Changing It Up

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Our first ever post on Edublogs was on November 29, 2010. We announced the new host for our blog after previously having used Blogger and WordPress.com. Between then and now, we’ve written 159 posts and had over 130,000 visitors! We couldn’t have been happier with Edublogs and everything that they’ve provided to us. They’ve provided a safe, secure place to host our blog and share it with the educational community.

As time has gone on, Mr. Avery has taken an interest in web design. As great as Edublogs has been and as many options as it provides, we wanted to the opportunity to design a blog in any way that we wish. So, we’re moving to a new site. Our class blog can now be found at AveryBunch.com. Although we’ll continue to use Edublogs in some capacity, all new posts can be found at this new site. We certainly hope that you’ll pay us a visit to check out the new site and leave us a comment about your thoughts! We wanted to create something that showcases our class but is easy to navigate so any suggestions are always welcome!

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Before we go, we wanted to say thank you to Edublogs, their amazing staff, and everyone who has visited us and helped facilitate our learning! Our experience here has been nothing but the best and we wouldn’t have had it without all of you!

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The Great Rate Race of 2014

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Math should be fun, shouldn’t it? It’s much more exciting to practice using various activities and games as opposed to just sitting at a desk doing worksheets. At the end of every year, when reflecting upon some of the favorite things we did, one thing comes up every single year, our QR Code Scavenger Hunts. So, we thought it would be perfect to tie one of these in as we learned about rates and unit rates.

So what exactly are rates and unit rates? Well, a rate is a special type of ratio where instead of comparing items, we’re comparing measurements. An example of a rate would be something like:

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The Sound of the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us again! It’s always incredible how quickly they seem to arrive. Soon we’ll be on vacation for a couple of weeks, spending time with family and friends. We’ll take a break, regroup, and come back for a new year completely refreshed and ready to continue our learning.

We’re always curious to know how our friends around the world celebrate this time of year though. There are so many different customs and traditions across the globe. How we spend this time of year is very different than how others do. On top of that, the music that accompanies the holidays differs as well. So we wanted to put together a playlist of some of our favorite holiday songs that we like to listen to this time of year. You can take a look at our playlist below and then we hope you’ll create your own and share it on your blog. When you do, link your post back to us. We’ll take the songs from all the playlists that are shared to create a global holiday playlist!

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Edublog Awards: Voting is Now Open!

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The nominations are complete, the lists have been tallied, and now voting is open for the tenth annual Edublog Awards! Every year, the Edublog Awards tries to shed light on some of the best blogs, websites, apps, and people in education. We’ve felt extremely privileged to have been nominated for categories in the past and we’re excited to announce that we have been again this year! Our blog has once again been nominated for Best Class Blog. And, even though we have been nominated in the past for Best Use of Videos and Media in Education, it’s previously been for our Student Made Math Movie wiki. This year, with the launch of our new website, we are now nominated in the same category but for the Math Movie Network website instead! We couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities and we certainly hope you’ll consider voting for us! You can do so by clicking on the up button on each of the links below. You must be 13 or older to do so though, so students should have their parents create accounts and then vote!

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2013 Edublog Award Nominations

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that it is already that time of year again, time for the Edublog Awards! Each year the Edublog Awards highlight the best of technology in education, including class blogs, individual blogs, student blogs, web tools, mobile apps, and many more! They open up to nominations which are done on different blogs. Then, once nominations are over, they begin their voting process. This culminates in an online ceremony announcing the winners of each category!

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Math Movie Network: Adding Decimals

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We’re so excited to have our Math Movie Network website up and running! After taking some time to find great math videos to share, adding practice problems, and working out some small kinks, it is at a place where we feel it will be beneficial for so many others to use. And, while we haven’t had much of an opportunity to create new videos to add to it this year, we finally got around to a couple this week!

We added two new videos. The first video was one that we created in order to try to introduce others to the Math Movie Network website and how to use it. We wanted to share what you can find there and how you can navigate through it. Jesse, Sam, and Irene walk you through some of the great aspects of our new site.

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

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Within the last few years, you’ve no doubt seen the devastation and destruction that can be caused by earthquakes. New Zealand, Haiti, Japan, China, Chile, and the Philippines are all places that have felt the earth violently shaking beneath their feet. But why these places? Why hasn’t something like this happened to us here in Massachusetts? We set out to do some research to find out!

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Spies and Explorers: Adventures Galore!

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Last week we enjoyed the opportunity to take a field trip to 5 Wits, located within Patriot Place in Foxboro. You may recall that we also took this field trip last year towards the end of our school year. The students loved it and there was so much teamwork involved that we wanted to go earlier in the year this year as a team building activity. It went even better than we had hoped!

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Challenging Ourselves With….Cardboard?

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Last year, Mr. Avery had a chance to meet one of the most inspirational people he’s ever encountered. While in San Francisco as part of LearnZillion’s Teachfest, he had the opportunity to listen to somebody who brough an entire room of more than two hundred teachers to their feet with a huge round of applause. Who could have possibly done this you ask? It was a ten year old boy from California named Caine.

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