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Blythewood Middle School
2014-2015 First Quarter BMS LMC Newsletter
Fall Scholastic Book Fair
The numbers for the 2014-15 First Quarter
- 4,475 items circulated (5% increase from this time last year)
- 954 individual student visits (38% increase from this time last year)
- 43 class visits (22% increase from this time last year)
First Quarter Collaborations
Blogging with sixth grade Science teacher Mrs. Mixson, eighth grade ELA teacher Ms. Evans and Ms. Hineman's students. Students learned about commenting, hyperlinking and making blog posts scannable.
Creative Commons with sixth grade Science teacher Mrs. Mixson and eighth grade ELA teacher Ms. Evans. Students learned about Creative Commons license and how to find & use Creative Commons license images in their own digital work.
Max the Mighty research resource list for eighth grade teachers Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Whisenant for upcoming novel study. Students used the resources to learn background information about the novel.
Destiny Quest How-To's with sixth grade ELA teachers Mrs. Reeves, Mrs. Myllykangas, Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Valafar. Students learned how to log in to Destiny Quest to search for books, place holds and keep up with due dates on library books.
How to Create Book Trailers with eighth grade ELA teacher Ms. Evans. Students learned how to use Creative Commons licensed images in WeVideo to create video book trailers. Students also used Easybib to cite images.
Adopt an Element with seventh grade Science teacher Mrs. Eisele. Students researched elements, cited sources in Easybib and created Board Builders in Discovery Education about their element.
Website Evaluation with sixth grade teachers Mr. Ellisor and Mrs. Elliott-Smith. Students learned how to use the acronym C.A.R.T to evaluate websites and resources used for research.
Video Weather Reports with sixth grade Science teacher Mrs. Nadorff. Students learned how to use Wevideo and Google Slides to create video weather reports.
Research with seventh grade ELA teachers Ms. Russ, Dr. Pace and Ms. Taylor. Students learned how to use Easybib to create a bibliography and notecards during research process. Students learned how to access and locate information in two databases located within Discus: Biography in Context and Britannica School. Students researched in ELA and used the collected information in Social Studies.
Research in Science with eighth grade teachers Mrs. Dissinger and Mrs. Zeis. Students reviewed how to use Easybib to create a bibliography and notecards. Students reviewed how to use DISCUS, Discovery Education and websites to locate, note and cite information for their Science projects.
Math Music Videos with seventh grade Math teacher Mrs. Liz Brown. Students learned how to compose, perform and create their own Math video using WeVideo.
Professional Goal for 2014-2015
Our BMS teachers are awesome because they are always open to trying out new technology, giving students the opportunity to be creative and collaborating with their media specialist and TLC. After showing teachers about Wevideo and Discovery Education during professional development, we have had teachers eager to try out the digital creation tools and space.
Mr. Abernathy, Mrs. Turner and I have worked with sixth grade Science teacher Mrs. Nadorff and 7th grade Math teacher Mrs. Liz Brown to use the green or blue screen in the news room to help students create videos that incorporate the ability to add digital backgrounds using WeVideo.
We look forward to working with more teachers on this video makerspace project.