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Students in the Journalism class are creating weekly news bulletin videos and a website to share news and information about events at ASFG. The third episode of Cold Coffee premiered today during second period classes. Students write, film and edit the videos in a collaborative process that requires problem solving, communication, and attention to detail.
Some teachers in high school are using Google Classroom to share and collect work. Students join the classrooms using a specific code for each class. They can see each of their classes in their dashboard and see a list of all assignments and the due dates. Google Classroom is a new product, and ASFG teachers are providing feedback about the tools and features they want to see in the future. Classroom can be accessed in English and in Espańol.
chosen to join the eight-week course. Students have been using Sublime Text 3 to learn the basics of Java and HTML. By the end of the eight-week course, students will design a project of their own. It's great to see students collaborating and coding on Saturdays!
Seniors and their mentor teachers have met four times this year to begin planning and researching for the senior project. The senior project requires students to develop an essential question, complete at least forty hours of work, and present and defend their results based on the ASFG Learning Goals. This largely independent project is motivated by each student's interests.
For the first mentor session, students met in the auditorium for an introduction to the Senior Project Website and the mentors. Just like each student, each mentor has different skills and interests. Using a Google Form, students were able to select their mentor and choose their teammates. The Senior Project Website has details about the expectations and timeline for completing a high quality project. During the first meeting with their mentors, students created a blog which they will use to reflect and demonstrate learning throughout the process. See an example blog from a student who completed the project over the summer. We are looking forward to an impressive group of senior projects that benefit the community and demonstrate the ASFG Learning Goals.
Students in Miss Elliot's class read 1984, A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and The Handmaid's Tale. Working in teams, students analyzed their text looking for the characteristics of the dystopian society. They also analyzed the types of control used in the society. Finally, students looked deeper into the conflicts and choices the protagonist faced.
After reading and discussing, students created a presentation or video to explain the dystopia to the rest of the class. Students were required to be conscious of the media they chose to use in their presentations and provide credit to the original creator of the work. Students were assessed by Miss Elliot and their peers using this rubric.
Students don't stop to watch their robot in action during Mr. Guzman's Robotics class. They put the pencil to the paper to redesign the next iteration. Elective classes like Robotics encourage students to apply core curriculum concepts to real life problems. Building a robot requires math and science skills as well as collaboration, communication and problem solving.
11th grade students used motion sensors to collect data in science class. The sensor connects with the laptop for easy transfer to spreadsheets and other data manipulation tools. Using devices to collect and transfer data engages students in learning how to manipulate and understand scientific data.