Friday, November 18, 2016

At Pond Cove, we like to try new educational technologies. Last year we introduced Minecraft in education and 3D printing and design. This year we are continuing to grow and learn with those tools and we are excited to introduce Virtual Reality!
So far second-grade students have visited several national parks as well as the locations of the US symbols. We have plans to use Virtual Reality (VR) with third-grade students when they start their unit on Ancient Egypt. Also in the works is technology integration in Health, where students in fourth and third grade will explore the brain and the skeletal systems through VR and the free app Google Expeditions. At this time we have six Google Cardboard headsets. We have recently put out a letter to the community asking for old phone donations to grow our VR program at Pond Cove and throughout the district. As for apps, so far we are using Google Street view, Google Expeditions, and Google Arts and Culture. These are all free apps and do not require a headset to view.

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The Pond Cove eTeam is currently working on Google Cardboard storage and charging solutions. The team plans to also create tutorial videos on how to use the VR headsets and apps.

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As always, we appreciate your feedback. Do you know about an app or VR program that would be great for our students? Please comment below. Stay tuned for more updates and blog posts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

21st Century Communication

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

We have many exciting things happening at Pond Cove this year! The first was our annual Parent Night in the Pond Cove Cafetorium on September 20th, from 6:30-7:30. Below you will find the Google Presentation for the evening as well as a link to the video of the entire presentation. Many thanks to Jack Duffy for filming the evening! We covered the following topics during our night:

  1. The new Cape Elizabeth website
  2. Teacher Blogs
  3. Twitter in Education
  4. Media Permissions Forms
There were several good questions on the evening. One of them concerned iOS updates and keeping things current and secure. After conferring with the other members of the tech team here is the answer to that question:

"Our iPads are iPad 2's. These are 4 and 5-year-old machines which cannot update to the latest iOS. We have updated all iPads to 9.3.5 and will continue to automatically update all apps. At this time we do not have a plan for iPad replacement, but we are working on a solution as part of the tech plan."

If there are any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email me tcharltray@capeelizabethschools.org

Google Presentation

Parent Night Video