Students recently 'Visual Literacy' unit. Students learned how to read and create visual media. By understanding visual language, students can be less susceptible to manipulation. In one activity, students had to find different photos with different camera angles, lighting, and composition and explain how they influence how people view different media. Please see a few examples below.
The seventh grade learners have been busy learning about "Online Privacy". It is important for learners to understand what information is safe to share online and what is not. This is one of the greatest challenges of the digital age. This unit helped students know how and why they need to make careful choices about preserving their online privacy. Students learned how to read and understand privacy policies and then they created their own policies for an app that they created! Check out the examples below.
Eighth Grade learners have been busy creating! They finished up the "Seeing Stereotypes" unit where they learned how to recognize and understand the role media plays in creating and perpetuating stereotypes. Students observed how popular media represents men and women and how this impacts how we view ourselves and each other. To show their understanding they filmed commercials that sold a paper towel to a targeted audience, hence emphasizing the stereotypes. Check out the link below for some amazing commercials created by our students!
Both self-paced and teacher-led classrooms worked on evaluating online websites for reliability. They quickly learned that not everything online is accurate. They became a C.R.A.P. detector to evaluate online information. What is a C.R.A.P detector? It is a person who looks for a website's currency, reliability, author, and purpose.
See examples below!
In both the self-paced and teacher-led classrooms, students have been learning about online safety and security. The Internet has extended our communication range and has made it possible to talk to nearly anyone across the globe. In this unit, students learned skills to help keep them safe while communicating online. Check out a few discussion board posts below.
Last week, students experienced a teacher-led lesson about how to send an appropriate email to teachers, or anyone that is of higher authority. This week, students are experiencing a lesson that is self-paced. For a self-paced lesson, the students have all the lesson materials in Schoology that they will work through at their own pace. During this time, teachers will be available for questions and will also provide daily check-ins to make sure the students are on the right track.
The next step is to review the positives of both learning styles and have the students select how they want to learn. This will take place over the next few days. The students will not be allowed the choice if they did not complete the work and use their time wisely during class. Our goal is to allow all students to learn the curriculum in a style that best suits them. Both styles give the students the same education, just in a different format!
Miss Merrick and Miss Eaton are excited to be back! We also want to welcome Mr. Lawson to our team. We are excited about the changes we have made for this year. Please see the folder "Important Information" in Schoology to see the syllabus with everything that we will be working on this school year. If you every have any questions about our class, an assignment, and/or your child's grade please feel free to contact any one of us. We will get the question answered!
Your SDAL Teachers want to wish all of you a restful, fun, and active summer! Best of luck to the Eighth Graders with their transition to the High School. Seventh Graders we are looking forward to working with you next year!
Students have made and crashed their vehicles in science class. They have been journaling about their experience in SDAL. See below for an example!
To conclude the bacteria unit, students were asked to create children's stories sharing what they learned about their bacteria. See some examples below.
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