Friday, September 28, 2018

Going to the Moon, BreakoutEDU, Professional Learning and More! ~ September 28, 2018

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After reading Let's Go to the Moon! by Stephen R. Swinburne, first grade teachers Andi Bo and Hillaray Carroll hosted an Astronaut Training Day for their students. Astronaut Training Day included a Virtual Reality trip to the Moon, constructing a shelter, agility and strength training, drinking water like astronauts drink in outer space, and coloring American flags. 

Additionally, Mark Gelineau spent worked this summer with Diane Main to create an immersive learning experience for his students using a BreakoutEDU Kit and a literature game from the Breakout EDU game library, Cold Case: Poe’s Tell Tale Heart. What better way to try out a new lesson than test on it out with your colleagues? The Middle School English Department used part of their department meeting time to unravel the mysterious case of the Poe’s Tell Tale Heart. The case was eventually unlocked and teachers learned a new tool to possibly explore in their classes and Mark walked away with feedback on how to best structure the activity when he does it with his students. 



Are you looking for some excellent professional development that's local and brings the best directly to you?

This Saturday, September 29, the Krause Center for Innovation is putting on a fantastic summit with Jo Boaler, author of Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching, as the keynote, and sessions from innovative thought-leaders across the state.  (And Liz plans to be there, too!) You can get more information and tickets here. Take a look at the specific schedule of sessions here.



Read to the bottom of each blogpost and send an email to Liz Brumbaugh at with the correct answers sooner than anyone else, and Liz will deliver your choice of beverage to your office or classroom

2018-2019 Trivia Winners (So Far)

Michael Ear, Preschool Art
Marissa Lucketti, HR
Melanie Ramsey, Middle School History

And now, for the questions...

1) What was the first console video game that allowed the game to be saved?
2) In what year did Nintendo release its first game console in North America?
3) What does SSID stand for, AND name ONE SSID we have here at Harker.

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