Read one of our books here.
7th grade science students created digital books as an assessment task after learning about fossil fuels. They used props, backgrounds and images in storyjumper to creatively illustrate their ideas. They shared their books online with friends and teachers allowing them to flip through, read and learn about fossil fuels.
Storyjumper allows you to use your own illustrations to create digital story books. It promotes creative writing and encourages students to take ownership and be proud of their writing. A hard cover copy of your book can be ordered online, printed and mailed. This was not a requirement for our project.
Read one of our books here.
WOW! Grade 7 students learned about creative commons and created posters discouraging piracy. We learned how to use picnik and all it's creative fonts, stickers and much more while creating our posters. Below are a few posters, be sure to flip through the pages to see a few of our posters. If you walk around the school campus you will see even more posters to ensure we reach a wider audience within our school. You can learn more about licences when using other people's work or protecting your creations from the creative commons website.
Please note: Content on the right hand side of the full screen view does not belong to us it is other issuu users' contributions under the same subject.
7th grade students learned how to build mind maps online, collaboratively. We had to remember our e-mail addresses as we used them to create secure accounts on mindmeister. We worked in pairs and had as many as 10 groups working on one mind map at different computers at the same time. Mindmeister is an online collaborative tool that can be used for brainstorming purposes. Some teachers have expressed interest in using it to assess students as they write about a chapter, show some scanned examples of their work and possible link to resources.
We were looking at the various systems we have today, why we would call them systems and how we think they can help us in school. It gave us an opportunity to practice working as a team.
Here is one of our maps (best viewed with full screen), expand the nodes, put your mouse over the notes to see more info. As parents, we would like you to comment below and let us know if you think you are able to use it in your work environments. This will help us understand how widely it can be used.
This week, students have been taking their MAP Tests in the computer lab. I would like to reflect back on our introduction to cloud based storage systems, using dropbox in particular. I introduced dropbox to students in grades 7 and 9 as a way of organizing their work in such a way that it ‘follows’ them. Dropbox synchronizes files between multiple computers and also keeps secure copies in the ‘cloud’. Students were a bit confused when another teacher and I wanted to share different folders with them. They were afraid they would have to open so many drop box accounts.
We watched the official video from the drop box site, I explained how the sharing of folders would work during class and we practiced uploading some documents to a folder I shared with each class. Eventually, students understood the idea that they could access different people’s shared folders from one dropbox account.
During the past few days I was pleased to hear some students say they have installed the dropbox application at home and are using it to access their files at home and at school. We will continue to use dropbox as a place where students will submit their work or assignments into folders shared with them.
If you use multiple computers, ask your 7th or 9th grader about how dropbox can help you or watch the video at www.dropbox.com.
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