Punctuation is an important part of writing. Each symbol has a specific meaning, and the rules are different in English and in Spanish. Recently, in a Spanish creative writing class, students wrote a fictional composition paying close attention to the punctuation they used. They were required to identify and explain at least ten different types of punctuation in their composition using footnotes or the comment feature on Google Docs. Students were motivated to improve their punctuation and enjoy writing during this project. See an example of student work or watch his writing process in the video below. The video was created using the Draftback Chrome extension, which uses the revision history to create a video.
Grade 9 science, while not in the science fair this year, are doing their part to scaffold the scientific method in a way that makes it easier for students when they participate in science fair in grade 10.
Students are using Flipboard to curate their own resources for science fair next year. It will also enable them to share resources and "follow" their peers' resources - much like you would follow someone on Pinterest or Twitter, for example.
Students also used Padlet to share ideas for Science Fair that were sourced at Science Buddies. At the end of this quarter, students will be sharing a scientific question, hypothesis, and three Ebsco-sourced background research documents related to their question with their teacher and Science department head. The science department is providing time for these activities, in addition to other tasks intended to build competency in producing quality scientific research, so students will spend less time trying to determine what they want to research - and more time doing the research!
Several high school teachers are using Quizlet in their classes to help students learn vocabulary. Quizlet is a platform for studying vocabulary with a variety of activities. Students can work with the traditional format with the word on one side and the definition on the other. They can type words while definitions fly across the screen, test themselves or match scattered words and definitions. They can see how they rank in speed and accuracy among their peers and the Quizlet community. Students can create and study their own flashcards, access collections made by their teachers, or study collections made by teachers and students worldwide. Quizlet is fun and easy to use. Students are more engaged with the variety of options available and can study their flashcards anywhere they have an internet connection on a variety of devices.