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Seventh grade English teacher, Alison Dalle Molle, teaches her students about literary devices in a blended learning lesson using media and application questions. Students were given a compilation of video and sound clips which contained a variety of today's most popular main stream music including Katy Perry's "Firework" and Miley Cyrus' "Climb". The students were also provided with a Word Doc digital handout containing a table (seen below) to accompany the media. The students identified as many literary devices hidden within their favorite songs and recorded them in the table. Picking out puns, metaphors and similes in the songs, the students included justification and evidence from the song.
Ninth grade English teacher, Michelle Muller, is taking peer collaboration to the next level with Google Apps. Freshman students use the innovative, cloud-based tool to create and edit documents, conduct seamless peer editing, collaborate on summaries, self-reflect through surveys and more.
In this connected classroom, students are encouraged to give one another appropriate and constructive feedback while they share ideas and formulate solutions together. The learning doesn't stop when students leave Mrs. Muller's English class. While Google Apps are synchronous, student use colored-coded text to differentiate one another's writing.
Mrs. Muller's student also complete reflection surveys and take reading assessments via Google Forms.
In Kevin Wilson's freshman biology class, students, seen here, are taking place in a virtual lab "gizmo" through explorelearning.com. This, a form of blended learning, involved so many great learning components. All at once, students were participating in:
The students worked in pairs and helped one another complete the activity as Mr. Wilson moved throughout the room asking follow-up questions and guiding student discussions. The virtual lab involved testing various mystery food samples for their nutrient contents based on chemical solution tests. While a "hands-on" lab was also possible for this, Mr. Wilson's use of a virtual lab came in handy on this short school week, and helped his students enhance their technology skills and increase digital assessment comfort levels.
Tina Bacolas, Supervisor of Instructional Technology