Thursday, February 25, 2016

Collaboration is Effective

Effective teachers make the most of their resources, even if it's just brainstorming with their librarians/"techbrarians."  As a result of these brainstorms, exciting projects are occurring in our schools right now!  So this blog post serves to highlight a few of them!

Bold/italic links will take you to actual student projects.
  • Brent Gordner's Sports & Entertainment Marketing students worked in teams in the library to advertise a school event.  This year, it was the faculty/seniors basketball game.  They share compelling marketing strategies on websites they build using Weebly.
  • In response to student inquiry around the upcoming election, Brian Shaffer and Amy Swartz had their 9th and 10th grade World Cultures/AP World History students find and share their own answers.  
  • Courtney Shandera and Megan Seymore have their English 9 students choose independent reading books each quarter.  For their culminating projects:
    • In Q1, they made book trailers using WeVideo.  
    • In Q2, they created infographics to show a journey from their books (character, setting, or plot) using Piktochart.  
    • In Q3, we plan to share book talks using Sound Cloud.  
    • These projects were done independently (as was their reading), then shared with their teacher in a Google Form.  The entire list was then shared with all English 9 classes so students could complete cross-class "peer review" exercises.
  • 8th grade Science students use Google Drawings to create and add illustrations to lab reports for Eric Greb.
  • Jeremy Betz works with Theresa Bartholomew to complete paperless research projects with 7th grade Social Studies classes.  They use Google Docs, Slides, and Forms, plus Noodle Tools Express to formulate, organize, and answer research questions.
  • Sarah Cronin and Nancy Mathna check their 6th grade Language Arts students' understanding by embedding Youtube videos in Google Forms, which are used as online quizzes.  They then grade these quizzes using Flubaroo.
  • With their 5th and 7th grade Language Arts/Social Studies students, Amy Bowers and Megan McCormack utilize Hapara to distribute independent station activities to their students in their hybrid classrooms.

  • Deanna Dincher and Megan Munyat work together to promote art and literacy.
    • Gifted student enrichment
    • Annual Art & Literacy Night
  • Teachers collaborate with the librarian to reinforce literacy concepts
    • Word walls
    • Crocodile game and Great White Shark game to reinforce basic skills

Please continue collaborating!  
Students benefit from collaborating with each other - we can too.

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