Highlights in Technology

  • Take Your Child to Work Day!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 4/25/2019

    It was a great day today!  Not only did we get some very excited visitors today but the students in computer class were able to step away from the computers and work on some STEAM!

    Students were given a few challenges:

    Create a paper plate marble run with a paper plate, paper strips, tape and a marble.  Check out their designs!


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    plate 3

    Create a paper bridge using only two sheets of paper and two cups.  Students were challenged to stack weight onto the bridge to see which bridge is the strongest



    Take 9 toothpicks and create as many triangles as possible.  


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  • Check out these Doodles!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 3/14/2019

    Check out this slideshow will snapshots of all of the entries for Doodle for Google!  Great job by all of the students!




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  • Doodle for Google

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/10/2019

    doodle for google

    It is that time of year!  Time to get creative and design a Google logo!


    The 2018 winner is a second grader from Virginia.  Here is her Doodle.  Click on the image to see the animation she worked on with the Google team.


    What is a Doodle for Google? 

    Doodle for Google is an annual competition in various countries, held by Google, to have children create a logo that will be featured on the local Google homepage as a doodle.

    The 2019 Doodle for Google theme is:

    When I grow up, I hope…

    This year’s theme invites you to show us what you hope for in your future. Classrooms on Mars? Shoes that can fly? Food for everyone? A pill that cures everything? Take your ideas and put them into your Doodle!

    Mountview Road School will be participating in the Doodle for Google contest again this year.

    How to enter-All entries are due to Mrs. Pratola by Monday, March 11th.

    1. Print the entry form or come to the lab for a copy.
    2. Doodle:
      Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
    3. Write:
      1. Doodle description - Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
      2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
    4. Submit:
      1. You can bring the Doodle to Michele Pratola, Computer Teacher/Ed Tech Specialist.  Please be sure a parent or guardian has signed the Doodle.  I cannot submit the Doodle without the signature.

    Judging criteria

    Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

    1. Artistic merit:
      Based on artistic skill
    2. Creativity:
      Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
    3. Theme communication:
      How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

    Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following 5 grade groups:

    • Grades K-3
    • Grades 4-5
    • Grades 6-7
    • Grades 8-9
    • Grades 10-12

    Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below.

    1. State and Territory Winners:
      10 or more winners for each grade group, 53 in total
    2. National Finalists:
      1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
    3. National Winner:
      Featured on Google.com

    Competition levels

    Fifty-Three State and Territory Winners
    The Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best doodle from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam as the State and Territory Winners. These 53 State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle for Google website.

    Five National Finalists
    For a period of 5 days the U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 State and Territory Winners. These votes will help determine the National Finalists.

    One National Winner
    A panel of Google executives will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner the first week of June.

    Learn more about what the 2019 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page.


    • Doodles that are not original works and doodles that contain logos will be disqualified.
    • Only one application per student. Only the first doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional doodles will be disqualified.
    • Please read through contest rules for more information.

    If there are any questions, please contact Michele Pratola @


    I can't wait to see some amazing designs!

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  • Super Digital Citizen

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/10/2019

    The fifth graders are creating Super Digital Superheroes!  After we have brainstorned ways to be safe, responisble and respectful with technology, we chose one of these ways to create a superhero with that specific power.  Using heroized.com to create the persona.  Then the students will write a description of their superhero along with a three frame comic strip...  Stay tuned!


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  • Everything You Need to Know About Fortnite-from Common Sense Media

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/8/2019

    Take a look at this link provided by Common Sense Media.


    Subscribe to Common Sense Media to get the four part series of "What Parents Need to Know about Fortnite"


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  • Fun and Free Keyboarding Websites for Kids!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/4/2019

    Check out this list of free resources to practice keyboarding skills!  They range in skill level and are a lot of fun!

    keyboarding hands

    10 Fun Keyboarding Games for Kids

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  • What is that?

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 11/9/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Throughout the month of October, students in the computer lab have experienced virtual reality through a Merge Cube. 


    The Merge Cube in conjunction with various Merge Cube apps available on iOS and Android devices, allows the user to see objects through virtual reality.  

    solar system

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  • Doodle 4 Google!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/19/2018

    Mountview Road School students have another wonderful opportunity to show off their creative skills.  Google is offering a contest called Doodle 4 Google.

    Please read the information below taken from the web site.


    Let the doodling begin

    Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google.com. 

    If you child is interested in participating in this contest, he/she can come see me to get a registration form or you can print one from here.

    Please have your child watch the two videos below.

    Part One:  Imagine:  goo.gl/pdRW22

    Part Two:  Create:  goo.gl/XnJ4uo

    For those fifth graders interested in entering their Google logo designed in Scratch in December, please come see me.

    For those who would like to be use objects or mediums that are difficult to transport to school, you may take a picture of your Google Doodle and send to michele.pratola@htboe.org.  Please be sure to complete the registration form and send to school c/o Michele Pratola.

    All registration forms must be returned to me by Monday, February 26th.

    If you have any questions, you may contact me at michele.pratola@htboe.org.

    Full contest details are located here.  https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

    I look forward to seeing your child's Doodle 4 Google design!

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  • Hour Of Code At MTV!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 1/18/2018

    It has been an amazing Hour of Code at Mountview Road School.  The students in all grades have been working hard to create and debug lines of code.  The kindergarteners have been using The Foos to learn the basics of sequence and direction.  First through fourth grade have been using Code.org to complete courses on debugging and creating algorithms.  Fifth grade continues to use CS First from Google and Scratch to design a game.  Here are a few pictures of students coding.

    Hour of Code




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  • Fifth Grade Uses Coding to Create a Google Logo!

    Posted by Michele Pratola on 12/6/2017

    The fifth grade students were given the challenge of creating a Google logo using block coding in Scratch.  Through Google CS First, students followed a series of video tutorials on how to design and create a new Google logo.  They were encouraged to use their drawing skills and animation to create dynamic logos sure to impress.  They loved this opportunity and designed some amazing examples.  

    Here are just a few!








    Here of some images of students using Scratch.

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    google 2

    google 3

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