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Keywords: social studies, technology, podcast, digital storytelling, multimedia, English Language Arts
Subject(s): Information Skills, Photography, Social Studies, Video, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Autism, Geography, Grammar, Podcasting, Special Needs, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades P-K through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
View Full Text of Standards
School: Swift Creek Middle School, Clayton, NC
Planned By: Carolyn Kay
Original Author: Carolyn Kay, Clayton
S.C.A.N. M.E.
Students Creating A New Method of Evaluation

All lessons include a technological component, which is the focus. The following is an example of a 1st-grade lesson using Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.
Part A:

After using language arts skills while reading the story and analyzing the author's purpose, the students will:
A) Analyze how individuals, families, and groups are similar and different by comparing and contrasting these similarities and differences.
B) Explore the benefits of diversity in the United States and the world.
C) Use geographic terminology and tools to compare and contrast geographic features of places within various communities and throughout the world.

Part B:

A) The students will use technology skills and a graphic arts program to create a digital self-image.
B) Compose emails with digital attachments to friends and family members.
C) Create multimedia presentations from various digital responses from around the world using animation, clip art, and photographs.
D) Create podcasts to share information learned via the classroom website or other podcasting hosts.
E) They will participate in teleconferences with respondents via internet programs, allowing real-time discussions and exchanging of information, when possible.
F) Students will use netbooks, computers, projectors, and tablets in order to view projects and listen to podcasts created by others.

The project will give students added practice on skills in reading (fluency and comprehension), social studies (learning geographic terminology and map reading skills), math (organizing and graphing data) and technology (safe and responsible use and care of technology resources, keyboarding skills, and the creation of multimedia projects).

Students will be given a solid foundation upon which to build skills in each area throughout elementary and secondary schools.
Common Core Standards
Writing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.A
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Essential Standard Clarifying Objectives
Technology
1.TT.1 Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts
and activities.
1.TT.1.1 Use a variety of technology tools to gather data and information (e.g., Web-based resources, e-books, online communication tools, etc.).
1.TT.1.2 Use a variety of technology tools to organize data and information (e.g., word processor, graphic organizer, audio and visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.).
1.TT.1.3 Use technology tools to present data and information (multimedia, audio and visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.).

1.SE.1 Understand safety and ethical issues related to the responsible
use of information and technology resources.

1.SE.1.1 Use technology hardware and software responsibly.
1.SE.1.2 Explain why safety is important when using the Internet.
1.SE.1.3 Recognize the need to obtain permission or give credit when using the intellectual property of others.

4.TT.1 Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts
and activities.
4.SE.1.1 Understand the guidelines for responsible use of technology hardware.
4.SE.1.2 Understand ethical behavior (copyright, not plagiarizing, netiquette) when using resources.
4.SE.1.3 Understand internet safety precautions (personal information, passwords, etc.).

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
While incorporating technology, teacher and students are able to utilize ELA and SS content to create multimedia projects.
Follow-Up
Sharing with other students, school, parents promotes cultural awareness and celebrates differences.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, Video Tools, CDs and DVDs, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Podcasting, Inspiration, Slideshow, Autism, Speech and Language, Hardware Devices
Other Items: 5 Chromebook, $250.00 each, total of $1250.00