|Professional Development News|
Thanks to Donors choose and Mrs. Newburger's eternal optimism and tireless grant writing, Piedmont's media center won a BB8 droid complete with iPad in a cool protective case for operating on the go.
Come by the Makerspace and check it out. BB8 already has a fan club, I think!
Check out these photos and videos from the first two days of his life at our school.
There's still plenty to discover. He can be coded, you can draw a path with your finger and have him patrol, he has been plenty talkative, and even has Augmented reality Star Wars action.
It's a wonderful time to be alive, kids! The future is here! No, seriously, do you think my middle school library in the 70s had droids for loan? No, I tell you, they most certainly did not!
- Love, Ms. Gurthie
Not the Skill You're looking for, there's plenty more to learn and do in the Makerspace!
Big Hero 6 and the Maker Movement
Welcome, students, to Piedmont's 1st official Coding Club!
This is your club. Choose from these coding resources below to get started, and let me know if you have another resource to add here.
Make Your own Video Games with Tynker - includes Flappy Bird, Frozen, and more!
Hour Of Code Games 2014
Tynker is a website that let's you easily learn to code starting from step one.
Here is how to make video games on Tynker
Some courses cost money but many are free.
To test the Video Game design link at the beginning of this post, I clicked "remix this program" for the penguin game, then I saved my work. It asked me to log in and I did using my google account so you can do the same since all students have Google Drive (the same way you log into your Chromebook).
If this is all new to you and you need help getting started wtih Tynker from step one, check these Tynker video tutorials that will show you anything you might want to do.
It's so easy a little kid can do it, in fact elementary school students at Red Oak right here in CMS use Tynker to create hundreds of projects. Check out the games they designed!
The following videos were created in Piedmont's Fun Arts Video Club run by Mr. Jermaine Coles. Scroll below for video making tips to make your own great videos with our makerspace materials.
Basic Video Do's and Don'ts
Special Effects and Chromakey
Special Effects Apps
School iPads are equipped with
Greenscreen: Do you want to add you own specialized cool special effects and backgrounds to your videos? Just film in front of our MakerSpace Green Screen (in the media center hallway) then follow these instructions to edit your footage:
Green Screen with the app TouchCast on school ipads
Touchcast is free so you can download it onto on BYOT ipads - but greenscreen will not work on the Touchcast iPhone app. You can use your phone or iPod touch as a remote control for the ipad filming. Just download the appTouchCast Remote.
Earn a DIY maker patch for your video and green screen skills
Upload instructions and examples of Piedmont students' movies http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas/have-students-make-a-movie
Check out these links to improve your videography skills:
Earn the DIY Stitcher Patch by learning how to sew at home, by hand, or at school on our sewing machine in the new Media Center Maker Space:
Directions for transferring ownership of files from your old Gaggle account to your new Google account are at the very bottom of this page. (slideshow)
Chromebook Do's and Dont's
Click here to read the Student A-Z guide of all you need to know about your new Chromebook and 1:1 procedures at Piedmont. Questions? See Ms. Gurthie or Ms. Newburger in the Media Center.
1:1 New Google Drive Accounts
NOTE! You must go to your old gaggle account and make your NEW GAFE account the OWNER if you want to keep the tranferred work forever!
Your new Chromebook comes with a new Google Apps for Education account and email. It will be a CMS managed account just like your old Gaggle account.
This post will help you port over your existing files into your New google Drive Account.
Begin by signing into your old Google Drive account (the same way you sign into the old Chromebooks)
then look at the two photos below. If your screen looks like the first photo BELOW, follow the OLD DRIVE steps. If your screen looks like the second photo, scroll down to the new drive steps.
Note that anything you do under your OLD gaggle address login (Google Classroom or other) will not be in your new account unless you throw it into the oldies/transfer file before June.
You will also need to "add to my drive" any shared or incoming items you wish to save.
Student Deployment Video- Initial Login and File Transfer Instructions:
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!