Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hunger Games Lesson Plans

Below is a list of websites that have Hunger Games Lesson Plans or links to them. As you can see, there is a lot out there for every discipline. From science to art, teachers have found ways to use this trilogy in their classrooms. Be sure to check out the Bristol Public Schools website, they created a Hunger Games school wide event.

The Trilogy
General


Science
Language Arts

Social Studies/History
Art/Music
School Unity
  • School wide Hunger Games Event, Bristol Public Schools, CT http://www.bristol.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=6859
  • Reaping and Training, https://sites.google.com/a/ecusd.info/torman/english-ii-home-page/hunger-games-resources/hunger-games-reaping-training-sessions

Free PD for teachers

Mass Digital Publication at Burlington High School is offering free PD for teachers. This is a very exciting event and I encourage you to attend! June 25-27, 2012! Again, this is FREE pd, with lunch included, pd certificates will also be given. "The MA Digital Publication Collaborative will highlight ways for educators across the content areas and levels to integrate new and emerging technology literacies into 1:1 learning environments. There will be sessions that focus on iPad integration, digital content curation, digital publication creation and distribution, and many other educational discussions." (Taken from website)

6 of us have signed up from West Boylston so far and we would love to have more teachers attend.
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6/1 Update: If you are thinking about signing up, do so ASAP, I visited Burlington yesterday and they are closing it out at 400 attendees and they are getting close.

Once you have registered atMass Digital Publication visit this link to add your name: (must be a @wbschools.com google user to edit: https://docs.google.com/a/wbschools.com/document/d/1pzZnzNP-Qe6QGXusoZJ0AHuuPGTiwQIyyg5UbMBDMek/edit)
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The sessions are led by IT professionals and teachers, some of the sessions will include:

  • Creative Commons
  • Online Data Spaces including Wikispaces and blogs
  • Collaborative Tools including Google Docs
  • Google Apps for Education and Chrome
  • Teaching in a Paperless Classroom
  • Notetaking Curation including Evernote and Diigo
  • Net Texts
  • ePub Creation
  • iBooksAuthors
  • Web Applications including blogging, If This Then That, and Google Reader
  • Living in the Cloud
  • Information Literacy – Making the Web Work for You
  • Social Media and Education including Facebook and Twitter
  • Digital Content Distribution
  • Socrative Student Response System
  • Web Cloud Storage including Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Creating Screencasts
  • Flipping the Classroom
  •  1:1 Educational Environments and School Culture
  • Preparation, Planning, Distribution, and Support Student Help Desks
  • iPad Device Management and Deploymen
  • iPad 101
  • iPads and AppleTV
  • iBooks
  • Dibels on the iPad
  • iPads in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • iPads in the Special Education Classroom 
  • iPads in the Elementary Classroom
  • iPads in the Middle School Classroom
  • iPads in the High School Classroom
  • iPad App Essentials including Evernote, Mail, Dropbox, Explain Everything, ShowMe, GoodReader, Notability
What you will need to bring:
  • Web Enabled Device (laptop, tablet)
  • Curricular Materials (Curriculum map, scope and sequence, outlines, etc.)
  • Reading List or Related Resources
  • Assessment Examples
  • Access to Related Web Resources
Twitter
#madpc
#MASSchat

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interview with a HS History Teacher

This interview is with Mr. Carter. I love working with him because he has great ideas and is willing to try anything with technology. If something doesn't work, he goes onto the next thing without hestitation until he finds something that meets the student's learning objectives.

Mrs. Kyriazis:  What grades/subject do you teach?

Mr. Carter: US History I and II (CP/Honors) 



Mrs. Kyriazis:  How long have you been a teacher?
Mr. Carter: 13 years





Mrs. K: How long have you used technology for productivity? (lesson plan creation, presentations, research etc...)
Mr. Carter: I would say that I've used technology with increasing regularity each year. I started out using it to help augment the textbook. A few years ago I began using it regularly in my classroom presentations. The focus had been on how can it help me do my job. Today, I actively look for ways in which students can use technology to help themselves better understand the material. 


Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some of your favorite tech tools?
Mr. Carter: I love EdSitement. It is a site maintained by the National Endowment for the Humanities. They have terrific lesson plans and they provide links to interactive maps and presentations. They provide tons of primary source documents to be used for interesting lessons. It allows students to dig deeper. I also like Prezi. I am amazed how quickly kids can became adept at using this presentation software. I would be lost without my overhead projection device. 


Mrs. Kyriazis:  When did you start having the students create technology based projects?
Mr. Carter: I started out by having students use simple power points to present research. Occasionally, I would use a web quest that I found online. When the school created your position as tech guru for the classrooms, I felt it was my responsibility to take advantage of a great resource. I've actively tried to add technology to my classroom ever since. 




Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some of your favorite tech tools?
Mr. Carter: I love EdSitement. It is a site maintained by the National Endowment for the Humanities. They have terrific lesson plans and they provide links to interactive maps and presentations. They provide tons of primary source documents to be used for interesting lessons. It allows students to dig deeper. I also like Prezi. I am amazed how quickly kids can became adept at using this presentation software. I would be lost without my overhead projection device. 




Mrs. Kyriazis:  Why do you like using technology in the classroom? How do you feel that it has impacted student learning?
Mr. Carter: Students play, work, and live with technology. If you don't incorporate it into the classroom, then whatever you try to do in the classroom seems outdated and boring. Using technology in the classroom helps them remain interested in the work. I won't say it creates interest, but it certainly helps to maintain it. If I give students a sheet of paper and tell them to draw a political cartoon, chances are I'll get quite a few stick figures back. Put the same students in front of the computer with Pixton and the final product will be much better and they will enjoy it. 


Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some successes you have had with technology?
Mr. Carter: There are too many to list. Simply having the ability to show a 3-5 minute video clip while you are lecturing is an enormous help. How much more interesting is it for students to watch an actual Kamikaze attack than it is to have me describe one. Asking kids to work with primary sources is easy when those resources are a click away. Technology allows students to present research and express themselves better. We can take a virtual field trip to a WWI trench or a student be placed in charge of a convoy heading to Europe during WWII. Interactive games allow them to represent the NAACP lawyers or the school board in Brown v. Board of Education.


Mrs. Kyriazis:If you had an unlimited budget, what pieces of technology would you buy for your classroom? 
Mr. Carter: I would love to toss out the textbooks and subscribe to online texts. Wouldn't a smart board look nice in room 304? I would love to use a product called Voice Thread. I have several lessons that I think I could easily adapt to take advantage of it.


Mr. Carter's Prezi about History! http://prezi.com/x57hoqqeejam/wbhs-history-department-presentation/?auth_key=8689fa70212f9c0e50807d7ea9673e65697ed0c0  

Thank You Mr. Carter!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Reading K-2




Adler, David
Arnold, Ted
Bourgeois, Paulette
Brett, Jan
Bridwell, Norman
Brown, Marc
Brown, Margaret Wise
Bunting, Eve
Carle, Eric,
Christelow, Eileen
Cooney, Barbara
Crews, Donald
DePaola, Tomie
Ehlert, Lois
Fleming, Denise
Fox, Mem
Freeman, Don
Gershator, Phillis
Gibbons, Gail
Henkes, Kevin
 
Hutchins, Pat
Keats, Ezra
Kellogg, Stephen
Lionni, Leo
London, Jonathon
Martin, Bill
McCloskey, Robert
Munsch, Robert
Numeroff, Laura
*Osborne, Mary Magic Tree House (really great interactive site with videos, games and more!)
Penn, Audrey
Pfister, Marcus
Pope, Mary
Rey, H.A.
Rockwell, Anne
Rylant, Cynthia
Seuss, Dr.
Shannon, David,

Wells, Rosemary
Wood, Audrey
Zoe, Hall
Yulen, Janet

Waddll, Martin

Book Series
· Nate the Great

· Cam Jansen

· Frog and Toad

Magic Tree House Series

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An Interview with a HS Spanish Teacher

I have worked with Mrs. Springer for several years implementing technology into her Spanish curriculum so I have asked her a few questions about how it has impacted her classroom. I hope this will inspire you!

Mrs. Kyriazis: What grades/subject do you teach?
Mrs. Springer: Spanish, grades 9-12

Mrs. Kyriazis: How long have you been a teacher?

Mrs. Springer: More than 20 years

Mrs. Kyriazis: How long have you used technology for productivity? (lesson plan creation, presentations, research etc...)

Mrs. Springer: I really was using technology from the beginning for managerial, record-keeping tasks. My use of technology for presentations and my integration of web-based material in my classes have increased tremendously in the last 3-5 years.

Mrs. Kyriazis: When did you start having the students create technology based projects?

Mrs. Springer: I'd say three years ago.

Mrs. Kyriazis: Why do you like using technology in the classroom? How do you feel that it has impacted student learning?

Mrs. Springer: It's current. It's real. The students are completely engaged if the material is level/theme appropriate.

Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some of the challenges that you face when it comes to using technology with a group of high school students?

Mrs. Springer: Finding the "right" (theme/level appropriate) material for the given lesson. It takes a lot of time to find the materials I want in the vast treasure trove out there on the web.

Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some successes?

Mrs. Springer: Some youtube videos that contrast with a literary theme, powerpoints of Arabic / Roman / etc. architecture present throughout much of the world due to the Spanish expansion in the 16th century, prezis for Spanish 1 presentations on Hispanic countries (I need to tweak this one a little more).

Also, integrating the use of flipcams to record students' speaking presentations so that 1) students can self-critique, 2) teachers can compile a speaking portfolio for students, 3) department members can assess presentations together to ensure consistent application of rubrics and 4) department members can showcase/market department accomplishments. 

Mrs. Kyriazis: What are some of your favorite tech tools?

Mrs. Springer: Video clips (3-4 minutes in length, especially music videos), powerpoints to focus students on discussion topic, prezis and the flipcam.

Mrs. Kyriazis: If you had an unlimited budget, what pieces of technology would you buy for your classroom?

Mrs. Springer: FAST computers in every classroom. I travel between classes. I had a line up of current event videos featuring up and coming Latin American artists (singers). I couldn't get the video to load in the class I was in. Lesson lost!
Also, TIME, if I could buy it! Time to download the students' speaking presentations, time to look for materials, time to use the technology to be comfortable with it, etc.

Thank You Mrs. Springer!


NETS for Kids: An easy to understand version of the national standards that can be used with young students

Love this prezi, well done!

http://prezi.com/ekfgpr0dhu80/nets-for-kids/?auth_key=edf56217b73e9526a4acf176a755d75b02baede4

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New WB Blogs: Kindergarten with Mrs. Morse and Major Edwards Art


Kindergarten with Mrs. Morse will feature hatching chicks. The students will take pictures every day and I will upload the next morning to document their progress!
http://mrsmorsekindergarten.blogspot.com/




Major Edwards Art will feature the art of K-5. The Chihuly Art Exhibit photos are up with a link to The Banner article!
http://majoredwardsart.blogspot.com/


Monday, May 7, 2012

4th Grade State Infographic

In computer class in conjunction with Social Studies, the 4th graders each researched a state and then made an infographic about their state in Pixie3, here are some samples!





5th Grade Biomes - Ms. Pepi

In computers in conjunction with science, each of the 5th graders researched 11 Biomes and put together a slide show in Pixie. This is a sampling, a few from each student in Ms. Pepi's class.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Example Spanish Prezi

I created this Prezi for an example for Mrs. Springer's Spanish Students.

History Department Prezi

Mr. Carter did a great job on his prezi for parent night. I thought I would share it with you. He used a flip cam, youtube and prezi. Prezi has a great app for the iPad.

http://prezi.com/x57hoqqeejam/wbhs-history-department-presentation/?auth_key=8689fa70212f9c0e50807d7ea9673e65697ed0c0  

College Day

Thanks to all of the faculty who uploaded their college garb to the blog! Take a look below!

Colleges!

Mrs. Spencer

Mr. LaBreck and Mrs. Avery

College Day at WBMHS

The Guidance Dept at WBMHS has designated today, May 1st as "College Day". Research shows that the earlier we discuss college with students, the higher the liklihood they will attend a 4 year school after graduating high school. Faculty were asked to wear college sweatshirts, hang posters, carry a mug etc... today!

I am wearing my UVM (University of Vermont) Crew Jacket! I