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