Montrose Mobile Maker Space

Earlier this year, some the Elementary ITRTs set up stations and taught the students and teachers about a variety of technology options that they could check out to use in their classrooms.

Following our session, Janet Driver wrote a grant and was awarded a HEF grant to bring similar items to a Mobile Maker Space at Montrose. This week the 2nd grade students have been rotating through a variety of stations to practice with some of the new technology that is now available in the library.
Osmo Pizza Company
Students make pizzas for the customers that come into the restaurant.

They also give the customers change after they pay for their meal.

Osmo Coding

Osmo Tangrams



Multi-Step Word Problems in Flipgrid

The students in Mrs. Bennett’s 4th grade class have been reviewing muli-step word problems. Today they used Flipgrid to record a problem for their classmates to answer. They used the sticky note within Flipgrid to type up their word problem and then recorded.

After posting their question, students selected another classmates video to view and solve the problem. Once they had the answer, they went to the discussion board in Schoology to post their answer.

Historical Figures “Who Am I?” Digital Breakout

The students in Mrs. White’s 4th grade class researched a person from their 4th grade Social Studies curriculum. They compiled their research into a script in first person. Then they used the PhotoSpeak app to record their script over an image of their historical figure. The finished videos were uploaded to Seesaw.

The embed codes from Seesaw and the Google Site were shared with students so they could upload their clue to the Digital Breakout Site. The students also worked on building a Google Form with response validation to include on the site for students answers. The published site will be posted on the Elementary Digital Breakout site that other 4th grade students in the county can use for review.

Ozobot Plows

In March I attended EdTech RVA at VCU and went to a session on Ozobots.  The presenters had a variety of stations and activities set up.  I thought this station was pretty awesome!  They had 3D printed a plow to go onto the Ozobot and the task was to plow the snow (tiny foam balls) off of the road.

This week I had an opportunity to try a similar idea in Mrs. Martin’s 2nd grade class.  Using the schools new Cetus 3D printer and file I found on Thingiverse, I printed a plow for the Ozobots.  We practiced having the Ozobot collect small pieces of a paper towel and putting it into the recycling bin.

Mrs. Martin has an awesome idea for the Ozobot with the plow sequencing a story.  Stay tuned for this awesome lesson!


Verb Animations

The students in Ms. Stacia’s 2nd grade class have been practicing with verbs. Today they selected a verb of their choice, used it in a sentence, and then used ABCYA Animate to show their action word. The finished videos were published and posted to a shared Google Doc. Take a look at their awesome work!

Longan International Night 2018

The librarian, Blair Hart, and ESL Teachers, Kim Moss & Giti Mirshahi worked together to create this awesome video for International Night using the green screen and the DoInk app.  This video was shared with Longan Families at International Night 2018.

Plant Prints

The students in Mr. Mitchell’s 3rd grade class researched a plant of their choice from a list of plants that grow at the Neighborhood Resource Center down the street from their school.  Students used a variety of web resources, including Elementary Britannica, to gather information about their plant. Their research information was compiled into a script that they recorded using a green screen and the Do Ink App.  The finished videos were uploaded to Seesaw and the QR code was printed and laminated. The students also used Tinkercad to design a 3D garden stake for their plant. Their designs were printed on their new Cetus 3D printer that was purchased for the school thanks to a grant from the Henrico Education Foundation.  The QR code was attached to the garden stake.  The finished stakes will be delivered to the nearby garden. 

Dream House Designs in Tinkercad

Using their understanding of area and perimeter, Mrs. Baum’s 5th graders have been busy designing their dream homes. They started off by sketching out their designs on graph paper and then used Tinkercad to create a 3D model of their plans.

They will continue working on their 3D designs and then we will share their designs through Schoology and start printing them with the new Cetus 3D Printer!

Ozobot Maps

The students in Mr. Jones’s first grade class have been learning about maps. Prior to our lesson, they set up their paper with a map key and a compass rose. During the lesson, students used markers to draw the streets on the map that the Ozobot would follow. They used the Ozocodes to add in areas where the Ozobot would need to slow down, such as a school zone, or zig zag through cones, like in a construction zone. After drawing the roads with the codes, students went back to add in the same icon on their map that they used in their key.

Take a look at the Ozobot in action on this map.

Sink or Float?

The students in Mrs. Milwit’s kindergarten class have been learning about objects that sink and float and she was interested in having them learn how to code in Scratch. For this activity I created a template which included a backdrop and a variety of objects. Students selected an object and then I showed them how to make the object appear to float or sink in the water. They did a great job typing, recording their voice, and clicking and dragging to move the blocks to build the code.

Try out their class game!