As part of their celebration of Digital Learning Day, students at Edmunds Middle School hosted a “speed-geeking” session: they each had six minutes to explain a tech tool and how they’re using it in school. Here, one student explains how she’s using a Google form with lexile reading scores to keep a multi-level reading log.
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Tarrant Institute professional development coordinator Susan Hennessey discusses the current and future possibilities of online badging and digital portfolios for alternative credentialing.
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Mark Olofson has put together an online version of the Aurasma presentation we gave at VTFest in November, including shots of the app in action, ideas for implementation and student feedback.
Let us know if you use this app in your classroom!
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Brought to you by the inimitable Susan Hennessey, who shows here how you can use the Chrome browser extension Kaizena to add voice comments and link students to video resources on a sample writing assignment. Best part: you can assemble a library of video resources and shoot out your favorites over and over.
Anyone been looking for something along these lines?
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Guest post by Lindsey Halman, facilitator at The Edge at Essex Middle School:
What is a system? How are living things organized? How do the structures of organisms contribute to life’s functions? Learners on the Edge team addressed these questions through a unit on Structure, Function and Information Processing in Living Organisms using the Next Generation Science Standards to guide their work.
To gain a clear understanding of the body systems and how these interacting subsystems work together, learners were engaged in a variety of activities. One such activity was using the team’s iPad Minis to participate in a virtual frog dissection using the app Frog Dissection. There are a growing number of interactive apps and programs that allow learners to better understand anatomy in a manner that is ethically and environmentally responsible. Using the app felt like a strong fit for our team’s philosophy on learning.
In the app, a virtual scalpel allows students to practice the same cuts they would in a live dissection with tools like pins, markers, scissors and forceps to guide their work.
What was unique about this experience was the ability to “undo” and “redo” any aspect of the dissection. This is something that can only be experienced virtually and it provided learners with a clearer and deeper understanding of the frog’s anatomy. The level of engagement was incredibly high during this activity and no one was excluded because of their moral or ethical beliefs. Therefore, using the app became an inclusive and strong learning experience for our community.
Lindsey Halman is a facilitator on The Edge team at Essex Middle School. She has previously written about her students’ investigation of the natural world outside their school for our Leading by Example: Wild City Project showcase. Images credit: Emantras Inc.
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Some fantastic Friday reading: Over at AMLE Magazine, TIIE director Penny Bishop and associate director John Downes are talking about the power of teaming in supporting successful technology integration in schools:
Today’s middle school teams use a wide range of technology tools to achieve six important goals: to develop their teacher team; to design effective workflows; to establish a strong team culture; to involve families; to manage technologies; and to continue learning about new technology tools.
It’s a contemplative, well thought-out look at how educators, administrators and students can all support each other in making the most of the powerful new tech in schools and classrooms.
They also swung by AMLE’s middle school chat on twitter, and fielded some questions from the twitterverse on just what teaming for tech can — and does — look like. We’ve got the Storify recap here. Enjoy!
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One way I know for sure an app has potential to transform classroom practice is when, with minimal introduction and little prep time, a whole team of teachers adopts it and launches its use.
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On February 11th, Edmunds Middle School opened their doors to the community and invited them to see what technology integration looks like in a 21st century Vermont school.
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Here, a 2013 Code Camp attendee explains how he used the web development skills he learned there to build a website about animation and programming
As part of celebrating Digital Learning Day yesterday, we visited The Edge team at Essex Middle School for their annual Project Fair, where students share their learning with the community. Here’s a look at some of the amazing work on display.
One group of students was using an iPad to remotely monitor the development of a clutch of hatching chicks.
This student, inspired by a trip to Winooski Mill, replicated a water mill in Google Sketch-Up as part of a lesson plan he created for others wanting to learn Sketch-Up.
One student used her iPad to produce stop-motion animation for sharing online.
A group of students collaborated on building a Minecraft game about sustainability. In the game, you enter a world where electrical power is dying out, and you must slay the monster stealing it.
A pair of students researched the history of space exploration, as well as its future, and produced a presentation on the topic, which they gave to a local Cub Scout troop and a class of 3rd graders.
For a round-up of more Digital Learning Day activities in Vermont, check out Lucie delaBruere’s Storify. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for Edmunds Middle School’s Digital Learning Day on February 11th. Of course, we know for many of you, digital learning days take place year-round…
Tell us: how did your school celebrate Digital Learning Day?
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