Friday, February 17, 2012

This is how you do it...

If you've ever had trouble figuring out how to do something, look no further! Ms. Settemeyer's sixth grade class has you covered.

They incorporated several pieces of technology into one fantastic assignment! But it all begins with the how-to paper. Students were encouraged to explore during the February 1st Digital Learning Day

Here are two that helped us out:

(In the video above, the student used and to create their how-to)

(In the video above, the student used and to create their how-to)

Not all of the students used Others chose a topic that required more physical demonstrations and used different personal devices and video editing software packages to create their how-tos.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Comercial EspaƱol

Ms. Ruiz de Chavez's class is at it again as they use FlipCams to practice their conversational Spanish skills.

Check out one of the submitted commercials. Would you take them up on their offer?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cedar Valley Goes Digital: DLD

Cedar Valley teachers accepted the challenge that Principal Matt Groff presented to them: check it out, sign up, get involved, and go digital. During the February 1st Digital Learning Day (DLD), students were given more opportunities than usual to learn using technology.

During DLD, teachers at CeVMS included many activities that incorporated a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) philosophy and also used all the available computer resources on campus (computer labs, laptop carts, tablet devices—just to name a few). was used to ask student opinions on poets in ELA classrooms, and students were allowed to use their cell phones to access the polls. Students in math classes used to practice concepts and skills; while other students across the hall were using Screencast-O-matic to create their own versions of how-to presentations. Teachers in social studies classes facilitated projects where students used Microsoft Office products as a workflow to complete tasks needed to present information. Students also were guided to focus on online databases and library resources that are available to them through the Districts’ Library Services. In science classes, students were allowed to explore cycles and systems through a district-provided online subscription to Explore Learning. Digital Learning Day helped teachers and students recognize that a bridge needs to exist between the technology skills needed to excel in our society and those skills that students have as digital natives. It is our job as teachers to help focus these native skills into the ability to use the technology toy as a tool for education.

Check out what happened in our classrooms: