Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Introducing Our New Help Desk Group!

Welcome back!

We are looking forward to another great year of technology integration!

1st row: Kiera, Kendra, Khya, Andrew, Rishabh, Joseph

2nd row: Sam, Chloe, Zara, Anvi, Jessica, Annabel

Not pictured: Meriam, Gabby, Daniela

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ten Tech Apps for Students by Aymaan

Ten Technological Apps For Students
  1. Evernote is an easy to use note-taking and PDF annotation app. You can create lists and draw in the app for notes. It is a great productivity related app.
    2.  Dropbox is a file service which gives you cloud storage to store all of your pdf’s and pictures as well as file synchronization and a personal cloud. This can be useful because you can access Dropbox from any mobile device that can run the app at an optimized performance.

   3. Wolfram Alpha is an answer engine. It basically is an online service that answers queries and questions directly by computing the answer. It does not give you website to go to, rather it gives you the answer directly. This can be useful for anyone because if you have any question this service gives you the answer. Not just websites to go and look for your answer.

 4. Popplet is easy an easy to use app that lets you create a graphic organizer by yourself. You can add pictures and images and draw in them as well.

  5. Easybib is an easy citation creator. This app allows you to just copy and paste a website and create a citation out of it. This can be easy and useful for students because it makes it easy for them to list their sources in a format that the teachers want.


 6. SimpleMind™ is a mind mapping tool that takes your thoughts and structures them in a comfortable way. It is an graphic organizer and a place to store any information that you have just like a online sticky note. It is easy to create crosslinks to connect any 2 topics on the Mind Map where you view your information.

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  7. Merriam-Webster is an app that is a trusted source for a dictionary. The app gives you the origins of words and the time period that it was used the most.

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  8.  Adobe Voice lets you create a video with your voice. This can be useful if you have to create a video about a topic and you want to make it with the least amount of effort needed to get an A on your project. You can create a story with a variety of soundtracks to choose from, and combine video clips and photos to make an animated video easily.


  9. The app Paper allows you to create checklists, identify details in photos, and sketch diagrams. The app can keep your ideas organized and is formatted in a way of a posttest board where you can have everything laid out in front of you.
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10. Just Press Record is a simple audio recording app that is convenient and easy to use. Just press the button and you can create memos and record lectures and more. You can even Playback and record on all your iOS devices. The app also provides a transcript of what you said.

Mind Meister 2 by Annabel, Anvi and Gabi

Teachers and Technology at MSMS

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seesaw Review by Annabel and Anvi

Seesaw Review

  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-

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Morphi Review by Aymaan and Joel

Review of Stop Motion Studio by Christian

      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

Puppet EDU

Instagram and Education

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 vs. Google by Chloe and Bella

Alexa v.s. Google

  • Alexa can order stuff off of amazon
  • Alexa can surf the web
  • You can listen to music
  • Comes in a large and small size
  • Can stream music
  • Can act as a timer
  • Can control smart-home devices
  • You can connect your phone to Alexa
  • There is Bluetooth
  • Can not listen to music not on amazon
  • Is not easily controlled like google
  • The answers to questions are more limited and may not have an answer
  • You must surrender some privacies
  • It doesn't work unless it is plugged in
  • It takes songs off youtube
  • It surfs the web from google
  • You can control other compatible devices like smart-home devices
  • Has more answers and information than Alexa
  • Can Stream music
  • Can act as a timer
  • More attractively designed
  • You can play in multiple rooms at once
  • You can connect your phone to Google home and can send information to your phone
  • You can only connect to one google account at a time
  • Must surrender some privacies
  • It doesn’t respond well when music is playing
  • Voice not as easily understood as other devices
  • There is no Bluetooth
  • You can not shop off of Google Home

Alexa- (large) $179.99
          (small) $49.99

Tasks for it to do:
  • Play songs such as: Billy Joel, Imagine Dragons
  • Sing Me A Song
  • Tell Me a Joke
  • Reminders
  • Alarm clocks
  • Find Items to buy
  • Ask location and addresses for stores

Our Opinion:

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.

Aman's How to Make 3D Printed Fidget Spinner

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Make a Portable Charger by Aman

Annabel and Anvi Review PEARLTREES

Pearltrees Review

 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

Bella and Chloe Summarize Interview with BHS Help Desk

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:

  1. What is the worst part of helpdesk? No study hall.
  2. How many people do you allow into the Help Desk? No maximum; but 6 or 7 (they may have more).
  3. Who makes up the majority of the Help Desk? Mainly upperclassmen (Juniors, Seniors).
  4. What is the best part of being in help desk? You can do whatever you want such as programing, and tech.
  5. How much work do you usually get accomplished? Depends on the project (can take long time or short) especially making a game.
  6. 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.
  7. Where do you guys meet? In the Library (a back room).
  8. Do you stay after school? No, but you can.
  9. Can you stay in helpdesk all four years? Generally not, but you can take it for a couple semesters.
  10. Do you interview other students? They haven’t, but they may in the future.
  11. 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.
  12. What kind of activities do you do? Make spinners, games, and documentaries?
  13. Can you get kicked out of helpdesk? You can but no one ever has.

Aymaan and Joel Give Battery Life Tips

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.

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