- 14A: Identify main idea in a text and distinguish it from a topic.
- 14B: Locate the facts that are clearly stated in a text.
- 15B: Use common graphic features to assist in interpretation of text.
- 16A: Recognize different purposes of media.
- 19A: Establish purpose for reading selected text based on content to enhance comprehension.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
At Smithfield MS, Mrs. Noonan's 6th graders had been working on a project to research and share important characteristics of each state in the US. With a little pushing and encouragement from the campus academic coach (Mary Hadley) and school librarian (Beth Muirheid) Mrs. Noonan decided to let her 6th graders use the campuses new green screen technology to demonstrate their findings.
Student's spent a day in class researching and planning their videos. They received some tips and resources for good video production from the campus DLS. Students went home to find a great background image and practice their delivery for the next day.
On the second day Mrs. Noonan took her students to the library where Beth Muirheid had set up 5 green screen filming locations. In order to facilitate the process Beth borrowed a few items from Digital Learning and recruited a few extra adults to help students along the way.
A short tutorial was provided on how to use the Green Screen App and then students worked in group pairs to film videos. The excitement in the room was so infectious. Students had brought in props to compliment their backgrounds and it was evident they had truly rehearsed their parts. However, it was a challenge to get everyone's filming complete in one class period.
On day three when filming was complete, students could then make some minor adjustments to their videos in the Green Screen app. Then the 6th graders uploaded their videos to their BISD YouTube accounts and shared the video hyperlinks with their teacher.
The last day of the project was spent in class sharing each other's videos to their own class and others.
At one point someone commented, "These kids are never going to finish because they keep re-filming 5-6 times!" As soon as the statement was made all the adults went silent…..all at once we realized, it's not very often that a middle school student WANTS to redo an assignment 5 or 6 times! It was a wow moment.
If you want to incorporate green screen videos in your classroom, see this article with examples, tips and tools.
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Intervention strategies are used in BISD to help students in many ways. At North Ridge MS, Tracey Schneider supports students in the Learning Lab as they first take a screening assessment and then work on individualized Compass Learning digital lessons designed to fill in gaps. Tracey coordinates with both ELAR and Math teachers to assist students as they work hard to complete their learning paths. Great job, Tracey!
5th graders at West Birdville Elementary were introduced to PebbleGo, a database program this week in the library. They had fun exploring the databases: animals, science, social studies, biographies, and dinosaurs.
Library Media Specialist
West Birdville Elementary
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
SweetSearch in Action: Students learning about the Holocaust utilize SweetSearch to locate primary source materials and evaluate Holocaust perspectives from around the world during the time period.
Digital Learning Platform: SweetSearch serves as a best structure for conducting digital research for middle school and high school students.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Creative Commons In Action: Elementary students create a PowerPoint presentation to share their research. Students use the Creative Commons search to locate images to place in their PowerPoint presentation.
Digital Learning Platform: Creative Commons metasearch engine serves as a best structure to assist during research and the creation of authentic tasks and products.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Socrative in Action: Students utilize Socrative to improve academic vocabulary at NOMS and receive immediate feedback. Results are emailed to the instructor at the end of each quiz.
Digital Learning Platform: Socrative provides students with immediate feedback and personalizes instruction, which improves cognitive processing and academic performance.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Green Screen in Action: Students at Walker Creek Elementary create weather forecast videos using Green Screen by Doink and BISD's mobile green screen unit, available to any BISD educator. The teacher incorporated the 5E instructional model. Students were super excited to serve in a STEM role of either a meteorologist, director, videographer, or producer as part of the activity. Students edited video content using the iOS applications Green Screen by Do Ink and iMovie.
Digital Learning Platform: Green Screen by Do Ink facilitates creation, providing a platform for authentic tasks and products.
Screencast'o'matic in Action: Curriculum coordinators are recording curriculum previews using Screencast'o'matic and publishing video content to YouTube. Teachers can now login to a Canvas platform to view curriculum preview YouTube videos anytime and on any device.
Digital Learning Platform: Screencast'o'matic is an interactive application in which students and teachers engage to create authentic tasks and products.