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Middle School Spanish teacher, Chris Phillips, and I teamed up to get the students to create their own grammar tutorials about the Spanish verb estar. He allowed the students to collect media that best suited their learning styles as they designed these interactive learning presentations in Nearpod. Students included content slides, authentic video clips, quizzes, games and more. When the tutorials were complete, student's used Nearpod's engaging "join session" feature to run their tutorial and conduct their lesson with their Spanish Class.
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Tara Kane's 7th grade science class (pictured left) used Google Docs to collaborate in groups on a recent assignment involving cells. A typical lesson involving the organelles within a cell was given a fun and interesting twist. Students had to come up with an analogy for the cell and it's parts and relate them to structures within their chosen object (one group chose a prison, for example).
Students were working simultaneously as a group on single document, completing a table (template provided through Google by Mrs. Kane) that related each organelle to something on their analogy and providing a rationale for each. The teacher, as Google Doc editor, was able to "peek" in on student work and progress and offer guidance. Students peer reviewed and helped one another as the lesson continued; they even used the built-in cameras on their MacBooks to take a picture of their cell analogy (a Cheeseburger pictured here) and imported it into the Google Doc.
Another middle school science teacher, Sue Sharber, facilitated a lesson in a similar way using Google Drive. In this case, students were learning about controlled experiments and the necessary components needed to collect viable data. Students designed and executed their own experiments. With the help of the MacBook cameras and Google Presentation (see below), students were able to brainstorm their ideas, plan their experiment, document their lab setup and compile their data in a group presentation within the cloud. Students even utilized Google Sheets to collect, analyze and graph their data. Experiments that included a reaction included student-created YouTube videos with links in the final presentation.
Eighth grade Language Arts teacher, Patricia McClair, has her students creating stories in a fun and innovative way. Students first read from a compilation of science fiction short stories. The students were able to chose a story of interest and, working with a group, create a story with some basis grounded in their choice. Extrapolations of characters, events and other details were used to then write a story script in a small group (2-3 students). The script had to include dialogue from multiple characters within the story. Mrs. McClair discussed the importance of audio within the script recording and how heavily sounds (or lack thereof) could affect the emotions and interest of the listeners.
Technology coach, Tina Bacolas, joined the class to aide students in using iMovie's narration features and built-in audio clips. The students were also shown ways to download and edit audio from the web and how to properly include citation for this media.
Students were able to export their Scripts (now .mp3 files) and submit them through Schoology.
Math teacher Ariel Weissman uses a combination of our LMS, Schoology, and an iPad app called ShowMe to clone herself! Well, not exactly...but close enough!
Using this easy-to-use (and free) whiteboard-style app, this teacher records her voice (and her steps) for solving some of the toughest problems in her class (like this one on the Quadratic Formula, for example). She then posts these videos to her class page within Schoology for her students to access.
"My students love it", Weissman remarked, "and it's great for review before their assessment". While this Algebra II teacher says she has also used the app to record flipped lessons, she really likes ShowMe for review purposes and absentee students. Using a stylus (or your finger) and an iPad, her colored-coded steps are outlined, explained and can be played over and over again.
Schoology is a great compliment to this - as students can easily access these embedded resources videos for future use!
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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