Chat and Collaboration Activities October 2014

IMG_1968 IMG_1970The past few days the sixth graders have been practicing chat and collaboration online activities.  On Monday we worked in teams to use chat tools to collaborate on a document giving advice for future 6th graders. Here are some examples of their end products:

Red Group:

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View Red Group video

Blue Group:

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View Blue Group video

Green Group:

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Green Group video

Purple Group:

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 Purple Group video

Guest Speaker – Mr. Bono

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Yesterday we ended our first quarter class with the 6th graders with a special speaker. Mr. Bono from Canfield (canfielddetroit.com) spoke to the students about creative careers in technology. He showed students some amazing examples of videos and websites that he has created with his company. He also shared ways he has used his talents to give back to the city of Detroit and to help with church planting in cities. Students were challenged to think out of the box.  We definitely were inspired by his visit!

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Evaluating Websites 10/14

Students, we will use the links listed below as part of this lesson.  Please write your responses on the the worksheet.

PART 1

Go to one of these links.  On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Lake Michigan Whale Watching
Jackalope Conspiracy

PART 2
Please watch this video and use the worksheet to take notes.  Write down the meanings of website endings and the A, B, C, D, and E of evaluating websites. Then write a sentence or two explaining what each one means.  (Ignore the instructions at the end of the video.)
http://www.schooltube.com/video/ca475ce545e844d4a2de/
PART 3
Go to each of these links.  Use your worksheet to evaluate each website:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/
www.nutritionaltest.com
http://worldwildlife.org/species/
If time: Please leave a comment of 2 sentences telling me what you learned today about evaluating websites.

Fruit of the Spirit PowerPoints 10/14

Students, you did an outstanding job on your PowerPoint presentations! I enjoyed looking at them and hearing your presentations.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment reflecting on what you learned, evaluating yourself, and giving me any suggestions for the project in the future.

  • What new skills did you learn about using PowerPoint?
  • What did you learn about ways to design a good and a bad looking presentation?
  • How did you feel about giving your presentation in front of the class?
  • What things would you try to improve next time you make and give a presentation?
  • Do you have any suggestions how the teacher could improve this project for next time?

Thank you for your comment.  It is a part of your daily participation grade.

Link to MAP Test Tutorials

Our last major project this quarter will be to create tutorials for vocabulary words that are on the MAP test using the Knowmia Teach app. Here is the link to videos that have been created by former sixth graders. Please watch at least 2 reading tutorials and 2 math tutorials to get some ideas. Be prepared to discuss what worked on the tutorials and what could be improved. This will help you plan a tutorial that will be amazing!

MAP Test Tutorials