Note card videos have become a popular way to share personal experiences and feelings that are difficult to verbalize. Mrs. Brooker, the middle school life skills teacher, used the same type of project to get the students to synthesize their learning about the impact of stress on their bodies.
As an assessment for our first unit on identity, grade 7 students created digital stories that addressed one of the four themes of the unit: identity, community, belonging and perspective. Students followed a creative process which included drawing a story map, pitching their idea to peers, writing, recording and listening to their narrative and getting feedback about their story. To prepare for the production of their digital story, students then created a story table that included their narration and the images they would include. Finally, students decided on a digital tool to use and put their digital story together. By completing this project, students not only created and shared an original story, but also developed and demonstrated several skills in using technology.
Wikis are a great way to take your class on-line and go paperless. SIS has its own wiki site and teachers are in the beginning stages of incorporating them into the classroom. Some examples of how teachers are utilizing the wiki:
Leave lesson plan notes and assignments when you are going to be gone for the day.
Set-up reading groups and require reflections to the wiki after each class.
Skitch is a free image-editing application available on your Mac or iPad. Recently Skitch has become a part of the Evernote family (This means you can save all of your Skitch files directly to a designated notebook in Evernote and also easily add your Skitch files to an Evernote document). In Skitch, you can take a photograph or screenshot and write directly on it to make your point quickly. You can also use Skitch more like a whiteboard or a drawing tool. Skitch offers most image editing features, a hosting function, easy exporting to various sites (also export in pdf), and an easy indexing ability to keep track of all of your work. Here are some examples of how teachers at SIS are using Skitch in the classroom:
Example of potential use in a foreign language classroom.
Mrs. Kruse used Skitch to give feedback on student work.
Mr. Jarr used Skitch to demonstrate parts of a blog.
One other nice feature of Skitch is the ability to host a document or picture on the web and send the link. Here is one I made using the map feature in Skitch:
An Infographic is a popular way to present data by distilling words, data points, key concepts and illustrations into a visual representation of the material. Here is a really interesting infographic on the 21st century classroom:
Components of a 21st Century Classroom – An infographic by the team at Open Colleges
The availability of great technology allows for the modification of how written work can be expressed. Mrs. Cho-Young has used this with her IB class in previous years (see example below). This year the 9th graders will be creating a portfolio of their own written works and using a digital medium, present these pieces.