SpeedGeeking 2012

Last week the entire UNIS staff took part in our second SpeedGeeking event. This is the first time, however, that we involved all teachers from the ES and MSHS and had an opportunity to share and celebrate some great examples of student work and teacher creativity and innovation.

Here’s a list and some links from the 24 presentations on the day (some resources are still missing; I’ll update them as they come in):

Q&A with the Tech Director – Ed Gilbreath

SAM Animation in ES Art – Patrica Dinglestead

OneNote in ES – Beth Murray

Google Sketchup in MS Math – Rob DeAbreu
For a Decimals & Measurement unit in Grade 6, students were challenged to design a MS space as a way of providing a challenging exercise to get them to use their knowledge of decimals from ES, and free up the teacher from teaching lessons so he could help those struggling with content and extend those students excelling with the content.  Students could present their design on paper, or with Google SketchUp, a free and fairly intuitive design program, and conducted extensive reflection on their design process and the use and importance of mathematics in real world design projects.

MS PE Throwing Journals – Mel Hamada
PE Athletics unit looking at using video to analyse and offer feedback on throwing technique.  Supporting documents were offered to students giving exemplars as films and as still snipped shots dissecting the relevant parts of each shot; students had to then film and snip their own films and discuss their technique in these events.  We used OneNote so that students could write over the still images or show angles of release etc.  Technology used: OneNote; Snipping tool; Kodak cameras (1 per group); Flip Camera (teachers’); Movie making program; Wiki’s; Youtube.

Video Advertisements in G7 English – Chris Mills
Grade 7 English students completed a unit on the power of the media. They studied a film, various print and video advertisements and then produced their own video advertisements. One class advertised new products of their own invention and the other classes produced videos promoting causes close to their hearts.

Discussion Boards in G6 – Phil Sanchez

Diigo in G1 – Tracy Smith
Highlight, add a post-it note, share and save those great sites. Then access them again and again, anytime anywhere. Create personal and class accounts. It’s free. It’s easy…just ask Grade 1.”

Global Partnerships in ES PE – Cam McHale
I did  flat collaborative peer assessment with Nanjing International school. We both did our movement composition units concurrently and used skype to peer assess each other’s progress and then share our final performance at the end of six weeks work. The guy I did it with Andy Vasily, is a PYP PE guru and you can follow our progress on his blogsite http://www.pyppewithandy.com/2/previous/5.html

Ba Vi Soundscapes – Kelsey Giroux
The Ba Vi Soundscapes assignment in Humanities 8 challenged students to identify elements of Vietnamese culture that are unique and are representative of a variety of cultural layers while on their grade level trip.  Students represented those ideas by creating a one minute soundscape in which they blended and layered various sounds and images to create a product that was evocative of Vietnam.

ISIS Curriculum – Meagan Enticknap-Smith

Khan Academy – Melissa Griffin
There are hundreds of video tutorials on maths, sciences, history, MIT stuff (including indoor robotics). For maths there are also SAT and Singapore Maths tutorials for our kids with mathematical demands beyond the IB. Examples of projects that aren’t just maths: Google Art Project  and Smart History are the latest ventures. A wonderful resource for a growing number of disciplines. Check it out online and watch the TEDTalk. Want a crash course on Indoor Flying Robotics by MIT? The resources just keep growing.

Google Docs – Jan Humpleby
Google Spreadsheets, Wordle and STW for Assessment

Collaborative Story Writing – Dave Carter
This collaborative story writing activity is anti-technology in a way because it means limiting the use of it to one laptop between three students and one teacher in order to maximize conversation and opportunity for needs-based grammatical work responding to text generated through speech. It’s not about technology: the same activity (collaborative story writing) could be done with paper and pens; it’s about creativity, talk and language structure and a computer is used simply because it aids collaboration.

The Grade 3 Blog – Andrea Limon

Dance and Video – Sara Quigley
I explained how I was integrating technology into class, using video, (as well as tablets, flipcams and software) in my dance classes to enhance the learning process.

Media Appropriations in Photoshop – Michelle Wise
I presented a grade 9 unit to staff that asked students appropriate iconic works of art in a transformative way in order to create new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. I also discussed copyright law and ‘fair use’ and how this is incorporated into the unit.

Fair Use – copyright law

Swim Analysis – Adrian Hubbard

ISIS – Dave Porter

Proscope Microscopes in Discovery/Pre-K – Heidi Sayers-Sanchez
Digital microscopes can be introduced with young children to assist them in gaining a different perspective, looking at objects more closely and recognising and comparing patterns. Tools such as the Proscope enable students to independently explore and photograph different objects up to 50 X zoom. It can be integrated well with units exploring patterns, materials, perspective, plants, living things and hygiene!

Online Story Writing – John Cushing

Google Forms – Yo-Jin Chung

Music Creation – Brendan McGibbon

The Laser Cutter in DT – Chris Gill
A short presentation on how we use this new 2D software and hardware technology in the Design/Technology Curriculum. With examples of students work from Grades 6 to 10. Also previewing next years new 3D software and hardware.


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