Our IT integration initiative in the middle school has gotten off to an excellent start! Feel free to check out some of the amazing projects our middle school students are doing:

Grade 6:

Social Studies Meets IT: Blogging in Social Studies: We started out the year using blogs to learn about current events. Since then, these student blogs have expanded into a one-stop-shop for all social studies work, as well as a place to post other core subject material.

Code Blue!: Wikis in Science: In order to develop an authentic assessment for a project about the human body systems, we decided to have the students create an online medical clinic in the form of a wiki. This was an exciting project because students were able to collaborate across class sections (even though they never actually sat in the same classroom at the same time, they were able to work on the same wikispace).

Are You Ready?: Wikis in Study Skills: As students learned about different study skills to make the transition from elementary to middle school easier, they collaborated on a wiki to help other sixth grade students at school and around the world.

Where in the World?: Google Earth in Social Studies: Students began their geography unit by researching different countries and marking them on Google Earth (still looking for a way to post this online).

Ancient Africa (Block D, Block E, Block H): Wikis in Social Studies: Students culminate their unit on ancient Africa by collaborating to create an informative and exciting, research-based, wiki about the history of ancient Africa.

Grade 7:

Current Events (Ms. N and Ms. S): Blogging in Social Studies: As students begin to explore current events around the world, they will share what they have learned with their peers through daily presentations and blog posting.

1001 Flat World Tales: Wikis in English: Students will collaborate with other children around the world to produce exciting and unique myths and legends about Malaysia as part of the 1001 Flat World Tales project.

Grade 8:

English Eight: Blogging in English: Students are ready to communicate with a wider audience by posting their writing online and commenting.

International Teen Life Project: Blogging, wikis, and multimedia in English: In collaboration with 4 other schools around the world, our students will produce poetic documentaries about issues that directly affect their lives.

Cross Grade Level:

Strings Online: Wikis in Orchestra: A unique way to present personal projects on musicians. Students research their choice of artists and then post individual project pages online. The discussion tool is used to create an online version of classroom discussion.

Dragon Art: Wikis in Art: As students research, design and create their own personal dragon, they will document their creative process, along with their research on dragons, using this class wikispace.

Student Initiated Projects:

These are projects that students have developed by themselves after learning about new technologies in school.

School and More by Lilian