|ASPIRE Students work on producing Music is my Life|
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Robodogs Website for details on their robot Enterprise and the team.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
Students in Mr. Bergeron's and Ms. Stauffer's 7th grade math classes recently used QR codes to work on Math problems. Students in groups of 3 or 4 traveled to stations in their classrooms. Each station had a QR code with a problem that students worked on together. By working collaboratively on the math problems students were introduced to 21st century skills of collaboration and mobile technology. Students enjoyed using their own devices to read the QR codes and working together.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Ms. Hoeber's 8th Grade classes recently reviewed for a test over weather using QR Codes. Students were given short answer questions and used QR Codes to check their answers. Students matched their answers to the QR code. The activity allowed students to bring their own devices (BYO) to school to use in the classroom. Students brought i-pads, cellphones and i-pod touches to class. Students that did not have a device used laptops equipped with QR readers. Students reported that they enjoyed using their own devices for the review. Ms. Hoeber was pleased at how well the activity went and plans to use QR Codes in the classroom again.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Mr. Gembicki's 8th Grade Language Arts Classes used a story from their textbook "A Hike in New York City" to research meaningful connections to the story. Each student used their research skills to find a personal connection, a connection to the story from outside the U.S. such as a world event or world news, a connection to another story or poem or a connection to an image or sound. Students linked the websites where they made the connections to an assignment that they submitted using moodle. Mr. Gembicki used a video to explain the lesson to students, so they were able to refer back to his video in moodle for clarification of the assignment. Mr. Gembicki notes that using the video seemed to cut down on the number of questions students had about the assignment.
|Students look for meaningful connections to "A Hike in New York City"|
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Sunday, September 9, 2012
The 2012-2013 school year is underway and Bulldog "Bytes" will likely have many Technology posts throughout the year. I wanted to begin this school years posts by highlighting summer use of technology by Math students at Hernandez Middle School. Over the summer about 100 students used moodle to improve their Math skills so they could begin Algebra this fall. The program was very successful as nearly 100% of students who participated in the summer Math program improved their skills and are enrolled in Algebra. Students used Moodle to learn math skills and then test their understanding of the math concepts. Students worked from home and attended tutoring with Math Dept. chair, Michael Ota on several Mondays during the summer at Hernandez Middle School. Moodle allowed students to go back and learn the skills they had trouble with until they mastered them. Students received instant feedback on what math skill they were having trouble with and could focus on improving the skill. Congratulations to all students who used their summer to improve their math skills. Congratulations to Mr. Ota for using Technology to give students instant feedback and allowing them to learn at their own pace.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hernandez Parent Night in April focused on the Math STAAR state assessment and Math teachers at Hernandez Middle School showcased the technology used to teach math concepts to students and prepare them for the new STAAR test. After a brief presentation by Math Teacher, Michael Ota and Math Department Chair, Kristin Harper about the new STAAR test, parents were given the opportunity to visit with math teachers in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Jennifer Gregorcyk and Laura Terry, 6th Grade Math Teachers used the SMART Board along with math manipulatives to show the interactive lessons used in 6th grade. Merrill Davis, Ashley Cross and Kristin Harper, 7th Grade math teachers showed parents how moodle is used to help students master math objectives and keep parents up to date on their students progress. Mary Del Rosario and Logan Wood used Turning Point Response Devices to quiz parents and students on 8th Grade Math concepts in "Are you Smarter Than an 8th Grader." Math teachers at Hernandez Middle School use a variety of Technology devices to teach Math to students. Parent Involvement Nights at Hernandez Middle School are a collaboration between Hernandez Staff, ASPIRE, Title I and Hernandez students and families.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Hernandez 7th Graders are busy preparing for the STAAR writing exam using an online resource, Writing Coach by Pearson. Writing Coach is an online writing curriculum that gives students personalized, detailed feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their writing. Writing Coach provides targeted writing feedback in an online format that works for the digital natives at Hernandez Middle school. 7th Grade Language Arts teachers Mrs. Vastano and Mrs. Smith-Williams are able to assign lessons for students to complete. Lessons are targeted to help students with their weaknesses so they can work to improve the skills they need to write. Students enjoy using the netbooks to write and are more at ease using computers to learn how to write.
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Friday, February 3, 2012
|Students in Mr. Gembicki's class observe Digital Learning Day|
|Students learn about blogs|
Digital Learning Day was February 1st and 8th graders at Hernandez Middle School took time to learn about blogs and being good digital citizens. Students were asked to read Student Opinion blogs on the New York Times education blog and the Tween Tribune blog. Students participated in classroom discussion about the blog articles they read and commented on the blogs. Students learned what makes a good comment on a blog and how being a good Digital Citizen contributes to the dialogue. Some students had never read or posted on a blog but others are very familiar with blogs. An 8th Grader in Mr. Gembicki's class wrote "The last time I posted on a blog was a few weeks ago when I commented on an article about the race for the Republican Nomination. It added to the dialogue with multiple readers."
Monday, January 23, 2012
Back on January 18, 2011, I posted how 7th and 8th grade teachers were using moodle in the classroom at Hernandez Middle School. The post was picked up by Moodle News and Hernandez Middle School was mentioned in a Moodle News post about schools embracing moodle. Hernandez Middle School was listed as one of the schools using moodle and the blog linked to the posts on the schools Getting IT Right Blog and the District Getting IT Right Blog. Other mentions were The University of Minnesota and Clark College. The title of the post - "Gone Moodle: Bulldogs, Gophers and Penguins (oh my!). Follow the links to see all posts. Great job, Hernandez Teachers.
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