Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

September 27, 2017

by Laurie Wallmark
illustrated by Katy Wu

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Grace was a curious girl, exploring how clocks work by taking them apart and putting them back together again.  That curiosity and tensity continued into college where she took courses in physics and math while other women were taking courses called “Husbands and Wives” and “Motherhood.”  She continued to persevere until she convinced the Navy to enlist her even though she didn’t meet the age and weight requirements at the time.  Good thing they did, too!  Grace went on to write computer code that no one else had done, and fix problems that no one could seem to solve.

BUG! This term is known in the computer science world for a mistake in the program’s code.  In this book, the author shows how Grace Hopper and her colleagues actually found a bug inside their computer which cause a switch to malfunction.  Even since then, computer glitches have been called bugs!

At one point in the book Grace needs to pass Latin (she had a failing grade) in order to go to college.  Briefly, this book shows the hard work she does in order to accomplish something she didn’t like to get to her dream of going to college.

Check out this PDF for some discussion questions and extension activities to do with this book.

*Timeline activity in the PDF link above.


ChatterPix Kids — App

December 15, 2015

The ChatterPix Kids app is a great way for students to practice their fluency.

Download the app onto your iPad.

Then, students can take a picture of themselves and draw a line where their mouth is.

The app then allows students to record themselves reading for up to 30 seconds.

Pushing the play button will allow students to hear their recording with their mouth in the picture moving.

If students push Next they can add a filter to their photo as well as a border or text.

Pushing the next button again gets students to a screen that will either allow them to delete the recording or download it to the camera roll.

If you wanted to check the students’ fluency, you can go into that student’s ipad’s camera roll and listen to the recording!


Give it a try!  Let me know if you have any other uses for this app!

Lowell MST Library Homepage Link

October 25, 2012

Students can now access the Lowell MST Library homepage through the student shared folder.

Double click shared folder.
Double click Students.
Double click on the Library folder.
The link is in there.

From the library homepage, STUDENTS CAN

  • Access online ebooks thorugh Follett Shelf
    Username: Student ID Number
    Password: Lastname (with a capital letter)


  • Access Tumblebooks for listen to reading.
    Click on the Tumblebooks link under eBooks.
    Then click on the Tumblebooks link again on the right-hand column.
    Some of the Tumbebooks can now be listened to on the iPad, but not all of them.
  • Access online encyclopedias such as:
    World Book Discoverer (easiest)
    World Book Kids (2nd-3rd grade)
    World Book Student (upper elementary)

Troubleshooting Learn360: 401 Message

October 11, 2012
If you are getting a 401 error when they try to show a video from Learn360, switch your Video Format to Flash.
You can either do that on a video by video basis by clicking “Switch to Flash” under Format, just to the right of the video, or you can go to My Preferences, click the Media tab, and select Flash Player for the Preferred Player.