Friday, October 23, 2015

Latin American Cultural Experience

Latin American Cultural Experience

All Cedar Valley 6th grade students enjoyed a visit this week to the Latin American Cultural Experience in the library. Students were able to try out musical instruments, enjoy art displays and watch videos of dances, sports and crafts. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Code/Cube Club

The first meeting of the Cedar Valley Code/Cube Club was a success!  Students kept busy coding, solving Rubik's Cube, creating animations and building machines with Little Bits!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Learning about Little Bits

I spent the morning learning about Little Bits and am excited about bringing this information back to Cedar Valley - I can't wait to see what our amazing students will create!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Year - New Tech

We have started off a new year with new technology here at Cedar Valley! We have 2 new Next Gen teachers, Mrs. Sur in 6th grade math and Mrs. Collins in 8th grade US History. This gives us a total of 3 Next Gen classrooms that have been outfitted with chromebooks for every student! The teachers and students are already off and running in using this new technology!

Cedar Valley also supports the district BYOD initiative. Students have been using their own devices with selfie-sticks to record themselves speaking French in Madame Macharia's class.  They will save these videos into their online portfolios throughout the year to measure their mastery of the language.

It looks like 2015-2016 is going to be a great year!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Awesome Infographics

Students in Mrs. Collins' World Cultures classes have created amazing graphic representations of the the Civil War using slides as a culminating activity to their study of this era in US History.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Science Loves Movenote, Too!

The students in Ms. Eber's 6th grade science classes are using Movenote to create tutorial videos for one another. Students create a video that reinforces in class learning and Ms. Ebers posts the video on her website for all of her students to use as a reference resource. Check them out HERE!

Movenote in LOTE

The students in Sra. Blanton and Sra. Ortiz's Spanish classes have found a new way to share their mastery of the Spanish language using Movenote. Each student created a powerpoint presentation with labeled pictures of their house (or their dream house). The presentation was then uploaded to Movenote and the student was able to record him/herself narrating the presentation. Los estudiantes trabajaron muy bien y las presentaciones son muy buenos.

DLD + PDQ = FUN!!!

Digital Learning Day began in 2012 as a venue for teachers and educational leaders to highlight great teaching practices and showcase innovative programs that are improving student success. Here at Cedar Valley, we have been celebrating Digital Learning Week!! All week students have been engaging in powerful and fun learning activities that incorporate the use of technology. Students have been using various forms of technology from tools in art class, sound boards in theater arts, calculators in math class, science lab equipment, BYOD's, desktop computers, laptops and chromebooks! It is amazing to see what the students are able to produce and create.

Friday, February 20, 2015

HEB Healthy Challenge

Cedar Valley Middle School has combined technology and healthy living by joining the HEB Healthy Challenge! With the encouragement of Coach Banks and our Principal, Mr. Groff, each teacher has been encouraged to download the HEB 'Teach Healthier' app and use the activities to help students develop healthier habits.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cedar Valley Rubik's Cube Club

The first meeting of the Cedar Valley Cube Club is Thursday, January 29, 2015. We are very excited to have this new club at Cedar Valley where students will be teaching one another to solve the Rubik's cube, working on 'speed cubing' and creating Rubik's Cube mosaics.

From the New York Times: "(Rubik's Cube) is an object the 'sets its own challenge,' Mr. Rubik said via e-mail. 'Anybody blessed with the basic human senses can instantly 'get it.' ... the Rubik's Cube is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and, in a world increasingly run by engineers and algorithms, relevance."