Fall 2011 Session Underway in RCET's AT&T Classroom
The 2011-2012 school year is currently underway in the AT&T Classroom. From Walls Elementary (Kent City Schools) Dr. Deborah Dortch and her third graders are in the AT&T Classroom each morning 9:45-11:25 a.m. The class began their six weeks studying health and nutrition. The students have been using a number of online resources and simulations accessible at Sheppards Software, Kids Health, Nourish Interactive, and Nutrition Exploration. The class finished their Health and Nutrition unit by creating a PowerPoint about their favorites in each of the food groups. They also worked in groups to create a claymation to explain the digestive process. The third graders are currently using the LEGO WeDo Robotics software system to study force & motion. Lego WeDo is an entry level robotics system designed for ages 7-11, providing cross-curriculum opportunities for STEM. The system uses drag-and-drop software to program over 150 elements provided with the kit, including a motor, motion and tilt sensors, and a LEGO USB hub. The students have been approaching their work with the LEGO system by applying the engineering design process, the steps that an engineer uses in constructing products and solutions to solve a problem.In the afternoon, Mrs. Rebecca Miller (Echo Hills/Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools) and her 4thgrade class are here daily, 1:20-3:00 p.m. They began their six weeks learning to use a variety of digital tools for studying and navigating maps and more recently have been studying Ohio history. Last week the students hosted guest speakers from the Summit County Historical Society and as a follow-up created PhotoStories to document highlights of the presentation. Additionally, students have been conducting online research regarding a famous Ohio and are creating glogs to share their findings.