February 14, 2014

EMS is on FIRE!

It's been a great week to be a Middle School Cougar!  I have three projects to tell you about.

Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher Rebecca Wiggins' students have just completed a project on Africa.  Each group summarized their research and designed a clay model to represent their subject.  Rebecca wanted to find a way where we could showcase all of their work and easily share it with parents.  We decided that voice thread was a perfect fit!  When you click on the students photo, you will hear their voice.  Don't forget to click the arrow on the bottom right to go through each slide.

Would you agree they did a great job? If you click comment, you can leave them an audio message.

           CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about              or explain the topic.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Eighth grade ELA teachers Stephanie Johnson and Katie Wilson attended training this week to begin using Mimio Mobile in their classroom.  The very next day they were up and going with a highly interactive, collaborative lesson.  The students were divided into seven groups and each group issued a tablet. Students benefited from collaborative group instruction, which encourages student participation and idea sharing and supports the requirement of the Common Core State Standards for more student centered learning environments. 
Stephanie had designed a lesson on inference using an article about the winter olympics.  She found a way to capture her students attention and sneak a bit of learning in without them even noticing.  
If this was their first lesson using Mimio Mobile, I can't wait to see what is next. A special thank you to Kathy Korty and Debbie Burnett (and her students) for sharing this technology with us and always motivating us to raise the rigor of our classes. 

Sixth grade math teachers Beth Hensley and Tara Gullett have rocked the world of their students with the use of Nearpod!  Using Nearpod, Beth and Tara were able to design an interactive presentation on Fractions.  They were then able to "push" the presentation out to individual computers in the lab.  Each student was then able to participate in each activity.  Their activities included teaching slides, "draw-it" slides where students were able to work out math problems while they watched on their screen, multimedia web sites, quizzes and open ended questions. You really had to see it to believe it.  I saw 100% student participation.  Cross my heart!  Here is a great video about Nearpod. The only difference is that they have released a web version so we can use it without a mobile device.

Here are some samples:
Draw It 

Draw It

Quiz Summary

Would you like to try Nearpod or Voice Thread in your room?  I'm just a click away! 

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