Art/Tech Merge

Hey 7th grade Art Students! Mrs. Baker is here to help you use technology to share your art with others. YAHOO! How exciting! This project will even offer the opportunity for you to showcase your art at an off campus art Show in January.

We are using Cobb Digital Library to research diseases and to locate images of healthy versus diseased cells. We will also use Microsoft Office 365 to create informational presentations of diseases as well as images of our watercolor cell representations. Are you excited yet? Well, if not, you will be soon.

Cobb Digital Library

iPad Best Practices and Presentation Checklist

Microsoft Office 365

The presentations of our art work will be showcased via Microsoft Sway Office 365. (We will be utilizing the video linked below to guide us.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

There are lots and lots of Sway How-to Videos on YouTube. With parent permission, you may want to utilize those as well. Here’s one I found especially helpful.

PROPAGANDA MUSEUM WALK

Sixth grade Social Studies students in Mrs. Bitler’s, Mrs. Wishon’s, and Mrs. Clements’ classes participated in a Propaganda Museum Walk led by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker in the Digital Aged Classroom. Students began with an introduction to propaganda where five popular propaganda techniques were highlighted. Then student groups had the opportunity to visit four different stations featuring selections of propaganda arranged by type. Within each station students analyzed pieces of propaganda using Mrs. Baker’s Propaganda Museum Walk Guide. They utilized fellow group members to help them evaluate and analyze the posters. This was a day of deep critical thinking for these sixth graders, and they rose to the challenge.

 

Propaganda Agenda

 

STATION 1: “DONALD DUCK IN NUTZILAND”

Watch the video segment independently and complete the writing prompts on your guide. After each student has responded to the prompts on his/her own, discuss responses as a group and add additional insights to your notes.

 

STATIONS 2, 3, & 4 are on display in the Digital Aged Classroom.

The Raven with Mrs. Baker

The Raven Nevermore on Pallas Athena Bust Statue

Welcome to Mrs. Slades’ 1st and 7th Periods!

It’s my favorite day of the year . . . Halloween! There is no more perfect time to study Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” To add to the spooky atmosphere, let’s watch this visual recitation of “The Raven” read by Christopher Lee and utilize my Raven Reading Guide to make certain we do not miss a single spooky detail. After we analyze the poem, let’s talk about what determines the tone and mood of the work. To better understand Mood and Tone we will be utilizing several different resources including BrainPOP’s movie on Mood and Tone and this Mood vs. Tone graphic organizer.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: In poetry, how is mood and tone established?

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker Take II

Welcome Back to Mr. Vedra’s 7th period Social Studies Students!

Today we are continuing on our path to understanding the basics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will be paired up as you visit 3 stations. In each station utilize the printed and digital resources available to learn more about each religion.

 

STATION 1: ISLAM

Read Susan Douglass’ article “What is Islam?” from Kids InfoBits in Cobb Digital Library, and complete the What is Islam? Guiding Questions.

STATION 2: CHRISTIANITY

View the Birthplace of Three Religions using the Christianity Cloze Notes as a guide for extracting the most important information. Finally complete the Christianity Exit Ticket (see Mrs. Baker or Mr. Vedra for this) before leaving.

STATION 3: JUDAISM

Watch Judaism 101: Religions in Global History* from Hip Hughes History and complete the accompanying Video Guide. 

*This video is linked from YouTube and student access is limited while on campus. Mrs. Baker will assist with on campus access.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker

Wednesday, October 5th

Welcome Mr. Vedra’s 7th period!

Today Mrs. Baker will guide you to accessing BrainPOP in Cobb Digital Library for viewing of The Mysteries of Life with Tim and Moby movie. Mrs. Baker will then assist you in answering questions about religion utilizing the Understanding Religion with BrainPOP handout. This video provides a brief summary of 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then you will have the opportunity to independently view the same video clip to complete a 4W’s + H Chart for each of the 3 religions being studied.

Finally be sure to complete the Exit Ticket before leaving!

I’ll see you tomorrow as well for review of today’s objectives.

Digital Citizenship Museum Walk

Throughout May, Durham students will be guided by media specialist, Mrs. Baker and counselors, Mrs. Crandall, Mrs. Favors-Parks, and Mr. Wilson through a Digital Citizenship Museum Walk. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to control and mold their digital footprint so that it positively reflects their true character and helps them achieve long-term goals. They will also learn ways to heed caution when posting online, will review copyright and fair use laws and expectations, and will role-play and decode best practices as a youth in the digital age. As students approach a summer very likely filled with an overabundance of apps like Snapchat and Instagram, this will be a reminder from Durham to keep it safe online.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How will you safely navigate the digital world?

STATION 1:  Oversharing: Think Before You Post

Watch the Common Sense Media and Flocabulary video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.

“Oversharing: Think Before You Post.” Common Sense Media. Flocabulary. Web. 4 May 2016.

Station 2: Copyright and Fair Use

Watch the Common Sense Media video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.

“Copyright and Fair Use.” Common Sense Media. Web. 4 May 2016.

Utilize the provided resources at stations 3-6 to meet the objectives outlined in the Digital Citizenship Museum Walk packet.

6th Graders Utilize the New 21st Century Classroom

6th Graders Utilize the New 21st Century Classroom

The Hunt for Sasquatch

Sasquatch

You are going on a hunt in the Durham Media Center . . . for Sasquatch. With Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker as your guides, you will visit 5 stations within the media center to complete a variety of activities helping you determine the validity of the Sasquatch.

 

STATION 1: Hunt for Sasquatch

Read Christopher L. Murphy’s article, “Do Sasquatch Really Exist?” via the Simplicity Touch panel and list nine pieces of convincing evidence of Sasquatch’s existence as presented in the article.

STATION 2: Roland Smith and Bigfoot

Visit the Destiny station to find your objective.

STATION 3: “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know”

At the multimedia table, watch the video clip and respond to the questions on the provided viewing guide.

STATION 4: Vocabulary Puzzles

Visit this station to locate the puzzles featuring important vocabulary from Roland Smith’s novel Sasquatch.

STATION 5: True or False

Visit this station to locate the True/False questions. Be sure you use the textual evidence in Roland Smith’s Sasquatch to determine your answers.

Image Citation

Mythical large ape. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/132_1321718/1/132_1321718/cite

 

Mr. Vedra's Reading Class Goes on a Hunt for Sasquatch

Mr. Vedra, Mrs. Slade & Mrs. Baker lead students on a Hunt for Sasquatch

6th Grade Social Studies Hunger Games Project

Hey Mrs. Bitler’s and Mrs. Wishon’s Social Studies Students!

You guys are about to make the coolest, most mind-blowing parallels between Suzanne Collin’s dystopian novel The Hunger Games and what you have learned in your Social Studies classes this year. I want to help you navigate Cobb Digital Library, so I’ve created an awesome 6th SS Hunger Games District Pathfinder to guide you to the databases that will be the best fit your particular standard(s). All other assignment details are shared on your teachers’ classroom blogs, but remember that your media specialist, Mrs. Baker, knows a little something too, and would love to “speak literature” with you. Stop by anytime!

The Hunger Games Image borrowed from Google images.

6th Grade Social Studies: Latin America Pathfinder

Calling All Experts! The switch has been flipped, and you are the teacher! Now that you have had the opportunity to brainstorm a list of questions to guide your research process, let’s dive in. Utilize the Latin America Pathfinder to help you get started in Cobb Digital Library. After you have exhausted these suggestions, you are welcome to further expand your research but use this guide first. Let’s do this!

Calling All Expert Groups!

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

8th Grade Origins: Francophones Research

Hey Origins Peeps!

I’ve researched all of the persons on your Francophones list and have found the perfect resource for you in Cobb Digital Library. It’s Biography in Context! It is a database specializing in biographies, and it offers the best tools to assist you with meeting the goals of your project including access to a dictionary, highlighting, citation tools, audio and so much more. I’ve created a step-by-step guide to walk you through every detail of using the database: Francophones Pathfinder. Be sure to take advantage of this helpful guide which even includes a video to explain how you utilize the database, as well as suggestions for additional images searches.