Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Out with the old, In with the new!


HelpDesker, Arya Bhat just completed the new MSMS HelpDesk logo. Using the app, Sketchbook Express, she created this awesome new logo. Check out Arya's review of Sketchbook below:

App: Sketchbook Express and Sketchbook Pro 6

Sketchbook Express- free(on all devices)   

Sketchbook Pro 6- $0.99(mobile), $29.99(desktop), $2.99(tablet)
Genre: Graphics and Design

This app is perfect for creating unique styles of digital art! However, there are different features of the app in each device. In sketchbook express, there is a variation of brushes which you can experiment with. The paid version, Sketchbook Pro 6, has even more variations of brushes that are used in reality. Both are worthy of buying! Top of that, you don't need to carry any art supplies while you travel. Just grab a device with the app and a stylus, and you're ready to let your imagination and creativity flow wildly! The best recommendations to use these amazing apps would be either on the Mac or the iPad. 

Below, the old HelpDesk logo created by former Helpdesker, Dan McCarthy

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Newest App Reviews!

By Nirmal, Jeet and Tej:


ihomework
$1.99

This app is great for organizing your homework and setting reminders for when tests/quizzes are and to study for them. This way you wouldn’t forget to do your homework or to study. Since we can’t take the ipads home, you can put whatever you need to do at home on your ipad and connect it to other apple devices.






ischoolbox
free
The app is for the school . You create an app made for the school. You can set reminders, etc.This is a great app for us because the students will be well organized.







Myhomework 

This app is good for students to keep track of their homework and upcoming events like due dates, tests and quizzes.
The app is good as it allows teachers to post their homework directly into their class folder so the students wont forget their homework. Also, the app gives notifications.






Vocabulary Spelling City

I think that spelling city is a good app because it is free. 
Also, it is good because you could learn to spell some hard words that are commonly misspelled for careless reasons.

Book Creator: How To

To open the ePub as an eBook on an iPad or another digital reader, click on the link below:


- Then click on Download
- When prompted, click on Open in iBooks







An Important Reminder

Be sure to back up Notability to Google Drive:

http://www.bpsedtech.org/2013/10/21/backing-up-notability-to-google-drive/



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Red Sox Fever

HelpDesker, Arya Bhat once again shows off her artistic talent by creating this awesome Red Sox poster. Go Red Sox!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Welcome to Our New Help Desk Volunteers!

We are excited to welcome 7 NEW members to our team! See them in action here:

Siri, Nicholas, Tej, Jeet, Christopher, Joel and Josh joined because their friends (previous Help Desk Members) recommended this Activity Block.

Great Work on Digital Citizenship!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our iOS 7 Student Leaders Helping Teachers at MSMS

We sent out a team of iOS 7 Student Specialists to help teachers around the school.

Here are some examples of what they did one afternoon:

- Showed Signora Pescatore how to turn off the passcode lock (in passcode settings in settings) and how to make her home screen labels larger (in settings as well).



- Helped Mrs. Scelsi and Mrs. Pratt with Reflections by turning on Reflections with Air Play.




These Student Specialists are available to help you too!

Email us at msmshelpdesk@bpsk12.org for requests.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

MSMS Help Desk TALENT!

Our very own Arya has been working on some techie art projects. Here is what she did to create this picture:

 "I picked out a background for the theme. Then I changed the tone of each picture I put into the background. I made the pictures transparent so they look like actual ghosts or spirits. For the streams of light, I used a Dodge Tool to make the areas lighter."




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Welcome 2013-2014 HELP DESK STUDENTS!


We would like to welcome all of our new and fabulous Help Desk Volunteers for the 2013-2014 School Year:


Here is a Short Bio so you can learn more about them:


First name- Favorite App- Favorite Food

Joseph-Trigger fist-pizza

Shirin- Sheep Happens and Evernote- anything that tastes good

Nisha - Edmodo - Italian food(Pizza)

Malaika - Edmodo - Italian food

Adam - edmodo - buffalo wings

Forum - Edmodo -  eggplant parmesan

Sanjana - Edmodo, MyScript Calculator, and Google Drive- Ramen Noodles and Chinese food.

Quentin - penultimate - chicken nibblets

Jason - garageband - pizza or fried dough.

Sebastian - MY SCRIPT CALCULATOR - fried seabass.  

Antonio - garageband - pizza  

Joshua - GarageBand -  Tacos.

Movses - edmodo-  FRIED CHICKEN!

Arya -  doodlecast - sushi

Nirmal - notability - pizza

Shawn - script calculator - muffins

Matthew- Evernote- chicken !!!
Here they are- already hard at work! :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

HelpDesk's New Logo Concept


8th grade Helpdesker, Arya Bhat designed this initial logo concept for the 2013-2014 MSMS HelpDesk. The logo seems to capture the essence of the HelpDesk perfectly. Next, Arya will be working on vectorizing the logo in Adobe Illustrator. Way to go, Arya!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What do MSMS teachers think about the iPads?


Mrs. Barkley (Spanish)


What is the best part about having the Ipads?
Variety of lesson plans
What is the worst part about having the Ipads?
Sometimes technology does NOT work
How are the Ipads helpful in the classrooms?
They give the students and teachers a variety of teaching and learning strategies
What apps do the kids use most?
Study Blue- flashcards, Google Drive- paragraphs, Evernote- notes & projects
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Sometimes
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Teaching Tool
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
I prefer to have them as an everyday option
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Yes, I think it would be easier, 8th graders especially if they could take them home
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
Fruit Ninja, Scrabble, and Boggle
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
I think that they can help students stay organized and more engaged
 
Mrs.Cerretani (science)
Best part of having the ipads?
Google Search
Worst part about the ipads?
Secretly getting on the internet
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Notes
What app do the kids use most?
Notability
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Some
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Notes and Search
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Limited use; too much tec is not good for anybody
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
Not at all; over used, don't need
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Take the ipads home
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
None
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
Useful




Mrs. Deardan (art)
Best part of having the ipads?
Search - Resorce - Tracking
Worst part about the ipads?
No printing
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Research and tracking
What app do the kids use most?
Safari
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Some
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Research
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
In class
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Not necessary
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
None
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
Lucky Kids







Mrs. Hewitt (launguage arts)
Best part of having the ipads?
Something New/ Challenge

Worst part about the ipads?
Feeling like I want to be the best with the ipads
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Used in so many different ways
What app do the kids use most?
Notability and Google Drive
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Not Really
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Writing Process
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes, because it is making Burlington stand out
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
I prefer and can NOT see class without them now
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
There are positives and negatives; but over all it would be good
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
No
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
It is a good thing mostly because we all learn from it and it is helpful and flexible
Miss Mirabella (spanish)
Best part of having the ipads?
Quia
Worst part about the ipads?
Distractions
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Hands-on
What app do the kids use most?
Saferi
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Few kids
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Vocab
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
In class
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Yes
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
No
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
They are helpful


Mrs.Molina (Family Consumer Science)

Best part of having the ipads?
Insant accuss to information
Worst part about the ipads?
Distractions
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Helpful to get questions answered quickly
What app do the kids use most?
My fitness pal
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
No
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Resource
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Can be if it is used properly
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
Rather have it
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Yes, a lot more helpful
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
I do not know
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
When used for the purpose of educating and not just used to be used than it is helpful
Mr.Pearl (Language Arts)

Best part of having the ipads?
Reserach
Worst part about the ipads?
Distraction
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Debate Research
What app do the kids use most?
I do not know
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Yes, a little
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Research
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes, to a degree
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
In classroom
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
No
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
None
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
Good Start


Mr.Powers (Language Arts)
Best part of having the ipads?
Research
Worst part about the ipads?
Games
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Storage
What app do the kids use most?
Evernote
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Yes
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Notes/ writing/ research
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Good for the future
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
In class
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Hopefully
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
None
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
Useful and distraction



Mrs.Tate (math)
Best part of having the ipads?
More around the classroom
Worst part about the ipads?
None
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Note, organization, making learning fun
What app do the kids use most?
Notebilty
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
No; I could take the ipad away if someone was distracted
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Notes
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education?
Yes, helps organize and more freedom
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
In classroom
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
Yes; in control
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
Dictionary
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
They are helpful and fun

Mr.Vitale (math)
Best part of having the ipads?
Share folders and smit homework
Worst part about the ipads?
Distraction
How are they helpful in the classrooms?
Yes
What app do the kids use most?
Noteablity, evernote, google drive
Do you find that the students get distracted easily by having the ipads on them?
Yes
What do you use the ipads mostly for?
Notes, some worksheets
Do you think the ipads were a good addition to the school and the students education
Yes, because it changes responsibly
Do you prefer having the ipads in class or not at all?
Prefer
Do you think the ipads would be more helpful if the students could take the ipads home?
yes
Are there any apps that you have used previously that are NOT on the ipads that you think should be on them?
No
Overall what are your thoughts on the ipads?
Good, enhancement to school