October 16, 2011
Integrating technology performance measures in the Classroom
6-8.CC. Communication and Collaboration—By the end of grade 8 each student will:
6-8.CC.3. Identify effective uses of technology to support communication with peers, family, or school personnel
I chose this measure because I have worked with students in a few ways that support the communication technology standard.
Skills addressed for this standard include a project that I worked with students along with an exceptional Social Studies Teacher. We focused on a project aimed at communicating with loved ones who are stationed overseas. From this idea, we created a secure Twitter account, a Yahoo account, and a Skype account.
Next we created a video exchange lesson where we communicated with middle school students in South Korea using the Microsoft Video software. Students were taught how to produce and edit videos as well as importing videos for communication with students in South Korea. This was a wonderful communication experience for the students and for us.
Another interesting communication system we adopted was called Parent link. Parent link is a communication system that sends automated calls to parents and guardians informing them of everything that is happening at school. For instance, Parent link is used to notify parents when students are assigned a detention or when there are events going on at school.
I hope this gave you a snippet of how communication and collaboration through technology is being applied at Gerald R. Ford Middle School.