November 18, 2013

I'm Smiling



I have two outstanding tech projects for you to look at today.  They both just happen to be from our Social Studies department. 

Take a look at the project that HS teacher Greg Brown did with his Government students.  He had each student choose a president to create a "fake book" about.  He found a great way to meet his students in their world.  However, Greg has a secret….He used this assignment to meet the following  Common Core Anchor Standards.

History/Social Studies Anchor Standard  #6
Use 
technology,
including
 the
Internet,
to 
produce 
and 
publish 
writing 
and 
to

interact 
and
 collaborate
 with 
others.
 
History/Social Studies Anchor Standard  #7
Conduct
 short
 as
 well
 as
 more 
sustained 
research 
projects 
based 
on 
focused
 questions,
demonstrating
 understanding 
of the 
subject 
under 
investigation.
 

Senior Taylor Moon's project is beautiful. You can view it here.



Seventh Grade teacher Nicole Craycraft's students are studying Ancient Rome.  Nicole knew she had to do something to catch her students attention.  She decided on Weebly.  Weebly is an easy-to-use Web page creator that uses multiple types of widgets and plug-ins to allow inclusion of text, images, videos, audio, and much more! Yes, you read that right!  She had her seventh grade students design a website!  Take a look at a sample.  

How many Common Core Standards did Nicole cover with this one project?
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

I continue to be so excited about the advancement of technology integration at the Middle School and High School.  Every time I open my email, I have yet another teacher wanting to work on another project.  It makes me smile!   





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