As a team of researchers, fifth graders were assigned to conduct studies on different species of whales during their Social Studies classes. They individually chose a specific species of whale, gathered interesting facts which included the habitat of their species, the way in which they communicate, their lifespan, and the different foods that they eat. The class then integrated the use of technology by creating online posters using Glogster to illustrate and further explain their findings. In a final presentation, students expressed their research using their technology integration, explaining their discoveries, and answering any questions that the class team of researchers presented.
First graders took part in a global project creating a book about their life in first grade. To gather information for the book, first graders used the iPad app Nearpod to answer questions about their class. Mrs. Djang discussed the results with them during library and took pictures of our school to include in the book. First grade classrooms from around the world took part in this project. We look forward to seeing the final publication!
Mrs. Carroll's Math 7H students used the iPad app, Educreations. to share their knowledge of a topic they studied in the first semester. Each student was tasked with creating a 4 - 6 minute screencast, based on a written script, explaining the main ideas of the topic. Each student then assigned their classmates 5 problems to complete at the end of the screencast. Students completed the problems to reinforce their learning. The students LOVED watching their classmates' screencasts and were incredibly focused while watching and completing the assigned problems.
Students in grades K-12 took part in the Hour of Code during the month of December. Lower School students participated during their library times and worked on apps such as Cargo Bot and Kodable. Middle and Upper School students had the option of signing up for a day/time to try their hand at coding in the library. The objective of participating in this global project was to introduce students to the world of computer science. Students had to use higher order thinking skills and work collaboratively to solve problems. They had fun without even realizing they were learning a new skill!
Students in fourth grade have been working on a yearlong project in conjunction with Mystic Seaport. During one of their reading classes, they read about life on a whaling ship and the rules that were in place. Students took the information they gained and either illustrated or dramatized their own rules and used technology as a means of personal expression. To create these original works, the class decided to use the web tool Voicethread. Voicethread allows students to record their voices and images and to produce original works that can be shared.
Third graders learned about Native American cultures. Part of their studies included research on Native American names and meanings. Students were then asked to take what they have learned to select their own Native American name. They composed a story and designed original artwork to explain how they received their name. Using the web tool Little Bird Tales, students were able to take their creations and create a digital story to share with their classmates and families.
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