This marking period Mrs. Kelly Butterbaugh, high school English teacher, and Mrs. Robin Burns, high school library media teacher, worked with eleventh grade English students to take part in a Twitter chat for the Of Mice and Men unit. The project required students to reflect on the story and concept of the American dream after completing the novel.
The weather and frequent delays rearranged plans but students were excited to take part in the Twitter chat Friday, February 21st. Students used an interactive whiteboard and a shared Google document to answer the preliminary questions and to share ideas about Of Mice and Men and the concept of the American dream. The class did a great job keeping up with the stream of dialogue and was able to plug in their shared answers from the Google document.
The opportunity to engage with other students outside of the Salisbury community was really beneficial for everyone involved. One student commented on how much they enjoyed the activity and how it was “cool to see what other kids thought about the book our class read”.
The entire chat transcript has been archived on Storify and will be used with Mrs. Butterbaugh’s other two eleventh grade classes that meet on even days.
The results of the most recent survey (Fall 2013) have been posted to the Assessment/Evaluation page. On this page you can access all documents related to assessment/evaluation of the TL2014 initiative.
If you would like to access the PDF of the latest survey results, click below:
Having an epal and using the ePals program in my Language Arts class has opened me up to new experiences. By having an epal, I get a new perspective when it comes to school. For example, I realize that I am very lucky to have my MacBook, because the kids in France don’t have laptops. I also learn neat things about the kids in France. For instance, I learned that my class’ epals have two weeks off for every major holiday, but they have to complete a project every time they’re off.
One thing that my class’ epals did was send my class a Smilebox. I think that the Smilebox they sent us was a great use of technology. Also, the Smilebox helped us put faces to names and it was a creative way of doing just that. Since our epals sent us a Smilebox, we learned how to create our own presentation on Smilebox using the program. As a result, we got to help our epals put our names to our faces. Making our Smilebox was also a really fun way to introduce ourselves to our epals.
One thing that I have enjoyed the most so far was receiving a letter from my epal. When my epal sent a holiday letter to me through snail mail, it was really cool to see his handwriting and to observe how different it was from my own handwriting and vocabulary. Getting the letter from my epal was worth the wait, but I would rather receive a letter using technology. There are many benefits to using technology or a penpal kind of situation to make learning more fun. One of the benefits is that there are programs like ePals available. Another benefit is that letters go through much faster than they would by the postal system. To sum up my thoughts, I think having an epal is an awesome use of technology in my Language Arts class this year and has been very educational.
Apple, Inc. is sponsoring a site visit on March 4, 2014 at Salisbury High School, focusing on TL2014, our 1:1 technology and learning initiative. If you are thinking about a 1:1 implementation in your district, come learn how we have navigated the infrastructure, financial and professional development challenges of such a program. Regardless of the kind of device you are considering, you are welcome to see how the elements of a 1:1 implementation come together to change learning and instructional practices in the classroom.
See the link below for registration details. We hope to see you on March 4!
8:00 a.m. Arrival and Registration
8:20 a.m. Welcome
8:30 a.m. Overview of the TL2014 initiative
9:00 a.m. Classroom visits
10:15 a.m. Teacher and student roundtables
11:15 a.m. General Q&A
11:30 a.m. Wrap-up