Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Using Technology To Create Universally Designed Materials

At the start of each school year, Stephanie Davis (8th grade Social Studies) and I work together to teach students how to write news article responses in a way that matches the HHS expectations for 9th graders.  In order to accomplish this in a way that uses the principles of Universal Design for Learning, I created an interactive graphic organizer using an App called Thinglink.  Using iPads, students can access the graphic organizer  and touch "pins" to see definitions, graphics, and even a video about how to construct a thesis statement.  This technology allows teachers to scaffold information in a way that is fun, interactive and engaging for students.
Here is a link to check it out:
Interative Graphic Organizer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 RMS Student Council Creates and Presents "Dance Rules" PSA with iPads

The RMS Student Council recently created a PSA to teach students about our school dance rules.  The video crew got together during their lunch periods and worked to create a video that illustrates the dance rules in a student-friendly, engaging, and fun way.  Using their iPads, students moved around the building to film various scenes "on location".  They even got Mr. Lepene into the action by presenting him with "yellow slips" in his office so that he could say, "No dance for you!"
Once the video was edited, the video crew visited 6th and 7th grade homerooms to present the video via Apple TV and answer questions that students had about dances at RMS.
This was a wonderful opportunity for Council members to create a learning tool, present to peers, and provide leadership in our school.
Here is a link to the RMS Dance Rules "PSA" :  "Dance Rules" PSA

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ready, Camera, Action!

It would be easy to not understand, nor get into a lesson on the change of matter or the Ideal Gas Law particularly if it was just a chapter in a textbook, but 8th Grade Science teachers Greg Stott and Cliff Harriman bring these concepts to life by hosting demonstrations where students see what happens when dry ice, water and different temperatures mix together.   It’s fairly common to see 8th graders video recording demonstrations like these with school iPads and reviewing or producing videos to demonstrate their understanding or in this example, just for fun!

Friday, September 5, 2014

1:1 Advisory Group has First Meeting

The RMS 1:1 Advisory Group had it's first meeting this past Wednesday, September 3rd.  The purpose of this group is to discuss questions and concerns of students, teachers, parents and community members regarding the RMS 1:1 iPad Initiative.  

Information on our program can be found by clicking the 1:1 iPad Program link in the left hand column of our school website (Richmondmiddleschool.org).  Please contact any of the representatives below if you have questions or concerns you'd like the group to address. 

Group members include:

-Spencer Brown (RMS Student) spencerbrown@hanovernorwichschools.org
-Mimi Lichtenstein (RMS Parent) morical@yahoo.com
-Tommy Madden (RMS Student) thomasmadden@hanovernorwichschools.org
-Elizabeth Powers (RMS Staff) elizabethpowers@hanovernorwichschools.org
-Jim Reynolds (RMS Parent) reynoj@aol.com
-Martin Warren (RMS Staff) martywarren@hanovernorwichschools.org
-Amanda Yates (RMS Admin) amandayates@hanovernorwichschools.org