December News and Notes
First Semester Comes to a Close
When we return in January we'll hit the ground running preparing for our Science Fair and Science Olympiad events. Please see the website (www.ccsdscience.com) to sign up your students. We also need volunteers to help at these events. Please consider helping out and invite your colleagues to do the same. Click on one of the links below to sign up right now!
Science Fair (January 30th at Cobb Safety Village)
Middle School Science Olympiad (March 5th at South Cobb HS)
Elementary Science Olympiad (March 5th [Title I] at Fair Oaks ES; March 19th at Walton HS)
Matt Farrell gears up a kindergarten class for Science Fair.
North Cobb High School
Students in Jay Stanhope's Environmental Science class make ozone models.
McCleskey Middle School
Students in Megan O'Keefe's 8th grade HS Physical Science class complete a lab exploring friction.
Illustrated Bodies: A Class Project for Pebblebrook's Anatomy/Physiology and Art Classes
This semester Sheila Taylor and I collaborated to enhance student learning between anatomy and advanced art students. We began by grouping students, making sure both classes were represented in each set. On their first meeting students were given their learning objectives as well as time to plan and coordinate. The purpose of the PBL was to anatomically illustrate form and function of one or more systems and indicate a disease of that system, but most groups chose to go way beyond that. Our second meeting together took place during a field trip to the Bodies Exhibit in Atlantic Station. Although students could not take pictures they were allowed to sketch. Over the next few weeks the 180 participating students collaborated as time allowed and often worked after school in open studio. The project culminated in a fashion show on Nov 17th in our theater. Students had a little over an hour to prepare their model, music, and final touches to their presentations. The day could not have gone smoother. Students helped each other both in their groups and in other groups, worked diligently, and cleaned up in record time. In the theaters all the presenters waited back stage while group members and visiting classes waited. Every three minutes we were greeted with an illustrated model(s) as well as a speaker. We had dancers, glow in the dark paint, neon and black lights, and athletic poses, just to name a few of the unique approaches to this project. Overall the project was a huge success! We had great student responses about the challenges of working in groups, managing time, and limited resources. As an art teacher I was super proud of the way everyone came together so smoothly and the amount of talent I see every day.
-Kim Piercy Pebblebrook HS
Digital Tools and Resources
Make interactive videos using eduCanon (www.educanon.com). You can even insert quiz questions into the video to check your students' understanding!
Part of the Office 365 suite, Sway allows you and your students to create and share interactive presentations, personal stories and more.
MolCraft aims to teach kids about biochemistry using MineCraft. (http://www2.hull.ac.uk/science/scienceoutreach/MolCraft.aspx)