Jon's Weekly Update 3-4-16

posted Mar 4, 2016, 9:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Tues, March 8, 3:15-4:15:              TRUE Rehearsal

Thurs, March 10, 3:15-4:15:         TRUE Rehearsal

Tues, March 15, 3:15-4:15:             TRUE Rehearsal

Thurs, March 17, 3:15-4:15:          TRUE Rehearsal

Mon, March 21-Fri, March 25       NO SCHOOL: SPRING BREAK

Sat, April 9, Time TBD:                 TRUE PERFORMANCE: Cozmic Pizza

Wed., May 11, 6:30pm                    TRUE PERFORMANCE: Sam Bond's Garage

Thurs, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm            8th Grade Graduation

Mon, June 13-Thurs, June 16         Middle School Adventure Trip--Florence


Dear Middle School Family,

Short and sweet this week.  A few clarifying words about the Humanities Projects: 

Students are wrapping up their "Making of America Presentations" this week.  The presentations are being produced as narrated slideshows in Google Slides at school.  We are using an extension for Google Chrome called TechSmith Snagit (available in the Chrome Store) to make this happen.

Here's a short YouTube video explaining the process for capturing narration over a Google Slides presentation:

I've walked the students through the process in class, and many of them are well on their way.  It's pretty straightforward and simple once they have their Slides presentation and their script together.

Some students may need to wrap their presentations up at home this weekend.  (We've dedicated a lot of time in class over the last 4 weeks to the research and production of these projects.)

If you have other software resources at home that your student feels more comfortable using (like video editing software, like iMovie), then by all means, use what works best for you and your student.  

Please don't go overboard with this, however.  This is not expected to be an award-winning Documentary.  (Although, we'd all welcome an award-winning documentary.)  Think of it as a refined "PowerPoint" presentation without the pressure of doing it "Live" in front of their peers.

Originally, I'd said 5 minutes minimum, 10 minutes maximum.  I've revised the minimum to 3.5 minutes.  Absolutely no more than 10 minutes, though. (We have 44 of these to get through in a week!)

I'm excited to learn from what your students have to share.