Here are just a few examples:
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Middle School Science Teacher, Tara Kane, recently had her students learning about the states of matter. When it was time to show what they knew about the topic, she took a different approach to assessment. Students worked in groups to create song lyrics (using popular songs of their choice as a base) about the states of matter, how they changed with temperature fluctuations and examples of each. But the best part is: as students created their music videos, THEY were the props. Students used their bodies and movement to "act out" the atom movement in each state of matter. "Students had a blast making these, " Kane told me. Students used built-in cameras on their laptop computers and iMovie to create subtitles and bring together media in these creative (and hilarious) videos.
Here are just a few examples:
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.
Tina Bacolas, Supervisor of Instructional Technology