Technology Integration in Middle School Music Classes

Mrs. Mosley, our middle school music teacher, describes how she uses technology in her music classes to further expand students’ understanding of music theory and composition. Click on the video below to view Mrs. Mosley incorporate 21st century learning activities through the use of technology.


Students Create Vokis of Prominent Leaders

Fifth Graders at Harry S Truman Elementary School have been researching prominent historical figures and individuals in present day that have shown leadership qualities.  Students used a variety of resources to cite evidence on how each leader exhibited the 7 Habits in their life. In order to practice public speaking skills, students presented their finding in character through the leader’s perspective.  During library class, all fifth graders learned how to use Voki, an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking leader.  Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even people you know. Students used Voki to listen to their writing aloud. They used this 21st century method for proofreading as a self-discovery strategy of revision and editing in order to privately critique their own work before conferring with their teachers.  Furthermore, Voki allowed for the shy student to become more outspoken and confident.

Chopin’s The Awakening – A Collaborative Endeavor and An Alternate Ending

awakeningSubmitted By: Mrs. Robin Burns, Library / Media Specialist

During the second marking period English teacher, Mrs. Anne Schneider, and library media teacher, Mrs. Robin Burns, worked with Honors English 11 students to create a project-based assessment on the summer outside reading selection, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.

Mrs. Burns also presented students with a Copyright Clarity workshop as part of the University of Rhode Island, Harrington School, Media Labs program.  Students were instructed on how to use various types of information including images and video ethically in their projects.  The workshop focused on the Fair Use Doctrine and how to use copyright friendly materials such as Flickr, Google Advanced Image Search, and AP Images.

The project required students to create an alternate ending for the literary work and then design a multimedia presentation of their vision.  Projects were created using web 2.0 tools such as PowToon, Sock Puppets, WeVideo, or Animoto to include video, sound, and images to tell their digital stories.   The students were asked to present their finished work to their classmates and all videos are stored on a classroom YouTube channel.

All of the information and digital resources for students are located on the high school library FalconGuides.

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