The Introduction to Computer Science class at Jewel M. Sumner HighSchool has been Learning to Program with Alice.. Alice is a free program designed by Carnegie Mellon University that teaches object-oriented computing in three-dimensions via animations. The Alice system is great for teaching to a generation raised on video games and Pixar's films. They use "storyboarding" for learning computer program design and terminology. Freddie Moreno is featured teaching Reven Elzie as Mrs. Karley Cooper, Business Teacher, monitors their progress. This semester, two students in the class, Matthew Lewis and Roger Leon, are dual enrolled with Southeastern Louisiana University under the instruction of Allanagh Sewell, Department of Computer Science and InformationTechnology. Mrs. Cooper attended a two and a half day training last summer to provide this opportunity to the students.
Colette Taillon's 1st/2nd grade class at Hammond Westside Montessori was busy learning about dinosaurs this school year. The students needed to research more facts about dinosaurs. They created a Fan Book using facts they learned on World Book Online. Students busily toggled back and forth between a PowerPoint template for their Fan Book and the World Book Online website. They formatted their own font, learned how to copy and paste pictures from a website to a PowerPoint slide and learned about the word plagiarism at the same time. They now know they cannot copy directly from the source. Students wrote their own sentences using evidence from the World Book Online article. After research was completed, the students read their fan book to the class. Briana Brister is seen above completing her fan book project. Below, Briana Brister, Mia Ruiz, Warreniesha Irving display their projects.
Yolanda Williams' students at Independence Middle Magnet School are using "Crazy Talk" to meet communications goals. The students researched former U.S. Presidents to answer the writing prompt, "I was a great President because.." and they wrote an essay based on their research.Next they used their essay as the script to create a Crazy Talk software multimedia technology project on their president!
Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School was recently featured in an online magazine called School Video News. Melinda Blache, the Communication Specialist for the school, explained to the magazine reporter all about the Daily TV Broadcast that is created with the PreK and K students at the school. Mrs. Blache told School Video News that the Communication Magnet Program is designed to improve the quality of instruction through a comprehensive curriculum integrating reading, writing, and oral speaking. Instruction is enhanced using the latest technology. Children’s literature in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose are all a part of the daily curriculum. To view the entire article click here. If you would like to see the Daily Broadcasts from Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School click here.
Lindsey Bertaut, Communication Magnet Specialist at Independence Middle Magnet School is working in the TV Studio preparing for the school's Daily Broadcast with IMMS students. This extraordinary program was featured in this month's School Video News - an online eMagazine for Teachers of TV/Video & Film. Click here to read the entire article about Independence Middle Magnet School and their Communication Arts program. If you would like to see the Daily Broadcasts for IMMS click here.
India Binner, Communication Magnet Specialist at Amite Elementary Magnet School is working in the TV Studio preparing for the school's Daily Broadcast with AEMS students. This extraordinary program was featured in this month's School Video News - an online eMagazine for Teachers of TV/Video & Film. Click here to read the entire article about Amite Elementary Magnet School and their Communication Arts program. If you would like to see the Daily Broadcasts for AEMS click here.
Students taking the Webmastering 1 class at Sumner High School have played an instrumental part in the development of their new school website. Under the direction of teacher, Karley Cooper, the students have gathered the information, taken photographs and created the entire website. As “Moderator” of the website, Mrs. Cooper approves all of the pages developed by the students. Check out all of their hard work at http://www.tangischools.org/jmshs These students have done a fabulous job on the Sumner High Website. Keep up the great work, Cowboys!
Kelli Primeaux's students created Phrase Towers for a Project Based Learning Technology activity. Mrs. Primeaux is participating in the Print, Cut, and Fold Blackboad online professional development class and the Tower template was last week's assignment. Being an excellent technology-using educator, Kelly took the project right back to her class and had her students create their own tower projects using ELA skills they were studying. Great work Mrs. Primeaux and Loranger Middle School students !!
Fourth graders in Mrs. Allison Leto's class at Amite Elementary Magnet School have begun using the SMART Response system as an alternate means of assessment. The students are each given a hand-held device that is programed to the SMARTboard. The questions are presented on the SMARTboard and students enter their response on their device. This provides the students and teacher with immediate feedback as to which questions the students mastered and/or had difficulty with. Shown are students using the hand-held devices entering their answers on questions about the difference between common and proper nouns. It is a great 21st century technology tool to use in the classroom that renders 100% student engagement at all times.
Shannon Watkins, Communication Magnet Specialist, recently taught the fifth and sixth graders at Independence Middle Magnet School how to use Microsoft Movie Maker.