Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Learner Science IPad Survey!

Mrs. Kindred and Mr. Chamakala surveyed several CMS North students to see what they felt about using iPads in Science Class!


Brandon C:

Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Food: Donuts

What do you like most about using the iPads in Science:
 I enjoy the ability for every student to have an iPad so everyone can work at their own pace. Also, it gives us the ability to have access to the internet when they need it and the teacher allows it.

Coolest lesson you have been able to complete so far with the iPads in Science:
A drought Google presentation with out science tables. We were able to look at all types of droughts and give a presentation.

Online Science book: yay or nay?
I would like to have access to Science books online because it would allow us to do our school work outside of class anywhere.


Avery H
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Food: Sushi

What do you like most about using the iPads in Science:
I love that we all have a personal iPad! We mostly use them to do web quest. Web quest are online scavenger hunts, I love doing web quest on our own iPads because we get to go at our own pace.

Coolest lesson you have been able to complete so far with the iPads in Science:
The aquifer web quest. In this lesson we were assigned different websites and we were suppose to answer the questions after the interactive educannon (video). I like this because it was interactive.

Online Science book: yay or nay?
My favorite science app is an app that shows you the starts where ever you are throughout the day.


Katie S
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Food: Mexican

What do you like most about using the iPads in Science:
I like that it give us an opportunity to expand our education. Also, being able to have access to the internet helps us with a question we may have.

Coolest lesson you have been able to complete so far with the iPads in Science:
I like all of the Web quest we have done because we get to move at our own pace.

Online Science book: yay or nay?
Yay, because when we have homework we can just go online and read out textbook to help us out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

iPads in Mrs. Park's class

Last six weeks, the science teachers all received a class set of iPads to use to access their online textbooks and enhance learning opportunities. Mrs. Park is currently using them with her 6th grade GT Science classes to facilitate an at-your-own pace unit about the metric system. Learners are able to access a Google doc which guides them step by step through the learning process, including links to videos and other instructional material.  The iPads help with differentiation and flexibility, allowing  them to be mobile, review material as needed, access a variety of tools and support, and empower the learner with choice. She has designed this learning experience to utilize both the virtual and physical space of her classroom, including hands on activities. She can't wait for the kids to have their own iPads in a few months which will help make these experiences even more flexible and efficient.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cool New Apps for iOS 8 (FREE)

Post-it Plus By 3M Company

This new free app for iOS 8 allows you to snap a picture of a group of post it notes you have written and save them on your device.  Once on your phone, you can rotate, arrange, and group them in different ways.  This is the perfect app for anyone who uses Post-it Notes!

Get the app!

SwiftKey Keyboard by SwiftKey

iOS8 allows the use of third-party keyboards.  SwiftKey is a great new keyboard for your iOS device.  It features a powerful predictive engine that quickly learns your typing habits.  It also includes a slick swipe typing system.

Get the app!

Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later by Read It Later, Inc

Keep track of the interesting things you find without emailling yourself or letting tabs pile up in your browser.  You can save articles, videos, recipes, webpages and more.  Once you have added it to Pocket, you can even access it offline!

Get the app!

Monday, October 6, 2014

North Plugged In Returns!

Welcome to North Plugged In, a blog for parents of learners at Coppell Middle School North.

The goal of this blog is to keep you informed about technology use at CMSN.

The blog will be updated weekly.  Posts will vary in content from the following categories:

  • Apps for Parents - app recommendations for parents
  • Learner Perspectiveguest posts or interviews with CMS North learners
  • Quick Bytesinfo about all things technology in CISD and for parents at home
  • Tales from the Classrooma place where North educators can share what they are doing in their classrooms
More content coming soon.  We hope to add these sections in the near future!
  • Tweeter of the Week - follow a different CMS North learner each week as they tweet from our school account about their learning journey
  • Technology Help Center - answers to frequently asked questions and "how to" documents/videos for parents 

Be sure to stop by every Wednesday for new content!  If you would like to be notified via email when a new post is available, please sign up using the “follow by email” box on the right side.