290B Parker Farm Road, Buxton, ME 04093
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Scott Nason - Director of Technology

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Engaging Elementary Readers with iPads

Our elementary literacy lessons have garnered a lot more engagement and excitement thanks in large part to the fact that every K-5 student now has their own iPad! With free apps like Seesaw, PicCollage Kids, Shadow Puppet Edu, Green Screen by Do Ink, Epic!, Padlet, Chatter Pix, Sock Puppets, and Draw and Tell teachers are guiding their students to connect with their reading in highly engaging ways. Listening to their students read, make connections, and explain their understanding has become much more efficient with the aid of technology, and it is making it much easier for teachers to provide meaningful feedback to every learner. Students are deeply thoughtful and reflective when they are sharing their work with technology and have been very motivated to impress the larger audiences that are now seeing their final products. Check out this Padlet to see some of the ways that our teachers and students are using their iPads to make reading fun, engaging, and more meaningful! On behalf of all Bonny Eagle students and teachers, thank you to everyone who has continued to make it a priority to keep technology in the hands of our students! It is making a huge difference in improving teaching and learning.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Custom 3D Printed Cookie Cutters

by Katie Vetro
Technology Integrator K-5

A couple of weeks ago I had a visit to my classroom from a student named Ruby. We have chatted many times in the past, but she popped into my room to say hello and ask some questions about the two Flashforge Finder 3D printers. I had some questions, too- about her cookie baking abilities.  

Just that morning I had discovered an awesome website called Cookie Caster, which lets you quickly and easily create custom cookie cutters to 3D print. The site lets you create an original design, or upload a line drawing found in an image search and capture the outline. Designs are easily created by children and then printed on the 3D printer using a biodegradable polylactic acid filament created from a renewable resource like corn starch. This meant that Ruby could have the cutters she wanted in just a few hours. She created a bat, a pumpkin, and a witch hat.

Of course, 3D printed cookie cutters also require cookie dough. Check out this video to hear more about this experience from Ruby’s perspective in an episode she’s calling In the Kitchen… with Ruby!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sign up for the new School Messenger alert system used by MSAD 6

Due to the move to the new Student Information System (SIS) Synergy this year, we also had to move to a new alert system.  The system we are using is School Messenger.   School Messenger still has all the features of our prior alert system (phone calls, emails, texting).  As with the past systems, you can decide which contact numbers  and emails listed for you receive which type of messages. This information is pulled directly from Synergy.  If your contact information is not correct, please correct it via your ParentVUE account at https://me-bea-psv.edupoint.com.  This will update it in Synergy and then be pulled into School Messenger once the changes have been processed in Synergy.  If you have not yet setup your ParentVUE account, the main office at your child's school will have your activation key.

To access your information on School Messenger you will need to sign up at https://go.schoolmessenger.com/or you can download the app for Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schoolmessenger.recipient or for the iPhone/iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schoolmessenger-infocenter/id978894818?mt=8
Please click on Signup in order to register and follow all the steps given.  When you create a password it must be at least 6 characters long with at least one uppercase letter, one lower case letter and one number.

When you create your account, after doing the steps to Sign Up, you will be asked for your role - if you are a Parent, Teacher (this would be for all staff) or Student.  Staff will also be asked to enter your school district, in this field select MSAD 6 (this is required for staff only).

Once you are logged in you will go to (in the website version) your name in the upper right and click on the dropdown by it and then click on Preferences.

On the mobile app you will click on the three lines in the upper corner and choose Preferences.

Once you get into Preferences you will see your contact information listed and then Message Preferences.  School Hours Emergency and Non School Hours Emergency will be used for school closures, early releases or late arrivals due to weather and other emergency situations.  General will be used for schools and the district to send out general notifications (such as newsletters, notices of events coming up, etc).  Attendance is how you receive notification regarding your child absent from school, Food Service will soon be setup to alert parents of low balances and Survey could be used to send and collect survey data from Parents/Staff.  Click on each category and choose how you want to be contacted for that particular category.

To authorize receiving text messages from the alert system,  send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. 

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Google Calendar will be getting a new look

Starting November 14, 2017 Google will begin gradually transitioning users on the bonnyeagle.org domain over to their new calendar look.  The transition will take approximately 8 weeks altogether.

To view more information about the new Google Calendar look please read this article.