February. The blogs are used as updates for families and friends while the students travel to their distinct locations. Also, families and friends use them to send messages (comments) to their students while they travel. Please visit the Quest blog by clicking on the image below.

While this is only a start... it gives you a glimpse into how technology is opening the doors to  imagination, creation, exploration and simply sharing with the rest of us! Definitely stay tuned for more...