February: Extend

learning beyond the classroom

MMS Media & Tech Team: Felicia Davis, Allison Long, Elizabeth Stapleton, and Michael Cline

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Extend Highlight: Jessica Wallace

Mrs. Wallace regularly challenges her students to extend their learning beyond the classroom in Careers. Mrs. Wallace began the school year helping her students review the research process as they completed a Personal Learning Inventory. Through this lesson both the students and Mrs. Wallace had a better understanding of learning styles. Mrs. Wallace continues planning units of study that require students to think outside of school and consider their lives within their community.

Mrs. Wallace's classes are currently starting Project Based Learning units. The students will select the area of their interest and work on one of the following - Edutainment (create a toy or web-based game/app for age appropriate play for young children), NC Staycation (plan a vacation within a budget), Cord Mess (create a product for students to help control electronic cords) - which includes the students' application of Life & Career skills, Information, Media & Technology Skills, and Learning & Innovation Skills.

"Jessica puts a lot of time and effort into creating activities for her students that take the curriculum to the next level. She is always looking to make her curriculum apply to many areas outside of the classroom and just apply to the real world in general. She really wants her students to understand how a simple skill or trait can be applied to many areas in life. She is also willing to help her colleagues come up with ideas to extend learning in their own classrooms says Mrs. Sarver. Mrs. Baker shares "I have really enjoyed watching Jessica grow professionally. She spends countless hours planning hands-on lessons that students can apply in the real world. I am excited to see what she brings to the table next." Finally,

Dr. Gardner states that Ms. Wallace works hard to provide lessons that are high-interest, engaging, and have application to the real world. This provides students with lessons that can "hook" them while at the same time providing a level of rigor that will benefit them in all courses. Congratulations!

MMS Media Tips: Student Self Checkout

The CAVE is now set up for student self checkin/checkout of books. Students will not be able to use the self circulation system if they have an overdue book, so getting in overdues is more important than ever! Please help us keep students from having overdues so their visits to the CAVE are smoother when checking out books. Hopefully, students will be able to visit and check out materials more often. We are teaching students now as they come in so they can teach each other.

Another reminder - the CAVE can more easily handle two classes with both tables and "comfy" furniture so please consider using this area for a classroom change. When signing up for the CAVE please note whether you want the front or back area. Any questions please see Mrs. Long.

MMS Tech Tips

Tech Tip - Extend Your Own Learning

With today's technology, it is much easier to extend your own learning beyond the resources provided in your school and district.

1. MOOCs

What is a MOOC? https://youtu.be/eW3gMGqcZQc

Suggested Resource:

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

2. EDCAMP is a form of "unconference" designed specifically for teachers and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event.

Suggested Resource:

EdCamp Rowan - March 19

3. Other PD Resources:

TeachersFirst OK2Ask - Free, live online “snack sessions” for teacher self-directed professional development and exploration

ReadWriteThink Online PD - Recharge your teaching, learn new techniques and strategies, and connect with other literacy professionals—all without leaving your desk.

Edweb.com offers a new model for providing high value, interactive, and free professional development for educators – any time and anywhere in the world.

PBS Teacher Line’s facilitated and self-paced PD courses are designed to benefit both beginning and experienced teachers. Topics include science, reading, social studies, math, instructional strategies, and instructional technology.

From Cuz's Desk

Big Shout Out for the Admin. for bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan. I have never had Admin cook and serve breakfast before and I appreciate it so very much. Hot cakes are my favorite. :)

From the Help Desk

Our first laptop check has come and gone and it was most impressive! I appreciate all the effort you put into making this a success. Dr. Smith was by Monday and was astounded by our lack of damage.

A lot of that is a direct result of YOU! Your diligence in following the Responsible Use Policy in your classrooms has kept us from having more liquid damage or broken screens! For the most part the only damage was missing keys. That is a success!

Over the next few weeks I will be calling students out of class to discuss any damages and to send letters home relating to these damages. I will be also meeting with any students you marked as absent on the spreadsheet.

Thank you all again for your hard work and together we can make these last two quarters as successful as the first two!