Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Seesaw is an interactive blogging and digital profile app or website. It can be used as a replacement of the applications Blogger and Notability. One can create a personal profile where photos, videos, drawing videos, notes, links, and files can be uploaded and created. Teachers can use Seesaw to keep digital portfolios of students work and comment on it. It allows students to save and submit a variety of files, including videos, photos, drawings, links, and notes. They can explain their work with a voice recording and submission writing sent to a teacher, who will then approve items, making it available to parents. Seesaw allows easy access to different methods of writing and note-taking, and creates a simple way for teachers to approve or disapprove blog posts.
- There are many different ways to share ideas through Seesaw.
- Teachers can approve and deny the uploading of different items onto a student’s blog.
- Uploading photos and videos may take a long time.
- Some uploads take a while to appear in one’s home page after being approved.
If you would like to join the Seesaw community-https://app.seesaw.me/#/login?force_login=signup
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Stop Motion Studio is a free app for making stop motion animations. Although the app is free to download, it offers a variety of in-app purchases to make the stop motion experience better for everyone.
A stop motion animation is made by taking multiple photos of drawings or objects to give them the impression of movement. Then, by combining the photos, you can create a movie, short film, or video. If you want to give stop motion animation a try, Stop Motion Studio is a great app to use.
When filming, you can zoom the camera in and out and flip the camera to face yourself or the outside. Zooming is good if you want to get close-up shots of characters. There is also a timer so you don't have to press the red button every time you want to take a picture. This will also give you some time to move your character in between each scene. Another feature is Onion Skin, which makes an almost transparent copy of a picture when you go to take another one. This can be helpful when making an animation because if your figure falls over, you can put it back in its place. It's also used to make small movements so your figure doesn't look like it jumped out of its place.
When editing, you can fix and improve your videos. You can view each picture you take and edit it. You can change the frame speed from one to thirty frames per second. You can also make your video a loop so you can play it over and over again and you can play your last frames only, which takes you back to where you left off if you scroll back to an earlier frame while watching our video. You can add audio and enable or disable the sound.
Individually, the in-app purchases cost $0.99, but there are two that cost $1.99 each. You can buy them all together for $4.99. The features in this pack include Import Images, Remote Camera, Movie Effects, Paint, Green Screen, Themes, Sound Effects, 4K Ultra HD, and Rotoscoping.
The only criticism I have is that many of the features the app offers have to be payed for.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
How Instagram can be Educational:
- A teacher can post pictures of student work.
- You can follow people who travel around the world so you can learn about different countries.
- Record steps in a science experiment.
- Record Field trip the class has been on.
- Share acceptance letter if you applied to a school.
- You can post students who made it on the scholar's list.
- Teachers can communicate with students on instagram
How instagram is not educational:
- Students can spread rumors
- People can use it during school with their iPads
- People can post pictures the other people didn't approve of.
- Make fake accounts or pretend to be someone else
- If you log in on another persons phone they can stay on your account and theirs by switching users
- You can record other people and post it on your Instagram story which everyone can see
- Under their pictures you can put negative comments.
- Screenshot and repost a picture of someone that the person wouldn't want on social media.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Alexa v.s. Google
Alexa- (large) $179.99
Tasks for it to do:
- Play songs such as: Billy Joel, Imagine Dragons
- Sing Me A Song
- Tell Me a Joke
- Alarm clocks
- Find Items to buy
- Ask location and addresses for stores
We would recommend Google over Alexa because you do not have surrender as many privacies. We prefer the look of the google item more. As users you can look up and connect to anything that Google can connect to while using the device, whereas Alexa only connects to Amazon. This item gives you the freedom to work with the whole internet and not just one website. The price range is also much more preferred compared to Alexa. The answers Google give are easier to understand. Google also seems to have more answers than Alexa.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Pearltrees is a note-taking application that allows a student to share, organize, and personalize their own notes. The user can organize documents, web pages, notes, and import different photos and files to your home page. Each student has their own account, where they can share different collections and ideas with any teacher or student that is a user. A student can team up with other students and collaborate on a collection. A student can look at other people’s collections that may be related to one’s own interests. One can comment and add other files to their own collection. A teacher can view their student’s notes, and comment on them also.
Pearltrees is a helpful application that could be used instead of Notability and Explain Everything.
Using Pearltrees in classrooms could benefit the level of learning for students. Organization management is in this app to create a better environment for learning. Overall, the use of Pearltrees is a helpful way to organize and develop ideas.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
We recently interviewed the helpdesk at Burlington High School. They were very nice and answered all our questions. To ask them questions we had google hangout. Everyone who is in helpdesk at the middle school now came up with a question and asked it so we could have a better understanding of what is done in the high school helpdesk. Below are the questions ( in black) and answers ( in blue) of the helpdesk students:
- What is the worst part of helpdesk? No study hall.
- How many people do you allow into the Help Desk? No maximum; but 6 or 7 (they may have more).
- Who makes up the majority of the Help Desk? Mainly upperclassmen (Juniors, Seniors).
- What is the best part of being in help desk? You can do whatever you want such as programing, and tech.
- How much work do you usually get accomplished? Depends on the project (can take long time or short) especially making a game.
- What different tools do you use in the high school Help Desk compared to middle school Help desk? No one in the interview did Help desk in middle school.
- Where do you guys meet? In the Library (a back room).
- Do you stay after school? No, but you can.
- Can you stay in helpdesk all four years? Generally not, but you can take it for a couple semesters.
- Do you interview other students? They haven’t, but they may in the future.
- Are you graded and if so how? Yes they are graded, and there is a rubric on the high school helpdesk blog and projects have different weight. You can pass/fail.
- What kind of activities do you do? Make spinners, games, and documentaries?
- Can you get kicked out of helpdesk? You can but no one ever has.
Six Tips on how to save battery life on your iPad
Number 1: You can turn down your brightness. People say that turning down your brightness, can save battery by decreasing the amount of voltage that is used on the LCD display on your iPad. This will improve and save some of your battery life on your iPad.
Number 2: Background App Refresh can take up lots of battery because some apps still manage to consumer a lots of power. To turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and you can turn Background App Refresh off, or you can select the apps you'd like to refresh in the background on your mobile apple device. This way you can save some battery life on your iPad.
Number 3: Vibrations actually use up more power than ringtones. The sounds produced by ringtones are just very tiny vibrations in your smartphone’s speaker. That to the shaking of the entire iPad, definitely takes less of your battery. The same goes for using vibration for feedback in other applications. If you don't disable vibrations at least, lessen the power usage of the vibrations.
Number 4:Certain apps eat up more battery juice than others, particularly apps which use the GPS system to track your location. You iPad has a GPS unit that allows the signals to and from satellites to determine your exact location, which is important for some apps to work, for example, map-based apps like Maps or to check-in on Pokémon Go.
Number 5: The fifth tip to save your battery life is to turn off notifications. Not only is it annoying to constantly receive irrelevant notifications that can actually wait, it is also a powersucker for each of these notifications. Every incoming notification will take up some energy, but turning them off will save lots of power in the long run.
Number 6: The last tip to save your battery life is Low Power Mode.When Low Power Mode is on, the battery in the battery indicator bar will be yellow. You'll see and the battery percentage.When your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery power left, you’ll see a “Low Power Mode” prompt appear. Your iPhone will tell you what features will be temporarily disabled until your iPhone has an optimal amount of power. To do this, open the Settings app, scroll down, and tap the “Battery.” Activate the “Low Power Mode” slider to enable it.
These are six ways you can save battery life on your apple mobile device by adjusting some settings.
By Aymaan S. and Joel V.
Murphy, Samantha. "7 Ways to Save Your Battery Life on IOS 8." Mashable. Mashable, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2017."How to Use Low Power Mode on an IPhone (and What Exactly It Does)." How-To Geek RSS. How-To Geek, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
MSMS Help Desk students had a blast "Chatting" online with students from the BHS Help Desk team yesterday!
You can check out the video below:
Chloe and Bella will be following up in a post featuring some of the key topics that were discussed.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
SPANISH LESSON - AR Verbs
Click the link for a quick song
Find some -ar verbs we have learned
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This is what the ending look like in a chart. Remember that you
Use this link for a quick exercise
When opening the link pick 10 questions and and mark NO for the vosotros form.
Use this link for practicing your skills
You Do Not necessarily need to know the verbs you just need to conjugate them.