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20
Jan

Wikis and Blogs for Collaboration

This article was submitted by elementary teacher Mrs. Kristy Wied.

Wikis and blogs are being used in the gifted classroom to enhance the reading and threaded discussions between students at both Harry S Truman Elementary School and Western Salisbury Elementary School as they read various novels.  Students are learning about wikis and blogs and how to use the tools for communication and collaboration.  There are a total of seven level books the students are working on across grade levels ranging from Kindergarten through grade 5.  Soon the students will be working on creating their own book trailers!

Here are some screenshots to demonstrate how the children are using the technology for collaboration.

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20
Jan

AP US History – Early National Period Infographics

This article was submitted by Salisbury High School teacher, Miss Jennifer Brinson.

While studying the Early National Period, students in Advanced Placement U.S. History created infographics to demonstrate their understanding of various aspects of the era.  Students could choose from a number of different tools to create their infographic including Web 2.0 tools that would assist them with making the graphic online or they could use local software such as Pages or Keynote to create the graphic on their MacBook laptop computers.  The choice of topics ranged from the differences between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans, the Ratification of the Constitution, the Election of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson vs. Hamilton, and a Guide to the Constitution.

Luke Chassard and Ian Carey:  The Constitution: A Quick Guide

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Shannon Pennella and Kelly Garrigan:  Why We Should Ratify the Constitution

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Amy Zamora and Paige Ackerman:  “Becoming a Federalist vs. a Democratic-Republican”

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Additional examples of the students’ work can be found on the AP US History 2012-13 wiki.

A link to the project outline and rubric can be found on the Infographic Google Doc.

19
Jan

Media Management Videos

Mr. Kelly Wetherhold’s Media Management students regularly create high-quality media such as these videos.

SHS Winter Sports Tribute

Student Daily Announcements – 1.18.13

15
Jan

Phonemic Awareness – Mrs. Attar – 1st Grade

phonemicThis story was submitted by Mrs. Jane Brennan, Library Media Teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School.

Mrs. Attar’s 1st grade class at Harry S Truman Elementary School started the “We are thankful…” project in November of 2012. Mrs. Attar taught the students and parents how to make a slide using the Apple presentation software, Keynote. Each student wrote what they were thankful for using phonemic awareness for beginning sounds.  Students needed to think of something that they were thankful for based on the beginning sound as their first name.  For example, “Katty is thankful for kittens.”  In completing the project, students learned how to insert text, change fonts size and colors in Keynote.  Students also learned how to import a clip from the iPhoto Gallery and make a slideshow.

15
Jan

Checking Your Hard Drive Space

mac_hard_drive_icon_for_pc_by_ja2pcThere is a quick and easy way to check the available space on your hard drive.  You can see what types of files reside on your drive and how much space each one takes up.  Check the link below to for a step-by-step guide.

Checking Your Hard Drive Space