Tuesday, December 13, 2011

7th Grade Language Arts Uses Publisher

Seventh Grade Language Arts Classes worked for several weeks on writing and publishing a completed news paper using Publisher.  Students had to research a topic of interest, write about that topic, and then they had to create a feature article that included their writing.  To see some examples of student work, click on the links below. 

Communicating Through Art

One of Ms. Blackwell's students who has a hard time communicating, has found a way to communicate with the rest of the world through her art.  She has her own website, which features her computer artwork, short films, and stop animation videos.  Ellie can communicate endless amount of information through her drawings and art with little or no words.

Here is an example of one of her stop animation videos where she makes Mickey and WALL-E do the same thing.  

Deerpark Middle School in the School Library Journal

Deerpark Middle School's participation in the virtual book club on the Hunger Games turned out to be a hit.  Our book club and our librarian, Amy Lott were given a nod by Joyce Valenza in the School Library Journal. Check out the article here.  School Library Journal


Monday, December 12, 2011

Theater Digital Portfolios

When you go to your evaluation for your job, you are given a grade.  It usually isn't like the grade our students get based on a percentage out of 100, but it is usually based on a portfolio of your work.  Mrs. Hadzi's Theatre Classes are getting ahead of the game and creating portfolios using Foliospaces.  Students have to create a resume', compare where they are in their acting from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, and add information about their skills and what they have accomplished during the year.

In the end, Mrs. Hadzi hopes that they leave her class with a tool to help them gather, organize and display all of their talents in one place.  This certainly is a tool that will help them in their pursuit of a career, college education and much more.

Check out work from one student's portfolio here...

There will be more previews of student portfolios as they continue to develop throughout the year.