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Keywords: real world applications, parabolas, quadratics, sports journalism, ALGEBRA
Subject(s): Algebra, Social Studies, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Olive Vista Middle School, Sylmar, CA
Planned By: Brent Obillo
Original Author: Brent Obillo, Sylmar
1) Students will attend various enrichment events (basketaball games, baseball games, theater, etc.)

2) Students will observe and record their environment. Taking data as well as observations. Using the tablets they will be able to use word processing on site as well as record video and stills of what they are learning about.

3) Students will calculate appropriate values (such as the height the ball reached). Students will write appropriate poetry related to the event. Students will obeserve and interpret the cultural aspects of those in attendance.

4) Findings will be shared out in a appropriate settings (publishing a classroom book, mock sportscast, or mock newscast) Video footage from their tablets will be used to create the video clips. Stills will be used to enhance the written work.
This would be a HUGE addition to our new HUMANITAS family at our school. We teach the students how everything is connected and that learning does not stop when you leave the classroom.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Students will be writing and producing video presentations. Students will compare their own baseball data with that of a professional.
Students will create video presentations to be shared with other students . The videos can also be used to enhance the learning of students that were not able to go to the enrighment acitivites, or as ways to access prior knowledge.
Materials: Wacom Tablets
Other Items: 9 Toshiba Thrive Tablet, $379.95 each, total of $3419.55