Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter and Holiday Fun

Snowball, by Shel Silverstein

What happened to the snowball and why did it wet the bed?  

  1. Click on an icon to hear the poem.
  2. Draw a picture of the snowball and answer the question. Use paper and pencil OR an iPad.
  3. Use Book Creator to record yourself explaining the answer.


More Festive Fun

Holiday Traditions Around the World

Let It Snow

Winter Holiday Songs Around the World

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Hour of Code is Here

Here are some links to coding activities for everyone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4th & 5th Grade iPad Check In

If  you are a 4th or 5th grade student or teacher, please take a moment to complete this form to help us prepare to update your apps this week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Updating Our iPads

This week the tech department will be updating the apps on your iPads. Before they can run the updates, you will need to update your iPad to iOS 8 at home, with parent supervision. Your iPad should be plugged in when you do the update and it will take some time. Please remember to bring a fully charged iPad to school on Wednesday.

How To Update to iOS 8 at Home 

Your parents should have received an email on Friday, November 7th with information and a handout. In case you can't find it, you can access the same handout here.

Updating your iPad to iOS8 - Get Handout

Note: The update will take some memory. If you receive a message saying you don't have enough memory, delete photos and videos you don't need. If you need to keep the photos and videos, you can save them to your Google Drive.


Tuesday November 18th
Students should update iPads to iOS 8 at home. 

Note: If you receive a message about not having enough storage space, please delete photos and videos or move them to your Google Drive. They take a lot of space.

Wednesday, November 19th
4th Grade iPads will be collected at the end of the day.

Thursday, November 20th
4th Grade iPads will not be available for use.
5th Grade iPads will be collected at the end of the day.

Friday, November 21st
4th Grade iPads will be returned for student use.
5th Grade iPads will not be available for use.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Problem of the Day

Use Explain Everything to solve the Problem of the Day

  1. Please sign in to your Google Drive.
  2. Find the story problem below. Copy the text to your clipboard.
  3. Open Explain Everything.
  4. Paste the story problem into Explain Everything.
  5. Use the strategy Visualize and Draw, remember the common mistake!
  6. Record yourself explaining the problem.
  7. Save to your Google Drive. See the tutorial below to learn how.
  8. Share with your teacher.

Problem of the Day

Copy and paste the text below into a text box in Explain Everything
The basketball team is selling t-shirts for $6.00. On Monday, they sell 3 t-shirts. On Tuesday, they sell 4 times as many t-shirts as on Monday. How much money did the team earn altogether on Monday and Tuesday?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Student Survey for 4th & 5th Grade

Our school district is collecting information from 4th and 5th grade students about our 1:1 iPad initiative,  iLearn97. Please take the survey.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Problem of the Day Gr 3

Use Explain Everything to Solve a Problem of the Day

Quick Code - Copy and Paste LZ1523

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Make Good Use of iPad Camera for Learning

Students are excited about the iPad camera and eager to take pictures, but one of the rules attached to our school iPads prohibits students from taking selfies or pictures of other students. So what can we take pictures of?

Here's the rule 

If your teacher assigns a learning activity that requires a picture, take one.

Simple Ideas for everyday camera use

  • Take a photo of something you are proud of. This could be a sample of your work or something hanging on the wall. Can you add a caption to the picture to express an idea? That would be good use of your camera.
  • Take a picture of announcements or homework written in your classroom and email it to yourself so you can review it at home.
  • Take a picture of a good book you want to read.

What can we do with this pictures?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Genius Hour Today

5th Grade Students and Staff

Are you looking for opportunities to explore your passions through active learning? Come to the library classroom between 11:00-12:00 today to learn about Genius Hour and how you can use your iPad to develop your ideas and create.

Drop off / pick up your iPad before and after the lunchroom.

Sign up for more information

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Check in

Mrs. Oxnevad wants to know...

Library Lesson: Working with Images

Agree to Terms

Show what you know. Complete this form to demonstrate your understanding using an iPad for a school learning assignment. Your score will be calculated and the results will be sent to you via email.

Working with Images for Learning: Try it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bring Your iPads to Library!

4th Grade Students will be participating in a lesson called,  "Can You Answer a Question with a Picture?"

This lesson is designed to introduce students to great ways to use iPads for Learning. We will focus on understanding the rules and agreeing to follow them, especially in regards to use of the camera. Students are encouraged to share this lesson with families in the hopes that you will continue having conversations at home about acceptable iPad use.

A school owned iPad is certainly much different than a personal home device and we are all learning this together.

Lock Screens

  • Do you have an avatar on your lockscreen?
  • Is your avatar labeled?
  • If it is not labeled, try using another app to draw or type on it.
  • Need help? Wednesday between 11:00-12:00, library classroom 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry

iPad UnPlugged at the Museum of Science & Industry?

What if you could bring your iPad on a field trip to the Museum of Science & Industry? What could you record and capture? How could you connect with the museum exhibits? Explore this interactive graphic to see what I would do if I could take my iPad on a field trip to the Museum of Science & Industry! What would you do?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get Started with Google Apps | Google Classroom


If you are using Google Docs / Google Apps, you will want to set up Classroom by Google.

Digital Writing with Google Docs Sessions Available 

4th Grade Students: Avatars at Lunch Today

All 4th grade students who need to complete their avatar and pop it on to your lockscreen are invited to work in the library today at 11:30. If you arrive early and there is no adult inside, please wait in the hallway outside the door.

You'll need to know and memorize:

      • username
      • password
      • email address

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wednesday Wiki Work

Executive Board

If you are a member of the 5th grade Wednesday Wiki Executive Board, I hope you will be able to attend our meeting tomorrow in the library during lunch. Please bring your iPads to the meeting, but not to the lunchroom.

Avatar Crew

  • Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
  • Library:
  • 11:00-12:00

Sign up through a form on the calendar.


If you are a 5th grade student who would like to help other students create avatars and store them in Google Drive, please come to the meeting and we will put you to work.

If you are a 5th grade student who needs help or time to create an avatar, please come to the meeting on Wednesday to get the job done.

4th grade students are invited to create avatars on Thursday.


If you have a few minutes during lunch on Tuesday or Thursday, please stop by the library on Wednesday or Thursday at lunch to create your avatar!

Friday, September 12, 2014

How to Move Avatars from Drive to LockScreen

To move your avatar from your Google Drive easily, try this.

  1. Open your avatar on your iPad and view it Full Screen.
  2. Take a snapshot of your Avatar on the iPad
    Press the Home + Start buttons at the same time until you hear a click.
  3. Open Photos to make sure your avatar is there.
  4. Go to Settings and set your avatar as  your Lock Screen!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Take the Avatar Challenge

Beye Avatar Challenge

  1. Create an avatar 
  2. Take a snapshot and store it in your Google Drive. 
  3. Post it on our Padlet.

Create an avatar


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bootcamp Exit Ticket

Today you will be allowed to bring your iPads home for school use. Please complete the exit ticket before leaving.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

iLearn 97 - Create an Avatar

An Avatar for Your LockScreen

All students are expected to create an avatar for use as a lock screen. This avatar will serve as a reminder to protect your identity when working online.

Create an Avatar

  • Include your first name 
  • Include your room #
  • Include Beye
  • Store your avatar in your Google Drive.

Explore and Create Your Own Avatar

You can create the avatar at school or at home, but you must display it on your lockscreen before taking your iPad home. Have fun creating an avatar!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dropped Email and General Help

If your mail app no longer works I can fix it for you, but it will take me about 15 minutes to do so. To get help with this or any iPad issue, please do one of these things:
      1. Stop by my office. Bring a post it note to post on my door in case I am not there.
  1. Go to Gmail in Safari and send me an email. 
  2. New!  Fill out the help form below. For easy access later, you can also find the help form in the sidebar. Do you see it?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tech Survey

Remember when you took a survey about technology use during bootcamp? It's time to revisit that survey to see if anything has changed since you started using your iPad for learning. Please click on the correct link below. The survey is due on Wednesday.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Trouble with Google Drive Today?

You may have noticed problems accessing your Google Drive App today. No worries, there is another way to get to Google!

You can access the desktop version of Google Docs through Safari. Although it takes a few more steps to open your Google Docs, you might be happy to discover access to the features you know and love when working on a computer, like commenting. 

How to Access the Desktop Version of Google Docs

Start Here: Go to Safari and login to Gmail.
  1. Tap the arrow.
  2. Choose Use Desktop Version
  3. Voila!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Restricted Sites

Lately many students have run across websites that have been blocked. If you think this is an error, please complete the form to notify me. It's important to include your reason for using the site so I can provide the tech department with a reason for unblocking the site.

You can find the form in the sidebar of this blog.

Thanks for your help with this!

Mrs. Oxnevad

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Penderwicks

One School, One Book

Tap the icons to explore the resources on the bookshelf. Watch it grow.

5th Graders

Would you like to create a chapter review? Sign up to learn more and share your ideas.

4th Grade Bootcamp Begins Today

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

The lesson:
  1. Students will name their iPad first name, first initial of last name, and homeroom (e.g., CarolY45Mangiantini)
    1. Touch Settings on the main page
    2. Touch General on the left
    3. Touch About on the right
    4. Touch Name and type in first name, first initial of last name, and homeroom (e.g., CarolY23Mangiantini)
    5. Press Blue Done when finished

  1. The Students will enroll their iPads
    1. Swipe to page 3 or Spotlight Search "Enroll iPad"
    2. Login with Google Username (cyou123 only … NOT
    3. Enter Password
    4. Follow directions to enroll (3 profiles).  Continue process until message "Enrollment Complete"
    5. Take a screenshot of "Enrollment Complete" by pressing the Home and Power Buttons simultaneously.

  1. The students will set up their gmail account
    1. Touch Settings on the main page
    2. Touch Mail, Contacts, Calendars on the left
    3. Touch Add Account on the right
    4. Touch Google
    5. Type in Name, email (, password
    6. In Description, type "OP97 Student Email"
    7. Press Next

4. Take the Survey

Click here to go to the survey.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Great Expectations!

On Wednesday the 5th grade teachers will be working hard and digging deeper into math. It is expected that you will be careful with your iPad and use it responsibly. Be smart.

When your substitute teacher asks you to Flip your iPad or store it in a specific location, please cooperate. If you are given the opportunity to use the iPad for learning, use it for it's intended purpose. Keep track of your iPad and show what you know about responsible iPad use. 

There is so much learning we can do. Misuse of your device gets in the way and it takes time we could be using to create! 

All 5th grade students should expect to go out on the playground during lunch tomorrow. Have some fun! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Let's Make a Movie Poster

About Movie Posters

A movie poster is a very important piece of advertising that relies on images and taglines to convey a message. A tagline is a short and concise phrase that captures the attention of people passing by. Here are some popular taglines you might be familiar with, does the name of the movie come to mind?

A long, time ago in a galaxy far, far away
Who you gonna call?
The image used for a movie poster should capture the attention of people passing by and invite them to see the movie. Here are some things to consider when creating an image

You will be creating a movie poster about your revolutionary war research project. Your poster has to capture the attention of people passing by. Here are some things to consider when creating your image:
  • attention
  • interest 
  • desire
  • action

The Assignment

Create a movie poster, using Big Huge Labs, to advertise a movie about the subject of your American Revolution research.  Big Huge Labs will walk you through the steps and prompt you to Include an image, a title, and two taglines.

Here are the steps:
  1. Find or create a picture and save it in your photos.
  2. Go to Big Huge Labs  and select "Movie Poster"
  3. Upload the picture and fill in the blanks to complete the poster.
  4. Take a snapshot of your completed poster and post it one of our walls.
  5. If you run out of room on wall 1, try wall 2.
Wall 1

Wall 2

Things to consider:

  1. Do the words capture the attention of people passing by? If not, how can the colors and font be changed to achieve the goal? 
  2. Are your taglines catchy and easy to remember?
  3. Submit your best work to the wall.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Check Your Understanding

5th grade students have been given the priviledge of using an iPad at home and at school for learning. We expect you to make good decisions and behave in ways that are safe, responsible and respectful.

Please complete the form below to demonstrate your understanding of some of the responsibilities that come along with bringing an iPad home for learning.

Take your time and read it carefully. This is a 100% mastery quiz. That means you can take it as many times as you like, but you must get all the answers correct. The form will teach you. Grownups will help you. Good luck!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

iLearn 97 Parent Information Night

To prepare to send the iPads home with students, all parents were asked to attend an information night. The presentation shared has been recorded. It can be viewed along with a form to make sure all families understand the important information discussed. Students should take a look at the form to make sure you understand some very important ideas. We hope families have reviewed the iLearn97 Parent Handbook as well.

iLearn 97 Parent Information Night

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

No Apps Store

Did you know?

It is a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy to download an app from your personal account to a school device.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Find information, understand it and use it to create something original!

View search engines

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Collaborative Learning Thursday at 12:00

Today is an exciting day! 5th graders will explore 1:1 learning  as we create work together with 2nd graders as we share information about dinosaur research through Educreations. We learned a lot the first two times we tried this and this the project is expected to be better and more efficient.

Today's Tasks

All resources for success can be found in this blog post. If you are having trouble finding what you need, please consult one of our experts from Ms. Polhill's class. They are working in teams to help you find the information you need on the blog.

Project Photo 

5th graders will use their iPads to take a photo of their partner's dinosaur project.


5th grade students will interview 2nd graders to help them prepare narration to be recorded. The questions provided are to be used as a guideline to get your team thinking and talking.  Have fun with this part. You might want to ask your own questions as well.  The goal is to help 2nd graders prepare to talk about the project and record it.

Interview Form
Use as a guideline to help your partner get excited about sharing through Educreations.

Create and Practice 

After you have interviewed your partner, it's time to practice. You can actually record the practice session, just don't save or publish it. Use the Educreations Expertise form to remind yourself about possibilities in Educreations.

Note: This project should not include paragraphs of text. Let students say it instead. Use words or phrases to make your point.


Be sure to get your recording done during our work session today,

Publish and Turn In - Course Code 100AE89

We will use a Google Docs form to learn how to copy the link to your shared Educreations project and turn it in to our In Box. Click the image to guide you through the process. You will find a video to watch to explain how to share, publish and turn in your project.  Use the pause button to help you get the task done.

If you get lost...

Sometimes students end up on different Educreations screen when trying to publish. If this happens to you, don't worry, just look for the link icon.  Click it to copy the link you need, then continue following the directions in the video to turn it in.

Click here to learn how to publish and turn in your project!



Do you remember how to sign in to Educreations?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Educreations Expertise Survey

If you didn't get a chance to take the Educreations Expertise Survey on Thursday, you might want to try to get it done on Friday morning. 

Special thanks to those of you who took the survey. I am very happy about the comment shown in the picture. This quotation illustrates the purpose of the survey! Good job!

Lock Screens

The wall is growing! Please post original creations only. Use the space wisely.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Struggle for Justice Feedback

Many thanks to the students who completed the request for feedback about your learning experience in the library this week! 

Here are the results...

Most of you took the time to provide thoughtful comments. How would you interpret this word cloud of responses?

Monday, February 3, 2014

iPad Integration Plans This Week

Here is an interesting view of plans for 1:1 iPad integration this week.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vote for One School, One Book at Beye

Students | Families | Staff

Please vote for your favorite One School, One Book choice. All votes are welcome, but please vote only once.

Preview the books, then vote.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Share it!

Throughout our bootcamp we have been taking care of many setup tasks and also learning how to create something original. We started with designing lock screens. Some students are starting to create some  creative and it's time to share some of those original screens on a sharing board.

  • Do not include photos of people
  • Do not include photos from the web
  • You can take photos of something original you created
  • You can draw something
  • You can use words
  • Do not include your full name.
Share it!


You can add a snapshot of your lock screen to our sharing wall.
  1. Click on the tab at the top of the page that says Boards
  2. Sharing Board.
  3. Tap twice to add a note.
  4. Include your first name or your pen name.
  5. Tap the upload icon
  6. Find the snapshot of your screensaver in photos.
  7. Select your lockscreen image and upload it to the Board.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Remaining Set Up Tasks

Enroll Your iPad

  1. Swipe to page 3 or Spotlight Search "Enroll iPad"
  2. Login with Google Username (cyou123 only … NOT
  3. Enter Password
  4. Follow directions to enroll (3 profiles).  
  5. Continue process until message "Enrollment Complete"
  6. Take a screenshot of "Enrollment Complete" by pressing the Home and Power Buttons simultaneously.

SetUp Google Drive
  1. Swipe to page 2 or Spotlight Search "Google Drive"
  2. Login with Google Username (
  3. Enter Password
  4. Touch blue Sign In
  5. Choose "No don't send" for usage data
  6. Upload your photo of the enrollment screen with + sign
  7. "OK to allow access to Photos
  8. Choose your Enrollment photo from the Camera Roll and share with your teacher

Take the LockScreen Challenge
  1. Use remaining time to create a lock screen for your iPad
  2. Remember the rules
    1. No photos
    2. Must be something original
    3. No full names

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Earn a Bootcamp Badge

We learned a lot during bootcamp and now it's time to show what you know. The Bootcamp Badge will help you demonstrate learning. Your goal is to create something original. Just follow the steps to earn the badge.

Friday, January 24, 2014

iLearn On Friday

AM Device Basics in Spanish, Fogg's Class

1:00 Rotation 3 in Classrooms

Student Tasks to Complete: 

    • Take the Student Technology Survey Click image in sidebar 
    • Complete the CheckIn Click image in sidebar 
    • Sign in to Google Drive with your D97 Gmail address.
    • Complete Enrollment with assistance from Ms. Oxnevad 

Looking Ahead

How many ways can you think of to share what you learned during bootcamp using your iPad?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thinking About Thursday


Care and Handling in Music | Rosenblum | Oxnevad

We will begin iLearn with the start of music. Students should bring their iPads with them to class.

1:00 - Rotation 2 in Classrooms | Classroom Teachers | Oxnevad

  • Bauman to Fogg
  • Fogg to Johnson
  • Johnson to Bauman

Here's a good question and a challenge. Who moves, teachers or students? Teachers only, please submit your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's on Wednesday?

After spending our first day learning about the D97 Acceptable Use Policy and setting up our accounts, we are ready to begin rotations. Students must complete each session before they will be allowed to start to use the devices for learning in the classroom. Thanks to Mr. Withers for leading some thoughtful discussions.

Rotations on Wednesday

  • AM Device Basics in World Language, Bauman and Johnson Groups | Colmenero | Oxnevad
  • 1:00 Rotation 1 in Classrooms | Classroom Teachers | Oxnevad
Find all lessons and teacher assignments on the BootCamp tab.

About Rotations

  • Group sessions will be held every day in class and during many specials.
  • Activities are designed to teach students how to take care of equipment. 
  • Activities will introduce students to the basic skills, competencies, and resources they’ll need to use their 1-to-1 devices in enriching, responsible, and respectful ways. 
Students are responsible for practicing what they learned.

Friday, January 17, 2014

BootCamp Begins Tuesday

The iPad Minis have arrived and we will begin Bootcamp on Tuesday! Find all bootcamp lessons and the schedule on the Bootcamp page. Access the BootCamp Tab at the top of the blog.

Each group of 5th grade students will begin the journey in the library 

Goals for our first day:

  1. Learn about the Acceptable Use Policy - Withers | Library Time
    1. Lesson Plan for Teachers: AUP Do's & Don'ts
    2. Note-taking Doc
  2. Take a brief technology survey - Use MacBooks in library
     Get Survey
  3. Distribute iPads to Students - Oxnevad | Bauman | Fogg | Johnson | Classrooms
     Record Keeping: Inventory Spreadsheet Must be logged in to Google Docs, access for teachers only.
  4. Basic Setup | Oxnevad, ongoing throughout day
    1. Get Directions
    2. Design a Unique Home Screen 
    3. Set Up Student Accounts