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Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred? I was in the library shelving books when my principal hurried in the door and asked me to turn on the television. Over the course of the school day, I watched the horrifying reality of those terrorist attacks unfold. Those images will be forever locked in my memories. For the middle school students we are teaching in our schools today, the impact of 9/11 has been a part of their lives as long as they can remember. Since most were not yet born when the events occurred, our students do not fully understand how all our lives changed that day. It is our job to educate them on the events of September 11, 2001 and its impact on America.

Below are some resources for teachers to assist with their instruction:

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???????????????????????????????Last week I had the opportunity to work with a group of teachers to show some of the additional features of their Google account. I started the session in Drive with how to organize files and folders as well as methods of sharing them with students. Next, the teachers accessed their classes in Groups to learn how to send an email to all students in a class. I also showed the group how to create automatic grading tests using the add-on Flubaroo with Forms. I was only able to get to half of the items on my agenda but I think the group found the session useful. We have another In-Service day coming up in November and I will plan for another Google Workshop. Huge thanks to all the teachers who were able to find a way to fit the workshop into their busy schedule.

Google Training for Teachers

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Newsletter

I recently published the WJMS Media Center newsletter. This resource has information for teachers regarding our services and how we can help in the instructional process.

In this edition:

  • Google Tips
  • New DVDs
  • Valuable websites
  • Passwords for our instructional programs
  • Content literacy information
  • Available classroom novels
  • Book Club information

WJMS Media Center Newsletter

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Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred? I was in the library shelving books when my principal hurried in the door and asked me to turn on the television. Over the course of the school day, I watched the horrifying reality of those terrorist attacks unfold. Those images will be forever locked in my memories. For the middle school students we are teaching in our schools today, the impact of 9/11 has been a part of their lives as long as they can remember. Since many were not yet born when the events occurred, our students do not fully understand how all our lives changed that day. It is our job to educate them on the events of September 11, 2001 and its impact on America.

Below are some resources for teachers to assist with their instruction:

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This past week I had the privilege of working with pre-service teachers at Georgia Southern University through The Digital Wave project. I met with a group of 15 students one evening to show methods for incorporating Web 2.0 tools in the classroom through collaboration with a library media specialist. I showed the group how to use ten Web 2.0 tools and then suggested lessons for incorporating them in the classroom in different subject areas.  Out of those shown, I had the most interest and questions on lessons teaching media literacy using Fotoflexer. Students were challenged to figure out if selected photos were edited. They discovered how difficult it can be to spot an edited image. It is a lesson my middle school students also enjoy but one that is very important to learn how easy media can be manipulated.  The group also enjoyed creating the animated movie Kitty Gets Scared using Kerpoof. Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, Kerpoof is very easy to use and also includes Tell a Story in which students can create their own stories based on a theme. The GSU students were great to work with and had wonderful questions for me. The workshop was an awesome experience and I can’t thank Dr. Lucy Green enough for inviting me. All the resources and lesson suggestions can be found on the Presentations page on my blog.

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Cacoo is a free online diagramming tool which allows real-time collaboration. Teachers can sign up for a free Academic Plan which allows them to add student users. *Please note the Academic Plan is free through June 30, 2012 after which it will be half the price of the Team Plan.
The Project:
After studying Georgia’s barrier islands for the term, students used Cacoo to create a food web of native plants and animals. The class was divided into groups of four students. All four students in each group had individual Cacoo accounts and were required to work collaboratively via Cacoo to design one food web. As an added challenge, group members were required to “chat” online within their Cacoo accounts instead of communicating verbally.
My Observations:
Teaching the kids how to use the program took half a class period as students caught on very quickly. I found no technology problems with Cacoo at all and will use the tool with future projects. I do wish they would reconsider the upcoming price increase for the Academic Plan.

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Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred? I was in the library shelving books when my principal hurried in the door and asked me to turn on the television. Over the course of the school day, I watched the horrifying reality of those terrorist attacks unfold. Those images will be forever locked in my memories. For the middle school students we are teaching in our schools today, the impact of 9/11 has been a part of their lives as long as they can remember. Since they were babies when the events occurred, our students do not fully understand how all our lives changed that day. As the ten-year anniversary approaches, it is our job to educate them on the events of September 11, 2001 and its impact on America. Below are some resources for teachers to assist with their instruction:

http://www.tolerance.org/blog/bringing-911-classroom-10-years-later

http://www.teachhub.com/september-11-teaching-resources?to-do-today-tips

http://teachinghistory.org/spotlight/september11

http://www.history.com/9-11-anniversary

http://www.teachablemoment.org/images/9-11teachingguide.pdf – page 17 has middle school lessons

http://www.911memorial.org/

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