Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hanging Out in Canada

Mrs. Pazos' classes have been working on The Global Read Aloud with a school in Canada. This is the second year of hopefully many more, that Deerpark has participated in The Global Read Aloud Today, they had a Google Hangout to have a question and answer session discussing the book.  Our friends in Canada started to have more of global perspective as they were watching the national news about the recent flooding in Texas.  Concerned about their new friends, questions turned from the book, to safety, and how often we have flash flooding in our area, as well as our Halloween traditions in the United States.  

The Canadian students have created friendship bracelets for all of Mrs. Pazos' students while our students have 3D printed key chains based on the book using the program Tinkercad and utilizing one the district's 3D printers.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Magazine Covers in Canva

Girls in Code Like a Girl have started using the application to create magazine covers on topics of their interest.  Students were taught how to use images that were free to use or share from pixabay, and how to layer their pages.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Artistic Learning in Brainpop

Mrs. Stoeffler's students explored various types of art using individual accounts in Brain Pop.  Students were then able to use the application to create a mind map on various artists and art types.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Beyond the Hour of Code

A select group of 6th grade students spent the day at Live Oak Elementary School teaching students to code.  Students used lessons that they taught to their peers during the Hour of Code week here at Deerpark Middle School.  Students will be returning to help teach other useful technology skills to their younger counterparts.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Virtual Field Trip to Yellowstone National Park

After the long trip all the way to their science classes, sixth graders were on their way to visit Yellowstone National Park via a Google Hangout on Air.  Park educators spent over an hour talking with students about the changing earth below, land formations located in the park, bison patties, and much more.  They had countless visual aides, and answered student questions with enthusiasm.  Students and teachers a like truly enjoyed the experience.    

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beautiful Poetry

After experiencing the Berlin Boxing Club Gallery Walk and reading the book in class, students in Mr. Garcia's class wrote emotional poetry about overcoming obstacles and becoming strong.  They utilized the application Canva, to find free to use or share images on Pixabay that would express visually their feelings.  Students then layered their poem on top of the image and printed their poems to be displayed in the hallways.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Robotics Competes at the Central Texas First Lego League

Deerpark's robotics team, The Epic Rainbow Radioactive Flying Squirrels, competed at the Central Texas First Lego League Invitational Tournament.  The team worked together to build a fully functioning robot that can autonomously complete multiple missions on a field mat and research outdoor survival and how to improve they way people learn about survival.  The team not only spent endless hours researching, but they also worked with The Director of Education from The Thinkery, Dr. Gose to develop their solution, as well as Dr. Weishaar, a survival expert and author of Flynt and Steele.  The day was full of excitement, teamwork, and enjoyment.  Although the team came up a little short, our students were considered for the presentation and inspiration awards.