After teaching students the routines and procedures of writing workshop at the beginning of the year, Tyne Sanders & Catherine Hunt love to jump into personal narratives with their students. Kids love to tell stories about themselves and their lives, so writing personal narratives comes naturally to many of them!
Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows students to share aspects of their story using digital tools. It takes the ancient art of oral storytelling and engages the palette of technical tools to weave personal tales using images, graphics, music, and sound mixed together with the author's own story voice.
Tyne Sanders & Catherine Hunt’s kindergarten students explored new ways of sharing their story using an app called Draw & Tell by Duck Duck Moose. Draw & Tell is a wonderful app for students of all ages, allowing them to draw or color then talk about their drawing.
Students began with their own narrative story then spent several days working in the app. They hand wrote the final version of their story within the app and drew pictures to go along with each sentence. For the finishing touch, they read their sentences aloud on each slide to be played back to the viewer.
Finally, students were given the opportunity to proudly share their work with fellow students and parents at Whitehills parent night. Check out the YouTube playlists below to see their outstanding projects!
August 1st & 2nd, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm
Full Session Schedule Coming June 9th.
Please read and understand the information below as it does impact everyone.
All district PC’s will be upgraded to Windows 10 this summer. Any data stored on your desktop or local machine will be erased. Please back your data up to your M drive. (Administrators & secretaries need to schedule times with our department to ensure data and applications aren’t lost.)
Classroom AV bags need to be turned back in to your building librarian prior to your summer departure. You must physically check them in with the building librarian to ensure they are properly inventoried and checked in.
All general ed elementary classrooms will receive 5 Apple iPads and a charging base for the 2017-18 school year. These will be checked out from the building librarian along with the AV bags in September.
iPad Turn In: Please see the attached info below related to the summer turn in of district owned iPads.
Room Changes: If you are moving to a new classroom or building, computers will stay in their original classroom. Should you need the furniture that's holding the computer, please contact Technology & Media Services to have the setup disconnected.
Retiree’s: All network accounts and the email account for those retiring will be deactivated on June 30th. Data files (the M: drive) will be deleted over the summer.
Tech Camp: Don’t forget to put the tech camp on your summer calendar. DPPD available and September opt out PD! Sign up here if you plan to attend either of the 2 dates (August 1st & 2nd).
This summer we will be offering District Provided Professional Development (DPPD). You will have the opportunity to opt out of the mandatory three-hour PD session on Thursday, August 31st. The PD session includes training on the new PowerSchool Gradebook, Record Retention regulations, and Illuminate Ed – Reporting and Online Assessing.
Two of the opt-out sessions for Elementary and for Secondary occur during the ELPS Tech Camp and two occur later in August.
PLEASE NOTE: Opt Out sessions have never before been offered at Tech Camp. We want to make sure that everyone understands they may attend JUST the opt out session at Tech Camp.
If you attend the 3 hour session on one of the opt-out dates (Aug. 1, 2, 21, or 23) you do NOT need to attend on Thursday, August 31st – our opening PD week.
More information on our Opening PD will be coming - we wanted to get the sign-up for the opt out sessions to you as soon as possible. Please sign up for a session by clicking one of the links below. Be sure to choose a session that is for your level – the training looks slightly different for the two different teacher groups. If you have any questions you can contact Christian Palasty, Kali Root, or Lisa Armstrong.
Here are the sign-up links:
If you plan to attend an opt out session, please click one of the following dates to sign up:
August 1 // 8:30am - 11:30am // ELEMENTARY ONLY // Tech Camp
August 1 // 12:30pm - 3:30pm // ELEMENTARY ONLY // Tech Camp
August 2 // 8:30am - 11:30am // SECONDARY ONLY // Tech Camp
August 2 // 12:30pm - 3:30pm // SECONDARY ONLY // Tech Camp
August 21 // 8:30am - 11:30am // ELEMENTARY ONLY // ELHS Library Lab
August 21 // 12:30pm - 3:30pm // SECONDARY ONLY // ELHS Library Lab
August 23 // 8:30am - 11:30am // SECONDARY ONLY // ELHS Library Lab
August 23 // 12:30pm - 3:30pm // ELEMENTARY ONLY // ELHS Library Lab
If you plan to attend the regularly scheduled mandatory training held on Thursday, August 31, please click here to sign up:
August 31 // 8:30am - 11:30am // ELEMENTARY ONLY // Location TBD
August 31 // 12:30pm - 3:30pm // SECONDARY ONLY // Location TBD
Now that the school year is winding down and everyone is looking forward to a great summer vacation, the MeL team would like to remind everyone of the great resources Michigan residents have free access to through the Michigan eLibrary. Families can find resources to help ease the summer slide, read eBooks, conduct research, create reading lists, and prepare for college, careers, and high stakes tests like the SATⓇ.
To help promote the resources, some MeL content providers have created short videos that highlight their database(s) and how students can use them over the summer. MeL has created a playlist on their YouTube Channel (https://goo.gl/fDC4Be) and a 2017 Summer Resources Letter. https://goo.gl/63jnW5
East Lansing High School Black Out Poetry Contest