Friday, February 18, 2011

WWII Reading Presentations

Using our class time to help with a Reading class project has become the focus in Tech class for January and February.  Students have been working on their WWII topic research and presentations since January 6th in Tech. class.  We have learned how to use the Denver schools library on-line card catalog when Mrs. Hunt visited classes Jan 6th, 7th, & 10th.  Students are able to connect to the card catalog from any computer here at school or home and find books to check out for their research.  Other reference sites have been shared with the students and are represented in the "Links to Explore" location on the right side of this blog page.
Students created their own Inquiry Charts for organizing their research and were introduced to NoodleBib Express January 11th, 12th and 13th.  NoodleBib Express is an on line reference item that walks them through writing a MLA style citation for their research sources to copy into a Bibliography which will be implanted at the end of their presentation.
Last fall students made Prezi's and learned the operation of that on line presentation tool.  We reviewed Power Points in December and students were given the option to use either tool for this assignment.  Convincing students to complete their I-Charts before working on their presentation has been a struggle at times. Where these charts should have been finished the beginning of February, so they could devote more time to their presentation, benefiting from that research, deadlines were posted in Tech so students would realize how fast their time was passing.
While the final presentation will be given in Reading class the first week of March and graded by Mrs. Adams, Miss Johnson has posted deadlines in Tech class to have students be prepared for their March deadline.
February 17, 21, 22 - I-Charts need to be completed
February 23, 24, 25 - Last day in tech to work on this project, finalizing their presentations

Starting February 28, March 1, 2 - Tech class will devote class time to learning to create an advertising layout, using the software Adobe Illustrator, for a student contest, sponsored by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.