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.