iPads in HS English: 10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project

Ms. Mazarakis’ Grade 10 students integrated iPads as a wonderful tool for enhancing their literacy analysis visual project. I snapped a few photos of the works in progress, but I recommend viewing the final student work below. Check out the full project via this link. 

Ms. Mazarakis’ introduction to the project:

10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project:

“Students created Google presentations to practice their skills of literary analysis.  Each slide in the presentation has three components: a rich excerpt taken from a short story, analysis of a literary element within the excerpt, and a visual representation created using Paper 53 on the iPads.  Students worked collaboratively to create the presentation in class, taking turns typing the text on laptops and working with the iPads to create images.  The novelty of the iPads definitely increased their enthusiasm for the assignment.  We were all impressed with the professional quality and originality of the artwork that resulted from using this app!

Many thanks to the 10th grade English team who collaboratively created this project—my contribution was simply to add iPads into the mix!”

Twitter in ES

Quite a few classes in elementary school here at ISM are using twitter as another way to communicate with the world. The classes that are tweeting are using one joint class twitter account and allowing the students in the class to take turns writing tweets throughout the day. The tweets focus on the learning happening both in the homeroom class and the learning that happens in specialists classes. Parents and others interested can follow the class tweets on twitter or by visiting the blog, where there is a twitter feed placed in the sideboard. see image below

We are finding that the students want to write on twitter because they know their words will be on the web for others to see. Having a real audience gives writing a purpose and gives the students  a voice.

Some thoughts:

-students write tweets, teachers handle the social aspect of following other tweeters

-gives teachers many teachable moments on appropriate language, spelling and grammar. We are also learning when and how to use ‘text speak’.

-many reluctant writers find writing on twitter less intimidating so they are willing to take risks with their writing

-we are beginning to connect with other tweeters across the school and across the world, including other classes & authors

Example of the twitter feed on an ISM blog:

Welcome to the HS Student Portal

To make learning and communication as easy as possible for HS students, I and David Collett developed the “HS Student Portal“. It serves as a one-stop location for viewing their teachers’ websites, teachers’ calendars they subscribe to, their Google Docs, and important information from the HS Office, CAS, ATAC and ISSBA – all in one location.

Additionally, we built in the functionality to view the ISM Portal, library resources, and even Powerschool.

Simple, effective, fun.

Below you can view the screencast that I created for students and teachers.


Science Prezi Power…and more

Looking for ideas on how to use Prezi as an engaging resource for students? Check out Mr. Highland’s most recent Prezi on Heat Transfer. You’ll find that is layout is organized and easy to follow.
[prezi width=”550″ height=”300″]http://prezi.com/wg2kwh3fnuhp/view/[/prezi]
Check out some other Prezi creations from Mr. Highland here: Transformations and Systems.
You can find even more by seeing the links while viewing one of his presentations.

Tools for the 21st Century Teacher Vol. 2

Are you looking for some new ways to integration technology into your curriculum?  If so, there are some great resources included in Tools for the 21st Century Teacher Vol. 2 by Matt Zimmer.  If you didn’t see the first volume, be sure to check that out as well!  You may also be interested in following Matt’s blog, The Pursuit of Technology Happiness.  I found some great resources in this blog.

The Most Important Integration Blog Post Ever

Never have time to go to the Integration blog because there are twenty-five other things you have on your to-do list?

Have a niggling tech problem that you know know is easily solved?

Well, have the solutions come to you! Subscribe to the blog’s Email distribution list. You can see the link in the upper right of blog’s homepage, 

or simply click this link. Each time there is a new entry on the Integration blog it will be emailed to you. In an instant , you can determine if the post is relevant by viewing the short summary or if you can ignore the post.

You may want to  consider using this on your own site as well. Parents and students could subscribe and receive email updates as well.

Check some examples of how Email subscriptions to blog posts are working.

Via MenuBar

As a widget

As a button

An upcoming post will show you how to set an Email subscription to your blog posts.

Middle School Matters

2011 Tech Ideas to Start the Year

(from Middle School teachers and the Integration Blog)

Find some time. Click a few links. A little something for everybody.

Student Work Displayed

Teacher Blogging Techniques

  • A clever way to make that weekly post that takes the “blogging pain” away.
  • View the power of embedded games on your blog site. A natural fit.
  • Witness the draw-you-in-ness of having large, clear images at the start of your blog posts.
  • Simple organization of daily class starters you already do allows for student review and a bank of future resources.

To inspire integration

Off the beaten track
To soothe the soul at the start of 2011:

  • If you need to just chill a bit after the holidays, grab a primer of various styles of music from the music department.
  • Not to be missed. Try a new hobby.

United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:





*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.

Skype in the Classroom

How many of you have considered using Skype during your lessons?  Having conversations with people, outside of ISM, is a great way to enhance your lessons.  I’m sure you can think of something in your curriculum that could be enhanced through a Skype conversation.

Need some ideas on how you can use Skype in your classroom?

Now, you just have to find someone to Skype.  The links below will help.

If you need any assistance in setting up a Skype call, be sure to contact the integrator in your division and they will be happy to help.