Student Printing on Campus

Student printing is available in a number of locations on campus, including the ground floor of Hupper (the printer is called Library) and the PC lab in Treat (the printer is called Computer Lab). To print directly to these printers you can use your username and password to login to a computer in that lab and then print as normal from Google Drive, Word etc.

Also both the Library and Computer Lab printers are shared on the network in such a way that they are discoverable on all major computing devices:

iPhone & iPad – open the file you would like to print, tap the share icon and under the print option both printers will appear and can be selected

MacBook – under System Preferences: Printers you can click the + button and the two printers will appear and can be installed (the printer will list AirPrint under the Use dropdown). Now anytime you print these two printers will be available from the system print menu

Chromebooks – for Chromebooks you will need to both be logged in to your Hebron email account in Chrome and have the file you would like to print open in Chrome (e.g. a Google Doc or a PDF uploaded to Google Drive). Then simply go to File: Print (or click the printer icon in the toolbar), from the destination drop down select See more… and choose one of the two printers listed (they will have a grey Presto icon next to them)

If you have any issues please try installing this extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Windows PCs – please come and see us in the Tech Office as we will need to setup the printers for you if you are running Windows

Posted in Office Updates | Comments Off on Student Printing on Campus

Grade 7 Latin – Julius Caesar Podcast

During the winter trimester, the 7thgrade Latin students participated in the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The challenge was to produce a podcast with the following parameters: students must be between fifth and twelfth grades, podcasts must be between three and twelve minutes long and the podcasts must not include music. The prompts included: telling a story about our school or community, showing two sides of a debate, discussing what you would like to change in the world, explaining something kids understand and grown-ups don’t, and teaching about a moment in history. The latter was chosen since a good deal of class time was going to be used on this project and this choice allowed the class to learn about Roman history. And the best way to learn something is to teach it!

The first few podcast classes were spent listening to samples of NPR podcasts and discussing what made them particularly effective. Next, the specific topic was chosen – we used ranked choice voting for this! The highlights of Julius Caesar’s dynamic life was chosen as our subject. Interestingly enough, when the students began interviewing people, they found that most people, likely from studying Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in English class, knew only about his death.

The students made a time-line of Caesar’s life and broke it into six segments. The students wrote and edited the script for their segment. These were recorded, with back-up recordings as well, and sound effects were incorporated. The sound effects were made by the students at home, at a swim meet, and by the basement lockers in the School Building.

Mr. Crofton and Ms. Reedy assembled the recorded historical segments, interviews, and sound effects. Mr. Crofton adjusted the amplification to rectify the problems inherent in having nearly a dozen different recording devices. Huge kudos to Mr. Crofton for making us sound so good!

The finished podcast is not perfect but it is not bad at all. Did the students learn anything? Absolutely! They all now have a very good foundation of knowledge about Julius Caesar. They are amazed (as one ought to be) by what this one individual accomplished in his lifetime. They learned how to work together and how to support one another.

We hope you enjoy it!

Ms. Reedy, Latin Teacher

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Grade 7 Latin – Julius Caesar Podcast

French Intermediate II – 3D Gothic Cathedrals

Many years ago, my husband and I read Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth before we traveled to England. That book gave us an excellent background on gothic architecture and it helped us gain a better understanding and appreciation of these man-made marvels. When I traveled to France for the first time in 1988, my visit to Chartres Cathedral was the high point of the trip.

When I began teaching French in the 1990’s, I decided to teach my students about gothic architecture so that when they one day visit France, they, too, will look knowledgeably at these miraculous skyscrapers of long ago. They will recognize the cruciform floor plan where the north-south nave is crossed by the east-west transept. They will appreciate the flying buttresses giving support to the vaulted ceiling. They will admire the pointed gothic arches surmounting the tracery of the stained glass windows, including the magnificent rose windows.

And it worked! I received this e-mail last summer from a previous student of mine:

“I am in Malta on vacation and doing sightseeing. I’ve visited three different neo-gothic cathedrals and the knowledge from our project helped alot and it was great.”

While the French students were reading an excerpt of Les Misérables,“The Bishop’s Candlesticks”, in class, they each researched a gothic cathedral. They were required to draw and define a number of architectural terms, research the history of their own cathedral, and do an oral presentation, partially en français, to their classmates.

With the help of Mr. Crofton, the students used Tinkercad and the 3D printer to make models of their cathedrals. To do this, each student had to look carefully at the cathedral – Where do the flying buttresses intersect with the roof? – Are both of the towers exactly the same? – How does the interior floor plan compare to the exterior design? By the end of the design phase, the students really knew their cathedrals. I so hope that someday these students will visit these cathedrals!

Mrs. Reedy, French Teacher

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on French Intermediate II – 3D Gothic Cathedrals

Grade 6 & 7 Science – 3D Biomes in Sketchup

In grade 6 & 7 Science a recent project was to create biomes in 3D using SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool. The class was split into groups of two and each randomly allocated a different biome, from desert to tundra.

After several lessons of directed research, finding out about the climate, landform, and animals and plants, the groups began by sketching out in 2D a plan of what they wanted their 3D models to look like. These sketches had to include:

  1. Biome Title – at the top of the sheet
  2. Land forms – the shapes for the base of the model
  3. Vegetation – sketch out types and locations
  4. Animals – sketch out types and locations
  5. Labels – what is going be labeled and the label location

Next, using the various drawing, shape, texture, model and camera tools within Sketchup the groups had to create their models in 3D following the same steps. Once completed each group then took a range of screenshots of their model, from different angles and zoom levels, and from this, and their research, they will create and give academic presentations on their particular biome.

Here is a gallery of the class working at different stages in the project as well as screenshots of some of the complete models:

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Grade 6 & 7 Science – 3D Biomes in Sketchup

Conceptual Physics – 3D Car Race Day

For the final part of the Conceptual Physics project based around car design, students had to prep their 3D printed cars for the test ramp and were then given three trials to record their fastest speed down the ramp (recorded with three timers) and longest distance travelled off the ramp. Any car that did not make it down the ramp was disqualified for that turn.

Here are a few shots from the race prep and race day classes and a close-up of some of the finished designs the students created using the 3D printer and Tinkercad:

And finally, a YouTube playlist of some of the different cars heading down the testing ramp is embedded below:

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Conceptual Physics – 3D Car Race Day

Conceptual Physics – 3D Race Car Design

A project that Freshmen complete every year in their Conceptual Physics course is designing and creating cars that are raced down a ramp and measured for speed and distance travelled. Students design their cars completely using Tinkercad to create parts to be printed on the 3D printer.

The project started with an introduction to professional car design based around this video from BMW. We talked through the three main steps of: drawing and sketching their design ideas; prototyping using clay to create a 3D model; and then manufacture. We also spent some time discussing wheel design and how wheels could be attached to the main body of their cars.

We then worked through these same steps using the sketching tools in the Notability app (or pen and paper) to create 2D designs, professional-grade modeling clay to create their prototypes and finally Tinkercad to design their car parts for the 3D printer for manufacturing.

A selection of photos of the students working on their iPads and in the Science computer lab, some of their car sketches, clay prototypes and a selection of the finished printed models can be seen below:

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Conceptual Physics – 3D Race Car Design

Apple Teacher & Everyone Can Create

The focus of this week’s faculty tech training was to take a look at Apple’s recent additions to their professional development offering for teachers. This included the Apple Teacher certification program and the Everyone Can Create curriculum resources. Note that to access these resources you will need an Apple ID and the Books app.

Apple Teacher

“Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

“When you sign up for Apple Teacher, you’ll start a self‑paced journey through the Apple Teacher Learning Center and Multi-Touch starter guides for iPad and Mac. The program is open to all educators and is a great way for schools and districts to offer free professional learning that their staff can work through together.

“Whether you’re new to Apple products or have been using them for years, whether you have a single device or one for every student — Apple Teacher has the tools you need to use iPad and Mac to connect with all learners.”

Everyone Can Create

“A collection of project guides that bring creative expression to every subject.
The projects in the Everyone Can Create guides teach students to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing. And they help ignite creativity by giving teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic, or assignment.

“Designed with the help of educators and creative professionals, Everyone Can Create project guides introduce the language, fundamental skills and techniques of video, photography, music, and drawing. Students will use free apps available on any iPad, like Clips and GarageBand, taking advantage of the built-in camera, microphone, speakers, Multi-Touch display, and support for Apple Pencil.

“The collection also offers a project guide to help teachers infuse these skills into the subjects they teach every day. So students can use musical rhythm to make a math equation more memorable, produce a video to re-create a turning point in history, or use drawing to illustrate a city’s changes in architecture over time.”

Posted in Professional Development | Comments Off on Apple Teacher & Everyone Can Create

Honors Geometry – Scale Models

Honors Geometry students spent the the first part of the spring term working through a unit on Similarity. As an extension of this unit, they recently worked through a project on 2-dimensional scaled floor plans and 3-dimensional models. In groups, students were assigned to find the actual measures of one of the sections of the Science or School Building. Each student was then charged with drawing a to-scale floor plan of the area, complete with accurate measures. To conclude the unit, we moved to the computer lab and built 3-D models using SketchUp to be printed with the 3-D printer.

Ms. Gerrits-Leyden, Math Teacher

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Honors Geometry – Scale Models

Humanities History – Ancient Greek Newspaper

A collaborative writing project the Freshmen recently completed last semester in their English and Humanities classes was the creation of an Ancient Greek newspaper. The students were split into groups and each was responsible for one section of the newspaper, from local news to sports and opinions – complete with professional design and a range of article content.

When crafting their section the groups had to follow these design rules:

  • Use color only in pictures (can use greyscale shapes)
  • Limit font use in your section (can use bold/italic)
  • Maximum of four columns per page
  • Need to include your section heading on first page
  • Local News section needs to include the masthead (name, date, price) and index information
  • Each article needs a headline, lede and byline
  • All photos must have a caption
  • Can use appropriate newspaper-style graphics, e.g. barcode, weather icon

All initial writing was completed and collaboratively edited in a shared Google Doc and then, after the group had decided on template design for their section, each student had to use the layout options in Pages to create section pages for their own writing. This meant that students all had to contribute content for the newspaper as well as learn hands-on design skills on the iPad.

Below are a few shots of the students working on their iPads and MacBooks as well as examples of the different page layouts:

And the finished newspaper, with all the sections stitched together to create one complete document, is published below via ISSUU:

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Humanities History – Ancient Greek Newspaper

Grade 7 Math – Surveys & Data Analysis Project

Grade 7 Math students spent the past two weeks working on a survey project, with each student picking a topic of interest, creating a survey based around this topic, collecting data from the school community and then analyzing and reporting their results.

They worked through the following steps, using a range of different apps in the process:

  1. Define research question (Google Docs)
  2. Create survey (Google Forms)
  3. Distribute survey (Gmail)
  4. Data collection (Google Sheets)
  5. Data manipulation (Google Sheets)
  6. Data analysis (Google Sheets)
  7. Report findings (Google Docs)

Creating Google Forms and working with data in a spreadsheet were brand new skills for most of the students, which we took even further by creating custom templates when designing the surveys and manipulating the data collected using calculations and formula. The students also created several different types of charts and presented their findings to their classmates.

Here are some screenshots of their surveys and photos of the students working hard on their Chromebooks:

And a selection of their finished reports are embedded below (click the square icon in the middle to view the documents full screen):

Posted in Tech in the Classroom | Comments Off on Grade 7 Math – Surveys & Data Analysis Project