Introducing The Fox Hill Learning Commons

February 10, 2017

Since the start of the school year, Mr. Murphy and I have taken collaboration to a whole new level through the creation of a Learning Commons here at Fox Hill. In the simplest terms, a learning commons is a “full service learning, research and project space,” and this is exactly what we have developed. Previously, the technology integration specialist was in a different space than the librarian. This year however,…


First Grade Digital Pioneers at Fox Hill

January 31, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I are thrilled to share that Mrs. Carroll’s first graders are the very first students at Fox Hill School to try the digital portfolio app See Saw. These tiny digital trailblazers did a fantastic job joining Mrs. Carroll’s class through a unique QR code and they remained focused and productive for the entire hour spent in the Learning Commons. After joining the See Saw class, they created…


The Lemonade Wars via Telestory

January 12, 2017

This past week I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Lisano’s third graders to create book reviews of the Lemonade Wars using the iPad app Telestory. This free app allows students to star, film, and direct their own “TV show.” For this particular assignment, students were asked to use the critic’s corner theme. They wrote cue cards containing information about the story’s characters, setting, plot, as well as their…


Making Math (and Music) Fun with Sphero!

January 11, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I are once again very proud to share some outstanding work created by the students of Fox Hill. Our most recent project involved collaborating with fourth grade teacher Mrs. Nolte and allowed us to integrate the Sphero robot to help students learn about patterns, shapes, speed, distance, angels, and the fundamentals of computer programming. Shifting Gears: Deeper Than Driving Similar to Fox Hill third graders, Mr. Murphy gave…


Telestory in the Elementary Classroom

January 9, 2017

Since returning from the holiday break, Fox Hill Help Desk students have been busy exploring educational iOS applications for the elementary classroom. Telestory is an app that the Help Desk students are especially excited about. After showing students just a few of Telestory’s features, including the themes, costumes, and cue cards, many students began making their own creations with Telestory. Fourth grade Help Desk student Kritika created an example Telestory…


TED Ed at the Elementary Level

January 3, 2017

As a member of the first co-hort of TED Ed Innovative Educators, I’ve had the opportunity to develop TED Ed lessons targeted to high school students. However, TED Ed video lessons, many of which are created by TED’s professional animators, are also available for elementary students. Please consider adding TED Ed into your instructional practice as we move into the second half of the 2016-2017 school year. You can access…


Read To Me Feature in Book Creator

December 21, 2016

Fourth grade Fox Hill Help Desk student Kritika demonstrates how to use the new Read To Me feature in Book Creator and how to change the voice accent. Visit the Help Desk at Fox Hill blog for more educational technology instructional videos.


Tech Integration in Action at Fox Hill!

December 9, 2016

Since transitioning from the high school to the elementary level here in Burlington, I’ve had the opportunity to work with my new colleagues on the integration of a variety of technology tools including Google Classroom, Tellagami, Instagram, and Explain Everything. Google Classroom in the Second Grade Second grade teacher Michelle Tigges has started creating a digital workflow by integrating Google Classroom. Specifically, Mrs. Tigges has found the question feature in…


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,…