French Students in the iLab

Last week Madame Gutierrez-Rodriguez introduced her French students to the recently opened Innovation Lab. This particular iLab space is open to all Lower and Middle School students and teachers to design projects using tools and media not available in the traditional classroom.

This is an early glimpse of the French Fashion project. We’ll have to come back later as they make progress.

iLab French Fashions from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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7th Grade Robotics

This year Pine Crest is launching a PreK-12 Computer Science curriculum. As a result, job responsibilities have shifted and I find myself facilitating a 7th grade Robotics wheel. While several of my students are Robotics hobbyists at home or have been part of the club in Lower School, most are experiencing the Lego Education Mindstorms EV3 Hardware and Software Robotics platform for the first time.

We’re following the software’s build guides and lessons for the Basic Education Robot. Here’s where we were the first week.

Launching LEGO EV3s from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

A post on First Lego League’s website describes the challenges of robotics as …”the hardest fun students will ever experience.”  I never dreamed I would be responsible for a Robotics class.  It is a humbling and energizing experience.

 

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Oculus Rift Tuscany Tour

French students explored a Tuscan villa using one of the school’s new Oculus Rift headsets.

Tuscany Tour in Oculus Rift from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Weather Unit

7th Grade Earth Science classes studied layers of the earth’s atmosphere using Discovery Education simulations and resources.  Students photographed and identified cloud formations and presented their information in a variety of formats:  Discovery Education’s Board Builder, Prezi, PowerPoint, and Google Slides, to name a few.

7th Grade Earth Science Weather Unit from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Pique-Nique!

Students demonstrate oral language proficiency while enjoying a French-themed picnic.

Pique-Nique from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Lego Chemical Reactions

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Edgar Allen Poe Exhibit

7th Grade English teachers, Daniel Boljia and Sarah Meyer Von Bremen showcased student creativity in Middle School’s first Edgar Allen Poe exhibit last December.

Poe Exhibit 2014 from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Parabolas in Nature

Algebra II students in Ms. Talbot-Paul’s classes look for parabolas in nature; take images; and bring them into Geogebra to plot their graphs. They are free to choose any presentation tool to share projects with the class.

Algebra II Parabolas in Nature from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Rate of Change Project

Students in Ms. Talbot-Paul’s Algebra I classes let their imaginations run wild in the Rate of Change Project. Requirements: choose a favorite activity (hiking, climbing, cycling) and identify related events that can be represented in a graph. Next, create a story around these events and share it and the results in an iMovie.

Algebra I Rate of Change Project from Pine Crest Educational Tech on Vimeo.

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Can you type in Chinese?

Ms. Strempack’s students began the year setting up laptop keyboards to type Pinyin characters.

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