of my web site highlights the integration of technology across the
curriculum at George Mason Middle School and High School. I work closely
to develop lessons and units that are dependent on or enhanced by technology.
I have selected a few for special recognition.
Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters is required reading in the
10th grade curriculum. Each student analyzed several poems and created
a web page to reflect their learning. These were organized as links in
a collectively designed web site. Each poem which mentions another person
is linked to that individual's web page.
This project is an extension of the seventh grade unit on the needs and
characteristics of living things. Throughout the second quarter, students
grew Wisconsin Fast Plants through a complete life cycle. They observed,
measured, identified, and described the changes in the plants during
their 40 day life cycle. Students worked in groups to design their
own experiments to examine how these plants respond to changes in their
environment which affect their basic needs (shelter, water, energy,
and stable internal conditions). They were given the opportunity to
work with spreadsheets as they constructed tables to organize their
data and graphs to display their results. The groups then communicated
the results of their projects through PowerPoint presentations.
Social Studies: PowerPoint
The "Jeopardy" template I created has proven very useful for
and teachers alike, especially reviewing for the end of year Standards
of Learning (SOL) exams which rely heavily on recall of facts.
Math Exploration: Green
Globs and Graphing Equations - an analysis
This program has been
on the market for over 15 years. It has outlasted similar more expensive
have been marketed with far more hype. I believe that this is because
it is a well designed, motivating and visually appealing program that
is a useful tool for teaching the specific SOLs as well as fostering
an exploratory mindset in the students who use it.
This program is designed to be used with the active participation of
the teacher in creating a classroom atmosphere where open inquiry is
practiced and valued. I believe this is a strength since the value of
the teacher in the instructional experience is recognized as important.
While the specific SOLs regarding the relationship between equations
and their graphs are mastered, the student is learning a more general
lesson. Mathematics is not a series of formulas to be memorized but a
structured universe to be explored.
English as a Second Language (ESOL) "Welcome
Our Spanish ESOL students collaboratively created this Powerpoint introduction
to help newcomers to our school become familiar with their environment.
They used a digital camera to photograph important people and areas
of the building. The text is in English but the voiceover is in Spanish.
This is a large (4MB) file and not appropriate for download
with a dial-up connection. We plan to refine this presentation
and add voiceovers in additional languages.