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    Let the Games Begin!

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Hopkins School kicked off the year with a touch of Olympic flair. On September 14, Principal Billelo emceed the opening ceremonies of the 2016-17 school year. Students marched…

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    Transforming from Library to Learning Commons

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Since taking over as the librarian at the high school, Kirsten Fournier has transformed the space and services for students and staff. Last year, she introduced a maker space…

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    Thrively- An Open Door to Strength Based Learnin...

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Diving into lessons inspired by the SuperYou FUNdation, students have been on a mission this year to discover exactly what makes them super.  I knew Thrively could potentially…

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    Hopkins Students Captured in the Stream

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    At first glance, it appears that students in Room 212 are performing plays directed by their English Literature teacher. However, a closer look behind the curtain reveals that…

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    A Word Cloud Worth Exploring

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Easy to use and super kid friendly, ABCYA’s Word Clouds allows students to tap into their creativity.  Students are able to type words on a blank screen with a…

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Let the Games Begin!

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Hopkins School kicked off the year with a touch of Olympic flair. On September 14, Principal Billelo emceed the opening ceremonies of the 2016-17 school year. Students marched into the gymnasium waving a flag that expressed his or her own individuality. It was a vibrant display as each national park team donned a color of the Olympic rings. After an inspiring multimedia presentation, students took to the field to form the Olympic rings. Waiting in the wings was a quadcopter manned by Mr. Ghosh, our director of technology. What a spectacular view!

The Olympic theme is the brainchild of physical education teacher Mary Lou Burns and Principal Bilello. Inspired by the passionate athletes of the Paralympic games, Ms. Burns envisioned running alternative events with Hopkins students. Principal Bilello jumped at the opportunity to carry the torch throughout the school year. For in many ways, the spirit of the Olympic games and its athletes embodies the spirit of the school and its students.  “Yes, I can” has become the mantra of the Hopkins community.

In addition to the opening ceremonies, students are participating during their related arts classes. Ms. Barkin prepared students to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and is running a lesson comparing the anthems from various countries. Ms. Phillips is opening an Olympic-themed station in her art room. Still yet, Mrs. Weldon will be hosting the Library Olympics. There is even a Physical Education Google Classroom devoted to the Olympic activities. The goal is to keep the theme going until June when Mrs. Billelo and Ms. Babson will host the closing ceremonies at the final whole school meeting.

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By: Steph Doty
 Technology Integration Coordinator
 Hopkins School
 @HopkinsTechLib / @BlendedTeaching
Cross-posted to blendedteachingtimes.wordpress.com
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What you love about Google Search — now for Drive


What you love about Google Search — now for Drive

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 09:56 AM PDT

Innovation is critical for business success, so we’re constantly trying to build tools that enable our customers to do more. Starting today, you can use Natural Language Processing (NLP) and other new and improved features in Drive search on web to find files easier and faster. You’ll also see a couple of highly-requested Google Docs features that have been added based on your feedback (thank you!).

Search faster and with ease
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a fancy way of saying “search like you talk.” You can type things like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa.” Drive will understand what you mean and give you the option to click for those specific search results. Drive NLP will get better with each query — so keep on searching. 😉

Get help with speling — er, spelling
When you’re trying to find a doc fast, it’s easy for typos to slip into your search. Drive now has a new autocorrect feature that suggests corrections to misspelled search terms — which can really help when your brain is moving faster than your fingers.

Enjoy other updates based on your feedback
We’ve also added a few small but mighty features in Google Docs to help you create your best work:

  • You can now easily split your document into multiple columns in Docs. Just choose “Columns” in the “Format” drop-down menu when you need more formatting options to get your point across.
  • We know that work happens in all types of file formats. So, when you open, convert and edit non-Google files in Docs, Sheets and Slides, we’ll now save a copy for you. Just view or download the non-Google source file in its original format directly from Revision History in Docs, Sheets and Slides on the web.

These features are available globally and will roll out gradually starting today. As always, tell us know what you think about these new features on Google+ and Twitter. We’re listening.

Posted by Josh Smith, Product Manager, Google Drive

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Let the Games Begin!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hopkins School kicked off the year with a touch of Olympic flair. On September 14, Principal Billelo emceed the opening ceremonies of the 2016-17 school year. Students marched…

A trio of students works in the rejuvenated library/learning commons.

Transforming from Library to Learning Commons

Friday, September 16, 2016

Since taking over as the librarian at the high school, Kirsten Fournier has transformed the space and services for students and staff. Last year, she introduced a maker space…