Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meg's App Reviews- BRAINPOP

Meg's App Reviews

This Week... BRAINPOP!

Brainpop provides a startling amount of content for a free app. Students and
teachers get a new animated video every single day, followed by a quiz to see how much they understood. The range of topics alone: science, history, technology, art, etc, is simply amazing! Kids can watch a movie about the nature of dogs one day and then learn what a blog is the next. The movies are hosted by the hilarious animated duo of Tim and his robot, Moby.

What kids can learn-


Language & Reading Math
Social Studies

Thinking & Reasoning Self-Direction
Health & Fitness

MSMS 8th Graders Are all Talking about Google

Click on this link to find out why:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Cool Google Chat with a School in CA!

Last week, our students had the opportunity to "meet" with another group of 8th grade students from California who do what they do! The Mayan Genius Bar at Montgomery Middle School "chatted" with us during Activity Block so we could learn about each of our programs, and how they are alike and different. This is what we learned:

1. They have a "studio" for their group while we work in the Media Center (which they compared to the size of a stadium).

2. They meet before school, during lunch and during "Advisory Block" while we meet during Activity Block.

3. They love Educreations, iMovie and Explain Everything and we do too!

4. They don't use Google Classroom, so we told them how cool it is.

5. They promote their services by making announcements in school, through word of mouth and they have created a few commercials. That gave us the idea to create some of our own commercials about our Help Desk!

6. Their favorite "tech toy" is the Hologram Keyboard

7. Their favorite browser is Chrome

8. Their least favorite thing in technology right now is the iOS8 Update (they promised new emoji's and didn't deliver!)

We can't wait to "chat with them again soon!

You can see more about what they do here:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We have a WINNER!

Thank you to all of the students who submitted their awesome LOGO's for our Helpdesk Blog!

The winning logo was created by Joicee, 7th grade. Congratulations!!

This logo will be featured on the top of our blog for the rest of the 2014-2015 school year.

Here are some of the other great entries we received:

Created by Meaghan, 8th grade

Created by Noel, 8th grade

Created by Jamie, 8th grade
Also, thank you to Aria (current 9th grader) for creating the logo we used for the 2013-2014 school year: