Thursday, February 27, 2014

Students Connect with a Mystery Classroom via Google Hangout

Using Google Hangout to connect with students in Illinois will be one Social Studies lesson that my students will not forget. Students in both states came up with questions in hopes to determine the location of the other classroom based on their responses. Map, coordinate, compass, and inference skills were utilized to uncover the mystery location. This activity promoted problem solving skills and engaged students with meaningful applications. +Cassie Herndon 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Veteran's Day Hangout Connecting With Afghanistan

It was an honor and a privilege to have soldiers who are stationed in Afghanistan speak to our fifth grade students on Veteran’s Day using Google Hangout. Each class that participated was able to ask student led questions to military personnel stationed overseas. The responses created an atmosphere of utmost respect for our armed services. Job descriptions and daily routines opened the eyes of many students to the demands of being a soldier. A meaningful lesson was implemented through the use of technology and a group of soldiers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of our future. +Cassie Herndon 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

6th Grade Students Map the Call of the Wild Journey

+Melissa Johnston's 6th Grade Language Arts class used Google Maps in conjunction with their class novel, Call of the Wild by Jack London. Students mapped the journey of the main character (Buck) from his home in California to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Students were able to visualize the route described in the novel and understand the significance of each place in relationship to the events of the story and Buck’s transformation from a civilized dog to a primitive beast. In addition, the students were able to provide commentary about the main character’s development and find textual evidence to support their claims.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chromebook Kiosks

Barbers Hill High School students in +Kelly Melancon's Marketing Dynamics class began Class Nomination voting today using a bank of Chromebooks in kiosk mode. Some students check in voters while others assist with the actual nomination process. Working smarter - not harder!