Students at Boerne Middle School South spoke with 5th grade students at Cibolo Creek Elementary on the benefits of being in Band. To alleviate coordinating travel and classroom schedules, the Band Student Ambassadors used Skype to have an interactive panel with the elementary students. Students discussed the benefits of being in band and how middle school band will help them academically as well as socially. Students were able to ask questions and get answers without having to leave either campus.
Ms. Madsen's 5th graders recently participated in a mystery Google Hangout. Teachers corresponded via Google Community and scheduled a Hangout were students from both classes provided clues about their respective location. Ms. Madsen divided her class in two groups: researchers and respondents. They switched jobs during the hangout. Students from a middle school in Aurora, Ohio, provided clues and also asked for clues to our Boerne students. What a dynamic interchange! It was an enriched lesson in geography, students plotted in the map the different clues provided and when they had enough, tried to guess the city. After a tremendous exchange of clues and questioning, both classes were able to guess the state where they were located respectively. But, they were not able to name the cities. For sure a lesson that both groups of students will always remember.
Students at Fabra Elementary, Boerne and Champion High Schools participated in Digital Learning Day 2016. Teachers made learning a game changer by integrating the use of technology to strengthen the student’s learning experience. Simultaneously exposing them to different tools and applications, thus empowering the learning atmosphere. Digital learning is the effective integration of technology in lessons that otherwise would not require it. In turn, providing access and educational opportunities, in a student-centered learning environment. The successful integration ensures student's college and career readiness, our primary goal in Boerne ISD.
In a collaborative effort two elementary teachers (lower and upper grades) created a Google Classroom that have fostered collaboration and communication among their groups. At first, the students had to respond to an interest questionnaire, after joining the merged Classroom that has been called by the teachers "The Collab-Lab". Once the surveys were all complete, the teachers met and paired students according to common interests.
The students knew they had pals in the other grade level, but they did not know their "pal" in person yet. The next activity was to write three clues for their "pal" to be able to identify them when they met.
Finally, the day came that both classes coincided at the playground. With clues in hand, the pals looked for each other until everyone met their buddies. Mrs. Oates commented: "My favorite part of this experience was their meeting day. I could see how the older kids positioned themselves as mentors for the younger ones." Mrs. Trizinsky's class said: "meeting our pals was super exciting and we are really looking forward to serving as mentors to and setting examples for the younger students".
The Collab-Lab will continue to develop, as the students have communicated their excitement and willingness to meet their pals for other activities.
Students created Chatter PIX in Mrs. Pelletie's Biology class to identify parts of the cell. Student uploaded their short video to a class Padlet to share their part of the cell to a collaborative location for other class members. Check out the finished Padlet with all of her Biology students Chatter Cells.
Student at Champion High School - Health Science Programs made educational videos to inform students on staying healthy and the importance for clean hands. Students used various iPad apps to create short PSA's on proper hand washing techniques and facts related to washing hands. Check out some of the students creations.
Kendall Elementary kindergarten students worked on a project in which they were provided with a shopping bag, the objective was to create something new out of the brown bag. As part of their reflection on the project, they used the iPad app ChatterPix to explain the reason why they designed their bags the way they did. The project was a success and brought a high level of student engagement and great use of technology.
Students at Champion High school applied Geometry knowledge to decorate and furnish apartments. Students were asked to create a design plan for a given floor plan and a given budget. Each student calculated livable square footage based on furniture items as well as the cost of paint and flooring for their design. Each student used multiple online and collaborative tools to design and decorate individual apartment spaces to personal taste. After calculating all of the required components for the project, students created a model representation of the apartment. Designs varied in design from paper to 3D models.
Students at Boerne High School created Augmented Reality vocabulary flash cards to prepare for upcoming AP tests. Students created a 2 minute video that defined the term, gave an example of the term and an illustration. Each video was viewed by the scanning the overlay image using the iPad app Aurasma.
During the sphero project students used their knowledge of measuring angles, multiplication and division throughout the process. Students learned to program the sphero to complete their commands. In order to begin the project, we went through a series of lessons that taught the students how to determine the appropriate speed the sphero would need to go in order to complete a particular task. Students had to learn how to find the speed, distance and time by using formulas, such as speed equals distance divided by time. Students also completed a bowling challenge that allowed them to collect data and find the mean, median, and mode. Students used that data to create frequency tables and stem and leaf graphs. Once the lessons were completed students then worked in groups to create an obstacle course, program the sphero to complete the course and finally to create a ThingLink to share their projects. It was an amazing lesson and the students loved every bit of it! I was impressed with what they shared about what they learned through the whole process, especially about working together as a team. This is a showcase of the event!
Mrs. Stangle, CCES - 4th grade
Watch the video of students using technology and becoming the teacher at Kendall Elementary School. You must be logged in to your GAFE account to view.
The students at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary are making good use of their new iPads. Students in Mrs. Bell's first grade class have been using the Educreations app on the iPads for practice with writing sentences with their spelling words. Mrs. Evans' first grade class has been using the i-nigma app to scan QR codes on math flashcards that help them solve their math problems. The third grade students have been using the iPads to do online research for their ecosystems projects. They used QR codes to visit approved websites for their research. There will be more to come on their finished projects later. Way to go FORES!
In celebration of Read to Succeed, the kindergarten students at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School created "book talk" videos about their favorite Dr. Seuss book. The students illustrated a poster about their favorite book and took a picture of the poster for their video's background. Then the students used the Tellagami app on iPads to customize an avatar and record their voice dictating why they liked that book. Their Tellagami videos will be linked to QR codes and the QR codes will be posted on a graph in the hallway that will show how many students chose each book.
Students in Ms. Gardner and Ms. Stewart's third grade classes at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary used the Zoom app for iPad and an Apple TV to go on a virtual field trip. They were taken aboard a research ship in the South China Sea that is currently studying tectonic plates. The students are in the midst of learning about geology in science class and prepared many questions for the scientists. The guide was a geologist that took the class on a tour around the ship and introduced other scientists doing research in the labs. The students also got to see the drill that captures the samples from the Earth's core. This was a great opportunity for students to see first-hand how the content that they are studying is applied in the real-world. The students enjoyed getting to communicate with scientists halfway around the globe!
Donna Oates' first grade class at Kendall Elementary has been learning about everyday sounds and how they impact our lives. The students have also learned about QR codes and how to scan them with the student iPads. Check out the short video below for a showcase of their lesson with scanning QR codes to create a book that showcases some everyday sounds and what they mean to us.
5th Graders in the Challenge Lab at Fabra Elementary learned how to use iMovie for iOS and created this video to share with their campus: https://docs.google.com/a/boerneisd.net/file/d/0B0QTBMtccNCEeGVZVkVBZHI5SWs/edit
Mrs. Czar's 6th grade students at Fair Oaks Elementary are making a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees. After learning about the Syrian conflict, Mrs. Czar's students asked if they could do something to help these innocent people. As a result, each of her classes have created a website devoted to educating others about the conflict and collecting donations for the refugees. The students created iMovies to be placed on their websites and also created posters with QR codes to promote the site to potential donors. Please visit their sites here: