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The students of 8th grade science classes got to learn and practice programming concepts when they created their own True/False science quizzes in the coding program Scratch. After learning about variables and conditional statements, students spent three days programming, debugging, and testing their quizzes, before they unveiled them to their classmates.
This project served not only as an introduction to programming for the students but also as a study review guide for their science final exam. For technology class, the students’ programs were evaluated according to several criteria, including the user interface design and functionality of the gameplay. Students were engaged in this project as a way to study for their exam and have fun with coding. See Carlie's, Olivia's, or Angel's finished programs.
Seventh-grade students in Social Studies classes recently took virtual trips to Japan to research popular culture and report back to their classmates with fun and informational videos. With the power of the internet at their fingertips, students first did extensive research on the topic of their choice, then they used the magic of the green screen and video editing software to create videos that explored their topics. From manga to vending machines to Tokyo street fashion, students covered a wide range of fascinating topics.
impact the economy, society and the environment through the lenses of Migration, Habitat Preservation, Pollution, Water Resources and more. To summarize and synthesize their learning, students worked together to write a script, take 100+ photographs and then edit their movie. Students were engaged throughout the process and enjoyed watching everyone's videos.
chose what instruments to make and how. They also chose what kind of music to make... sort of; it's difficult to make music with home made instruments, but several were very successful. Regardless of the quality of the song, students had fun and learned a lot about sound. More student videos can be seen here.
In 7th grade General Music, students are also using technology. They are using PicMonkey to create an album cover with 10 songs that define their life. Students enjoy making connections between music and their lives and sharing with other students.
Band students are also using technology. The 8th graders recently worked with Garageband to create music electronically. Now they are working with Finale Notepad and learning how to compose music that will represent their spring break.
The project was evaluated for technology class using five criteria: sequencing of information, originality, use of graphics, citation of sources, and document formatting. By explaining important events in history in their own way, students gained a deeper understanding of the content than they would from just reading it in a textbook.
Fifth-grade students in Spanish class have created colorful animations that recite poetry! After using Garageband to record themselves reciting a poem, students uploaded an audio file to the Voki.com website and chose a customizable animated character to voice their words. The students improved their audio editing skills and their Spanish pronunciation while having fun at the same time! Another benefit of this particular assignment is that it allowed Ms. Aizuri to easily evaluate her students’ fluency and enunciation by simply clicking on the URL that students submitted to her. Listen to poems by Esteban, Claudina, Victoria or Rodolfo and see why students enjoy using Voki.
After studying the theme Primary Economic Activities, 5th grade students created mind maps with online tool called Coggle. This tool allowed them to structure clear and easy definitions and concepts while drawing lines to and from the central theme. Coggle has a lot of great features to help students display their thinking about a topic, and students were engaged in explaining the sectors of an economy making direct use of natural resources including agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining. These mental maps were shared enthusiastically using students' Google accounts.
throughout this hands-on project because of their interest in roller coasters. The simulation provided a lot of guidance so their roller coaster would work as intended.