Nothing is sweeter than starting your day by listening to over 730 tiny voices singing Deep in the Heart of Texas! Special thanks to: 5th grade videographer, Harper, kindergarten bluebonnet photographer, Amelia, our wonderful students and our amazing music teachers for helping us keep a swing in our step all day long! Click on the picture to enjoy our students singing.
Imagine the look on the faces of second graders in Ms. Mills' class when a class set of Osmo Genius and Osmo Pizza Company kits were generously donated by the Jacob family! Ms. Mills' 2nd graders are now actively making change for customers at their virtual pizza store, building tangram animals, and practicing numbers and words with Osmo Learning kits. Check out the Osmo You Tube channel for great kid-friendly tutorials and teachers can sign up for the lesson plan resources on MyOsmo. Teachers can get a class code to make the login process easy for students so they don't have to put in an email address or sign up on their own. The class code also allows teachers to monitor work and create customized word lists. Thank you Jacob family!
This week's hAPPy Friday app snapshot is from VVE's Ed Tech Holly Moore. iPuppet Pals 2 School Edition is an app that allows students to create a animated shorts using their voice, head shots, images, and animated characters. Learn all about how you can use this app in your classroom by reading the App Integration Snapshot handout. Students creative talents will be unleashed with the endless cross-curricular possibilities. Let the show begin!
I'd have to say that our library is louder than ever these days! And one of the reasons for that is our amazingly adventurous and creative new librarian, Kate Ricter. In a 4th grade lesson about a virtual twist on digital storytelling, she explained how virtual reality has transformed certain books. Imagine that! Books that require programming, staging, and loads of creativity beyond writing and illustrating! Using the book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an Apple TV, an iPad stand, and the app IMAG-N-O-TRON, Ms. Ricter showcased this award-winning story about people who absolutely love books. As she hovered her iPad over the book, animations magically escaped the printed page to jump about right out at her audience! Check out what else is going on in our library by visiting Ms. Ricter's blog. Thanks for making reading even more magical, Ms. Ricter!
Why it's the sound of fitness! With support from all of the elementary school Booster Clubs at EISD, our amazing PE teachers Ms. Dean, Ms. Rose and Ms. Pate were able to bring our physical education program to yet another level!
Our students are sweating to the beat while they improve their health, confidence, mood, rhythm, and coordination. Using an iPad and a mobile projector, videos prepared by the Drum Fit for Schools program effectively demonstrate all inclusive developmentally appropriate workouts with upbeat music for our students in grades K-5. Our students are lunging, sweating, spinning, laughing, smiling and dancing their way to becoming more physically fit.
Soon these drums, sticks and stands will be transported to another EISD elementary school to drum up fitness around the district. For more information on the Drum Fit program check out this link: www.drum.fit/schools/ Ratta-Tat-Tat, Bridge Point physical fitness is where it's at!
Ms. Hester's kindergarten class grabbed their iPads today and went for a walk to capture the beautiful signs of Spring. After photographing our gorgeous school grounds, they created PicCollages to show off their work. What a wonderful way to SPRING back from our BREAK!
In this student initiated design challenge (similar to the Global Cardboard Challenge invented by the then 9 year-old Caine Monroy of Caine's Arcade challenge) Ms. Osofsky's students constructed a marvelous maze of handmade cardboard arcade games.
After studying classic arcade games, they applied the engineering process and designed, tested, re-tested, tinkered and re-tinkered their ideas in order to construct foosball, pinball, claw games, strategy games, bowling, plinko, whack-a-mole and so much more!
Students had to pitch their games to parents, students and teachers explaining the design process, bumps along the way and how they came up with their ideas. I was lucky enough to receive a golden ticket and play the ball toss game. I even won some hand-drawn prizes! Way to CREATE, COLLABORATE, and LAUNCH your great ideas!
Ms. Wright's kindergartners sure do have the "write stuff!" Ms. McLaughlin, our Instructional Coach, and Ms. Wright teamed-up in Writers' Workshop to study how text and illustrations work together to tell a story. First, they carefully studied and noticed choices that real illustrators make when writing books. Then they created noticing charts to anchor their observations of mentor texts. They learned that real authors and illustrators plan their work and each child created a 4-Square planning sheet to start the writing process. Using the planning sheet, the students began authoring their own books. Ms. Wright and Ms. McLaughlin conferred with each student during Writers' Workshop time. Students added their very own illustrations using techniques from their author and illustrator study. Ms. Ricketson, our Ed Tech, and classroom parent helpers joined the creation process by helping each child photograph and narrate their published work via Shadow Puppet Edu. Above you will find just a few examples of their incredible books!. To celebrate being real authors and illustrators, Ms. Wright invited special Bridge Point guests to showcase their published work. Write on, kindergartners!
Looking to change things up a bit? Need an alternative to Kahoot or Socrative? Then Quizizz is for you! Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot, with a few key differences. Quizizz questions and answers can be projected and are displayed on student devices. Students can work at their own pace or work as a class. There is even a Quizizz's app! Check out this guide for more information. Thanks to Ashley Pampe, Barton Creek's Ed Tech for this week's hAPPy Friday!