Westwood NJ Jr/Sr High School Technology Integration 2011-2012 - Mr. Peter Richter

 

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These are examples of how Westwood Jr/Sr High School in Washingto Township New Jersey has integrated educational technology into the classroom and online.Technology integration is the use of various forms of digital technology to support and improve class

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westwood nj jr/sr high school technology integration 2011-2012 educational media specialist mr peter richter mr peter richter educational media specialist library media center westwood jr/sr high school washington township nj 07676 201-664-0880 x 2085 peterrichter@wwrsd.org introduction educational technology integration is the use of various forms of digital technology to support and improve classroom instruction and assessment technology therefore is just one of the many tools educators use that combine traditional methods of teaching with technology.

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while students do learn the technology skills in this process the primary goals are to learn the njccc standards across the curriculum engage the students in motivating learning experiences and expand the realm of options for accomplishing this through new technology in addition technology provides the opportunity to engage the students in collaborative student centered and project oriented endeavors that are especially enhanced with web 2 and cloud computing options technology also includes teacher productivity tools that enhance the teacher s ability to gather produce and process the many documents and associated data that take up valuable planning time many of these applications go beyond the station computer software and are online for enhanced access and collaboration opportunities technology integration also fosters learning at different levels .skills progress up the ladder from lower order thinking skills/activities to high order thinking skills and activities the ultimate goal is to have students synthesize information and apply it in new ways across the curriculum educational media specialist ­ mr peter richter digital learning on action mr deblasio s world history classes utilized media center resources to create an online poster for their european dictators project following a digital media rubric students were asked to research a specific dictator from the time period and present their findings in the form of an electronic poster the students used the web 2.0 online tool glogster a highly popular social network that allows users to create free interactive posters or glogs a glog short for graphical blog is an interactive multimedia image tool that enables students to structure their thinking about academic content in a 3 dimensional way while engaging them in the use of digital technology skills required by the common core curriculum standards mrs bell s physical education classes utilized media center resources to analyze their physical fitness using the installed software program fitnessgram students have been keeping track of exercise their regime fitnessgram is an assessment and reporting program for youth the assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity muscular strength muscular endurance flexibility and body composition scores from these assessments are compared to healthy fitness zone® standards to determine students overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate students enter the data on the computer and compare their results from previous entries measuring their progress the physical educations programs feature opportunities for students to continually improve their overall fitness while the use of technology has enabled them to take charge as they measure their own progress mrs lynch s honors english class utilized media center resources to conduct a literary analysis of shakespeare s hamlet using the databases jstor and bloom s literary reference online students were asked write an essay analyzing such questions as what do soliloquies say about hamlet about all of mankind what role does madness play revenge literary analysis is not only a best practice in english literature education but enables to the students to utilize higher order thinking and research skills they will need in college and beyond mrs lynch s honors english class utilized media center resources to conduct a literary analysis of shakespeare s hamlet using the databases jstor and bloom s literary reference online students were asked write an essay analyzing such questions as what do soliloquies say about hamlet,

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about all of mankind what role does madness play revenge literary analysis is not only a best practice in english literature education but enables to the students to utilize higher order thinking and research skills they will need in college and beyond mrs phykitt s american history cold war elective class utilized media center resources and the smartboard to view video clips from the acclaimed history channel series vietnam in hd to supplement their webquest research project students explored various pre-selected websites to discover why america and other countries got involved in the conflict the different operations and missions historical vocabulary and the controversy surrounding it and the outcome this will prepare them for discussions about the vietnam era in order to form their own opinions regarding issues surrounding the conflict utilizing video clips to visualize historical concepts is not only a best practice in social studies education but improves their skills in analyzing current media in all walks of life mr delaney s 8th grade world history classes utilized the media center resources to begin their current world issues debate research .after media specialist mr richter introduced the students to the current events database issues and controversies online students worked in groups to make decisions on what contemporary topic they are interested in researching this database helps researchers understand today s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of topics in politics government business society education and popular culture updated weekly offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates and persuasive writing assignment ms brazofsky s child development class after reading several articles on the father and pregnancy created an electronic poster that describes the many ways that expectant fathers are impacted by pregnancy media specialist mr richter demonstrated the web 2.0 tool glogster in which the students then posted their tips on how the father can provide positive support to the mother throughout the pregnancy and during labor ms brazosfsky plans to display these online posters on her school web site mr delaney s 8th grade world history classes celebrated women s history month by creating presentations of famous women media specialist mr richter demonstrated the research database american women s history online where the student researched a woman of their choice outlining their accomplishments and their impact on history american women s history online is an authoritative reference database containing biographies historical and topical subject entries primary sources maps and charts images and videos and general and subject-specific timelines encompassing more than 500 years of american women s history to support their class presentation students will create a biographical video clip by using the web 2.0 application animoto an increasingly popular online based video producer mrs fox s and mrs kahn s spanish classes utilized media center resources to create an online poster for their imuestra y di and un viaje a un país hispano spanish presentations to support their presentation media specialist mr richter showed the students how to make an online interactive poster using the web 2.0 tool glogster this is a highly popular web 2.0 social network that allows users to create free interactive posters or glogs a glog short for graphical blog is an interactive multimedia image tool that enables students to structure their thinking about academic content in a 3 dimensional way while engaging them in the collaboration skills needed for the 21s century modern world history online where students were asked to research a dynastic era analyze their achievements and impact on overall chinese history students also used the internet filtering service nettrecker which assists students in finding educational sites and filtering out

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commercial results using database research to draw conclusions in history is not only a best practice in social studies education but engages the students in higher order thinking skills as they make decisions on what information is most relevant to their task media specialist mr richter presented the special services department with various curriculum and instructional resources at their recent department meeting these options may contribute to the department s continuing effort to provide differentiation of instruction to address the learning styles of the of all the students these include tapit® a touch accessible platform for interactive technology storyline where students can hear a story read by actors letters alive an augmented reality flash card system for reading powertalk a text to speech convertor and various autism targeted digital activities mr delane y s 8th grade world history classes utilized the library media center to learn cyber safety and online collaboration media specialist mr richter first presented some examples of the possible consequences of not being careful when posting online and then some tips for students on maintaining their own cyber ethics and security students also set up their first edmodo accounts which will be used as an online collaboration forum for assignments and projects and they engaged in a practice quiz that was electronically graded for instant feedback utilizing web 2.0 tools such as edmodo productively and safely not only represents the latest development in the use of technology in the classroom but also are important skills needed in college and the business world ms demaio s english ii experimented with a class tools website called fakebook this website allows students to create a mock facebook account in an effort to bring fictional characters into the 21st century ms demao s class used this illustrate the relationships interactions and expressions of characters in the novel the catcher in the rye her students will continue to utilize this technology in an effort to create an ongoing unit project mr c oll is s american government class created websites for prospective presidential candidates students pretended to be running the campaign for a selected politician and then used media center resources to research their views legislative record speeches and overall background from various congressional websites then using the online websites builders wix students created websites to promote their candidate building websites not only helps students

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to analyze political candidate information but engages them in the 21st century web site building skills needed for their future ms kavana gh s 8th grade spanish classes utilized the media center computers to practice their world language writing skills by creating an online comic strip using pixton students were asked to create a story dialog create various characters illustrate and then use audacity software to record and narrate their comic strip pixton is an example of a web 2.0 technology that fosters collaboration creativity and engages students in higher order thinking skills as they experience an alternative writing opportunity mrs w int er s 10th grade spanish classes utilized the media center resources to create a una cartelera del cine online poster project students were asked to watch a movie of their choice write a summary and review in spanish including details about plot and characters and also how spanish countries rate films media specialist mr richter reviewed with the students how to make an online poster using the web 2.0 tool glogster the electronic poster will accompany their oral presentation using online resources for research and creating an online poster enables students to structure their thinking about culture and language in a three-dimensional way while engaging them in the tools needed for the 21st century ms grenz s geometry classes went to the computer lab to explore slope using the computer program geom eter s sk etchpad the students discovered how the slope of a line changes as the students change the steepness of the line how the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines are related and found the slope in real world pictures mr atkins 8th grade engineering class utilized media center resources as they completed their innovation project media specialist mr richter demonstrated the facts on file database science online to the students so they could find the latest articles pertaining to their research students were asked to identify an innovation or invention and then conceptualize improvements that could be made in the future mr thomas s spanish 4 honors class utilized the media center computers to access the world language departments online activity center students examined daily activities in several spanish cities and were asked to compare and contrast those that may take place in the nyc area in addition to engaging in higher order thinking skills the online activity center enables students to practice their language writing skills in highly interactive web-based activities linked to their textbook work it also features study and guided practice where students can independently practice their speaking skills click sample activity to view one of the many options c ase y gaspa rtich s english i classes created a two part independent reading project after selecting a non-fiction book of their choice students first wrote a short paper using the ap soapstone process for analyzing non-fiction speaker occasion audience purpose subject and tone students used the media center resources to do research and create an online interactive poster that best represents their interpretation of the book they read in this way,

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students can be reflective in their reading and be able to communicate that to others using the 21st technology media site glogster ms ondrof s english classes used the computer labs to work on projects using the web-based program stupeflix.com in a memoir genre study the english ii cp students applied their knowledge of characteristics of memoirs to create their own digital memoirs using text to tell their stories and enhancing them with images to provide detailing and music to convey voice mr mcguirk s english ii honors class utilized the media center resources to begin their american dream independent study project after media specialist mr richter introduced the students to the current events database issues and controversies students worked in groups to make decisions on what contemporary topic they are interested in researching students were encouraged to utilize the online blogger myfindings.com to follow each other s work online collaborative research is not only a valuable educational tool but a skill that students will need in college and beyond westwood professional learning academy offers courses taught by district teachers including beginner and intermediate smart board skype and i movie approximately 30 staff members are participating voluntarily in these after-school professional development offerings pictured here is high school media specialist mr richter who conducted a workshop on utilizing web 2.0 skills in the classroom participants can continue to sign up for workshops throughout the year digital media students submitted enough content to msg varsity to meet both the september and october incentives which resulted in two $50 b&h gift cards being given to the school digital media will donate one of these gift cards to the w-tube event sponsored by the pso film club is participating in the power to learn charity champions competition to raise money for the american cancer society students are currently organizing community outreach efforts to compete against other schools to win the $5000 donation from cablevision for their charity ms p ez z a s digital photography club attended several dress rehearsals of the beverly hillbillies and took professional-style photos of the rehearsals which they burned on a cd mr pena s music technology has been hard at work familiarizing themselves with apple s garage band software the students have been learning about sound editing sound production and microphone mechanics they have produced three projects to date an original composition using sound loops a remix of their favorite song that employed a great deal of editing technique as well as allowing the student to make real artistic choices when rearranging the piece finally the students have just finished producing the pre show announcement for the woodington players production of the beverly hillbillies this project allowed students to complete their first real recording because as part of the project they were to produce a soundtrack as well as record themselves or a friend reading the text of the announcement the recordings will be

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submitted to mrs bialkin and she will choose the one that will be used for the run of the production students in mr gaffne y s physics class used computer probeware to analyze the motion of a cart on a track and the forces acting on it using digital graphical analysis methods students studied how an applied force changes the momentum of an object over time this relationship called the impulse-momentum theorem can be applied to explain the science behind airbags as well as other devices designed to minimize the forces experienced during an impact ms nagle s 9th grade english class engaged in a problem-based learning project by reading the novel monster by walter dean myers and then researching the nature and causes of crime with the ultimate goal of finding solutions to the problems media specialist mr richter first guided the students on how to find pertinent current information from two media center databases gale virtual reference e-books and issues and controversies then students worked in groups to make decisions on how they will proceed with their investigation electronic databases have the important advantage in that information such as statistics and news articles are updated monthly to assure that information is current reading literature and linking it to current issues is not only a best practice in english teaching but engages the student in higher order thinking skills as they research and investigate the possible solutions to the problem ms ondrof s sophomore english classes utilized the media center computers to conduct research on the j.d salinger novel the catcher in the rye and the short story a perfect day for bananafish and began to write an essay that will eventually be checked for plagiarism through the database turnitin.com after mr richter demonstrated to students the turnitin process they began the literature analysis by comparing and contrasting the different writings styles comparing themes stylistic elements and characters the two-page essay is an expression of the students own ideas and turnitin will enable them to self-check the accidental plagiarizing of others ideas analyzing literature is not only a best practice in english education but utilizes higher order thinking skills as they compare and contrast the two works ­ while giving proper credit to the ideas of others mrs kahn s 8th grade spanish classes utilized media center resources to record their voices in spanish and respond on a web based electronic bulletin board students used audicity software to make recordings and play back their voices to practice their pronunciation skills media specialist mr richter also demonstrated the online electronic bulletin board wallwisher where students responded to the question que hiciste este fin de seman pasado what did you do this weekend as an introduction on how to use the posting technology for future discussions technology tools such as these not only help students to practice their spanish but enable them to experience skills needed in the 21st century mr deblasio and mrs mccann introduced the electronic version of their textbook at the pearsonsuccess.net website where students can access their textbook from any computer or mobile device online textbooks make searching and highlighting easier and the text has an audio file feature so students can listen to their textbook being read to them.

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mr thomas s spanish 4 honors class utilized the media center computers to access the world language departments online activity center students examined daily activities in several spanish cities and were asked to compare and contrast those that may take place in the nyc area in addition to engaging in higher order thinking skills the online activity center enables students to practice their language writing skills in highly interactive web-based activities linked to their textbook work it also features study and guided practice where students can independently practice their speaking skills click sample activity to view one of the many options mrs zamfoti s s and mrs o grady s 10th grade english classes utilized the media center resources to begin their project artistic rendition of animal farm leaders in conflict students were given some choices of how to express themselves including a political cartoon sketch rap song poem or role-play to contrast the leadership of snowball to napoleon to incorporate these elements into one presentation media specialist mr richter showed the students how to make an online poster using the web 2.0 tool glogster this web 2.0 electronic poster has the capability of adding music video images and text while providing a url for online posting creating an online poster enables students to structure their thinking about literature three-dimensional way while engaging them in the tools needed for the 21st century mr conrad s a.p english class participated in an online wikispace to collaborate on their heart of darkness project media specialist mr.richter first provided the students with the cyber safety tips they need to keep in mind when writing online the students were then invited to join the wikispace where they can collaborate while they researched the sociohistoric background of the novel on the database modern world history online wikispaces is an example of a web 2.0 technology designed to foster real time student collaborative online writing an important skill they will need in college and the business world mr peter richter educational media specialist library media center westwood jr/sr high school washington township nj 07676 201-664-0880 x 2085 peterrichter@wwrsd.org

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