This marking period, high school art teacher Mr. Aaron Yetter and library media teacher Mrs. Robin Burns worked with the sculpture and ceramics students to create “abstracted opposition” artworks based on articles and viewpoints in the subscription library database Gale Opposing Viewpoints. The project required students to focus on a topic in the news with controversial viewpoints and then re-imagine the topic as a three dimensional piece of art.
The students were each asked to familiarize themselves with the database and read about at least three topics they found interesting. Students picked one of the topics as the centerpiece of their project. Accompanying each piece of artwork was an artist’s statement explaining choices through symbolism, highlighting the main points of the selected topic.
Here are several photographs of display cases showcasing the student artwork. One display case is outside of Mr. Yetter’s classroom and the second is outside of the high school library.
All of the information and digital resources for students are located on the high school library LibGuide.
This story was submitted by sixth grade teacher, Mr. David Beyer. Mr. Beyer works with Mrs. Barbara Jaindl, Middle School library media teacher, to run the middle school Digital Aces program. Digital Aces is a student technology group that meets regularly during the school day to develop specific student technology skills. Participating students take their new skills and share them with teachers and fellow students back in the classroom.
This story was submitted by High School library media teacher, Mrs. Robin Burns.
English and media teacher, Mr. Kelly Wetherhold, and library media teacher, Mrs. Robin Burns, have been working with students to create and produce library screencast tutorials. The tutorials require students to interact with a specific library subscription database and then teach it to their peers through a screencast.
Students used iMovie and Garage Band to record their screencast and voiceover dialogue. The goal of this project is to warehouse all of the tutorials on the Salisbury High School Library website for students to use in refining their research skills.
All of the information and digital resources students are using for the creation of the tutorials is located at this LibGuide.
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.
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
Shannon Pennella and Kelly Garrigan: Why We Should Ratify the Constitution
Amy Zamora and Paige Ackerman: “Becoming a Federalist vs. a Democratic-Republican”
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.