Friday, January 12, 2018

Green Screen in 2nd Grade: Celebrating Classroom Teachers Series

The plan of this article series is to celebrate how my classroom teachers are integrating technology into our district curriculum. There are many awesome teachers in our school district doing great things in our 1:1 iPad classrooms. The first article of the series is inspired by a lesson that I assisted in yesterday.

Mrs. Semple, a 2nd grade classroom teacher at Edna Libby, wanted her students to learn how to use Green Screen by DoInk. So for the first lesson we decided to create a whole group video. In the future we will have another lesson where students will create their own videos on their iPads.

What we did:
1. Mrs. Semple had her students practice reading a reader's theater fluently before we had the whole group lesson. (When students know that they are going to be recorded they tend to be motivated to practice reading.)
2. Once the students were ready we met as a whole group. I showed the class a video (the first 6ish minutes) I created with students last year using a green screen plus explained the green screen process and tips. Other video examples... Kindergarten1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 5th grade
3. The classroom teacher picked one group to read their piece in front of the green screen while the classroom teacher recorded the readers. The rest of the students watched the reader's theater.


4. We went back to the classroom and Mrs. Semple projected her iPad on the whiteboard so that we could do the rest of the project as a whole class.
5. We used Safari to save some background pictures to the photo library on the iPad. We then had students recall the settings or key points of the story that would make a good background. Mrs. Semple searched for the images and then saved them to the iPad camera roll.
6. With my assistance Mrs. Semple modeled how to add the video and photos in the green screen app. I also showed them how to resize the video so that the parts of the video that did not have green in the background was no longer visible. We added several backgrounds so I also showed the class how to trim an item to make it easier to add a new item, in this case an image. Video can also be trimmed as well.
7. Mrs. Semple saved the finished video, airdropped it to the four student readers in the video, and then those students uploaded the video to their Seesaw account. Mrs. Semple plans to finish up with the other two groups soon.

I love love love that students were able to add the videos to their Seesaw portfolio so that parents can see the learning that is taking place in the classroom.

Additional Resources:
How To: DoInk Green Screen

Using "Green Screen" iPad app by Do Ink (Screen Cast Tutorial)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Synergy Resources

With an introduction of a new system to any institute there is always a huge learning curve. We, the tech team, have been working hard to make it as smooth of a transition as possible for our students, guardians, and staff. Here are some useful tutorial videos and resources to help us on our journey of working with Synergy.

For Guardians and Students:


For Staff:

Links to Synergy -
Login for Students and Guardians or for Staff
Information about Edupoint and Synergy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

BE Engaged! 2017-2018 iOS Apps

MSAD 6 Tech Coaches created an iPad App guide for the 2017-2018 school year using Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. (View the guide at the end of this article.) These approved apps, along with a few other Apps, will be in the Self Service App for students to install on their individual iPads. The Self Service App icon is displayed to the right of this text. Please contact your tech coach to learn how these fabulous Apps can help increase engagement in the classroom.

Three Apps to make sure to use, since we paid for them, are:

Book Creator: (Book Creator now has a web version as well.)

DoInk Green Screen:

Explain Everything:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Students Creating Digital Board Games Using Pic Collage

I can't take the credit for this idea... the credit goes to ERINtegration for coming up with the idea, and my coworker Laurie Delaney for making me aware of the idea. The purpose of this article is to share with you a video tutorial on how to create one yourself or with students. It would also be a fun rainy day project at home for parents and their children.

Video Tutorial

Beyond the normal board games that you may think of, students could take the project a step further to "show what they know" for any standard or create an interesting book report. Students examples below from Mrs. Lucy's 5th grade class and Mrs. Fries' 4th grade class.

Or Fun Basic Games...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blip Your Badge

I visited Kelsey O'Neil's room (Grade 1) yesterday and I noticed an awesome flowchart for SeeSaw on her wall. We started talking about how we all have such wonderful tools in our classroom, but with such a large district it is hard to share. The tech coaches are hoping to make that easier for all of you. I recently emailed you all about a resource called Blip Your Badge that the tech coaches created, however links work just as well to access the resource boards. (Bookmark them.) Below you will find the links to several tech topics. Each topic is loaded with links to video tutorials for teachers and students, flowcharts, and printable instructions. Please make use of this valuable resource and if you have something in your classroom that other teachers could use, please email it to me. We will update this resource frequently.

Also Suzanna Stevens (Grade 2) is creating a resource for teachers as a project for her master program.

Nicole Gleason
Technology Coach SAD#6
BlogWebsite, and Wiki
George E Jack, Steep Falls, and Edna Libby

In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but
what you have taught them to do for themselves that 
will make them successful human beings. 
Ann Landers

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Breakout EDU in the Elementary Classroom

Have you heard of an Escape Room? If not, it is a room where you have to solve riddles, puzzles, and mysteries in order to "break" out of the room. Breakout EDU has brought a similar scenario to classrooms. The classroom teacher uses a kit with a variety of locks to create a similar situation for their students, except the students are trying to "break" into a box. The website has a bunch of team building mysteries or classroom teachers can create their own. The clues can be related to content that has been taught in class as well as the team building experience. Breakout EDU also has a digital version available.

Here is a video of some of my students "breaking out".

Monday, December 5, 2016

Internet Safety in MSAD6 K-5

MSAD6 Internet Safety Lessons have been updated and now include lessons for kindergarten and first grade. Read below to find out what students will be learning in Kindergarten through 5th grade in our school district.

Going Places Safely

In kindergarten students will discover that the internet can be used to visit faraway places, compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and learn guidelines for traveling safely on the internet. This lesson is provided to us free of charge from Common Sense Media. There is a nice short video that students will watch and discuss, My Online Neighborhood. After the video and discussion the class will participate in an online field trip and the students will create a drawing of their favorite online place.

Staying Safe Online

In first grade students will discuss how staying safe on a website is similar to staying safe in real life. They will learn to recognize websites that are good for them and that they should ask a trusted adult before visiting sites that might not be just right for them. There are a few different tasks that accompany the first grade lesson. Some students may make a ChatterPix to talk about what they do online and then discuss if the sites are safe or not. Others may complete a traffic light worksheet and play the Website Traffic Light game. Good videos to accompany this lesson are Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumba or CEOP KS1 Lee and Kim Cartoon

BrainPop Jr. Internet Safety

In second grade students learn about how to keep themselves and their computers safe while using the internet. Students watch the BrainPop Jr. Video as a class. After watching BrainPop we have a discussion about internet safety and take the on-line quiz. Once we have finished the quiz students create an internet safety digital book or digital drawing. For this project we have used a variety of apps, and sites. Some of my favorites: Tar Heel ReaderBook Creator, and StoryKit.

Student Examples: StoryKit Book and another StoryKit Example

Creating Internet Safety Skits/Videos

Third graders are not usually very shy in front of the camera so it is a great grade level to take advantage of their eagerness to be a star. In third grade we have students watch a couple videos of previous MSAD6 third graders performing internet safety skits, talk about internet safety, discuss what they could do to teach others about internet safety, break up into small groups to write/practice skits, and then record their skits. I post their work on my website and send the videos to our district's television station. Students are so excited to know that they are going to be famous on BETV

Student Example:

The Digital Citizenship Pledge 

In Fourth grade we discuss appropriate online behavior plus how to participate respectfully and responsibly in an online community. Using an iPad app like ChatterPix or Tellagami students create online pledges to share with their classmates. Student example below.

Think Before You Post

Fifth Grade students also are not usually camera shy and are quite creative with iMovie. Honestly, this is my favorite lesson because the students come up with really good ideas and capture the message to help the technology coaches teach this lesson to the following year's fifth grade students. We focus on three messages. 1. Think before you post personal information. 2. Think before you post pictures of yourself or someone else. 3. Think before you post hateful words. Below you will find an example of all three types of Think Before You Post trailers, created by former and current BE 5th graders.




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Front Row Math and ELA Features

email I sent to my teachers:

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a Front Row Webinar to learn about the Front Row School Edition. I want to share with you some of the things that I learned about the School Edition and mention some free features as well, since some of you are new to Front Row.

For ELA:
1. The Articles are now leveled down to early readers. What this means is... the early reader articles have audio to go with the text. All articles will be assigned to each student based on their reading level, but they will all get similar content so that they can participate in a classroom discussion. Every level has a different set of comprehension questions and writing prompts.
2. With our paid school edition, you can assign unlimited articles.
3. Benchmark assessments are only available with school edition. The benchmark assessments will be graded for you and you can print them for conferences or other purposes.
4. Word Study is available for free, however the Word Study reports is part of our School Edition.

For Math:
1. We have Inquiry Based lessons that are aligned with all math standards available to us. Please invite me in to model a lesson. They are very easy to teach and with little set up. You only have to print out the Inquiry Base Sheet and hook your laptop or iPad up to the projector. Students will be engaged and talking about real world math problems!
2. You can assign Benchmark Assessments with the paid version. You can customize the assessment to test a particular standard, domain, or grade level. (As with all of the on-line practice and assessments, they are graded for You! WootWoot!)
3. Something that is part of the free version, but worth mentioning... You can assign practice for common core standards and as many times as you want because each assignment will generate new questions.
4. With the paid version we can now create customizable worksheets. You pick the domain and Front Row does the rest by generating a personalized worksheet for each of your students based on what they are currently working on in Front Row. At the end of all of the worksheets an answer key will be displayed and will also print. (I am wowed by this feature!)
5. Also worth a mention, even though a free feature... Front Row has a very nice math fact practice built into the program with a chart available in reports for you to know what facts your students are working on and have mastered. No need for Xtra Math any more. Now you can have your data all in one place.

1. With the paid version we can share students with other teachers that have your students. This comes in handy if you switch classes for different subjects. 
2. If you click on the Standards option on your dashboard, you will find sample questions for every math standard and links to short YouTube videos that you can show your students either whole group, or create a QR code for students to watch individually in centers. Plus it is listed by Domain so you can see the progression that every student will encounter as they make their math journey through our school district.

A couple weeks ago Front Row had some hiccups in their system. This company has grown tremendously lately, for good reason, and are working out some kinks. Do know that they have worked on the problems and it should be running better now. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Nicole Gleason
Technology Coach SAD#6
BlogWebsite, and Wiki
George E Jack, Steep Falls, Edna Libby, and HB Emery Schools

In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but
what you have taught them to do for themselves that 
will make them successful human beings. 
Ann Landers