We're Going On A Trip In Our Favorite Rocketship
Below, you will find some students going on Expeditions in various levels of English and Social Studies. They are using the "Explore On Your Own" feature, but we also have a tablet which allows you to send all of the devices to the same location and lead the Expedition. Here is a list of all available Google Expeditions.
Expeditions is available for download on both iOS and Android devices (sorry Windows phones) so you can get the app right now to view the different locations. If you want to see it during your prep, feel free to stop by the Media Center and either Christine Nagy or Marc Seigel will be happy to assist you.
Mr. Nemati leads a group through tenement housing in NYC after discussing Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization in US II.
Mrs. Brosonski's USI students are going through the Salem Witch Museum in MA after reading The Crucible.
Mr. Conklin's English 12 class is checking out extreme climates from around the world trying to determine if they could survive there like the characters in Into The Wild.
Presentations That Tell A Story
Students have been trained really well that when they hear the word 'Presentation' to open a Google Slides file, give it a title, and share it with their partners. But before picking the tool, we need to focus on the 'WHY?' of the presentation. This is why storyboarding is essential to building a quality presentation. Storyboarding allows the students to focus on the IDEAS and not the tool; brainstorming and creativity come first, and slide design second. The Slide Team's blog shows some easy steps for using Post-It Notes and whiteboards with students to help them build a structure to their presentation. As they explain, opening Google Slides/PowerPoint is the last step in presentation development because they confine your creativity. Build a presentation that you love first, then find the tool to make that happen.