Friday, December 16, 2016

Learning with Online Collaboration

A few years ago a class could not easily work online together.  At best attachments and revisions would be sent back and forth by email and one person would try to organize all of the pieces.  Today, we almost take our ability to collaborate online for granted.  Students seamlessly create webpages that combined with others create informative websites that enhance their learning and the learning of others in their class.

Take the seventh grade unit on studying different stream organisms and how they relate.  Each student is assigned an organism to study and creates a webpage that illustrates essential characteristics, movements, predators and prey of their organism. Each page must have pictures, video and a chart showing how their organism relates to others.  All the webpages combined create a RMS Field Guide Website for each class.

Click here to view a sample class field guide.

Creating a class website makes it easier for students to share information and learn from eachother because all of the information is in one easily accessible place.  They also have the benefit of video which helps prepare students for when the actually go to the stream to observe different organisms.  Before, making website for this project students used to make posters and would walk around the classroom to learn about the organisms.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week of Code!

To celebrate National Computer Science Week, Richmond Middle School Students have been participating in the Hour of Code which is an annual event designed to introduce students all over the world to computer science and “to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.”

Each day of the week, coding events were held in the RMS Lobby during lunch for all grades.  
Monday: Students had an opportunity to use iPads to program “Ollie” and “Dot” robots through mazes.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Students worked through coding challenges on the and Scratch websites.
Thursday: Art Teacher Luke Eastman demonstrated how to program and print using a 3D printer.
Friday:  Hanover High School Student Morgan Meliment shared an app he developed to help improve scores in an app called “Dotts”.

Our goal was to have every student participate in at least an hour of programming.  Thanks to all for a great week!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Letter to the Teacher

Last week in 6th Grade Computer Literacy we discussed “Digital Etiquette” as part of our ongoing Online Safety Unit.  We reviewed guidelines on how to interact with others with email, “chat” or commenting on websites, blogs and other social media.  How do you want to represent yourself online?  Why is it important to be cautious online?
Some of the guidelines we discussed:
-       Only write things you would say to a person face-to-face.
-       Be polite!
-       Don’t comment or respond if you’re feeling  angry and emotional.
-       Tell a trusted adult if you feel uncomfortable with an online interaction.
We also discussed appropriate ways to communicate with adults online.   What are the differences between texting a friend and writing an email to an adult?  Abbreviations and emojis are not appropriate if you’re emailing your teacher and it may not be well received.  Starting with a formal greeting, using full sentences, appropriate punctuation, and good manners will most likely get better results from adults.  This is especially true if you’re asking for help.
After our discussion, each sixth grader sent an email to a sixth grade teacher to practice using proper netiquette.  Hopefully, these new habits/guidelines will carry forward for years to come!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Schoology Tech Tip- How to change the order of your displayed classes

Schoology Tech Tips - Reordering Courses

By default, Schoology lists each student’s courses alphabetically.   Students can re-order their courses so the ones they access the most are at the top of their course list.  To change course order, click on the “Courses” tab at the top of the page and then on the “up down arrow” at the bottom right hand corner of the dialog box as pictured below.

Then, students can click and drag the courses by the “up down arrows” next to each course into the order they desire.

Special thanks to Kieran and Kerry Artman for sharing this tip!


Welcome to the 2016-2017 RMS Technology Blog!  As usual, we've had a very busy beginning to our school year and now that everything is up and running, I'm able to start posting about some of the things we're doing with technology at RMS.  We continue to focus on community outreach and here are a few of the events we've held so far.  More sessions are in the works!

  • 1:1 Parent iPad Presentation and Discussion
  • Screenagers Movie: Growing up in the Digital Age
  • Schoology Parent Information Session (October 19th)
  • Schoology Parent Information Session (October 27th)

Mapping Migration

6th Grade Social Studies students have recently been learning about possible ancient migration routes to the Americas.  Several routes were explored and each student was assigned a migration theory to research and map.  Students were familiarized with research tools in the Library with Ms. Putnam Pouliot including learning how to create electronic citations of images and resources using “Noodle Tools”.

As a culminating project, students created a map using “Google My Maps” where they wrote about their assigned migration theory, included a picture and drew a line of the possible migration.  Below is a project sample.