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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Robots swarm Wentworth Institute of Technology! (PHOTOS)

Robots designed by 200+ students swarmed Wentworth Institute of Technology on a sunny Saturday afternoon for the annual BPS Robotics Olympics. Watson Auditorium was transformed to feature engineering challenges to this year’s theme: All About Boston!

Students from twelve schools competed for gold, silver and bronze medals on June 7th.  The winners mastered the challenges that include having robots re-enact the Boston Tea Party and guiding robots along a Boston Marathon course. The event included a Junior Olympics featuring K-2 students who showed off their mastery of a programmable Bee-Bot device to travel on a mat featuring T stops on the MBTA.

Superintendent McDonough assisted with the medal ceremony and congratulated the teachers and parents for supporting all of the future engineers.  Steve Cremer and a team from US FIRST brought a robot and gave a demonstration for the audience.  Ms. Brown from Sarah Greenwood K-8 received the Judy Robinson Fried Award for being an early adopter of Bee-Bots.  Mr. Donkor from Tobin K-8 received the Carolyn Costello Award for expanding robotics in BPS.

This was the eighth year the event was hosted by Wentworth Institute of Technology. Cathleen Finn from IBM’s Community Affairs Office assisted with event sponsorship and provided a crew of volunteers who served as judges. Haruna Hosokawa from BPS Office of Instructional and Information Technology’s TechBoston unit coordinated the event with support from OIIT staff. OIIT’s videographer/photographer Mark Pijanowski captured the event on video and film.  All of the challenges are posted on BPS Robotics.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Technology Showcase 2014 to highlight impact of IT in student learning

The Office of Instructional and Information Technology in partnership with The Office of Individualized Learning invite the Boston Public Schools community to our Technology Showcase on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Madison Park Complex, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The showcase will highlight schools participating in the 21st Century Leadership Cadre & Edvestors Inclusive Schools Access Centers Grant during School Year 2013-2014:

Participants will share their learning and ways technology and digital resources have impacted student learning. Join us for an afternoon of celebration, refreshments, prizes, and fun! If you are attending the Technology Showcase, please RSVP here. Please feel free to distribute this flyer within your school community.

Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 AYV Live! Showcase Dazzles Audience (PHOTOS)

Superintendent John McDonough welcomes the audience to the Adobe Youth Voices Live 2014

On May 22nd, the Fenway Center at Northeastern was jammed-packed when 200+ students from 19 BPS schools arrived to exhibit their artwork created with Adobe software through the Adobe Youth Voices project. The showcase is part of the High School Arts Festival hosted by the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department.

During a Gallery Walk, Superintendent McDonough and invited guests viewed the powerful posters and mesmerizing films that students produced through the Adobe Foundation-sponsored initiative.  Fourteen exemplary projects were highlighted during the program portion of the event when student artists had the opportunity to talk about their work.  Stephanie Le from Adobe Foundation congratulated Boston students for their efforts and commented on the high-quality projects that Boston students produce.

Seven BPS student-produced projects were selected by Adobe Youth Voices to compete in the international AYV Awards competition.  Here is a link to see and vote for these projects.

Rashmi Pimprikar and Felicia Vargas from the TechBoston unit of BPS Office of Instructional and Information Technology coordinated the event with support from the OIIT staff.   Many of the exemplary projects from this year will be uploaded soon on the BPS AYV Vimeo channel.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vote for the BPS AYV Project 2014 Awards Finalists

The BPS AYV Project 2014 submitted (84 entries - highest ever number for BPS) inspiring projects for the very prestigious International AYV AWARDS this year. We would like to congratulate ALL educators and youth artists for their creative vision and perseverance.

Adobe Youth Voices, the philanthropic focus of the Adobe Foundation, aims to empower youth and educators through media making experiences that promote social change. As a part of this effort, the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards celebrates the extraordinary work of young media artists from around the world by recognizing top talent in media production.

The following 6 BPS projects have made it to the finals. 

Please support our BPS youth artists with your vote. Voting ends on May 30, 2014. You can vote for multiple projects and help your top picks by sharing them on your social media channels. Winners will be announced on June 18, 2014.

BPS Finalists for AYV Awards:


"Stop Racism" (Vote)
Student Artists: Paola Sanchez
Educator: Nathan Phipps
English High School

"See Something, Say Something" (Vote)
Student Artists: Andy Hui, Eric Huang, Karlmichael Camaso
Educator: Shan Lee Liu
Boston Latin School|

"Creativity" (Vote)
Student Artist: Yamilet Acevedo
Educator: Elizabeth Johnson
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School)


"Queen" (Vote)
Student Artist: Arvonne Patterson
Educator: Thato Mwosa
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

"Tell My Story" (Vote)
Student Artist: Shawn Harrington & Angel Polanco
Educator: Thato Mwosa
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School


"They Told Me"
Student Artist : Maggie Noel
Educator: Shan Lee Liu
Boston Latin School

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SIS teacher tip of the week: Emailing students, parents and staff via the SIS

Teachers can send emails directly through the SIS by using the "My Classes" widget below the announcements box. Click on the email icon for one of your classes and check/uncheck the appropriate boxes to include students, contacts (parents), and other teachers for the students in that class.

You can also email all of your students at the same time by going to the student tab and clicking "Options > Send Email". Student and parent email addresses are updated through MyBPS and parents can also update their own email address when they log into the Family Portal!