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May

May 2012 TL2014 Survey Results

The results of the final survey for 2011-12 have been posted to the Assessment/Evaluation page. On this page you can access all documents related to assessment/evaluation this past school year.

If you would like to access the PDF of the latest survey results, click here.

18
May

WSE Curriculum and Technology Night

Mrs. Lynn Nestor’s first grade class used Flip video cameras to record each other’s animal reports.  The students worked together to operate the cameras and record their speeches.  They also created visual aids to serve as the background.

Mrs. Susan Knight’s third grade class used Photo Booth to record their food nutrition projects.  First, they created Wordles to serve as the background.  The class then wrote scripts to educate each other about different food groups and nutrition.

Mr. Chris Adam’s fifth grade class used Keynote to record and symbolize poetry.  The students selected their favorite poem to read and found pictures to symbolize the poem as they recited it.

Thanks to our computer technician, Mr. Matt Ritter and our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Jane Brennan, for working with the teachers and students to create such great projects!

17
May

HST – Curriculum and Technology Night

Recently, parents of students at Harry S Truman Elementary School had the opportunity to see examples of students learning at the annual Curriculum and Technology night. The featured projects below are from grades 1, 3 and 5

5th Grade – Dominican Republic

Fifth grade students at HST have been very busy working on a variety of technology projects to showcase their learning about the Dominican Republic for Diversity Day.  Students created informational posters, newsletters, and brochures using Pages, Keynote, Garage Band and iMovie. These projects demonstrated student learning about the history, geography, economics, culture, and travel of the Dominican Republic.  This year, our students utlized “green screen” in their movie projects. Students were able to import their own image in the foreground of the movie to appear as if they were on location in the Dominican Republic.

3rd Grade – Matter

Third grade students have been studying matter in science class. Each child created a keynote presentation describing the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. The slideshow consisted of at least 4 slides. The children then presented their slideshow orally to the entire class.

1st Grade – Mother’s Day

Mrs. Attar’s Mother’s Day Tea took place on May 9, 2012.  Mrs. Attar invited her student’s mothers and grandmothers to attend.  The tea started off having the students place paper corsages on the mothers as they entered the room.  Everyone was then treated to hot tea, cold drinks and cookies.  The students shared a Keynote presentation with the mothers in which students designed their own page on Keynote, writing why they love their moms.  Miss Westfall, HST computer technician, helped record the students.  After the presentation, everyone watched a short picture story “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.  Finally, the students sang 5 Mother’s Day songs and made a flower craft with the mothers as a Mother’s Day gift.

9
May

Middle School – Minecraft in the Classroom

Mr. Beyer, 6th grade teacher at Salisbury Middle School, has been accepting student projects modeled in the game Minecraft. The game has a “creative mode” which allows students the opportunity to build three-dimensional models of virtual worlds. Students use models to demonstrate comprehension, similar to what students would do if creating a three-dimensional model. One important difference is that it is easy to build interactive pieces on the computer using programs like Minecraft — opening and closing doors, moving parts and objects that react according to real-world physics. Additionally, students can use QuickTime Player to record a “fly-through” of their created model with voiceover, providing an easy way to share their work and understanding.

The benefits of using modeling software such as Minecraft for student learning are twofold. First, the simple, straightforward modeling tools make it easy for students to build a 3D representation of their thinking without much difficulty. Second, using gaming strategies to demonstrate understanding of content is incredibly engaging to many students. The motivation that in-game modeling provides often results in higher quality work from students. Those students most motivated to model their projects in Minecraft are those who struggle to complete traditional homework assignment. Minecraft provides these and other students with a broader array of choices in demonstrating new learning.

Sixth grade students have found creative ways to use Minecraft for a variety of purposes. For example, after studying the role of a ship design in Chinese history, called the junk, several students modeled the ship design in Minecraft, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of sail shape, hull and rudder design. Other examples of student work in Minecraft include videos of the water cycle and carbon dioxide-oxygen cycles, world maps with latitude and longitude lines, model biomes, and conservation of momentum. Here is an example of a Minecraft screencast created by Chris H.

9
May

High School Economics: Moving Our World

On February 13, students from Miss Jennifer Brinson‘s Economics class at Salisbury High School shared a challenging economics project at PETE&C, Pennsylvania’s state technology conference and expo. Miss Brinson, along with students Abigail Eichhorn, Jackie Busolits and Lauren Brown, shared what they learned designing and working on this project.

We were doing a scarcity project in our Economics class and we wanted to select a topic more out of the box, so we chose the scarcity of technology, specifically the scarcity of communication between rural medical centers and patients in need. This lead us to the organization of Hope Phones. We then took the process of gathering old cell phones into our school and continue to collect them to this day.

The students and their work are featured on the Discovery Education Blog. Be sure to visit the link to view the various public service announcements and read more about the project. Congratulations to Miss Brinson and her students for being selected to present their work at one of the most popular educational technology conferences in the United States!