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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vocab Grabber: an Amazing Online Text Analysis Tool

Try VocabGrabber today! -


VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save... read more and try it now now!

I grabbed some text from today's CNN headlines, pasted into VocabGrabber and Voila! CLICK on the image above to see the results OR Try VocabGrabber with one of sites samples:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3rd Grade Africa Research

During the winter 3rd grade studied Africa. As part of this unit students worked in partners to learn about one African country in detail. They did the research using tools they learned about during Information Science/Technology class including GoogleEarth, the BB&N Lower School library catalog and
After gathering their facts the students then choose how they wanted to present their information. Each group was allowed to choose their own style of presentation and this year projects included Powerpoint presentations, Jeopardy games, movies, posters and Scratch animations. The students did amazing work and this week they are presenting their projects to their classes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What is Blended Learning?

Q: What is Bended Learning?

A: Blended Learning refers to a mixing of different learning environments. The phrase has many specific meanings based upon the context in which it is used. Blended learning gives learners and teachers a potential environment to learn and teach more effectively.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted by Mike Gwaltney on November 9, 2010

Watch these 2 videos from Carpe Diem and Millis High to start to imagine the possibilities of what blended-learning schools do in helping their students achieve stellar results with models that increase productivity and personalize learning

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Is school the place where students get information?

Diana Laufenberg teaches 11th-grade American History at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. In this TED talk video she shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

What do you think? Please leave a comment!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

iPad 2

You may have heard a bit about the iPad 2 which will be available March 11th. But if you want to learn more then visit and watch the video. There are some significant new features on the iPad. In addition to the 2 cameras, there is iMovie and Garageband, which almost completes the iLife suite of software available on other Macs.

Arts Day Festival at the Middle School - Friday, March 11th

The Middle School Arts Festival is on Friday, March 11th. As part of the KNBC curriculum for the year, the members of KNBC will be taking a lead role in the Arts Day Festival/Celebration. Kids in KNBC club will run a 85-90 minutes workshops for their peers. To prepare for the workshop they were asked to create an attractive flyer that gives an overview of their workshop, a sample lesson plan, a How-to handout and a video example to be presented during this week's morning assembly. Below are a few examples created by the kids:

Xtranormal Workshop:

Animation Workshop:

Below is the list of workshops offered March 11th; all were chosen by the kids based on their interest and technical expertise:
  • Make Your Dream Trailer
  • Satirical Shorts with iMovie
  • Music Videos
  • Animation Cartoons
  • Stories with XTRANORMAL
  • Fun with Photoshop

A Day of Community Building and Networking for Educators at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA - MARCH 24th, 2011

RYMAEC events are designed to present and inform innovative middle school and high school web and art classroom strategies. This year RYMAEC is hosting two events on the same day. You must sign up for each event separately and in advance. Both events take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA