Archive for January, 2013

Locking Students Into Specified Apps

ImageKeeping kids safe and on task is easy with you use guided access on your IPad. Guided access allows you to select an app you want your child to work in and locks them into that app.

Follow the following steps to turn guided access on:

Go to settings

Select the general tab

Scroll down on the right and select accessibility

Scroll down and select Guided Access

Turn Guided Access on

Click Set Passcode – Enter a passcode that you will remember

Return to the homescreen

Open the app you want your child to work in, triple click the home button 3 times, the screen will minimize and you will select start in upper corner to lock the app. To unlock the app you triple click the home button three times, enter your password, select end in upper left hand corner and full function of the IPad will return.


Mapping the Moon with Wall-E

Fist graders are currently studying the moon. To extend their knowledge Ms. Smith scheduled a virtual field trip to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Our first stop was to meet Erin and WAll-E at the Fight Center. Next, we learned about astronauts, satellites, space shuttles, why our Earth is so important, and much more.

Currently, the Goddard Space Flight Center has 60 satellite missions taking place in space. Students learned that we mainly use technology in the form of satellites to explore space more often than we use astronauts. Erin assured students that in 2030 they’re sending a special group of people to Mars. They learned if they study hard they can become astronauts and travel to Mars.

It takes 2 years to travel to Mars and back. Students learned that one purpose of the satellite missions is to look for water. Students were  asked, “How do we use water everyday here on Planet Earth?” Responses included: watering plants, to stay clean, swimming, creeks, and most importantly to stay healthy. In order for astronauts to travel to Mars they will need a water source. Using the data collected from satellites scientist will discover where and if water exists before they take on this endeavor.

How do we use water everyday on our planet Earth?

How do we use water everyday on our planet Earth?

What do you think of when you hear the word NASA?

What do you think of when you hear the word NASA?

Have you seen the man in the moon?

NASA Moon VideoConferenceLearning about the moon in first gradeFirst grade students take a virtual field trip to the moon with Mr. Talley our friend at NASA. Students were asked, “Have you ever seen the man in the moon?” This led to a great discussion about using our imagination to see shapes in the moon. We also learned that our moon is the fifth biggest moon, what degree it takes to be an astronaut, what gravity is, and much more.


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