Mixing it up in the Spanish Classroom

Mr. Matt Hawkins is an innovative Spanish teacher at Garden Spot High School. During his time at GSHS, he has continually been looking for methods to improve the difficult process of learning a second language. Learning a new language requires students to not only speak a new language, but to also learn the skills that are necessary to read and write it correctly.

hawk office mixRecently, Mr. Hawkins has utilized the Microsoft Office Mix tool to record some of his Spanish lessons for students. Office Mix is a fee add-on to PowerPoint that easily creates recorded presentation with audio and real-time screen recordings. By recording his lessons with his own voice and using his own classroom guided notes, he has created his own version of the flipped classroom. When students need to review past lessons or to view lessons that were missed during the course, Mr. Hawkins can send them a video link that is viewable on any device. Over time, these lessons may become part of an online version of the Spanish 1 course that is offered at GSHS. Click on the image above, or here, to watch and listen to one of his recent lessons on asking and giving names in Spanish.

For his continued efforts, Matt has earned the Flipped Classroom Credly Digital Badge from Elanco School District. Congratulations Matt! To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page or contact Tim Leister at tim_leister@elanco.org.

Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Mrs. Jill Hackman

Mrs. Jill Hackman

In preparation for graduating high school, students have had to go through the traditional processes of completing applications for colleges or composing job resumes to enter the workforce. The competition for a good paying job or for acceptance into their college of choice may now require students to displaying their talents and abilities in a different format. Garden Spot High School Sophomores in Mrs. Jill Hackman’s and Mrs. Gail Ertzgard’s Seminar 10 class are designing a personal digital resume and portfolio to better prepare them for life after high school graduation.

Mrs. Gail Ertzgard

Mrs. Gail Ertzgard

Using the Elanco Edublogs platform, students are designing a web-based, digital portfolio that contains multiple pages showcasing their high school education along with their life experiences, such as volunteer activities, job history, personal interests, etc. The digital portfolios allow for students to first select a personalized blog theme, then include information using a balance of text, images and perhaps even video.

The goal of the digital portfolios is for students to be able to display their unique abilities and talents in a more visual format for potential employers and college admissions officers. Hopefully, the students will continue to add to their portfolios as they move towards their graduation in June of 2018. Below are screenshots of some of the students’ hard work.

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ffbad983629652eb4f1f38342b29b235_13For their efforts, Mrs. Hackman and Mrs. Ertzgard have earned the Edublogs Student Blogging badge from Elanco Credly. If you or your students are utilizing an Elanco Edublog in your classroom, be sure to claim this badge! Contact Lyn or Tim if you’re interested in learning more about how to use Edublogs with your students!

Hour of Code at Elanco

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 11.21.25 AMThis year, Elanco students will again participate in the Hour of Code! The Hour of Code offers engaging activities for our students to introduce them to the basics of computer programming. Through both “unplugged” and online activities, students can hone problem-solving skills and learn more about logic and creativity. This year there are Minecraft, Star Wars, and Frozen themed activities featured! See here!

Middle school math teachers and elementary STEM teachers will be kicking off Hour of Code with students, however we encourage all teachers to consider ways that the activities found on code.org/learn can be incorporated into science and math units throughout the remainder of the year. Students will be motivated to continue working through the levels, so feel free to incorporate coding into independent and collaborative rotations!

To learn more about Hour of Code, visit https://code.org/about!

hoc 15-16For their efforts, the Middle School Math Teachers and the Elementary STEM Teachers, along with any teachers whose students engage with Hour of Code activities in the classroom, have earned the Hour of Code 2015-16 Credly Digital Badge from Elanco School District. Congratulations to them all! To learn more about the Hour of Code, contact Lyn Hilt or  Tim Leister. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.

Telling Digital Stories in Spanish

Liliana Vega

Mrs. Liliana Vega

Liliana Vega is a Spanish Teacher at Garden Spot High School who consistently utilizes different forms of technologies for her students to practice and share their development of the Spanish language.  Through the use of digital storytelling projects, Lilian’s students are provided with various opportunities to creatively demonstrate their understanding and pronunciation of their expanding Spanish vocabulary.

storyjumperEach project is individually designed to have the students focus on a different aspect of their language skills. Some projects are primarily just text and images, while other incorporate students’ recorded voice along with corresponding images and music. Computer applications such as Movie Maker and PowerPoint are used by her students, along with websites such as StoryJumper and Recite.

For Liliana’s efforts, she has earned the Digital dstoryStorytelling Badge from Elanco School District. Congratulations Liliana! To learn more about the use of different types of digital storytelling resources, contact Tim Leister at  tim_leister@elanco.org. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.

Connecting students via Hangouts

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Mrs. Cherie Lenahan is our district’s elementary enrichment teacher, and she serves students in all three elementary buildings. With such a demanding schedule, she was looking for a way to gain more face time with her students while she was working in other buildings, and to also provide a way for her students to connect with one another cross-building.

Enter Google Hangouts. This year, Mrs. Lenahan uses this collaborative web conferencing platform to connect her fifth and sixth graders on a regular basis! Through shared video and audio feeds at each school, as well as support via Google Classroom to share lesson resources and from helpful adults supervising student groups at each building, Mrs. Lenahan is able to run enrichment groups in three buildings at once! She can also engage students in collaborative activities such as virtual debates.

GoogleHangoutsFor her innovative efforts, Mrs. Lenahan has earned the Google Hangouts badge from Elanco Credly! If you’re interested in learning more about Google Hangouts, to connect students with others around the world and/or to promote teacher collaborative and common planning opportunities among our elementary schools, contact Lyn to learn more!

 

Using blogging to enhance literacy and global connections

me 2Mr. Adam Geiman’s fourth grade students are using Edublogs to support literacy activities in their language arts class. Mr. Geiman uses his blog to post prompts that students respond to related to content they’re reading and learning about, and students are also encouraged to post on their own blogs. It’s great how each student’s blog is unique and customized by each blog author!

This year, Mr. Geiman’s students are participating in Edublogs’ Student Blogging Challenges.  Students complete a variety of challenges and also have the ability to connect with other student writers around the world. They read other students’ blog posts and comment. They’re engaging in exciting global collaborative learning opportunities! Mr. Geiman’s students have recently been exploring adding the use of other media to their blog posts, including embedded Google Form surveys.

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You can visit Mr. Geiman’s LA blog here! His students’ blogs are listed in the right-hand sidebar. I am sure they would love to receive comments from readers like YOU!

ffbad983629652eb4f1f38342b29b235_13Mr. Geiman has earned the Edublogs Student Blogging badge from Elanco Credly. If you are blogging with your students, be sure to claim this badge! Contact Lyn or Tim if you’re interested in learning more about how to use Edublogs with your students!

A Student-centered Art Classroom using OneNote

Mr. Ken Herr

Mr. Ken Herr

Ken Herr is continually looking for methods to integrate new digital technologies together with the hand-on nature of his Garden Spot Middle School Art classrooms.

In both his 7th and 8th Grade Art courses, Ken has meticulously created digital Microsoft OneNote Notebooks that contain all of the class content, assignment direction and submission instructions for each of his course units.  He then uses the Canvas LMS to collect student’s digital work and provide them with feedback.

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8th Grade Art OneNote

By providing this detailed information to students in a well-organized format, it has allowed them to work at an individualized pace and move on to new topics when they have completed others.  This approach also allows Mr. Herr to differentiate the learning for his students so they are able to excel in many different areas. Pictured here is just one example of a page from his 8th Grade Art OneNote Notebook.

onenoteFor his efforts, Ken has earned the OneNote Notebook Expert Credly Digital Badge from Elanco School District. Congratulations Ken! To learn more about OneNote Notebooks, contact Tim Leister. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.

QR Codes in the Chemistry Classroom

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Ms. Lindsey Hubert

Ms. Lindsey Hubert is in her 3rd year as a Chemistry Teacher at Garden Spot High School.  Historically, Chemistry can be one of the more challenging subjects for students because many of the concepts are difficult for students to visualize.  Ms. Hubert is always looking for creative methods to integrate technology with her students to facilitate their understanding of the many different chemical processes that occur on a molecular level.

Ms. Hubert recently developed a lesson that involved the use of QR Codes with her students.  QR codes (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) are similar to electronic bar codes that can be scanned by a digital camera to direct the user to a location on the internet, such as a website, digital image, electronic document, etc.

chem boardThis particular lesson was setup like a traditional ‘scavenger hunt,’ which required students to locate different QR codes that were posted on walls around the school building. Once the students located and scanned the QR Code with their cell phone or other mobile device, an image would appear on their screens. Students would then be assigned the task of matching image on the screen with its corresponding molecular diagram that they’d been learning about in class.  This lesson is a great example of how mobile technologies can motivate students to discover and learn in non-traditional methods.

qr codeFor Lindsey’s efforts, she has earned the QR Coder Badge from Elanco School District and is certainly eligible for many more. Congratulations Lindsey! To learn more about the use of these tools, contact Lynmarie Hilt at lynmarie_hilt@elanco.org or Tim Leister at tim_leister@elanco.org. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.

Fostering global connections through a shared love of art!

snaderMrs. Alice Snader, Blue Ball Elementary art teacher, understands the power of connecting her students with their peers around the world. Using the iPad she received from a Spartan Foundation for Education grant, her students’ artwork can be easily captured and shared with other students around the world. Through the use of Edmodo, Mrs. Snader connected with teachers in four different countries, to give each 6th grade class the experience of connecting with a global classroom while they participated together in a Flat Stanley project. Students partnered with classes in Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, and Romania to share artwork, see photos of the Flat Stanley travels, and discuss ways of life in our cultures and countries.

Mrs. Snader says, “It was a fun and rewarding experience for all students to learn about another country’s culture and share their artwork without leaving our classrooms.”

GoingGlobalFor her efforts, Mrs. Snader has earned the Going Global! badge as well as the Edmodo badge from the Eastern Lancaster County School District. To learn more about the use of these tools, contact Alice Snader, Lynmarie Hilt at lynmarie_hilt@elanco.org or Tim Leister at tim_leister@elanco.org. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.

Bringing Literature into the Digital Age

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Ms. Kristen Barnett

Ms. Kristen Barnett is a English Teacher at Garden Spot High School and strives to integrate technology with her students on a regular basis. Over the past two years at GSHS, she has effectively combined the use of a variety of digital resources to develop her student’s reading and writing skills, while promoting the importance of literature in their everyday lives.

Kristen’s use of a daily digital agenda keeps her students informed about what takes place in the classroom, even when they are not able to be there.  Furthermore, her students are continually sharing their writings with one another through their individual classroom blogs.  Ms. Barnett has high expectations for her students to regularly participate in the development of their own learning. A recent class project required her students to create a multi-media presentation about a book author. In her own words to her students, “You are invited to an exciting networking event to promote your author and his/her works to the public! You will need to research the author in order to tell others about his/her life, works, and significance. You will then be presenting your client to writing sponsors (your classmates).”

For Kristen’s efforts, she has earned the Digital dstoryStorytelling Badge from Elanco School District and is certainly eligible for many more. Congratulations Kristen! To learn more about the use of these tools, contact Lynmarie Hilt at lynmarie_hilt@elanco.org or Tim Leister at tim_leister@elanco.org. To learn more about what Elanco Credly Digital Badges are available, visit the Available Badges page.