Friday, May 27, 2016

Op Docs Project

Grades: 11
Teachers: Anne Tommaso and Mandy Lewis
Subject: AP Language and Composition
Project Name: Op Docs
Resources: Op Docs Project

To be creative, expressive, and make a short documentary film about a topic about which you are passionate; To explore rhetorical modes and strategies through film, artistic decisions, and voice; To increase our media literacy.

Click here to see the movie

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

YHS Science Classes Teach 2nd Graders

Special Visitors

The second graders were treated to some special guest teachers this morning.  Students from the high school visited our classroom and taught the kids about a variety of science topics, including food chains, Ph levels, pollination, seeds/planting, and decomposers.  Be sure to ask your child about their favorite science center of the day!

(cross posted at News from Room 208)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Infectious Disease Press Conference

Grades: 10
Teachers: Catie Wooten
Subject: Biology
Project Name: Infectious Disease and Immune System Unit
Resources: Infectious Disease and Immune System Unit

Students were assigned an infectious disease to research in groups. They shared their research to create a full understanding of five aspects of the disease and its epidemiology in order to develop an action plan in response to a posed scenario.  Students presented the action plan to the class in a press conference, where other students took on the roles of journalists.  The focus of this Cornerstone Assessment is to improve the level of questions (fact-based vs. explanation-based) students ask and answer through research.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Around the World in 30 Minutes

Grades: 9-12
Teachers: All
Subject: All
Project Name: Google Expeditions

On Thursday April 7, Yarmouth High School was lucky enough the host Google Expeditions. Teachers who signed up brought their classes to the library and computer center for 30 minute periods to explore "expeditions" that they had pre-chosen to supplement the curriculum. The list is vast and seemingly includes just about any area you can think of. Each student was given an Android smart device and a Google Cardboard to look through. The teacher had a tablet that he/she could control the events that students saw on their cardboard. Some of the time was spent exploring an area, such as Machu Picchu, or the teacher could pick a spot and freeze an area so that students could move to that area to hear an explanation. The activities were well received and we look forward to the fall when Expeditions will be available on iOS.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Google Expeditions coming to YHS and YES

Recently,  Yarmouth High School was invited to take part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. This program uses virtual reality to take students on tours of different kinds of places they may never be able to visit in real life. There are hundreds of curriculum based “tours”. The Expeditions Team will be coming to YHS on Thursday, April 7th for the entire day.

Coincidentally, our Teacher Technology time on Wednesday March 30 will be about using virtual reality and having some time to try it out, so you can see what it’s like.

The idea is for a teacher to pick an expedition and then create a mini lesson around it. Many expeditions fit with what we are doing right now in our curricula. Google brings all of the equipment. The list of expeditions is here.  There are over 180 options, so be prepared to browse! Use Command-F to search for keywords to see what is available (try World War, Rome, Asia, Biome, etc.). 

You can read more about Expeditions here. We are very excited to be able to bring this opportunity to our students. Stay tuned!

The following week the Expeditions team is scheduled to visit YES with two rooms of devices used by all classses in the school.

Friday, March 11, 2016

YEF Funded Flight Club from YES visits YHS Spirit Week

Some of the YES Flight Club students traveled to YHS on the final day of Spirit Week to help record the all school events in the Gym.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Forecaster Article on Harrison Middle School Media Club

A lot of kids use digital media in the classroom and at home. At Harrison Middle School, students have made it part of their extracurricular activities, too. The goal of the Digital Media Club is to “mostly just develop some skills around video production, but also to show them it can be fun,” said Mike Arsenault, the instructional technology integrator who advises club members. According to Arsenault, more than a dozen students participate, most of them fifth- and sixth-graders.

The club, which was started last year by a student who now attends Yarmouth High School, was able to buy technology and equipment with a grant from the Yarmouth Education Foundation. Around $6,000 from YEF was used to purchase cameras, Final Cut Pro video editing software, cases, tripods, shoulder mounts, microphones and an iMac computer. “My goal is to introduce the kids to the tools so they can use them in the classroom,” Arsenault said. The kids mostly work on video production in the club, but Arsenault said they’re free to work on a variety of things, such as photo editing, animation and using GarageBand software. “A lot of this is creating whatever they feel like creating,” he said.

One thing the club recently created was a video with 317 Main Community Music Center. Arsenault said the club was approached by Amy Sinclair, the music center’s director of marketing and communications, about collaborating on the project. “She was great working with kids through the shoot and with editing after the shoot,” Arsenault said. Five students worked with 317 Main to create Project Wonderland, a holiday video showcasing musicians at the center. The students did camera work and editing, and were also in the video. Seventh-grader Eleanor said she used a lot of skills she already had when working on the video, but also learned new things about editing. “I really like editing,” she said. “It was really fun.” Arsenault said he was impressed by the work the students did on the project. “I knew it’d come out well, but I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “They did a great job with it.”

The club doesn’t have any plans to partner with community organizations in the future, but will focus on doing school projects, Arsenault said. “There’s always so many great things going on within the school, but we don’t always promote them enough,” he said. Although Arsenault wants to do more digital media projects at Harrison Middle, the school already is known for its innovative technology. It has been named an Apple Distinguished School since 2007, with the exception of the 2013-14 school year. According to Arsenault, the award is presented to schools that have innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, a flexible learning environment and also show visionary leadership. Arsenault, who’s a Google Certified Innovator, said the club is a great way for kids to learn about digital media but, more importantly, it’s a way for them to see that creating things with technology is fun. Eleanor said the club has taught her both of Arsenault’s objectives. “Sometimes I wonder if I can do something on iMovie and Mr. Arsenault always knows, and helps me,” she said.

Mike Arsenault, Harrison Middle School’s instructional technology integrator, works with students at the Dec. 14 meeting of the school’s Digital Media Club.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.