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I hope our students and teachers will find some interesting new sites and tools here to make learning and creating content easier and more engaging.


Please look at the categories, located to the right of this post and just below the Voki cartoon.  I will be organizing  posts in categories to make it easier for you to find the good stuff faster.  This blog is a new and grsmileyowing online environment, so check back often and please add your voice by commenting and contributing! To add a comment to a post, click on the title of the post and then scroll down the page.  Also, please check out the student work on our companion wikispace! ps196q.wikispaces.com.



  1. Never use your full name.  First names (and last initial if needed) only.  You can include your class number so I will know who you are.
  2. Never put any personal identifying information like phone numbers, addresses, etc. online.
  3. Keep your comments positive and the language appropriate.  Your parents, teachers, assistant principal and principal will be able to read what you write. Make them proud of you!
  4. I will try to respond to comments in a timely manner — I’m aiming for twice a week at the minimum (but since I am such a geeky person, I will probably get back to you faster!)
  5. You can add comments to other peoples’ comments — again, keep your tone and language positive and helpful.
  6. All comments are moderated.  That means no one gets published until the comment is approved by the administrators of the blog.  If your comment doesn’t show up and you wonder why, feel free to ask me about it.

If we follow the rules, blogging will be a great way for us to communicate and collaborate safely in a great learning community online!

I’m looking forward to another great year at P.S. 196!

–Mrs. P.


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If you have any technology-related questions, please write them as a comment to this post and I will do my best to answer them as accurately and quickly as possible. This is the appropriate place for students to post their questions to me.

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Tech Enrichment Tests Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble is a “just out of kickstarter” device for kids of all ages (5+)  where you can build a mechanical computer powered by marbles to solve logic problems.  It is named for Alan Turing, a British mathematician who is known as the father of the modern computer, and who created the computer that broke the Enigma code during WWII and helped turn the tide of the war.

Turing Tumble is a highly engaging device (or in our case, the free online simulator) that teaches coding concepts without words, screens or electricity.  We have one real world Turing Tumble so the students were able to see and hear how it works.  But we’ve been working with the simulator.  Here are a few of the creative layouts the kids came up with in enrichment.  Some of them were purely experimental, just to see what happens, and others were designed to create a pattern in the marble colors.


Getting Into Google Classroom

Students in grades 2-5 will be using Google Classroom in the computer lab.  We have spent a lot of time trying to get everyone to learn how to log into their Google accounts.  None of the students have an email account, but their usernames do look like email addresses.

For parents who are having difficulty helping their child log in at home here is some basic information which I hope will help.

The formula for a student username is:

first name, last initial, last four numbers of their OSIS @ps196q.com

i.e.  Jane Doe OSIS 123456789  would be:


Passwords are the full nine digit OSIS number.

Note there are no capital letters or spaces in the username.  If you use gmail at home, you want to be sure that your child logs into the school domain (ps196q.com) and NOT into gmail.  

The address to access Classroom is  classroom.google.com

Children were given class codes to join their Tech Classroom.  If their classroom teacher is also using Google Classroom, they would have a separate code to enter that classroom.  If you need the classroom code for technology, just fill out the form on  this site, let me know your child’s classroom number, and I will email it to you.

I hope this simplifies things as we go forward.  I encourage you to use the Google Form to contact me with questions and issues regarding technology class as this is the fastest and most reliable way to reach me. 


Thank you!

Mrs. Phillips

2018 Recommended Technology Events — By Eilon Class 402

The year of 2017 has brought much excitement. Now, 2018 has come and has swept in amazing events. Let’s get started →


Recommended Contests


  1. ACCEPTING ENTRIES  Imaginormous Challenge  Open to all children in the U.S. aged 5-12, submit your idea in 100 words or fewer for a chance to win one of five incredible prizes: a tremendous toy design, an immersive Minecraft world, becoming an author, or a candy creation. For more information, click here.

ENDS ON MAY 1, 2018.


  1. ACCEPTING ENTRIES  The Betty Award  The Betty Award has both a spring and fall contest. This writing contest is open to all children, worldwide ages 8-10. For more information, click here. This contest contains at $15 reading fee.



  1. ACCEPTING ENTRIES  Scholastic Book Clubs  Scholastic Book Clubs features a wide range of contests for all children in all grades in the U.S. Check out some of the latest contests here.



Look for It


  1. TICKETS AVAILABLE  Maker Faire  Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine which features engineering, science projects, and tech. It currently comes to California, Michigan, and New York. Check it out.

GRADE FOUR: Original Mystery Story Podcasts

Fourth grade students have been busy writing original mystery stories based  illustrations from  Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Mystery of Harris Burdick.”  After they wrote their stories on a Google Doc, they recorded them in Garageband and enhanced them with a musical soundtrack. Click HERE  AND HERE to listen to their amazing stories!  Please leave a comment on the blog after you listen to the stories.  Students love feedback!




This week, tens of millions of students in 180 countries around the world will be participating in the Hour of Code, an international event designed to promote student interest in coding and programming through a wide range of fun activities.  At PS 196Q we have participated in this event for the past few years and without exception, the students in all grades, from Pre K through fifth grade, are totally engaged in the activities.  This year, I’ve decided to use the Minecraft activities on the Code.org site, which have been expanded to allow students to create games using blockly code and directional arrow keys on their keyboards.  Please encourage your children to continue these activities, all of which are free, at home with you.  It’s never too late to learn code!

Click link to see video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1skr5cjzEB7OKyl-YYvRDy59DwbfsMWgX/view?usp=sharing


2017 Tech Enrichment

Our Thursday morning tech enrichment group has been busy working with Ozobot robots.  We programmed them using line programming on plain white paper with tracks we drew with washable broad tip markers.  Then we started adding the code using color dot stickers to coordinate with our master code sheet.  Here’s a link to a short video clip of our programmers and their Ozobots in action.