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March 22 Update

posted Mar 22, 2013, 7:56 AM by William Farren
Students in Ms. Davidoff's classes have been working with GarageBand the last two weeks, creating music using ideas and concepts taught in music class. Students have been learning about MIDI, a way to trigger notes in GarageBand's non-linear editing interface. MIDI has been around for a long time. And it isn't going away anytime soon, precisely because it is very useful musical technology. Please ask your son or daughter to share what they have been working on with you.

Ms. Rantieri's students continue using the school iPads to video each other in order to attain quick, effective feedback. They are learning how to put these videos into their school YouTube account, sharing them with the "unlisted" option. This option makes them effectively private, sharable only to those who have the video's address key. Having the videos in YouTube allows students to then later easily embed them in their electronic portfolios. You will be seeing these soon during the next parent conferences, if not sooner.

Mr. Valezy's students have been developing persuasive presentations about ancient river civilizations with the purpose of convincing viewers to move to their region. Students are using a variety of media tools to enhance their presentations. Some have discovered the technological magic of green screens using iMovie. The green screen technique allows students to film themselves in front of a green screen. They then can superimpose that footage over another background track to create interesting effects, such as, standing in front of pyramids or other historical locations.

Sixth grade students have been using Vernier probes to catch real-time data about the properties of water. You can take a look at the video on the right to learn more about how these types of probes work.