Opening a Window to the World via Skype

Students from Mrs. Cross’s ESL class participated in a Skype lesson with Geologist and Space Science Educator, Maureen Moore-Roth from Denver, CO. In preparing to read the 3rd grade StoryTown title, “Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut,” Mrs. Moore-Roth lead a Skype lessons to build the students’ background knowledge. Students completed a KWL chart by indicating what they already know about astronauts and space, what they learned from the Skype lesson and what they still wanted to learn. Students posted their questions on a classroom blog and Mrs. Moore-Roth responded to them.

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House Floorplan Project

December 15, 2015

SHS – Spanish II with Miss DosSantos

Students are currently working on designing floor plans for our unit on house vocabulary.  They have the choice to personalize the project to fit their preferences and can complete the floor plan by hand or by using technology.  Most students are choosing to create 3D models, or design their homes on or Minecraft.  If you’re interested in giving it a try, Floorplanner offers a free account.  

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Nearpod in Math Class

As part of my Professional Learning Network for the 2015-2016 school year, we are exploring Nearpod as a means of increasing student engagement and changing the way students interact with content.  Nearpod is an online presentation tool that provides interactive lessons and real-time assessments.

nearpod1Step 1: Create or download interactive multimedia presentations

nearpod2Step 2: Share your interactive lesson and control the student’s activity in real-time

nearpod3Step 3: Your students interact and submit responses through any mobile device, PC, or MAC

nearpod4Step 4:  Monitor and measure student results on an individual and aggregate basis

Rather than copying the examples from the Smartboard into their notebooks, students have the opportunity to use the Drawing Tool to work through problems.  I immediately see their responses in real-time and can provide constructive feedback.  Multiple-choice as well as open-ended questions can also be inserted as a means of formative assessment.  The Poll feature gauges student’s level of comfort with new information or their readiness to move on to the next topic.  You can provide a direct link to students or post to your Google Classroom.  I have used it in my pre-calculus classes to teach Polynomial Inequalities and in my Alg/Geo III classes to teach Multiplying Binomials and all classes have welcomed its use and have enjoyed the interactivity and immediate feedback that Nearpod provides.

Submitted by Angela Xander, Math Department

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Double Exposure in Computer Basics

Computer Basics

Gregg Laub’s Computer Basics class is using Photoshop to complete an assignment on double exposure by combining a human and an animal.  Double exposure is a popular darkroom technique where negatives were sandwiched together or a piece of photo paper was exposed twice. Some photographers even do double exposures in the camera by shooting an image and not advancing the film. The result is a stunning and meaningful combination of two images.

For this project, students could use a photo of themselves, a friend, or family member. Students then had to find high quality, Creative Commons photography for the animal part. Students were given the examples below and were instructed to take notice that the examples don’t simply combine half of an animal with half a human. The skin and fur or other animal features are combined to look like a single creature.

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II would like to challenge everyone to create a double exposure and combining an animal and human picture and send them to me.  I will hang your work in my classroom.

Submitted by Gregg Laub, Business / IT Department

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