Mrs. Myers worked with Dr. Newett’s social studies classes to teach them how to use a couple of the features on Google Earth. The students practiced measuring distance by using the ruler and looking at our school (the buildings, football field, etc). We also learned how to get an altitude measurement … Mount Everest is not a cake walk! Finally, Mrs. Myers and students walked together through creating a tour. Students then created a tour that included three places for a class grade.
Mrs. Myers worked with Mrs. Gibson’s Freshmen English classes on March 22nd on evaluating websites. After showing them a quick video about everything being true on the Internet (oh boy – that French model!!), she used a modified version of Kathy Schrock’s 5 W’s of Website Evaluation. Mrs. Myers also explained how students could use the Advanced search function in Google to force Google to find better sites. After that, the students and Mrs. Myers looked at a website together and used the 5 W’s to decide if the website was real or a fake website. For the final activity, students accessed a Socrative quiz that Mrs. Myers created and looked at different sites that were fake and sites that were real. We all loved the hospital site (very fake).
Mr. Stuard’s class popped in this past Tuesday the first for orientation. Mrs. Myers went through a brief powerpoint introducing students to the staff and the policies. Then, the students pulled up the catalog on their Macs and followed along as Mrs. Myers walked them through different ways of finding materials. Finally, they went into Edmodo to pull up a scavenger hunt that Mr. Stuard created and walked around the library searching for the answers.
Long ago, I read the Quiet Librarian’s posts about the concept of write around (please see her posts at write around ). I had approached several teachers about trying this out and found one this year who was willing to give it a go.
Nick Plaistad is an awesome physical science teacher who works with Freshman Academy students. We met to talk about an upcoming project in which the students create a comic strip showing Newton’s three laws of motion. I at first suggested that I talk to the students about what a graphic novel IS. Then, I thought – why not borrow the write around concept.
Originally, I was going to copy pages from graphic novels, put the pages on tables, and have the students move from page to page. The high school moved to one to one last year, so I decided to make the write around digital instead. After talking with Adam Babcock, our instructional coach, I made the digital write around proposition to Mr. Plaistad and suggested that I grade the graphic analysis while he grades the laws.
This is how the lesson goes:
1. I use keynote and present information sharing definitions of graphic novels, comic books, and manga, the elements of a graphic page, and how they are important literature types (on par with “regular” stories).
2. The students go to Nick Plaistad’s Edmodo or 365 site account and open the analyze comic question sheet and answer the questions for each comic (I gave them examples from nine different graphic novel titles – I used the iPad to take photos of the pages that they also accessed from Edmodo or 365). This will be turned in to me.
3. The students will create their own comic strip showing Newton’s laws with speech or thought bubbles, images, and arrows. I asked to have a copy of the excellent ones to display on the flat screen tv in the library.
So, the next step is to figure out how students could truly write-around what they were seeing. I need to play with capturing pages and opening them in different formats. It would also be fun to figure out if there is a way to electronically pass the document “around the room”. So, baby step accomplished!
I walked around the school with Mrs. Brito and some of her students. We stopped in different areas of the school so each student could take photos with an iPad. Next week, they will finish by taking photos of the library and start putting their photos in order and make a story by using the Our Story app. The students already created books using construction paper and markers so this will be a continuation of how to create a narrative.