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Thursday, October 11, 2018

ESSA Approved? How do you feel about this?

How do you feel about this? #PADEP #education

Monday, October 8, 2018

OpenShot Video Editor (Open-Source), and much more!

Today you will be beginning to learn about the OpenShot Video Editor.  Information about this program, and Blender (Animation Generator), and Inkspace (Image Editor) is also included.  We will be using these Open Source (denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modifiedPrograms you can create nearly professional looking videos.  While these programs have many features, we will focus on the basics to complete a variety of short video projects.  Some of these projects include a Movie Logo (Movie Marquis Project), a short Public-Service-Message (PSA Project), and your Digital Animation Movie Clip.

OpenShot.Org Primary Website (Download & Resources):

How to set up Blender & Inkscape on OpenShot:

OpenShot Video Editor Resources

OpenShot Video Editor is an award-winning, open-source video editor, available on Linux, Mac, and Windows. OpenShot can create stunning videos, films, and animations with an easy-to-use interface and rich set of features.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

OpenShot Online User's Guide:

We will be going over most of the basics in class to get you started.  Make sure you stay with us at first, then spend time getting to know the program better on your own.  Make sure you read, and understand the next part of this introduction:

NOTE:  These programs are open-source, and as such are downloaded on the individual systems in school.  You can only work on these projects (using OpenShot, Blender, or Inkscape) when you are in class because they are DOWNLOADED to the individual systems in class.  If you have IMovie, Adobe, or some other video editor at home, the projects in class will not save for editing elsewhere.  You are importing your images, video clips, music and other items onto the specific computers you use in class.  Therefore, you would need to save all those same files to your Google Drive for use at home.

If you want to work on OpenShot (Blender/Inkscape) at home, your parents will need to download, and install the programs on a computer for you.  This is NOT a Requirement of the CSA Class!

The following programs are also Open-Source and can greatly enhance your videos.  We have installed these programs, but due to lack of time and resources for this class, we will not be able to introduce them.  You are more than welcome to review the information below, and try to use these resources for projects, but they are not required.  Enjoy!


Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source.  Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!
INKSCAPE Tutorial Page:

YouTube Inkscape Tutorial 1:


Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Online Tutorials Page:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

MATH, ELA, READING, & Much More!

In an attempt to help ALL of our students, I want to make sure you know about, and use, the following resources:

Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for 
elementary, middle, and high school students.

Image result for Vocabulary com logo combines the world's smartest dictionary with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new words in no time.

Click the link above to go to READTHEORY.ORG.  
Create a Student Account using your Gmail address.  Click on the Teachers tab,

Complete the Pre-Test.  

Once completed, you can go to this site to read and respond to different prompts according to your individual reading levels.  As you progress, you will gradually have the reading level raised, and you will improve your comprehension.  According to the website,7.4 Million students have completed 130 million quizzes on this site (to date).

Students will Create and Account on  Make sure you use your Gmail Account.  Get the Class Code to join the class for the period you are in.

NoRedInk helps students practice their grammar and writing skills. Students work with engaging and often humorous sentences that incorporate their favorite characters, musicians, athletes, books, movies, sports teams, and celebrities.

Sumdog is a highly engaging games-based learning service to help students practice their numeracy and literacy.  Designed to supplement teaching, it motivates students by adapting to each child's level.  Sumdog works both on internet browsers and apps on iOS, Android and Kindle.  Sumdog has been developed with the help of teachers and educational experts around the world.

Student Log-In Information: 

Our research methodologies include:
  • Working with experienced educationalists to develop Sumdog's pedagogy
  • Regular focus groups among teachers, students, and parents, to refine existing features and develop new ones
  • Ongoing user research questionnaires, conducted both by telephone and online
  • Curriculum alignment with detailed consultation from independent experts
  • Data analysis to refine educational algorithms and site user experience.
The diagnostic test will place students in the correct grade/year level based on their ability. They will then be asked questions from this grade/year level. This means each student will be answering questions according to their ability.

To do this, Sumdog needs to get to know the students' strengths and weaknesses.  This is done with our diagnostic test which runs automatically the first time students play Sumdog.

During the test, the games run as normal. Students may get asked tricky questions, as we check what level they've reached. Please ask them not to worry. They should simply guess answers: the learning engine will understand what's happening, and place them in the correct level.

Once the diagnostic test is complete, we'll reward students with their first pet.

Students will Create and Account on  Once created, they will progress through various challenges (grade-level-specific), and improve their Math Skills.  This resource can be used anytime, anywhere with access to the website.  Specific Class Codes will be 

Prodigy is a free to use, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online, RPG (Role Playing Game) style video game. Join 800,000 teachers and over 28 million registered students throughout 2800+ school districts in using the game that will revolutionize the way you approach math instruction!

Featuring over 50,000 questions spanning Grades 1 - 8 in 6 different curricula, players will get to watch their very own wizard grow stronger, learn new spells and acquire new equipment while facing ever more powerful opponents, all by answering math questions!

What does all that mean? Let us break it down for you:  (Click Here For Information)

Students will be joining Khan Academy to work independently on their MATH skills, by grade.

Everyone will use their GMail Account to create an Account on KhanAcademy.Org

Make sure that you finish updating your profile once you sign in. 
Go to your Profile screen and ADD your teacher as a Coach by entering the Khan Academy Class Code!

Every student can use Khan Academy as an online tutor at home. You can pick just about any Subject and Level and view video lessons, answer practice questions, or ask a coach a question. There are tutorials for all of your subjects on this fantastic resource! Make sure you check out all the classes you can complete and help yourself with!

Use the link above to visit the Beta Version of  Create an Account using a Username (First Name Initial and Last Name), and enter a Password you can remember.  Then click on "Groups" and enter a code to join your friends!

Start Answering Questions!  Track Your Achievements!

Earn The Badges!  HAVE FUN!

Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.  
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Each time you answer a question right, the banner ad that you see generates enough money for the World Food Programme to buy 10 grains of rice to help reach Zero Hunger.

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Little Alchemy 2 (2017) is a crafting game enjoyed by millions of players. It features hundreds of items, fresh art style and charming music.  Mix items and create the world from scratch! Discover exciting items accompanied by funny descriptions and lose yourself exploring the huge library!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Find Out How To Train Your Whole School To Integrate CS! (Launch CS)

Launch CS provides professional development that prepares K-8 grade teachers to integrate computer science into daily instruction.

Online | In-Person | Train the Trainer

"Launch CS provides computer science/computational thinking integration professional development for K-8 educators. Our organization was made for teachers, by teachers. Teachers rave about our online, in-person, and train-the-trainer courses because we focus on developing practical content and pedagogical knowledge in an exciting and engaging setting. But don't take our word for it, check out what people say about us.

We help districts and schools successfully launch computer science education initiatives across the country. We've worked with a wide range of educators including individuals through our online courses, course delivery to schools and districts, State level organizations through our train-the-trainer program, writing curriculum for national organizations, and even writing international K-12 computer science education standards." 
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