Monday, January 22, 2018

Grade 4/5 Tech- People of The Revolutionary War

Our next tech project will be about People of the Revolutionary War.  Today you should go People of the American Revolution and look at the twenty seven people listed there, choose several that you are interested in and read more about them.  Next week you will choose one to do a Tech Project on.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Grade 7 & 8 Tech: In Plain English-Barnard Explains US History

In Plain English-Barnard Explains US History

Now that you have an idea of what your final product should be like--sort of a mix between the Crash Course information and the Zombie style pictures and video--choose your topic and start researching! 



1.      Write a script-this should be simple—written in PLAIN ENGLISH—the video should not be longer than two minutes.  Stay on topic and focused. You might watch John Green’s  Crash Course videos and some of the In Plain English videos as well to get a feel for the genre.  If you can pull it off—humor and playfulness is fine in this video. HAVE YOUR SCRIPT APPROVED AND EDITED BY MR. SZELIGA OR MS. CASASSA.       
2.     Create your stick figures and props.  Black and white with just “splashes” of well chosen color work best. They show up better if they are outlined with BLACK sharpie! The “stage” is a desk.  Don’t make your figures too small.
3.     PRACTICE-this requires practicing READING the script—slowly and with animation and PLACING stick people and props onto your stage.  This actually does require practice.  Timing is crucial!
4.     Once you’ve practiced and gotten the timing down, it’s time to video your In Plain English video!  Be prepared for several takes—and retakes—it will take time to get it right. 
5.     Download to Youtube and post to your blog! Congratulations!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

6th Grade Infographic

You are finishing your research project in Social Studies on a country.  Using the information you have gathered, create an infographic illustrating the country's interesting features and highlights.  Use images, text shapes and color to present an easy to read, engaging infographic to share with your class.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Barnard School Students Participate in "An Hour of Code"

The Hour of Code is a great way for every student to try computer science for one hour.  Almost 200 governments, school districts, and nonprofits pledge to expand CS for millions of students, globally Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana, and Pennsylvania, all announced plans to expand CS in schools, joined by 76 U.S. school districts and 80 nonprofits. Internationally, 20 nonprofits and entire countries pledged to expand CS programs for 20,000 teachers and over 2 million students. December 4th – 10th is Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) was created to raise awareness around the need to elevate computer science education at all levels and to underscore the critical role of computing in all careers.
Coding for Grades 1-3:
Try Coding on this fun game-Candy Quest
Frozen-Help Elsa make a figure eight
Mystery Island Coding Quest

Sites to explore to learn how to code:
Code Studio
Khan Academy

Make a simple app in one hour 
Check out’s new App Lab activity.

"Anything worth doing doesn't come easy."
Watch basketball champ Stephen Curry try the Hour of Code!