Most of the students and I had PCs at home which were key to supporting our desire to integrate technology into the classroom. Additionally, at school we had use of 2-iMacs in our portable classroom and the 24-station iMac computer lab in the main building of the school (which was NOT PC-based like most of the homes, or have diskette drives to facilitate transferring files, and was not connected to the internet).
Our greatest challenges were:
But MiddleSchoolKidz.com was born anyway...
Through the website, MiddleSchoolKidz.com, we intended to introduce you to some of the activities and projects that we accomplished during the 1999-2000 school year in English and Social Studies.
All students had individual digital writing portfolios, which contained various essays, business letters, stories, current events and projects. In addition, to the writing portfolios the students published a classroom newspaper, entitled, What's Up Room 008?, and they developed and delivered PowerPoint Presentations. The students also learned how to use word processing, presentation, and desktop publishing software like Word, PowerPoint, and Print Shop.
The student work exhibited on this site demonstrated the following New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards 1,2,3,4:
Click here to visit Mrs. Gatling's 6th Grade Class of 1999-2000 and to see their outstanding classwork!