Monday, March 26, 2012

Media Literacy

In our Media Literacy unit, first grade students are have the opportunity to do a supervised search on reliable resources. The resources we looked at were, and Wikipedia. We talked about their believability and sources. Students were then able to look up information on a topic of interest and find a reputable source. One student went home to research our chicken eggs that we are hatching and found out the breed, noting that he found the information on Wikipedia, so he was "almost" sure that it was correct. Students have also been exposed to pre-viewed sites with ads and talk about what those ads are trying to get them to buy or do. We discussed how the ads can also help you tell if it is a reputable website. They work on this in a whole group setting, and small groups when I have enough adult monitors. 
Our students are embracing the knowledge of what makes a reputable web site and one that can actually be used as a research tool. They have started referring to sites as being "OK for research." 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Teravista Students Use Turning Point for the Battle of the Bluebonnet.

Teravista students use Turning Point for their Battle of the Bluebonnet competition. This is the driving force behind the combined hundreds of books the students read. Winning this competition pushed our students to read as many books as possible. They even use a web portal to vote on your favorite books. Technology was a huge asset to insure learning the necessary information for this competition!