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. Although they are unavailable via student logins while on campus, they will serve as helpful tools when you are on your own. With parent permission, you may choose to utilize them to help you Sway. That’s what Mrs. Baker does when she needs help.

LESSON CONCLUSION

How to Submit a Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

Now that all of your hard work is complete, it’s time to submit your work for review. Open the link below. Type your name and class period into the provided spaces, and then copy and paste your Sway link into the space following your name and class period. Mrs. Baker will be guiding you through the steps on Wednesday, 12/20.

SUBMIT YOUR SWAY LINK HERE!

Propaganda Museum Walk

Hey 6th grade Social Studies students!Put your thinking caps on because it’s time to think critically. You are invited along a Propaganda Museum Walk in the Digital Age Classroom where you will find groupings of World War II Propaganda borrowed from Cobb Digital Library’s Britannica Image Quest. Evaluate the examples identifying the tone and the representative of the subjects. Utilizing your understandings from the DBQ process, determine what the documents say, what they mean, and why they matter. Utilize your group members to facilitate discussion and evaluation of the primary source documents provided.

Propaganda Museum Walk Guide

The above linked document should be utilized along your museum walk.

Propaganda Museum Walk Folder 

The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

Spanish Breakout

Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.

Spanish Students Breakout

Durham Teachers Breakout

On the first faculty in-service day after winter break, Durham teachers had the opportunity to experience an innovative and fun way of thinking critically through Breakout EDU. Media specialist, Mrs. Baker, along with assistance from fellow teachers Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Slade, and Mrs. Poteat and Durham Principal Dr. Alford, led an introduction and training on Breakout EDU. Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb adapted a Breakout lesson they had led with 6th and 7th graders and put a “teacher” spin on the learning game. Check out their collaborative learning.

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.

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.