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Sunday Check In: 11/1/15

posted Nov 2, 2015, 6:54 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening and welcome to November!

As we journey further into the school year, I'd like to offer some apps to help with assessments and test prep. Let me know if you would like further information. Have a great start to the week! ~Kerri

Mcas Prep - Studying Made Easy
​ Mcas Prep allows students in Massachusetts study for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System(MCAS). This app easily allows students to take many test for free and automatically get their score. 

The Official SAT Question of the Day
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You can browse through last week's questions along with your answers, and read thorough explanations for every wrong choice. Bonus
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 The app comes from the maker of the SAT test themselves – The College Board – so you know the questions you're getting every day are spot on.

IntelliVocab lite for SAT
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If you struggle with vocabulary, and hate vocab flashcards like nobody's business, then this app is just your thing.
SAT Up-- the world's most widely-used mobile application for SAT prep, featuring personalized daily workouts, midterm and full length practice tests, vocabulary games, on-demand tutoring and continuous coach support.

Sunday Check In: 10/25/15

posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:13 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 2:14 AM ]

Good evening,

Methuen High School's Innovative Learning Team presented on October 22nd at the annual MassCUE Technology conference held at Gillette Stadium. Two well crafted, innovative workshops highlighting the very best of 21st Century teaching were enjoyed by enthusiastic and awed participants. Below please find some more information and reach out to me if you would like to get involved. All are welcome!  ~Kerri

Question: What is 21st Century Learning?

Answer: The term "21st-century skills" is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today's world.

Question: What if I want to learn more?

Answer: Click here to access the official website: P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Question: How is the ILT implementing these frameworks at the high school?

Answer: The team is instituting Genius Hour and Methuen 20Time Projects.

Question: What is Genius Hour?

Answer: One of the concerns educators hear continuously from businesses and centers for higher education is this: Students’ most prominent weakness is their inability to be independent, self-directed learners and workers.The Genius Hour is set aside as a time for students to work on a project that will cultivate these skills while allowing students the freedom to focus on something that they’re passionate about.

Question: What are Methuen 20Time Projects?

Answer: A 20Time Project allows students to pick their own project and learning outcomes, while still hitting all the standards and skills for their grade level. In fact, these students often go "above and beyond" their standards by reaching for a greater depth of knowledge than most curriculum tends to allow. The idea for 20% time in schools comes from Google's own 20% policy, where employees are given twenty percent of their time to work and innovate on something else besides their current project. It's been very successful in business practice, and now we can say that it has been wildly successful in education practice.

Sunday Check In: 10/18/15

posted Oct 17, 2015, 5:51 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,

The Innovative Learning Team has a big week ahead. We will be presenting at the annual MassCUE Technology conference held at Gillette Stadium. Just a few of the amazing things happening at our high school will be featured. Read on for the details. We would love to have you join us at one of our meetings to share and collaborate on 21st Century Teaching and Learning. We meet on Thursdays in room 1038. All are welcome! ~Kerri

20Time Projects: (Presenters: Laurie Bakker, Ed Brandt, Esperanza Lalinde, Tracy McNichols, Martin Navetta, Sarah Thompson, Melissa Tobin, Joan Walsh) Be bold, Teach Differently! Uncover a passion for learning with inquiry based instruction and prepare high school students for life beyond the classroom. Take away a simple model including: a Problem-Solution Proposal Form, a 60 Second Project Pitch, Checkpoint meetings, Weekly Exit Tickets and the culminating Ted Talk Style Speeches.

Neutralize the Instagram Attitude: (Presenter: Nathan Williams) Take away an effective digital storytelling model curriculum unit which can be directly applied to any non-fiction, theme-based curriculum. Prepare your students for college and career readiness by providing them the backdrop for a sound college application essay. Any mobile device can achieve the same astonishing results. Let your students do the talking!

Be Bold/PD Differently!: (Presenter: Kerri Stoffel) Bring your device and actively participate in three non-traditional methods of delivering transformative teaching models to your school communities. Each participant will race, sing and uncover non-traditional approaches to delivering professional development. Walk away with models for the Amazing Race, Name that Tune and 20Time Projects.

Sunday Check In: 10/11/15

posted Oct 13, 2015, 3:18 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,
I hope everyone is enjoying a well deserved, beautiful long weekend! Google classroom continues to be our focus. Read on for the latest. As always, I look forward to seeing you next week. ~Kerri

 
Sharing settings: please view this if you are frustrated by your attempts to share a file or folder with someone.

Google Chrome: use this for Google Classroom instead of Safari or the Classroom app.

MHS Instructional Technology Website: Have you checked out the latest tips and resources? Do you need help with instruction or are you looking for Julie to help with your hardware needs?

Google Classroom Help

Sunday Check In: 10/4/15

posted Oct 5, 2015, 7:02 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,
We're all about Google Classroom at Methuen High School. This week's check in provides some essential information. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. ~Kerri

Question: Why can't my students access documents in Classroom?
Answer: They are not using Chrome. Please have your students use Chrome as their web browser. It is available for free in the App Store.

Google Classroom Chrome Extension: 
Google Classroom Teachers: Save time and create a more interactive class with the Share to Classroom extension. The extension allows you to push webpages to your any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students' computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time. You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later.
Students: The Share to Classroom extension gets you to webpages your teacher shares, without you having to type out the whole URL. You can also push web pages directly to your teacher.

And a few more improvements you’ve asked for:

Bump a post: When you want to make sure an older item is easy for students to find, you can now
move any post to the top of the stream. 

Due dates optional: For long-term projects or student-driven assignments, you’ll now have the option to create assignments that don’t have due dates. 

Attach a Google Form to a post: Many teachers have been using Google Forms as an easy way to assign a test, quiz or survey to the class. Coming in the next few weeks, teachers and students will soon be able to attach Google Forms from Drive to posts and assignments, and get a link in Classroom to easily view the answers.

Sunday Check In: 9/27/15

posted Sep 28, 2015, 1:51 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,

It always makes me happy to hear and see the amazing things going on with technology at Methuen High School. Read below for some great tips and integration ideas coming from our community. If you're doing something interesting or have a quick tip, I would love to hear about it. Have a great start to the week! ~Kerri

From SPED: "I just found out that there's now a way to easily create Google Forms on the iPad! You just have to visit docs.google.com/forms/optin and then your future forms use the new iPad-friendly interface. Very cool!"

From English: A MHS student's story is the featured story of the week on the StoryCorpsU website  ( http://storycorpsu.org/stories/amirah-t/ ) , and was featured on their Facebook page yesterday (just follow StoryCorps and look).

From Tech: I'm meeting with three teachers tomorrow in room 1038 at 2:00PM to provide support with Google Classroom. Please join us if you are interested. Just pop in.

Sunday Check In: 9/21/15

posted Sep 24, 2015, 5:05 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,

Kindly read below for the latest on our final roll out push. Enjoy the end of our beautiful weekend. ~Kerri

This schedule is for those students still in need of an iPad.

Block 1- Grade 9 students
Block 4- Grade 10 students
Block 5 (shortened due to Connections)- Grade 11 students
Block 7- Grade 12 students

Teachers do not need to attend.  Please just help make sure students are aware of this schedule and send all students who do not have an iPad to the auditorium at the beginning of the appropriate block.   We are hopeful that this will conclude the iPad roll-out.

Sunday Check In: 9/13/15

posted Sep 14, 2015, 5:24 PM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,

Kindly read this week's information carefully. Let me know if you have any questions. The plan is to have all properly functioning iPads distributed this week. ~Kerri

Apps: Ed will be in touch in the coming days with directions for pushing out Apps (including Notability). They will be distributed according to the following schedule: Freshman-Monday, September 14thSophomores-Tuesday, September 15th,Juniors-Wednesday, September 16th and Seniors-Thursday, September 17th.

Update to iOs 8.4: Teachers and students will not be able to receive apps unless their iPads are updated.

Directions for creating an Apple Id: Here are the directions to receive the FREE MHS educational apps. 

Junior Roll Out Schedule: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Grade 11
  • Block 1 (7:15-8:08) A-F 
  • Block 3 (8:13-9:13) G-L
  • Block 4 (9:18-10:00) M-R
  • Connections 10:05 - 10:35
  • Block 5 (10:40-11:23) S-Z

Senior Roll Out Schedule:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Grade 12
  • Block 1 (7:15-8:08) A-F 
  • Block 4 (8:13-9:13) G-L
  • Block 5 (9:18-10:18) M-R
  • Block 6 (10:23-11:23) S-Z

Roll Out Presentation: See below

Sunday Check In: 9/6/15

posted Sep 7, 2015, 4:30 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,

I have always viewed Labor Day weekend as a reward to teachers for all of their hard work in preparing for the start of a new school year. My hope is that you are able to relax and enjoy our last bit of summer. Read on for some needed information for the coming week. Take care, Kerri

MHS Tech DepartmentBelow please find a brief description and contact information.

Kerri Stoffel: Instructional Technology Specialist
Julie Choppas: Network Operator
  • Role: Provide hardware support 
  • Click here to report broken, malfunctioning equipment in your classroom, iPass questions
  • Location: Room 1004
Roll Out: Click here for the schedule

Google ClassroomClick here for help.
Latest Update: August 2015

Blog post (English only)

  • Ask and answer a question: Teachers can post a short answer question to students in the class stream at any time, with options to allow students to edit their own answer, and to see and reply to classmates’ answers. Students answer the question in the class stream, and teachers have the option to grade answers.
  • Reuse a post: Teachers can reuse existing posts (announcements, assignments, questions) from a current or previous class.
  • Move a post to the top of the class stream: Teachers can change the order of posts in the class stream by moving any item to the top of the stream to give it priority.
  • Visual refresh: Classroom has a new simplified design for creating and posting assignments, announcements, and questions and for viewing assignment details. The design updates enable quick and easy access for teachers and students.

Sunday Check In: 8/30/15

posted Aug 30, 2015, 5:02 AM by kistoffel@methuen.k12.ma.us

Good evening,


I have to admit, it is tough to give up the leisurely pace of summer vacation and the fun I've had being home with my kids. However, there is no denying the excitement and promise I feel as we return to our beautiful high school. Read on for some new additions that the tech department has worked diligently on over the summer. Enjoy your evening and don't hesitate to reach out with questions/comments. Here we go. . .  ~Kerri

 

Tech 2015-2016: You will need to bring your iPad to the Staff meeting tomorrow morning to access the new MHS Staff Folder 2015-2016. If you need help finding the folder, contact me.


Community Tech Update: The goal is to inform parents, guardians and community members of our dynamic 1:1 iPad initiative and support an inclusive and partnered approach to 21st Century Learning.


Innovation Lab (Room 1038): This inviting space will be available to teachers and students in room 1038 from 6:45AM-2:15PM daily. The design is intended to resemble innovation labs found on college and corporate campuses. Visits will focus on studying, researching and collaborating on academic projects. Space is limited to an appropriate number of people as determined by the ITS.


Roll Out: Click on the link to see schedule and details. Students will need to know their Apple Id user-name and password for roll out.


Teacher App:  Designed to be on your PC desktops to provide communication and support. Teachers can also access on iPads in the shared folder in Drive.


Student App: Designed to be on student iPads to provide communication and support.


Thank you: I want to extend a tremendous thank you to our fabulous custodial crew for helping to create the Innovation Lab in room 1038. The paint is beautiful, the furniture placement is perfect and going above and beyond to move and place the iMacs on their tables was deeply appreciated. You guys rock!​


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