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During Teen Tech Week our Book Club students created Floppy Disk Journals.

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pacmanWe celebrated Teen Tech Week March 7th through 11th with a new display this year. Ms. Pacman made her debut as sticky-note art. Kids thought it was great and were excited about trying out some others. Students could also play our version of Angry Birds. We had six bad piggies on a pyramid of boxes. Students could throw a ball at the pyramid to try to knock down all bad piggies. The media center also showcased a Technology Museum filled with old video controllers, typewriters, cameras, 8-track tape players and more. In addition, we went low-tech during the week. Students were able to make popsicle stick bows and used q-tips as arrows. They were able to make these fly up to 25 feet!

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stemJoin us in the media center this Friday for activities supporting Georgia STEM Day! I’ve got classes scheduled all day for balloon rockets, the spaghetti tower challenge, floating ping pong balls, the airplane distance and accuracy challenge, hovercrafts, the tin foil boat challenge, and much more.

 

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1000017182-1We celebrated Teen Tech Week last week with the theme “Libraries Are For Making“. As students visited the library, I showed them how to make LED throwies from LEDs, button batteries, magnets, and duct tape. Once completed, students could throw them at a filing cabinet for storage until the end of the day. Instructions for the project can be found at Instructables.com. Students could also play our version of Angry Birds. We had six bad piggies on a pyramid of boxes. Students could throw a stuffed Angry Bird at the pyramid to try to knock down all bad piggies. The media center also showcased a Technology Museum filled with old video controllers, typewriters, cameras, 8-track tape players and more.

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Book Club met at the end of January to discuss The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry. The group really enjoyed the book and contributed some great responses to our discussion questions. The biggest issue for everyone was how unrealistic the relationship Cady had with Ty was. Who helps a potentially mentally ill girl who is running from the police with no proof of innocence!?

After our group discussion, the group was challenged to create a new cover and title for the book. I think they did a great job in creating some pretty creepy covers.

Original Book Cover

COVER EMI Book Club the girl who was supposed to die cover book club (1)

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tech fairEnter the WJMS Technology Fair to compete in one of several categories listed below. Winners will advance to the Bulloch County Regional Technology Fair on January 31st. Complete the Project Submission Form to enter(return completed forms to Mrs. Borck). The deadline is Wednesday, November 19th. See Mrs. Borck for project ideas and questions.

Categories:

  • 3D Modeling
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Animated Graphic Design
  • Non-Animated Graphic Design
  • Case Modification
  • Non-Multimedia Applications
  • Digital Photography
  • Project Programming
  • Digital Video Production
  • Robotics
  • Web 2.0 Internet Applications
  • Individual & Team Programming Challenge
  • Hardware
  • Game Design
  • Mobile Apps

For more details, please visit the county’s Tech Fair website at

https://tinyurl.com/bcstechfair

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boardWith school back in full swing, it was time to change our back to school bulletin board with something more current. With Instagram favored by teens over Facebook and Twitter as their most important social networking tool, it was the perfect choice for our theme. Visiting classrooms around the school allowed me to take pictures of students and faculty going about the daily life of school here at WJMS. I created wjmsknights as our faux Instagram account and added applicable hashtags to go with the images. Inserting each image into an Instagram template found online, made them look much more authentic. I also included some infographics found online which show how powerful Instagram can be as a tool for social networking. Since the kids have seen me around the building taking pictures, they have been drawn to the new board to see which images I posted. I plan to keep this board up through the spring while changing out the pictures of WJMS events throughout the year.

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