ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Cultural Diversity of the Indigenous Americans
Description: This lesson is a technology-based and text-based research project to describe the diverse cultures that developed in North and South America. It allows students to use research tools, such as laptops, encyclopedias, and any available books on the topics of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, and Mississippian Indians. Group presentations will allow students to compare the differences of these cultures through verbal and visual explanations. Students are assessed through the use of a rubric and exit ticket.
Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Save a buck challenge
Description: Our pipes leak, air drafts push through our windows and walls, light bulbs create more heat than light, and every appliance we have stays plugged in all day long. Of course its our parents who pay the bills, so it doesn't matter. This is a challenge for students to enact the biggest change per cost at home.
Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Description: Technology based lesson for a High School English class on how to accurately and efficiently research information on the internet using Google Search. Students conduct Web searches on open-ended questions, and draw on their experiences to develop guides to searching effectively and finding reliable information online.This lesson is based on the New York Times article "Just Google It? Developing Internet Search Skills" by Sarah Kavanagh and Holly Epstein Ojalvo from the New York Times website. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/just-google-it-developing-internet-search-skills/
Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Impact of Political Debates in the Television Age
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state elections process as part of a unit to prepare for debates to be held in the Fall of 2010. The lesson may also be adapted for use as a stand alone lesson. Student groups research television debates from 1960-2008 and collaborate on a wiki to present an overview of each debate and analyze the impact of these political debates on elections. Other lessons in this unit are Why Vote?, How Do You Vote:What Do You Need to Know to Vote in Alabama?, and Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election.
Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Novel Study - Independent Reading
Description: Students will choose a novel from a teacher-created reading list. After reading their choice novel, students will prepare a 1-1/2 to 2 minute multimedia presentation to "sell" other students on the novel. In addition, students will prepare a poster advertising their novel for display and a written summary of the novel that identifies various literary elements of the novel.
Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Life After High School
Description: Life After High School is a career research assignment that gives students an opportunity to plan their career path after high school. Even if students deviate from their plan, they need to have a tentative idea that allows them to set goals. Students will learn about their potential career, educational requirements, and learn whether they are currently preparing themselves for their chosen career path.
Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: How Are We Living?
Description: In this lesson, students collaborate to research economic systems of the United States and two other countries. Students will collect, evaluate, and synthesize information to create a multimedia presentation that compares economic systems of assigned countries, how these systems affect various factors that influence quality of life for its citizens.
Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Commercial Elections- How televisions ads influence citizens
Description: This is a hands-on, technology-based U.S. Government lesson in which students will view a series of political television advertisements from the 1950s-2000. Students vote on which presidential candidate has the best commercial after each set. Advertising strategies are identified and discussed as a class. Students categorize commercials by strategies used. The most and least effective strategies are identified.
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Acres Away!
Description: In the lesson students will use a matrix to determine the area of a triangular piece of land. The student will be supplied with state plane coordinates and conversion information to calculate the area and then convert to acres.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
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: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Learn the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System: Research Depends on It!
Description: The students will develop an understanding of the organization of main and primary subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification System. The students will demonstrate knowledge and independence in using the LCC through online tutorials and by visiting a college library (optional).
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Where Am I in Cyberspace?
Description: This activity allows students to utilize critical thinking skills and Internet research to develop a technology timeline. The timeline will assist students in developing a word processed sample list of items for a time capsule, which can be presented in a class slideshow.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Language Arts
Title: Paying Attention to Technology: Writing Technology Autobiographies
Description: This lesson plan asks students to pay attention to the technologies they use. They graphically map their interactions with technology and compose narratives of their most significant interactions with technology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Literary Scrapbooking
Digital Tool: Picstitch
Digital Tool Description: Picstitch allows you to create digital collages from your photos along with text and special effects.
Is Research a Mission Impossible?
Students will learn how to use the Student Research Center Database in AVL to gather information about an assigned project - Timeline: Evolution of Computers. Students will also be introduced to MLA citations. The goal is to have students become familiar with the intricacies of the database and what it has to offer.
Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.
MyClass2.0--Episode 3--Better Presentations
Thoughts on making presentations more engaging and a new tool for creating presentations.
MyClass2.0--Episode 4--Google Voice
Reasons to use Google Voice as an educator and strategies for its use.
In this series, we discuss how to use cloud and web services to improve your work flow and make the classroom a richer environment. This initial installment discusses Dropbox for cloud storage of your files.
In this series, we discuss how to use cloud and web services to improve your work flow and make the classroom a richer environment. This initial installment discusses Evernote for the storage of personal information in the cloud.
How to Create a Course and Enroll Students in Moodle
This podcast gives basic teacher information on creating a course in Moodle. The podcast takes the viewer through the steps of creating an account, creating a course and student enrollment in the course. While administrators may customize and change some specifics of Moodle this podcast will provide basic information that is transferable to other Moodle services.
Facebook for Parents
The purpose of this podcast is to demonstrate the various security settings available in Facebook, provide suggestions for parents, and point out both potential dangers and possible benefits of using any social network.