Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Technology Spotlight - Elizabeth Catoe, Blythewood Middle School

Mrs. Catoe has been using VoiceThread in her French classes to help give students real feedback on conversations. Students in the class use VoiceThread to record conversations with each other. Students are not given much time to prepare and they are not allowed to make a script.

For their most recent assessment using VoiceThread, students imagined that they were shopping for new clothing from a real French store. All students were given was a copy of an ad for the store.  

VoiceThread allows Mrs. Catoe to keep a record of conversations that the students are having in class. Because of this, she is able to give students meaningful feedback on their conversations. Not only Mrs. Catoe able to listen to the conversation many times, her students are able to listen to their conversations again after receiving feedback.

Mrs. Catoe is the French teacher at Blythewood Middle School.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Richland 2 WE NEED YOUR HELP! Update your DE Streaming (StreamlineSC) Account

Over the next few months we will be making some changes to DE Streaming (StreamlineSC) and we need your help to make sure we are ready for the changes. If you have a Discovery Education Streaming account, we need to ask you to please update your email address to your school email account.

How do you can you check your account?
Go to http://www.discoveryeducation.com
Log in to your account.

Click on the Edit Profile button under your name.

Scroll down to contact information and update your email to your @richland2.org email.

Finally, scroll to the bottom of the page: check the box that all of your information is correct and click submit.

Thank you for your help with this matter. Please share this will 
all of your Richland Two teachers. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Technology Spotlight - Kailey Shin, Richland Northeast High School

Ms. Shin attended a professional development conducted by Sharon Owens, the Technology and Learning Coach for Richland Northeast High School on using Kahoot! as a means of engaging students and formative assessment. She was excited to try this with her Algebra 1 Part 2 students. The Kahoot! lesson was on transformations in the coordinate plane. It was a pre-assessment to her student's knowledge of the topic as her class is working on HSAP review. 100% of her students participated. The students who answered correctly high-fived other students. It was exciting to see their interaction with others and listen to the comments the students made as they saw which students moved up in the scoreboard.

Kailey Shin was born in Canada and moved to Michigan when she was 5 years old. She received her degree from Michigan State University with a Major in Math, a Minor in Physics, and also completed her teaching certification through their Teacher Ed program. She moved to North Carolina after she graduated. She taught for 4 years in North Carolina and moved to South Carolina this past summer. This is her first year teaching at Richland Northeast High School.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Richland Two's 1st Annual Film Festival is here!

Lights, Camera, Action!  The 1st Annual Student Film Festival is here! Students don't want to miss this opportunity to share their digital story and let their voice be heard!

Richland 2 employees can sponsor a student by supporting them through this process! 

 Go to http://r2filmfestival.blogspot.com/ for more information!

Friday, March 7, 2014

WeVideo Education Channel

"WeVideo introduced a curriculum channel for all K-12 schools using WeVideo as a video creation and student engagement platform. WeVideo Education Channel is a free resource for Educators and Students to access:
  1. Film Fests designed to inspire and accelerate multi-curricular youth engagement and learning, and
  2. Footage (royalty-free) that students can use in the Film Fest videos
We want to provide a simple and engaging way to kickstart WeVideo in the classroom. By running Film Fests we are also creating a gallery for showcasing the best global student videos. WeVideo Education Channel is part of our effort towards building a global community of youth storytellers connected via their own inspiring stories." (WeVideo Education Channel
Check out the resources! Also join the WeVideo k-12 Google+ Community!
Richland 2 teachers and students, you can log in to your WeVideo account by going to wevideo.com and logging in to your Richland 2 Google account. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Technology Spotlight - Brooke Scott, Sandlapper Elementary School

Stop Motion Videos
Brooke Scott is a teacher in Sandlapper’s Fourth Grade Project Based Learning Team.  Project-Based Learning has students creating things that make learning engaging and exciting.  They are currently studying the Revolutionary War. How do you make that exciting you ask?  Just ask her students,  as they create Stop Motion Videos using Mini I-Pads.  The students had to research a battle of the Revolutionary War before setting the scene for their battle with student made backgrounds.  They then use toy soldiers, legos and a variety of other objects to show the action.  When their videos are completed, they will use them to teach their classmates about the various battles of the Revolutionary War.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Are you an elementary teacher that wants to help?

The two elementary schools in the School District of West De Pere are planning to travel across the country for Read Across America Week! They would like to find a classroom in each state to "read" with via Google Hangouts on Air. Each reading session will be archived on YouTube so you can share it with your school/parents/community.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Greg Tang's Winter Olympics Math Challenge K-5 & Above

Encourage your students to practice math during the Winter Olympics.

Greg Tang's Winter Olympics Math Challenge at olympicschallenge.gregtangmath.com.  
It's free. It's fun. It's a great way to catch the Olympic spirit!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Technology Spotlight - Wendell Tate and Cheryl Cheatham, Dent Middle School

Dent Middle School Latin teachers, Mr. Wendell Tate and Mrs. Cheryl Cheatham, have adopted Operation Lapis for their 7th grade Latin classes. Lapis is a role-playing game that requires students to complete missions and uncover clues. Set in Pompeii in 79AD, students must learn to read and translate Latin words and phrases in order to successfully complete their missions.

"Operation LAPIS is a two-year game-based (practomimetic) introductory course in the Latin language and in Roman culture. It may be employed on its own, or as a supplement to other materials; programs and teachers may experiment with it as a supplement and then easily transition to using Operation LAPIS in place of a traditional textbook." - Operation Lapis

Mr. Tate says "... I have seen wonderful student engagement with the LAPIS environment. Students are using the language in a much more natural way than in previous years. In past years they were using the new grammar and vocabulary to read stories and write in the target language. We still have new grammar and vocabulary for each mission. But the way in which they use it is very different way. Now they are having to use the language to bribe guards, trick evil doers, and work their characters out of tricky situations. It is truly exciting to watch the energy and teamwork in my classes."

Mrs. Cheatham shares her experience with Operation Lapis, "I tried Lapis with one sixth grade class a couple of years ago, when it was brand new. I wasn't sure what to think, and I didn't have any experience with NOT using a book. This year, I went all in on Lapis. It has been really freeing, not having to make sure that I cover every single thing in a textbook. I still use the textbook, Cambridge Latin Course, as an extra resource, but it is not the primary center of my class. The majority of the students have really responded well to Lapis. It really gives them a chance to use the language, instead of just memorizing endings and definitions. They are getting to learn the language in a more natural way."

What are the students saying about Lapis?"Learning Latin is much easier. It is also sort of an incentive, because the more Latin you use in your post, the higher your character "levels up" by learning more Latin words and getting more things for your character." - Tyler M.

"Since you get to apply your knowledge into missions, you get to fully understand the Latin. Operation Lapis is a creative way of incorporating Latin material into missions, which helps me learn Latin." - Aliece H.

"This program impacts learning in several ways. One in particular is that it is a "free" way of learning, and there are many different ways that a "Mission" could go. Because of this, students are offered a chance to explore the Roman times in more depth than other classrooms may provide." - Sarah S.

Cheryl Cheatham has been teaching Latin for fourteen years, all in Richland School District Two. She started her career at Ridge View High, but moved to Dent after four years. She added mythology to her repertoire when she began teaching at Dent.

Wendell Tate been teaching in Richland School District Two at Dent Middle School for 10 years. During this time he has taught both Latin and Greek Mythology.