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Catching Up! September 15, 2011

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I haven’t blogged in a while, so this post will attempt to fill in the blanks of the last seven months…

  • The 7th and 8th grade students produced some nice work in the 3rd quarter of last year in their project about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All materials and student work can be accessed here.
  • The 4th quarter 7th/8th grade project was entitled: “Individuals Who Stood Up to Power: A Biography Study.” All materials and student work can be accessed here.
  • Late last year some middle school students produced Animoto videos, creating public service announcements about various issues of importance to teens with information found mostly in Teen Health & Wellness. This project demonstrates the potential of Animoto.com to convey information in a format that students enjoy creating and viewing. All materials and student work can be accessed here.
  • The Inter-American School Library was awarded the double matching grant administered by the CPS Department of Libraries late in the spring. By spending $5,000.00 and receiving a grant for $10,000 more, a total of 15 new desktop computers were purchased along with a good number of new books. The new computers run on Windows 7 and have Microsoft Office Suite 2010.

  • Inter-American has hired a new tech teacher/coordinator. He is smart, charismatic, and energetic, and I predict we are going to create some great programming together.
  • The Inter-American Middle School program was completely restructured over the summer. One result is that 7th and 8th graders will be engaged in a 2-year social sciences cycle and will be taught the same content at the same time. This is great news for my program, as it will allow me to integrate content into the projects I create for my mixed-age 7th/8th grade library classes.
  • The iPads FINALLY CAME! The set of 32 iPads, a MacBook, and a synching cart were delivered very late in the summer. I was provided two days of training in their use at the Apple offices in Chicago. I have teamed up with a handful of other Chicago Public School librarians who also have a set of iPads. This learning committee will meet regularly in person and digitally to exchange ideas to support our own programs and to establish best practices for our colleagues near and far.
  • This blog will continue to be dedicated to the use of educational technology, but will focus mostly on the use of iPads in schools.
  • The Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries is leading the charge in developing best practices for mobile devices in schools. Click here to to access the wiki page dedicated to the “Mobilary Project.”