Posts Tagged ‘asmsa’

Civil War Blog Project – Check it Out!

January 22, 2009
One of the 15 student blogs in this pilot project

One of the 15 student blogs in this pilot project

As I mentioned in a post several months ago, I visited with our humanities department chair about incorporating technology into the American Studies class that most of our 11th graders take.  Between then and now, we laid out some project requirements, selected 10 focus events, borrowed an awesome student blog rubric, created step-by-step instructions for securing student blogger accounts, and pulled the trigger.  The results are some amazing examples of student research and writing.

We’re running this project for 2 weeks.  Each class day, one of the history teachers lists the focus event on the project blog.  Students then respond to the event in character.  Although we require the posts to be based upon research (cited in the post), the students are to write their own posts rather than pasting lengthy passages from their research.  Posts are due by 9:00 PM.  Additionally, each student is required to comment on two other posts each day.

Sample Blog Comment

Sample Blog Comment

We chose Blogger because of its relative simplicity.  Only after we got the project off the ground did we realize how convenient the built-in following features would be.  Our teaching team consists of the two history teachers who team teach the class and myself (a computer science teacher).  One of the history teachers had never read a blog post (that he knew of), and the other said she had read but never responded to blog posts.  By the third day of the project, both were reading, commenting, and creating posts of their own quite easily.

Once the project comes to an end and we solicit student feedback, we will present our final report at the NCSSSMST Professional Conference in Washington, D.C.  If this sounds like something you’re interested in trying with your students, please do! We were amazed at the quality of the research and writing.  If you need help getting started, contact me for help via email, twitter, skype, or right here using comments.


Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference

November 18, 2008

T3 LogoRegional Conference
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
200 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas
January 29-31 2009

• Come and charge your batteries! Energize! Share your experiences! Link!
• Hear the latest information for TI NspireTM math and science learning technology.
• Attend sessions for elementary and middle school mathematics and science, algebra, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, biology, and physics.
• Listen to exciting presentations by teachers who use technology.

Where: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts and the Arlington Hotel and Spa

When: January 29-31, 2009

Registration is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Reception: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Arlington Hotel
Games, prizes, food and the opportunity to pick up materials before the Friday morning rush!

Sessions at ASMSA: Friday, January 30, 2009, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 8:30 AM – 11:40 AM

Cost: Non-refundable Registration fee: $50 for ACTM or ASTA members, $65 for non-members, includes Thursday night reception at the Arlington Hotel and continental breakfasts Friday and Saturday at ASMSA.

For more information, call UCA AR Center for Mathematics and Science Education at (501) 450-3426.

Bring your own calculator(s) or use those provided in the sessions at the Conference.

Here is the full flyer with registration form.