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Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers posted on Sep 21

We are in the midst of a golden age of technological innovation.  It is becoming easier and easier for anyone to learn to code and build creative new products in record time.  Events called hackathons are the embodiment of this hands-on spirit, and nowadays they   …Continue Reading Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

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SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms posted on Aug 25

SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms

In a small classroom at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, students in Ms. Elsbeth Todd’s class were responsible for creating designs for a new post-and-beam State Forest Center. The students used SketchUp Pro to create models and simulations of their designs. SketchUp Pro is a   …Continue Reading SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September posted on Aug 18

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

North Reading Public Schools in North Reading, MA will host a #GoOpen Regional Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Amazon Offices in Cambridge, MA. Attendance at the one-day summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers, school   …Continue Reading Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future posted on Aug 3

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future

It was tough saying goodbye to the 2016 graduating senior members of S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology). I am so grateful for all their contributions to the Algonquin student tech support team. They were instrumental in helping to make the program a huge success   …Continue Reading S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom posted on Jun 28

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

At West Springfield Middle School, teachers began the 2015-16 school year with the arrival of over 700 brand new Chromebooks and wireless internet service. Coupled, with existing desktops, our building quickly gained a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. We quickly sorted the Chromebooks into   …Continue Reading Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science posted on Jun 10

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I’ve got to say, I’m kind of freaking out. Not that the school year is done – I’m good with that, but I’m “concerned” about next year. MA Science Standards for grades 6-8 have changed   …Continue Reading Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science