Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rachad Created a New Logo

Study Blue vs Cram by Suleikha and Sarah

StoryboardThat Review by Bella, Chloe and Christian

StoryboardThat is a digital comic maker. It allows users to create and imagine new things for projects, and presentations. On this website you can pick a scene to put in one of the spaces that holds the comics. The user can add a wide variety of characters, speech bubbles, shapes, transportation, scenes, and social media logos. In characters there are several sections including Adults, Teens, Kids, Jobs, Sports, Greek Mythology, Culture, 1900’s, 1600’s-1800’s, Medieval, Classic Era, Monsters and Myths, and Silhouettes. For speech bubbles you can use the common shapes. In the scenes tabs you can pick from Home(indoor), Home (outdoor), School, Athletics, Work, Classical Homes, Historical, US History, and Country & Rustic. You can also add shapes and download things from the internet. You can edit your character’s colors and adjust their position and hand gestures. The user can drag and drop images to create a digital project and share it with teachers or other students.

StoryboardThat is a good website for making projects and comics, but it glitches and can be very slow. If the website was not as slow or if the glitches were fixed, this website would be a lot better.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Oculus vs. Google Cardboard by Gili and Jonathan


Virtual Reality is an amazing experience because it feels like you're actually there. Virtual reality is much better when you have people or friends next to you to talk or discuss to. The Oculus Virtual Reality is compatible with Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge. There are many variations of this product, there is the Oculus that is compatible with a computer, and the other is compatible with a phone. The Oculus comes in 2 different colors. You can get black, or white.

The Night Cafe- It was a fantastic experience. I loved seeing the painting of Leonardo Da Vinci come to life. The way Leonardo Da Vinci made his painting helped the 3D artists make this an exciting adventure.

Jurassic World- It was a heart racing experience where you thought the dinosaur would eat me or crush me. It seemed real.

Google Cardboard:

The google cardboard is a fun and inexpensive virtual reality. The google cardboard will fit any phone. To use the cardboard you can simply go online or onto youtube and look up the video you would like. When you insert the phone the phone will read a scanner on the cardboard and being you to a website. The Cardboard is a good alternative for schools to learn and be in the virtual reality. There are some apps you can be in the kaaba, or in a science lab. Overall the cardboard is a good idea for schools and individuals to have.

Oculus VR:
Google Cardboard:
Made with metal and other electronic components.
Made from cardboard and magnifying glasses.
You can buy apps off the oculus website and rent apps from a service provider.
Works with any YouTube video and the gold cardboard app
Very clear. There is a crank to get the phone closer or farther away to enhance your vision with the app.
Clear with specific apps but blurrier than the Oculus VR
Assembly and Installation
To assemble the oculus you have to download an app and insert your phone into the slot provided.
To assemble the cardboard is somewhat difficult. You will have the stick glue to a certain spot and fold on the dotted lines. To install your phone just put it on the suction cups and watch your video.
Phones it works with
The phones the oculus works with are Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge
works with any phone depends if fits the right size. Includes any iPhone/samsung, but doesn't work well with LG

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Activity Blocks That Use Technology by Lainey and Bella L.

Legs Robotics/Model Build:

In Lego Robotics/Model Build, Mr. Marino and Mr. Kingston have students code robots using an app called Mindstorm. Students also get the opportunity to build smaller models or famous buildings, or anything that they can imagine. Students are always busy coding or building with Mr. Marino and Mr. Kingston.

Beginning coding:

Mr. Vitale runs a Beginning Coding activity block. In his activity block, students get the opportunity to learn how to code. They use an app called Pyonkee. The app has very interactive lessons to teach students how to code.


Mrs. O’Leary has the computer activity block. Unfortunately, the school does not have computers anymore. Now she has students utilize the iPads. Students are allowed to play games that are school appropriate.

Google Sketching:

Using a program called google sketchup they create a house and many other things. The point is to teach students more about technology. This activity block is run by Mr. Fatal.

Digital photography:

They use cameras to take pictures and use Macs to edit them. They use Adobe Photoshop to edit photos. They out their SD cards into the Macs in order to get their pictures onto the Macs. This activity block is ran by Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Rogers.

Mrs. Volpe and Ms. Miley run a really cool activity block known as Internet. In internet, students use the Macs in the Mac Lab to go on fun websites that are school appropriate.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We are in the Simonds Says Digital Magazine!



PHET Review by Bella V., Christian and Chloe P.

PhET is an educational science app. You may choose your own level or do all of the levels.  After you choose your level it gives different experiments to learn from. The user can also choose the category. The categories are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Earth Science. The games on this app are very interactive, this app helps users understand experiments better. Some of these activities on this app are not easily understood by the user. PhET should add directions to the activities to help the user better understand what to do. PhET should also walk you through what to do before you start using the app, almost like a tutorial. There is also a section that lists the user’s favorite experiments.

Our Favorite Activities:
  • Biology
    • Color Vision
    • Balloons and Static Electricity
  • Chemistry
    • Concentration
    • Wave on a String

  • Physics
    • Friction
    • John Travoltage
  • Math
    • Area Builder
    • Fraction Matcher
  • Earth Science
    • Under Pressure
    • pH Scale

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chloe P. Interviews Mrs. Bryne

         This year we have some new teachers at MSMS. One of them is Mrs. Byrne. We asked Mrs. Byrne ten questions. Mrs. Byrne became a teacher because she likes explaining things, enjoyed working with children, and is very curious. She enjoys the 1:1 iPads when kids don't misuse them because they are good for filming what we do in class and make it easier to share notes with children, like on google classroom. Mrs. Byrne enjoys using Kahoot and JogNog in class but hopes to integrate Flocabulary and PhET as another learning tool. She became a science teacher because before she was a teacher she was a civil engineer and it seemed to fit. Mrs. Byrne’s favorite thing about teaching is doing labs and hands on activities, joking around with kids, and seeing the kids everyday. Out of all the units we cover in science heat and pressure is her favorite. In Mrs. Byrnes opinion the worst part about the iPads are when kids fool around on them and apps like google classrooms don't work. Some of the personal apps she uses are YouTube, Instagram, Overdrive, and iBooks.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Swift Playground by Jonathan

Swift playground is a fun and easy app to use. This app explains and demonstrates each and every manoeuvre you need to make. This app is colorful and has interesting animations that you move. In the app there is a Questions and Answer tab, when you go into that you develop a question then the system generates an answer. I would suggest this app to teachers who are looking for a coding app that is accessible yet challenging.

  • Easy to access the menu bar.
  • Adjustable to age=difficulty.
  • You can switch between difficulty
  • Depending on reading difficulty it will adjust instructions
  • The first 5 levels are very simple, but takes a while to get through all the instructions.
  • The programming gets very glitchy and lags more than a normal app should.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

How to Create a Top-Down Web by Dan, Malachi, and Sam

For the past few weeks, Helpdesk students Dan, Malachi, and Sam reviewed different ways to make Top-Down Webs in Google Slides and Inspiration Maps. Check out their tutorials below!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What we are working on....

  • ios10 update tutorial on Green Screen- Gili, Bella, Lainey

Swift Playground Coding App- Jonathan

Top-Down Web Maker- Sam, Daniel, Malachi

Review Notability using iMovie- Suleikha and Rachad

iMovie Review- using iMovie- Aymaan and Justin

Digital Citizenship- Chloe A.

Tour of the Learning Commons on iMovie-
Bella, Christian, Chloe and Sarah