• Building Learning Communities

    This morning’s #satchat initially focused on the faculty meeting, but quickly turned into a powerful discussion about learning communities. I want to capture the essential points I gained so that I can reflect on these issues more in days to come. First, do we consider schools learning communities?   In a learning community, all are […]

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  • IFTTT: A Recipe For Organization

    If This, Then That (IFTTT) is a service that allows you to make connections between different sites, apps, and other technology. It allows you to create recipes that when “triggered,” an action takes place. For example, I could create a recipe in which if I take a new photo with Instagram, it automatically is saved […]

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  • Genius Hour Reviewed

    For several weeks the topic of conversation in our classroom surrounded our trial of Genius Hour.  Students were excited about being given the time and opportunity to pursue topics of interest to them.  They LOVED the term – Student Driven Learning! Most students had an idea right away – while others needed time to think and plan.  […]

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  • Making Connections

    A month or so ago, I attended a Common Core conference at UMass Boston, and if you remember correctly, I said there was so much about that day that would inspire future newsletters… Here’s one, now! One of the topics discussed was the necessity for adults to have a strong understanding of social media.  Though technology skills do […]

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  • PARCC Will Replace MCAS For Most BPS Students

    In case you missed it in the news last week, the Massachusetts Board of Education voted to accept a two-year transition plan to the PARCC assessment. The original plan to implement PARCC testing called for all Massachusetts students begin taking the new assessment in 2015, but MA Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has been listening to […]

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  • Simplifying the Hunt

    Our students need to see themselves as readers. Reading needs to be part of who they are and, fortunately, our ever-changing digital world makes this endeavor both possible and more interesting with each passing year. As more electronic resources dedicated to books and reading pop up, we are presented with increasingly impressive user experiences. Information […]

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  • Trying Something New

    We summer staff watch the annual building renovations with excitement and apprehension. Will all of these new “improvements” work like we hope they will? Will they be finished in time? Will our staff like them? As we enter the last two weeks before school starts, we find ourselves wondering the same things about our new […]

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  • Visit LearnLaunch at our fall MassCUE/M.A.S.S. Conference

    October 23 and 24, 2014 Welcome back to another school year. Most of us start the year with recounting a summer experience. I would like to tell you about the MassCUE/LearnLaunch Beta Teacher event that was held on July 23, 2013 at the Hoag Center in Waltham in partnership with LearnLaunch. Let me give you […]

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  • Solid State of Mind

    Solid-state storage technologies have greatly elevated our computing devices in the past few years. From flash memory storage found in iPads and other tablets to solid-state drives (SSD) found more commonly in laptops, Ultrabooks, and now even desktops, SSD technologies provide tremendous speed advantages to their spinning hard disk drive (HDD) counterparts. For educators, computing […]

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