Two teams from high school participated in the Infomatrix Latinoamerica Competition. Each team had a stand to present their project. On average, each project was evaluated by five judges from the technology community. The judges used a rubric to assess the projects, and they came to meet and exchange opinions with the young exhibitors. Over 300 projects were presented at the event. Teams who achieved gold or platinum status will continue on to participate in global events. One of our ASFG teams will be going to World Wide Final in Romania and the other is going to compete in Colombia. Learn more from the article accompanying this post.
prepared and practiced their presentation. The AP course designates specific time limits for presentations. Exclusive of the oral defense questions, 8 to 10 minutes is specified
for the Team Multimedia Presentation; and 6 to 8 minutes is specified for the Individual Multimedia Presentation. In order to ensure that all team members have acquired a solid understanding of all research performed by the team, the guidelines also state that during the oral defense, “each team member should be prepared to answer questions about any part of the presentation.” This comprehensive course provides many opportunities for students to use technology. See the previous post for more details.
presented in the auditorium. In addition to the in-class competition, students in 10th grade created videos using meaningful imagery to accompany their recitation. Students were encouraged to use images licensed for re-use and required to cite their sources. Creating the video provided an opportunity to practice and engage with their poems before presenting to the class. Congratulations to all students and teachers who participate in this exciting event.
The 3D printing class is learning about different ways this new technology is impacting culture and society. Students research different applications and describe the technical difficulties designers and engineers overcome and the benefits and drawbacks to the economy, environment and society. One student presented about the applications of 3D printing in the food industry - can you imagine printing your dinner in the near future? Other presentations include the history of 3D printing (it is older than you think) and 3D printing and gun control. Students are engaged in learning more about the technology they work with in this elective class and get inspired by the possibilities. More students will soon have access to 3D printing opportunities as well when the library printer comes online sometime in November.
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Students in 11th grade Literatura Latinoamericana wrote a short play for their final project of the quarter. Before beginning to write their scripts, students brainstormed
about problems in Mexico such as corruption, bullying, obesity, etc. As a group, they chose a problem to investigate and learn more about the issues causing or contributing to the problem. They presented this information and received feedback before beginning their script.
Students collaborated on writing and editing their script using Google Docs. They chose and prepared their costumes, sound, music and other staging elements to present on June 4th. This creative freedom motivated students to engage with current issues and writing to produce impactful plays. Students even designed a poster to promote their play and draw attention to Mexico's problems. Finally, they self and co-evaluated their work using a Google form. Learn more about these issues by reading student scripts about obesity and the effects of violence and corruption.
The fourth annual Ciclo de Conferencias was a great success with the theme Entre hombre y mujer. Students used the Ciclo de Conferencias website to learn about the different workshops and choose the workshops they found most interesting. After all students had registered for the conference, each received an email with their schedule for the day. After the conference, students completed a reflection about the conference.
were different. The presentations provided an opportunity for students to discuss the differences and how they impacted the efficiency and accuracy of their robots. Classes like Robotics help students understand that there are often multiple solutions to the same problem and encourage students to engage in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.
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.