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Sappington Hangs Out with Astronauts!

On Friday, Sappington students had the awesome opportunity to HANGOUT with an astronaut and scientists from NASA as part of their Train Like an Astronaut Mission X. 

This cross-curricular unit included math, science, and design concepts (check out the cool student work below), along with health and physical education concepts. The culminating event was a LIVE Google Hangout where our students got to share their Flyers spirit, show off their space station designs, and even ask Captain Mike Fincke a few questions about his experiences at the International Space Station. Check it out in the Hangout recording below!

Much thanks for creating such an awesome learning opportunity for our students. Laura Handrahan and Maria Clancy did an awesome job supporting students in their designs for the project. Rob George's expertise came in handy with the gorgeous Sappington banner. The PE team did an amazing job with coordinating this effort and generating a ton of excitement for the project (than…

Is that even LEGAL?

What Visual, Audio and Video Content Can I Use?

As tech-savvy teachers, we are integrating more multimedia work into our classrooms and online presences. To ensure that we are modeling best digital practices, it is essential to respect copyright laws and digital ownership by properly attributing the use of others' content.
HOWEVER, staying informed on what media is legal for use and publication can be pretty scary (see for yourself-- YIKES)! Who's got time to wade through THAT thing?!
To help make sense of what's okay to use and publish, check out this pretty informative chart.
The Library of Congress makes it more palatable in their classroom scenarios (scroll to classroom examples) and YouTube’s explanation is pretty good, too. This one was created for students- use it to brush up on the rules and pass it on! 
How Do I Attribute Properly When Borrowing Content?
To properly attribute a person's work (an image or video you want to use on your blog/website), be sure to proper…

Tired of the old PPT? Try INFOGRAPHICS as Creative Assessments!


Consider using infographics as an incredible way for students to show their research analysis skills. Not only do students make critical choices about what data/information to incorporate into the valuable space on the infographic, they also have to synthesize different kinds of data into a new, authentic representation of their ideas. Great for argumentation/informative writing, great for research-based projects, great for any data-based task. 

The key part to infographic CREATION in the classroom is supporting kids to GET what data matters, what should be represented, and HOW to show it in a way that meets the audience's needs (and achieves the goal of the author).

INFOGRAPHICS at LINDBERGH- Ty Cochran's Infographic Project
Ty decided to chuck the old PPT for infographics created through Lucid Charts. See what his students were able to create and his reaction to their AWESOME work...  Ty's account of just how AWESOME this project ended up is f…

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Super easy classroom timer.

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