Sunday, October 9, 2011

Art, iPads and the Storm King Center


Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
In late September, students in Class VIII Art visited the Center, iPads in hand, to sketch some of the installation pieces.

Here are some examples of the student's work.


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Friday, October 7, 2011

iPads in AP Physics

Students in AP Physics arrive in class understanding vector algebra.  Three-dimensional vectors are written in unit vector notation.  For example, a position vector may be written as r = 6i + 2j - 3k.  However, students often have difficulty visually three-dimensional vectors.

Using the App "Vect Calc" students were able to enter specific three-dimensional vectors and see a representation of their vector on a 3D axis.  By entering two three-dimensional vectors, students could determine the dot (or scalar ) product and the cross (vector) product.  The resultant cross product vector is represented in space on the 3D axes.


Vert Calc


Vert Calc gets results!


iPads in Advanced Physics


A new school year brings an opportunity to extend and expand one's knowledge of core concepts learned in the past.  In Advanced Physics, students used the App "Graphicus" to learn how slopes of tangent lines vary for a function y(x).  Students then applied this understanding to the concept of the derivative in calculus.


Graphicus App

Students entered a function y(x), analagous to x(t) or v(t), and then the students, by moving the trace function along the curve, could determine how the first and second derivative change as a function of time.  Students then related this analysis to how the velocity and acceleration of an object would change if the inputted function represented x(t).




Sunday, June 26, 2011

iPads on the Study Tour

During the week of June 13, students participating in the Scotland/England Study Tour traveled with iPads, complete with two iBooks: one focusing on the literature and poetry of England and Scotland, another reviewing the noted scientists of the two countries.


England/Scotland Literature Book



England/Scotland Scientists Book


To quote the Literature iBook, "All students of literature who trave to England and Scotland will find themselves - intentionally or otherwise - walking in the footsteps of many famous writers.  Some travelers discover that a new found connection to a writer is created by an understanding of place.  If you have read Wuthering Heights, for example, see if you don't experience a special kinship to Emily Bronte when we walk upon the moors that were once home to her and her sisters, Charlotte and Anne."

Imagine Marymount students sitting alongside the River Cam, reading the works of John Milton, Lord Byron or Emily Bronte on their iPad!
     

Another Movie on the iPad 2

We challenged the students in Class VII, along withe their teacher, to write, film, edit and produce a two minute movie using only the iPad 2.  Check out their production:  Lord of the Book!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Created on the iPad 2

The iPad2 is here!  And so is iMovie for the iPad2!  The movie below, albeit brief, was produced entirely on the iPad2.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Plasma Physics eBooks

Students in the senior elective, Advanced Physics, became ePublishers as they published their own eBooks on Plasma Physics!





Saturday, March 12, 2011

Class VIII Self-Portraits

Creating a self portrait is challenging!  Students in Class VIII Studio Art used Sketchbook Pro on the iPad to sketch their own portraits.  The symmetry function in SBP makes sketching easier!



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Class VII Mathematics Project

Students in Class VII Mathematics have been using the App GraphCalc on the iPad during their investigation of graphing linear equations.  The App enables the students to interact with the graphs in a "hands-on manner."  Students are able to input two linear equations and then, the App will show the two graphed equations with the point of intersection noted.


Sample Equation Input Screen


Graphed Linear Equations with Intersection Point

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Faculty Thoughts on eBooks

Listen to two Marymount School Science Department faculty discuss how producing eBooks influenced their Biology curriculum.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Biology Lab Book - That's an eBook!

Sketching cells under a microscope is often a daunting task.  Using the App Sketchbook Pro, students in Class IX sketched cheek cells and onion cells.  No need for eraser or multiple pieces of paper.  An error could be simply erased with the swipe of a finger.

Class IX Biology teacher Katie Krueger collected the student's sketches and put together a "lab eBook," using Pages, that included the lab procedures, guidelines on using Sketchbook Pro and two sketches from each student.  Students can then compare and contrast their own sketches with their peers.







Sunday, January 9, 2011

iPads in Class I

Students in Class I have their own STEM Class!  As part of their exploration of the iPad this semester, our budding technologists used Doodle Buddy to sketch one of the rooms at Marymount.  We had fantastic representations of the Chapel, the Auditorium and the First Grade Classrooms.  When the students finished with their sketches, the students laid their images on the floor to create a "virtual map" of Marymount!