ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
Description: In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Predict the Future?
Description: Students will use data collected and a "best-fit line" to make predictions for the future. The example the students will be working on for this lesson will demonstrate an exponential regression.
Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Using Spreadsheets to Calculate Your Grades
Description: This practical use of spreadsheets will allow students to practice entering data, and finding the sum and the mean for the set of data. It will reinforce skills the students have already learned about spreadsheets. In addition, students will be able to manipulate their data to see the effects of low scores on assignments.
Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Living in a "Submicro" World
Description: This is a technology-based lesson plan designed for high school Chemistry students as an introduction to the study of the fundamental nature and structure of the atom. Students will create a publication using Desktop Publishing software to support the content of this unit.
ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Credit where credit is due. Creative Commons Licenses
Digital Tool: Video- Creative Commons: Copyright-Friendly Content and More
Digital Tool Description: Created by Honor Moorman, this is a 4 minute video designed to introduce the basics of Creative Commons licenses.
History Reference Center Database Research Project: Ancient Rome
Using an example of an English assignment for students to research Ancient Rome, the student uses the History Reference Center to eventually limit his/her search to locate a book source. In addition, the student learns how to sign-in and add items to his/her folder.
Using InfoTrac Student Edition
This podcast gives a brief overview of the features of InfoTrac Student Edition, which is powered by Gale Database. It shows how to move around the database, defines some of the icons and highlights how to do simple searches.