Tuesday, November 19, 2013

S'more Advertisements for Texas

Ms. Pennington and Ms. Forbes' classes worked on advertisements using a tool called Smore which helps students create beautiful online posters.  The assignment was to entice others to come to Texas, present the requirements for the land, and describe what Texas was like.  Students were able to create these beautiful digital flyers with ease.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pazos' Mrs. Pratchett Project

In Ms. Pazos' class, students read "The Great Mouse Plot" by Roald Dahl.  Students wrote similies, metaphors, and examples of imagery on post-it notes about Mrs. Pratchett.  The post-it notes were put on a mini size Mrs. Pratchett poster.  The class then spent the next three days working on a Blendspace, a digital place to store content, about Mrs. Pratchett.  Students used pictures from Google and Flickr, YouTube Videos, text and quizzes to teacher their audience about Mrs. Pratchett using similes, metaphors, and imagery.  Students shared their Blendspace with Mrs. Pazos using a Google form.  From there, students completed the assignment by making a QR code of their Blendspace and posting it in the hall.  Students utilized their school issued Gmail accounts to get the templates, Google Turn in Form, and directions for this project.  
Project Rubric/Instructions

Pages like these were hung in the hallway with the QR code linking to the student's project

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Going Google with DBQ's

Ms. Forbes and Ms. Pennington have been having students write their Document Based Questions (DBQ's) using their student Google Accounts.  It has changed the way teachers work with students and the grading process dramatically.  

Ms. Forbes was able to make comments on a child's paper giving him immediate feedback about what he could improve upon in his writing.  

Ms. Pennington commented on how easy her papers were to grade since the kids didn't have to print anything and all she had to do was log on to a computer to review their writing.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Students in Ms. Pennington's US History Classes have been working on utilizing a tool called PowToon to create a more entertaining type of presentation.  The assignment was to create a presentation describing various battles and figureheads of the American Revolution.