CES Yearbook: Visit the Online Journal

I hope you have the opportunity to visit regularly the my students’ online yearbook. My 8th grade class is publishing this online journal as part of their year-long project to document school activities and publish content using various media, including a 64 page print yearbook.  On the online yearbook, you’ll find items that won’t necessarily make it into the print version of the yearbook. The students have posted slide shows, writings and news items with photos to capture some of the happening around school.

The capstone for the my technology program at the school is the school yearbook. Eighth graders apply a variety of creative,and technical skills to chronicle and publish the print and web versions of the school yearbook: journaling, writing, theme development, research, photography, imaging, graphic design, web design/development, and information management. The students learn “real world” business skills, such as collaboration, project management, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, creativity/design, quality control, and integrity.

Students in grade 4 through 7 progress toward achieving the competence and confidence necessary to complet a project at the level of responsibility, complexity, and resiliency that publishing a yearbook demands. Students construct their understanding of technology concepts, and learn how to apply their knowledge and skills in a project-base learning environment that Mr. H’s middle school computer classes offer.

Election Day 2008

My students in grades 4 through 8 lined up outside the Jefferson Building computer classroom to vote for President and 3 ballot referendums today. Outside, students politicked while inside, 8th graders served as election workers and poll watchers.

For those of you following the techie side of things, we used SurveyGizmo to create the ballot, which we embedded onto our Cardinals’ Nest Wiki space. We were able to compile results in real time using SurveyGizmos’ reporting tools. Mr. Hartranft is happy to report no computer glitches (whew!).

Thanks to Mrs. Harkins for coordinating this important civics lesson!

Hispanic Heritage Month Gallery Update

We figured out how to add audio to our Cardinals’ Nest web space (actually, it’s a wiki..a web 2.0 tool ), and are pleased to add student voices to the Hispanic Heritage Galleries. Thanks to CES Spanish teacher Marta Bou, the students are recording a greeting en español. Take a look (and a listen!!!) to the 5th grade gallery and the 6th grade gallery. We have a bit more recording to do, so keep checking back in….

Tener un buen día, amigos!

6th Grade Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

My 6th graders, with guidance of Mrs. Myers, researched prominent Americans with Hispanic roots and wrote a brief biographies based on their research.

During my 6th computer class, Mary Beth S. helped to process the text files to publish on on our “electronic bulletin board”…. you can read these biographies on this page of the Cardinals’ Nest web space.

More to come: The 6th grade recorded their voices to produce an audio companion to the text on the Cardinals Nest gallery. We’re trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this. Also, look for a similar gallery on the 5th grade page.