|January 31, 2011||After the snow: Teachers adjust because of time missed during January||no comments|
|January 26, 2011||Learning Pad: Parkway teachers use iPads to boost lessons||no comments|
|November 23, 2010||Tupelo High Super Bowl commericals||no comments|
|October 20, 2010||Joyner balloons||no comments|
From today's NEMS Daily Journal ...
Getting students and teachers back into a rhythm after Christmas break is generally difficult, said Amy Alexander, who teachers senior English and oral communications at Nettleton High School.
Add several snow days at the beginning of the new semester and the challenge is magnified.
In case you missed this from the education page earlier this week ...
TUPELO - Parkway Elementary first-grade teacher Georgia Marlin stood in the back of a classroom last week watching several 6- and 7-year-olds flick their fingers across the glowing screen of an iPad device.
While some students played various math games on the devices, others answered addition and subtraction questions displayed on a screen that projected what was on their teacher's computer.
"It sure is a lot different than when I was in school," the 16-year teaching veteran said.
Like many districts across the country, the Tupelo Public School District has been actively adding technology to its classrooms. All of its sixth- to 12th-grade students were supplied with laptop computers, and many classrooms are equipped with special projectors that allow students to interact with the images that are displayed on screen.
Students in Braden Bishop's economics class at Tupelo High recently used their MacBooks to create Super Bowl-style commercials as part of a class project. Subjects include a car dealership, soft drinks, candy bars, chips, sun glasses, hair gel and personal hygiene products, to name a few. Most of the commercials feature students as actors, with the MacBooks used to record them, but a few just used music and graphics.
The work is a good example of how the school's students are using their MacBooks to produce projects.
Which ones do you like best?
On Friday, roughly 150 second graders from Joyner sent letters attached to balloons into the mercy of the winds. Today they received their first response, principal Jason Harris said.
The school received a letter from a man in Cottondale, Ala., which is located near Tuscaloosa in the western part of the state.
Each of the student's letters described the student and his or her hometown and asked for the recipient to respond by sending a letter to the school. The students will use the responses for geography lessons.