#BookCreator: Service Learning Project in Spanish II

Students in Spanish II teach the community about service learning opportunities using Book Creator.

 

In Spanish II students researched service learning opportunities that they are interested in. They put together promotional books in order to inform others about the service learning opportunity they are interested in engaging in. They thought about why they want to contribute and how this will benefit them. The books were written in Spanish following specific grammar guidelines from Spanish II. They used regular verbs, verbs like Gustar, ser, estar, haber, and direct object pronouns. They combined the grammar topics and what they had learned about service learning in the class and through research to create the books. They followed a guideline of questions to answer as well.

They all have access to the library they are able to read each other’s books, ask questions, and partner up if necessary. They are also able to share their books with other members of the community and the books will serve as a resource for students in Spanish class who engage with service learning in the future. Later in the year they will actually do the service learning project they wrote about and the second part of the project will be a reflection, which will be included in the book.

For more information contact: Miriam Piña
mpiña@riverdale.edu

#Explore: OTW to the Library

Making the library a physical and digital place to visit.

The RCS library is a main hub of activity for the Hill campus.  It is a collaborative space that serves the diverse needs of its community members.  It’s a meeting place, a workspace, and a space where people go to find answers. By design, the library layout sparks, fosters, and helps develop ideas to inspire further curiosity.  The purpose of my Summer Camp Pedagogy and Technology experience is to visually create displays that speak to the “successful” library visit. Through posters, visitors are directed to library resources and gently reminded of library etiquette that mindfully respects the space and others within the space.

“The Perfect Library Visit”

RCS Hill Campus Library

“[C]uriosity is more likely to flourish when kids are free
 to pursue their own interests alongside supportive adults 
who offer well-timed nudges to guide their explorations 
and keep their curiosity alive.” Bryan Goodwin

One of the important takeaways from Summer Pedagogy and Technology Camp was the importance of establishing classroom norms.  As a librarian, my classroom is the library. Over the course of the tech camp week, we reflected on class norms and classroom management.  It became evident that clearly defining the purpose of the library collaboration space and the effective use of the space would be useful in the user experience.

Although we published a dynamic new library website, local, non-digital reminders about the resources in the library collaboration spaces are appropriate.  Signage advertising writing and math help was always present, but only select users knew about the other resources we share in support of their work. At minimum, we provide comfortable spaces, laptops, and even pencils and pens, all in the interest of “Accomplishing Your Goals @ the RCS Library!”

Resource

Goodwin, Bryan.  Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives (McREL International, 2018).  

“Bryan Goodwin says that children’s inborn curiosity will be nurtured or extinguished, depending on the learning experiences they have.”

For more information contact: LaShawn Ross
lross@riverdale.edu

#SimplenotSimple: Try using MySimpleShow

Students used My Simple Show to create explainer videos on their Novel Engineering project where they engaged in the design engineering process after reading Maniac Magee.

 

Students used My Simple Show (MSS)  to reflect and share about their Novel Engineering Project where they constructed a solution to a problem one or more of the character in Maniac Magee faced. Some of the problems students came up with were homelessness, poor living conditions, and drunk driving. Students worked in groups to write a script where they reflected on how they came up with their solution and what the most challenging and rewarding part of the project was. After creating their MSS, students shared their videos with one another. This was the final reflection piece in the Novel Engineering Unit for all of fifth grade so most of the fifth grade students were able to create a MSS video.

Video Example 1

Video Example 2

Video Example 3

For more information contact: Jessica Pak
jpak@riverdale.edu

#I Can(va) Do That: Graphic design with no InDesign

 

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Are you tired of scrolling through Google images looking for the perfect infographic for tomorrow’s lesson?

Are your event flyers sad Microsoft Word templates? No time to master the Adobe Creative Suite? Well it’s time to turn those I can’t dos into. I Can(va) dos. Jokes aside Canva is an awesome FREE graphic design tool that uses user friendly drag and drop actions to create graphic design masterpieces. Check out this short video tutorial to learn more…

Made with Canva:

Inforgraphic
Infographic
Exit Ticket