Friday, March 17, 2017

Schoology Professional Development

On Monday, March 13th Richmond Middle School Teachers spent part of their professional development day working with Schoology Trainer Sarah Viner.  This year is the second year both RMS and Hanover High School have been using Schoology as our course management system.  

Now that we’ve been using Schoology for a while, teachers were wanting to bring in a professional trainer to help us use some of the more advanced features of Schoology.  With some grant funded assistance from Amy Tarallo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, we were able to have a Schoology Trainer onsite at RMS for a day!

Schoology has many features beyond simply posting and collecting assignments and one we’ve been interested in is the Portfolio Feature.  Ms. Viner showed us different ways students can create portfolios from any of their subjects and how the portfolios stay with them and their Schoology accounts all the way through high school.  

Ms. Viner’s presentation also focused on creating assignment rubrics in Schoology and how mastery of core competencies can be incorporated into a rubric.  We feel very fortunate to have had a day with Ms. Viner and will continue to look for ways to effectively use Schoology.

Friday, February 17, 2017

StoryboardThat Columbian Exchange!

6th Grade Students have been learning about the Columbian Exchange in 6th Grade Social Studies Class with Ms. Fisher.  Each student was assigned an item and asked to research the following questions:

  1. Where did the plant/animal/disease/people come from originally, and how did it/ they move from Old World to New World, or vice versa?
  2. What impact did the spread of this plant/animal/disease/people have on the history, culture and economy of the places to which it spread?
  3. How does the exchange of this product continue to be present in our world today?

As a culminating project of their research, students created digital storyboards using “Storyboardthat.com”.  Storyboards are a great way for students to creatively share their academic research using backgrounds, characters, maps and drawings to help tell the story of their exchange item.  Below are some project examples:

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

6th Grade Students Create Movies to Share their Knowledge of RMS

With the school year more than half over, students in Mr. Warren's 6th Grade Computer Literacy Class recently created iMovie's about RMS for students that will attend RMS next year.  Topics included:

  • How to be Successful at RMS
  • Favorite things about RMS
  • RMS Electives
Movies were 45-120 seconds in length, so students had to carefully plan their content to be brief, engaging and to the point.  The project also gave students a chance to be creative and let their personalities shine through and it also provided an opportunity to create a professional piece of work and practice sound digital citizenship.  Our hope is to select the top two or three movies and share them with 5th Graders who will be attending RMS next year.  

Students brought a wide variety of iMoive experience coming into the project.  Most students had some experience and some students were highly proficient using iMovie.  Aside from sharing their wisdom and experience at RMS with their audience, students learned a solid foundation of basic iMovie skills like adding, cutting and rearranging video clips, adding headings, creating transitions, adding music and utilizing sound effects.

As students continue at RMS and beyond, they will have a number of projects and opportunities to use these multi-media skills for other classes.  We're also hoping the 5th Graders learn more about RMS too!

The pictures below are links to project samples...

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Music Studio

The new year brings new opportunities and this week I’ve been working with our music teacher, Mr. Hall to get our new music studio ready to go for next quarter.  We’ve been loading software on computers setting up keyboards, mixing boxes and headphones for each station.

This new elective is called Music Studio and the startup equipment was funded by a grant from the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools.  The course will focus on beat creation, song production and learning how to mix sounds.

We’ll be using Presonus Studio One 3 Pro, a complete Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), which is an incredibly intuitive interface. It is my hope that students will see the joy of making original music and explore the possibilities this technology makes available to us.

Mr. Hall setting up for Music Studio