Francis Wyman Learning Commons Week 3: Destiny Quest Refresher

September 18, 2017

This “B”  week marks our first visits from our third, fourth, and fifth graders! We’ll be refreshing our memories about Destiny Quest- our library’s circulation system- and putting an icon on our iPad home screens so that students can easily access Destiny Quest to search for library materials, renew or place holds on materials, or even recommend books to their classmates and teachers. We’re looking forward to seeing our Francis…


Week 2: First Day (Week) Jitters at Francis Wyman

September 11, 2017

We are so excited to begin our regular class schedule in the Learning Commons this week! This is our “A” week, so K, 1st, and 2nd grade will be joining us for their first library learning commons lessons! In honor of our first week, our read aloud is First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg, where we’ll discover that students aren’t the only ones who experience first day nerves- it even happens…


Who to Call When You Need Help

September 5, 2017

The beginning of the school year is always exciting, but it can also bring stress.  And when technology isn’t working the way you would like it to, that stress is exacerbated.  To get the right help to you in the shortest time, you need to know who is best positioned to help you. First of all, always start with School Dude.  I’ve included the link to Faydeen Sateriale’s email at…


Fox Hill’s Tribute to Bruno Mars: Fox Hill Smarty Pants 2017

June 23, 2017

I am beyond excited to share an incredible video produced in collaboration with Fox Hill third graders. The video is our rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Up Town Funk” and was performed live by the entire third grade at this past week’s Accomplishment Assembly. As a lover of the arts, and a former theater major, one of my goals this year was to combine my love of music with technology and…


Fox Hill Third Grade Presents: The Revolutionary War

June 20, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I are thrilled to share the work of Mrs. Lisano’s third grade social studies students and their reenactments of the Revolutionary War. In previous years, Mrs. Lisano taught the Revolutionary War unit in a traditional manner with a written test as the final assessment. However this year, Mrs. Lisano wanted to continue integrating technology into her curriculum and approached Mr. Murphy and I with a new and…


Lights, Camera, Action: The Revolutionary War Comes to Life!

May 24, 2017

Mrs. Lisano, Mr. Murphy and I are pleased to share the first of four introductory videos reenacting an event from the Revolutionary War. The video below features Mrs. Lisano’s third graders who will be bringing the Boston Massacre to life through a well written script, realistic costumes and props, and a talented production team. The introductory video was made using Explain Everything and iMovie and was uploaded to YouTube. The…


Pollination Comes to Life at Fox Hill

May 22, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I recently collaborated with Mr. Lisano’s fourth grade science class on a pollination project where students had the opportunity to use either Book Creator or Explain Everything to demonstrate their knowledge of the reproduction process of a flower.  Students are already well-versed in Book Creator, however they visited the Learning Commons to have a lesson on some more advanced features of Explain Everything including the lasso and…


Pump Up the Volume! New Microphones Arrive at Fox Hill

May 19, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I are excited to share that we have received two new pieces of technology that will have a tremendous impact on student projects involving voice recording. Thanks to a generous donation from the Burlington Girl Scouts of Fox Hill, our students now have access to the Zax Sound microphone and two Crystal Clip Lavalier clip on microphones. Zax Sound Microphone The Zax Sound microphone is an affordable,…


The Revolutionary War Goes High-Tech at Fox Hill

May 15, 2017

Mr. Murphy and I are SUPER excited to be collaborating with third grade teacher Mrs. Lisano on a MAJOR Revolutionary War project. The project involves students reenacting four major events from the Revolutionary War including The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, The Battle of Lexington, and Paul Revere’s Ride. Mrs. Lisano has divided her class up into three teams; writers, producers/directors, and actors. Each team member is responsible for…


Author Sarah J. Maas shares her new book with Burlington fans

May 12, 2017

On Wednesday night at Marshall Simonds Middle School, Barnes and Noble hosted a book signing and talk by author Sarah J. Maas for her newest book A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third book in her trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). The book is a young adult fantasy novel that centers on a strong female protagonist, nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre. Barnes and Noble distributed five hundred wristbands…