Monday, February 13, 2012

ELL at Seminary Hill School - Using IPADS to Demonstrate Understanding

An excellent example of UDL (Universal Design for Learning- Watch this video) - ELL students in Rebecca Wurdak's classroom created these outstanding videos.    The students first read Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago" then they watched the Chrysler TV ad about Detroit and wrote their own city riddle and put it to pictures.  

Submitted by:  Rebecca Wurdak, ELL Teacher, Seminary Hill School

Monday, February 6, 2012

Students at Hanover Street School Skype with Governor Lynch on Digital Learning Day

Governor Lynch, Allison Mollica & the Hanover Street
Third Grade Class (still online!) at the State House.
Ask Susan Desrosiers, Pam Cantrell, or Kathy Wetzel if Digital Learning Day was a significant day for them and their students!  They'll tell you quite a story.  The children were delighted to have the opportunity to chat via Skype with Governor Lynch.  He told them, "I have three children that live in three different states and I see them everyday because of Skype!"  One student sat down prior to the chat and said, "This is the most important day of my life!"  It was really the ultimate way to celebrate the FIRST IN THE NATION, Digital Learning Day in New Hampshire!  Thank you Governor Lynch and the Third Grade Team for creating such an exciting venue!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Art - Digital Animations - Seminary Hill School

Students at Seminary Hill School Create Digital Stories with Original Artwork.  This is a "You Tube Channel" so if you move your mouse over the video you will see a scroll that goes left to right where more student work may be viewed.  

Submitted by Todd Renninger, Art  Teacher, Seminary Hill School

Martin Luther King Jr Writing Project @ MLS

Using our Mobile Lab and Flip Cameras, students publish and produce a video - using 21st Century Tools students are engaged in the learning process - of listening, comprehending, analyzing, and synthesizing information.  Here are the steps we went through during this unit.

1. We listened to the story, “Martin’s Big Words”  by: Doreen Rappaport.
2.  Students answered the following questions:
   *How can you use “Really Cool Super Rule” to be like Martin Luther King?
   *How can you solve problems at school in a peaceful way?
   *Martin said,  “Everyone can be great?”   What does that mean to you?
   *What words do you think of when you think of Martin Luther King Jr.?
3.  After proofreading their work the students published their writing using the mobile lap top unit.  Teachers were editors.
4. They drew a portrait of Dr. King
5.   Using the flip cameras students partners taped each other reading their work.
6.  This video can also be found on our website and the writing and portraits can be found outside our room in the hallway.

Submitted by Mary Skiffington, Grade 2 Teacher, Mount Lebanon School

Friday, February 3, 2012

Project Adopt A Country - NH Ed 306.42 ICT Literacy Portfolio for 8th Grade

Project Adopt A Country is a year long 8th Grade Social Studies Project.  All of the instructions and resources are posted online. 

The social studies teachers collaborate and create a common curriculum and technology experience for all eighth graders just prior to entering high school.  Students interact with a virtual teacher for support blended with computer instruction in the lab at the school so they learn how to communicate and problem solve online while independently managing their time to complete each project which then results in a cumulative online portfolio!

The PAC Project is Lebanon Schools District's approach to meeting the 8th grade portfolio requirements of NH Ed 306.42 Information and Communication Technologies Program
"(5) Create digital portfolios which:
a. Address the following components: 
1.  Basic operations and concepts;

2.  Social, ethical, and human issues;
3.  Technology productivity tools;
4.  Technology communications tools;
5.  Technology research tools; and
6.  Technology problem solving and decision-making tools;
b. Represent proficient, ethical, responsible use of 21stcentury tools within the context of the core subjects; and
(b) The local school board shall provide opportunities for students to demonstrate ICT competency by the end of 8th grade using assessment rubrics applied to the contents of digital portfolios as required in (a)(5) above. Students who successfully demonstrate knowledge, skill, and understanding of these competencies shall have the opportunity, as high school students, to take a higher level computer course to meet the ½ credit requirement."

Students complete a series of projects focused on an individual country of choice - that combine information literacy with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), NH ICT Literacy Standards and Universal Design for Learning.

Sample:  Adopt A Country Portfolio Using Google Apps "Sites"

IPADS in the 21st Century Reading & Literacy Classroom

"This is a picture of my reading students taking a NWEA type
test- my version - as a way to practice & develop good test
taking skills, improve reading comprehension skills.  This is
done using our 21st Century Learning Management System -

Stephanie Karabaic applies best practices of instruction for 21st century learners using a blended (online) classroom with IPADS and computers.  She integrates a variety of resources and interactive tools to help students develop skills and literacy while being engaged and excited about learning!
Students reading from IPADS in class - the reader on the
IPAD allows student to bookmark and annotate, take notes,
and make comments in an effective and motivating way.