Wednesday, December 16, 2015



With the availability of Chromebooks and computers in the Freshman Academy classrooms, teachers have taken advantage of the opportunity to introduce Blended Learning into their instructional repertoires. Here, Science teachers, Mr. Sean Duffy and Ms. Anna Chase, explain how they are using Blended Learning to help their students excel.
                       

Hour of Code and Beyond

Computer Programming or Coding, makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. It teaches problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. It also helps students develop animations, interactive stories, and games through drag-and-drop code blocks.

Students at the John J. Doran School in Mrs. Assad’s computer lab are participating in the Hour of Code along with other Fall River students.
Students have received login credentials to participate in this weeks Hour of Code and plan to further their learning through other coding lessons throughout the school year. Grade 7 students are pictured with their Hour of Code certificates.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Freshman Academy Students Use Chromebooks For Graphing Project

Durfee High School Freshman Academy students in Ms. Kenney, Ms. Mota & Ms. Richardson's Algebra 1 classes recently took advantage of the newly acquired Chromebooks for an assignment on researching, analyzing and graphing different kinds of data.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freshman Academy Chromebooks

It didn't take long for the Freshman Academy teachers to make use of the new Chromebooks. Both Mr. Pais and Ms. Mattera took adavtantage of the new technology as soon as it was available. The two carts, which house 43 Chromebooks, will certainly help staff include technology in their lessons as well as in using Blended Learning.

Mr. Pais engaged his students with an assignment that required them to use the newly arrived Chromebooks to conduct research on the Election of 1860. The students researched one of candidates in the Election of 1860 as a means of creating a campaign poster along with a 100 word description as to why they would be the ideal candidate for President in 1860. The lesson not only integrated the use of technology but also came with "clear criteria" for success in the form of a rubric that was provided to every student at the start of the project.

Ms. Mattera meanwhile, had her students access an interactive activity at history.com. The section, entitled Civil War 150, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Students can explore 150 Civil War topics. Click here to check out the site.