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23
Jan

Middle School – 6th Grade Literature Circles

Literature circles allow students to participate in self-directed discussions about literature. In groups of 4-6, students choose a book for their group to read. The students meet daily, setting goals for completion and choosing jobs for discussion.

With Falcon Apps (Google Apps for Education) and laptop computers, every student collaborates outside of class before meeting with their group. Students monitor their group members’ progress, chat to solve problems before the discussion, and guide each other to better contributions in class. The teacher can monitor student work in progress, providing quick and easy feedback to facilitate better preparation for discussions.

The 1:1 access to laptop computers and Falcon Apps  has facilitated:

  • increased student collaboration.
  • more focused and productive group discussions.
  • student goal-setting, teamwork, and accountability.
  • faster feedback from peers and teachers.
  • extended learning beyond the confines of the classroom walls.
  • students seeking knowledge from more sources than just the teacher.

This is a sample of what a student prepared for the discussion. Students fill out a checklist after completing their job.

Here is the document after receiving feedback from the teacher.

During class students view the shared document. They can view a copy of their partner’s work just by pulling it up on their laptop computer, revising and adding or removing information based on the flow of the discussion. The entire discussion process is facilitated through the shared document, and the students’ responses are improved by the ability to quickly edit their work, provide and receive feedback.

Students use the internet to supplement the text by looking up words and concepts, looking for other interpretations of the text by other readers outside the class, reading comments, finding images and video to help visualize and contextualize, and locating examples of literary terms applied to their text (such as metaphors and themes) used by other internet users.

After the completion of the literature circle discussion, students demonstrate comprehension through a project of their choice. Using a shared Falcon Apps document, students sign up for a project choice and regularly update the document with their progress. The freedom to choose a final product has boosted student engagement. Watch this sample literature circle project by Matt D.

23
Oct

Next TL2014 Parent/Community Workshop – Wednesday, November 9

With increased access to technology in our elementary schools and a personal laptop computer for all students in grades 6-12, the Salisbury Township School District is eager to work with parents to understand the benefits and challenges of increased access by our students, at school and at home. We invite you to register for any or all of the FREE workshops listed below, open to all K-12 parents and community.

Wednesday, November 9 – 7:00-8:30 PM – SHS Library (Get Directions)
Mac Basics & Social Networking – This workshop will consist of two topics – basic information about the Macbook computer and social networking. Learn specifics about the Macbook to help manage home use. Also, learn how teens are sharing, communicating and learning through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Participants will learn strategies to guide students in the safe, appropriate use of social networking sites to create and manage an online identity. (Child care will be available for this session.)

Wednesday, January 18 – 1:30-3:00 PM – SMS Library (Get Directions)
Google Apps – Do you have a Gmail account or use Google Apps? Salisbury has its own branded version of Google Apps provided to us free by Google. We call it Falcon Apps. Participants will learn how free technology tools are changing the way we communicate, collaborate and learn in the 21st century.

Please visit this link – http://www.stsd.org/register – to register for these FREE workshops. You can also click HERE to download the workshop flyer.

About a week prior to the workshop, you will receive a reminder of the date, time and location of the workshop. Thanks for your interest in these workshops! If you have any questions, please contact Randy Ziegenfuss at rziegenfuss@stsd.org or 610.797.2062.

18
Sep

Announcing TL2014 Parent/Community Workshops

With increased access to technology in our elementary schools and a personal laptop computer for all students in grades 6-12, the Salisbury Township School District is eager to work with parents to understand the benefits and challenges of increased access by our students, at school and at home. We invite you to register for any or all of the FREE workshops listed below, open to all K-12 parents and community.

Tuesday, October 4 – 9:00-10:30 AM – Administration Building (Get Directions)
Internet Safety – Think about how technology has changed since you were a student. Technology provides today’s learners with many opportunities, but can also be misused. Parents and schools can work together to protect our children. Participants will learn strategies to safeguard identity and monitor technology use.

Wednesday, November 9 – 7:00-8:30 PM – SHS Library (Get Directions)
Social Networking – Learn how teens are sharing, communicating and learning through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Participants will learn strategies to guide students in the safe, appropriate use of social networking sites to create and manage an online identity. (Child care will be available for this session.)

Wednesday, January 18 – 1:30-3:00 PM – SMS Library (Get Directions)
Google Apps – Do you have a Gmail account or use Google Apps? Salisbury has its own branded version of Google Apps provided to us free by Google. We call it Falcon Apps. Participants will learn how free technology tools are changing the way we communicate, collaborate and learn in the 21st century.



Please visit this link – http://www.stsd.org/register – to register for these FREE workshops. You can also click HERE to download the workshop flyer.

About a week prior to the workshop, you will receive a reminder of the date, time and location of the workshop. Thanks for your interest in these workshops! If you have any questions, please contact Randy Ziegenfuss at rziegenfuss@stsd.org or 610.797.2062.

11
Aug

Falcon Apps and Flubaroo

This is a nifty little script I just learned about on the Free Technology for Teachers blog. (By the way, anyone would be wise to subscribe to this blog – lots of useful ideas and tools.)

An effective way to see whether students have grasped some factual content is to set up an assessment using a Google Form (Falcon Apps > Create new > Form). Once students have taken the assessment, you can go to the associated spreadsheet and install the Flubaroo script (Directions are located online at this link.) What will the Flubaroo script do? It will…

  • Grade the assessment
  • Email feedback to the students
  • Print a report for your use

There is an excellent demonstration video available showing how to start using this tool.

Flubaroo is a great example of how technology can make the feedback process (so necessary in teaching and learning) simple and helpful. Both teacher and student receive feedback that can be invaluable in the process of acquiring basic content knowledge.