Persistence in Coding

January 5, 2017

A quick Google search returns a definition of persistence as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”   In Mrs. Visocchi’s fourth grade classroom, we say that persistence is, Trying again and again, even when something is very hard. Students begin coding lessons believing that learning the language or commands is the essence of their work.  As our work progresses, they are…


Introducing Team Drive for G Suite

December 13, 2016

Please Note: Team Drive is currently in BETA (early release). Users may encounter bugs. There is no guarantee Team Drive will be a permanent feature in G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education).  Streamlined Collaboration with Team Drive for G Suite Back in September, Google announced their new “G Suite for Education” name change along with the new Team Drive feature, available to schools in the Early Adopter Program. Today,…


Coding in Elementary

December 5, 2016

Last week was an exciting one as Sarah Visocchi’s fourth-grade class at Pine Glen began integrating coding lessons into their math classes.  The objective of using coding lessons is to help students hone their computational thinking and problem solving skills, generalizing them into their work in all academic disciplines and areas of their life where logical thinking and problem solving occurs. We are beginning with’s Code Studio Course 2,…


Hopscotch Coding App – 3rd Grade Turkey Tails at Pine Glen

November 23, 2016

Hopscotch is a visual programming language designed to allow young or beginner programmers to develop simple projects. Hopscotch’s characters and colors are fun and engaging for students, empowering them with many options to individualize their own learning. The app is also a good example of scaffolded learning. The intuitive visual block interface allows students to become comfortable creating programs with blocks to build confidence before they encounter the complexities of…


What Does PEACE Feel Like?

Today kindergarten, second, and fifth grade students and I read the book, What Does PEACE Feel Like? The book is beautifully written and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. Children from all around the world share their heart warming responses to the question throughout the book. After reading the book, students came up with their own responses to the following questions: What does PEACE feel like? What does PEACE smell like? What…

November 9, 2016

Global Read Aloud 2016

In 2010, Pernille Ripp started the Global Read Aloud “with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated.” This year students at Pine Glen (with students around the world) read picture books that were illustrated by Lauren Castillo. (Lauren Castillo wrote and illustrated Nana in the City and The…

November 7, 2016

Pine Glen Birthday Book Club

November 4, 2016

Below are the newest members of the Pine Glen Birthday Book Club. Members were invited to the library to select a book from the new acquisitions. A special bookplate with their name and the name(s) of the donor were placed inside the front cover. Photos with the birthday book are on the Birthday Book Club Wall outside the learning commons (library). I appreciate the donations. Pine Glen Elementary School students will love these new books. Applications will be accepted again…


Enhancing Student Learning with Technology at Pine Glen Elementary School

May 19, 2016

Thank you to BPSEdTech Team members Michelle Ardizzoni and Megan Carney for this update about the integration of technology at Pine Glen Elementary School. This post originally appeared on the Pine Glen Library and Technology Center site. Pine Glen’s annual Arts & Technology night is an eventful evening showcasing our students’ many talents. On behalf of our librarian Miss Carney, and myself, Mrs. Ardizzoni, we would like to share our…


Pine Glen LTC: Introducing Ollie

The BPS EdTech Team is currently exploring more ways to integrate programmable robotic and code driven devices into curricular activities. Team members are developing lessons and projects around several products including Ollie, Spheros, and Bigtrak that can provide great hands-on visual exploration for subject area content.  The following post originally appeared on the Pine Glen Library and Technology Center blog. Thank you to BPS EdTech Team members Michelle Ardizzoni and Megan Carney for…

March 8, 2016

How Do I Do That? March 2016

February 22, 2016

The BPS EdTech Team will have a session of the How Do I Do That program on Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-4:30PM at the Pine Glen library. The session will provide technology support from the BPS EdTech and IT Teams. The session features support for ELA and Science curriculum integration. Work with curriculum leaders to develop hands-on activities using technology with math and science concepts. Join us with questions regarding the…