American Revolution Scenes

Students in Ms. Roberts’ fourth grade class created scenes from the American Revolution using  They had to show the points of view of the Virginian Women in the American Revolution, the Native Americans, and African Americans.  They learned how to customize scenes, characters and add text to really showcase their position during the war.  When they were finished, they used the snipping tool to take a picture of their three scenes and then they uploaded them to a media album in Schoology.  Students were then allowed to give positive feedback to their classmates.  Great job Ms. Roberts’ class!

Orbiting Ozobots

The fourth graders at Ridge worked with the Ozobots to make them orbit like the planets in the solar system! Before they could make them orbit, they first learned about the Ozobots and how to make them follow lines and codes.  They used their problem solving skills to experiment with the different thicknesses and colors.  Then they put their new skills to work and collaborated on their solar system.  They had to make the lines the right thickness and the codes the right size.  They did a great job working through this task!!

Orbiting Ozobots from Sarah Green on Vimeo.

Past and Present

Ms.Taylor’s 1st grade students did an awesome job sharing their research using SeeSaw!  They have been researching the past and present schools, transportation, games, and houses using PebbleGo and wanted to share their research in a creative way.  They drew pictures, wrote captions, and even recorded a description of their posters and then posted them in their SeeSaw class so their classmates could see their work.  We then discussed digital citizenship and how to post nice comments/compliments.  The students had a lot of fun complimenting their classmates and seeing their own comments.  Great job Ms. Taylor’s class!!

Coding the Layers of the Earth

Fifth grade students at Ridge and Tuckahoe used Scratch to show what they know about the layers of the Earth (SOL 5.7). First, the students went to Britannica Image Quest on Clever to download a picture of the layers of the Earth to use for their project. Once they found their picture, they clicked on it until it was full screen and then right+clicked to save the image on their desktop. The students then logged into their Scratch accounts and uploaded the image as their backdrop. They chose any sprite they wanted to give the tour of the layers of the Earth and began coding. They used a simple pattern of glide and say blocks and were able to be more creative after they showcased their information. Take a look at the finished project below.

Rounding in Seesaw

Second grade students in Mrs. Carriere’s class used Seesaw to practice their rounding.  They chose a number and used the pen tool to show how to round it up or down.  Then they used the recording tool to explain how they rounded.  Some even used the caption tool to explain in words instead of using their voice.  When they were finished, they looked at eachother’s in the class journal and made nice comments to eachother.  We discussed how to make nice comments and use an online portfolio as a group incorporating some very important digital citizenship concepts!  Take a look at some examples.

Conference Tuesday!

Field Day of the Future is here!!


We are busy training and conditioning for the big day next Tuesday, August 15th at Deep Run High School! Have you registered yet? We are just about full, so be sure to grab your spot. The SRN for the event is: 20172928801.

Events included are “Lights, Camera, Selfie,” “To Infinity and Beyond with Virtual Reality,” “Get Me Outta Here (Digital Breakouts),” “End of Summer Pic Me Up,” and so many more! You can see the full schedule HERE!

Food Trucks will be on-site for lunch and all accept cash and cards! This year we are expecting The Grapevine, Continental Divide, Goatacado, Slideways, AND Gelati Celesti!

Click HERE for the Field Day Google Site to access all of the menus and more!

Let’s mix up our colors, please wear the following: (or your school spirit wear)
K/Ex. Ed.-Red
3rd/Art -Pink
4th/Library -Orange

Grab your Field Day buddy, charged HCPS laptop, and plan to arrive at Deep Run between 7:45-8:30am. We will have donuts!! (You must sign in and out to receive your $60!)

You will receive one more email telling you how to access the Schoology Course, all conference materials will be housed in Schoology this year.

We cannot wait to see you on Tuesday!

Schoology at Seven Pines

Seven Pines is super lucky to be a Schoology pilot school! The teachers have been using Schoology to communicate and share information since before the school year started. They love having everything in one place, and this week, we were able to get the students logged in and rolling too.


My teammate, Christina, and I worked with Mrs. Maguire’s fourth grade class last week. Mrs. Maguire knew that her kids would love coding, so we made a plan to show them and get them started on an Angry Bird challenge! Christina and I thought it would be neat to get them to the site using Schoology. We know kids love discussion boards, so to generate some excitement about coding, we started a discussion about the meaning of coding. It was so interesting to see all of the different thoughts about coding:

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Then, we accessed and started the adventure!


Have you completed your Hour of Code??

Tech Takeout goes to Seven Pines!

Last Friday, the Tech Takeout team visited Seven Pines Elementary! The fifth grade teachers noticed that students needed some review with the fourth grade SOLs 4.7 and 4.8 (the solar system) with a connection to their fifth grade SOL 5.6 on oceans. Everyone was super pumped for a Science themed Tech Takeout, because who doesn’t love Science?? Mrs. Gross, the librarian was kind enough to let us use her awesome library to host the three classes and we worked with laptops and IPads that are housed in the fifth grade classrooms. Special thanks to Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Marazzo, and Mrs. Bottari for letting us borrow their fantastic fifth graders on Friday morning! #SevenPines is a great place to be!


In Miss Aquilina and Mrs. Robinson’s group, students used the PicCollage app (in freestyle mode) to create an inspiration collage. We pulled in photos from a Comemories site, added a selfie, and played with the background and stickers. Then, we saved the photos to the Camera Roll on the IPads and opened the ChatterKids app. We pulled the photo into ChatterKids, drew a mouth over our selfie’s mouth, and record some narration of the photos. Most fifth graders chose at least one ocean photo and one solar system photo, which was cool! It was so hilarious to see our selfies talking; everyone had a blast with this activity! Here’s Michael’s:


Students in Mr. Covais’ and Ms. Browne’s group focused on how the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun create seasons. Using Google Slides, the students imported pictures of the sun and Earth. They duplicated the slides and they then selected a sticker to place on the Earth. After rotating the picture to demonstrate the tilt of the Earth they downloaded the slides to their desktop and imported them into Windows Movie Maker. Finally they copied and duplicated the slides to make the movie about a minute long. The students published the movie to share with classmates. Everyone did a great job!


Students in Mr. C’s and Mrs. Green’s group created 3D models of the solar system using Tinkercad. They used different resources to gather information about the relative size of each planet. Then they logged into Tinkercad using their HCPS Google information and started tinkering! They referenced their resources as they built to make sure that the sizes, colors, and order was correct. Take a look at this awesome example:


To celebrate Computer Science Week, the student in Mrs. Hues & Mrs. Taylor’s group used Scratch to code the movement of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. They were provided a template with the sprites, but they had to add the background image, code for each sprite, and voice recordings to explain their model. When students were finished, they shared their projects and uploaded them to this studio. Check out this great student example!


Thank you again to Mrs. Hall, Mrs Marazzo, Mrs. Bottari, Mrs. Gross, and Mrs. Mothershead for having us for an awesome TechTakeout at Seven Pines Elementary!

MakerSpace at Echo Lake

Monday was an exciting day at Echo Lake Elementary. Mrs. Vick, the librarian, invited several ITRTs to come help assist her with her first MakerSpace Day. Mrs. Vick has spent many hours prepping for her 4th graders to participate in these stations. Students are invited to the library at certain times each day to create, invent, and learn. Now that the students have been introduced to these activities they are ready to spend time really becoming Makers!

On Monday several ITRTs set up stations, every 4th grader at Echo Lake rotated through the library and spent time investigating six technology MakerSpace stations that Mrs. Vick will offer in her library.

Ms. Aquilina spent some time showing the students how to use the littleBits. littleBits are Color-coded electronic bits that snap together with magnets. Students can invent and create with these bits. Most sets come with a design challenge book that allows the students to follow step by step instructions to create small inventions like a hand massager, intruder alert and even a door bell.

Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Caratachea introduced the students to the app Stop Motion. Student got to experience what it is like to be an animator. This app allows you to take lots of pictures and play them on a loop as if they were actually moving in real time.

Mrs. Green and Ms. Franklin both spent time showing the students how to create using the program Scratch. Mrs. Green used the library laptops and Ms. Franklin used Scratch Jr iPad app on the library iPads. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Mrs. Browne’s station was a huge hit with the 4th graders. She introduced the kids to the Osmos. An Osmo is a device that attaches to your iPad, with the help of several apps students are able to interact and play word games, number activities, tangram creations and even become a master artist! We can already tell that this activity is going to be a big hit in MakerSpace Stations.

Mrs. Robinson set up the Makey Makeys are her station. A Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. Makey Makey’s pair well with the program Scratch. Students were able to practice with these invention kits while practicing with Pac Man and even playing a playdough piano.

We are excited for Mrs. Vick to kick off her MakerSpace Stations this year and can’t wait to see all the exciting inventions and creations these awesome 4th graders will come up with.

Weather Reports

Second grade students in Ms. Mumford’s class wanted to learn more about weather so they formed research groups and chose a storm to learn more about. They worked together to develop more questions about the extreme weather and then researched their storms. They used Clever to access National Geographic Kids, Britannica, and PebbleGo and worked as a team to find the answers. The students then posted the answers to their questions on this padlet wall so the entire class could benefit from their research. Fantastic job Ms. Mumford’s class!