Ms. Buck’s 1st grade class is studying habitats as we are just starting to explore the Kids Draw app on our iPads. They are doing a great job showing how much they know about forests, deserts and rainforests using different features of this app.
2nd graders are brainstorming for their arcade games. In researching games from the 1900s, Pachinko and Wack A Mole, they identified many features they wanted to use. Look for ramps, balls, pins, bumpers, flippers and chutes in their creations.
I am spending the day setting up our brand new iPads. After the school day, I am meeting with Ms. Lee to plan our Cardboard Challenge. I can’t wait to get the kids working with both the iPads and all that cardboard. Keep an eye out for all the awesome desktop arcade games and the documentation of their projects made on these iPads.
Seeing a Styrofoam cup stuck on a fence one day got Park thinking about the chain links properties of being both rigid and porous, of acting as a boundary while retaining an appearance of openness…
Explains Park, “Like a net, the sculpture is a filter that is meant to capture the light that is already there and force it to reveal itself. Now we can see it, the light, in purple shadows and yellow-green reflections that both mirror the shape of the fence and restructure the space they inhabit.”
Related watching from Rice University, a physicist’s perspective on Park’s shimmering, iridescent piece, featuring Jason Hafner, Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry at Rice, and a time-lapse of the installation:
Welcome Back Everyone!
We have had a lot of changes at The Sumner. The city of Boston put another homeroom in our school. There was no space left, so they put it in the computer lab. This means I am traveling to each homeroom to bring our scholars their technology. The great news is we will be adding iPads to our technology options.
We have started the year with a project from Scistarter.com. All students have now become Citizen Scientists. This means, they doing science experiments proposed by a scientist online, then they collect the data and send it to the scientists.
Our first project is Are US State Quarters Fair Flippers?. This little experiment helps us explore our 50 states, working with other people, coins, multiplication, division, predictions, probability, and collecting data. The most fabulous thing about this lesson is the work we do in the classroom is not only practice for what we do in the real world; it actually IS work for a global science project.
Check out Scistarter.com and let me know how you have become a Citizen Scientist.
(The top images are in a 1st grade classroom. The bottoms images are in 3 grades classrooms.)
This was a big year for technology at The Sumner. We got a cart filled with MacBooks, some iPads, and we started tweeting (check of @SumnerBPS to see what is happening at our school, or follow me @msk21c for my microblog)! I was also part of a cadre to bring the latest 21c skills to my students and colleagues. I am really excited about all we have done and all we are about to do. I am grateful to work with this great staff and our wonderful scholars.
Have a great summer. Explore. Read. Write. Visit with family and friends. Try something new.
Tell me all about it when I see you in September!
Computer Club and I made a quick Keynote about writing a book using Boom Writer. They will present to all the 4th and 5th graders next week. Some of these kids are reluctant writers, and some of those kids won the writing challenge!
Everyone had a great time on Boomwriter.com!
It is that time of year again!
The 2nd grade is getting ready for their trip to The Arnold Arboretum.
Click on the picture to hear Sweet Tree Alive, a song written by a former 2nd grade after their trip to The Arb.