The Southmont IMAC group enjoyed the opportunity to travel to East Noble. We were there to attend a conference between the schools participating in design of the curriculum for teaching digital responsibility to our respective schools. East Noble is in the Northeastern corner of Indiana, about 3 hours from Southmont High School. Despite the long trip the conference was worth every minute of travel.
When our group was first told about the trip we were excited to be making more progress with our project. We also realized we needed to have a presentation for the conference. We immediately got down to work on refining our projects. When we got our presentations together all we had to do was wait, but it ended up being a long wait for twelve over-excited members. When the day of the trip came, no one minded to get up at 5:00 in the morning for the bus ride.
The conference was worth every second of the ride for our group. East Noble gave an excellent presentation, showing us what their group had been working on in their digital production class. Our counterparts from Madison gave equally impressive presentations about ways they are incorporating My Big Campus, each of which inspired new ideas in us. It was interesting to get to talk to the other students in the program and swap ideas and fun stories about our experiences. Southmont is using iBooks Author to create individual iBooks for grade levels to use to share digital citizenship lessons.
Overall the conference was a fun, productive day. It was nice to get to meet with our team members from the other schools and exchange ideas. The presentations were great, and gave us several new ideas and strategies to approach the lesson designs. I hope that the next meeting will be equally as insightful, and of course, fun.
Submitted by Seth Dickerson
The Southmont IMAC group has utilized several modern tools in our efforts to create digital citizenship curriculum. The 1:1 technology initiative in our school corporation has enabled each of us to have our own iPad. We have taken advantage of that by creating a private e-mail group for our iPads, improving the ease and efficiency of our communication. The iPad's email has allowed us all to stay up-to-date on our group's news that often changes due to our lack of consistent time to meet built into our school day. This flexibility in communication has been crucial to our group overcoming various scheduling challenges.
As important as iPads have been in keeping our group running smoothly, the most important technology used by our IMAC group has been our MacBook Pro laptops. The corporation once again received a grant that was able to cover the expenses to buy each of the group members their own laptop to be used during the school year. These tools are nothing less than the centerpiece of our entire effort. We are using an app only available for MacBooks, iBook Author, to create digital "books" containing the various lessons on digital citizenship that we develop. After completion, the books will be available on the iTunes store for teachers to access. Not only does the app provide an organized template to lay out our lessons, we also can easily import various media created on our MacBooks such as slideshows, iMovies, videos, and other documents to include in the book. Our MacBooks provide us with an organized, intuitive, and centralized way to both create and distribute our digital citizenship lessons.
Being a group focusing on how to act in our increasingly technology-centeric world, it's no surprise that our group has found ways to integrate modern tools to help us fulfill our plans of our group. The simplicity, speed, and efficiency of iPads for communication and MacBooks for developing organized lessons have been great successes for our group here at Southmont. We hope to continue to use them to complete our goal of providing engaging and impactful digital citizen lessons for Indiana teachers.
Submitted by Aaron Cox
Our Southmont IMAC group has faced many challenges and successes. We have covered lots of information and created many resources for students and teachers to use. We usually meet one day a week to check in and cover information that we need to keep out projects moving. Recently, we were dismissed from our classes to work during one whole school day, and we were able to get a lot done and understand much better what to do in the future. We have another day out of class scheduled this week and we hope to be able to finish up the basics of each lesson. We have been using iBooks Author to create lessons that we can present or allow teachers to use. Each grade level will have one book with each chapter being a different lesson. Our biggest challenge that we have to face is finding time to meet. We all have very busy schedules and also are not offered IMAC as a class like some other schools have, so basically we meet every Wednesday during our lunch periods. This doesn't really allow us much time to actually work on our projects during the school day, so most of the work is done outside of school and on our own time. One huge success is being able to use MacBooks that were provided for our group from the school. These help us keep our projects organized and provide us with lots of resources to use. In the next few months, we plan to finish all of our projects and begin presenting them to classes. We have covered lots of information and are working hard to teach all the aspects of staying safe on the Internet.
Contributed by Kelly Tucker
Here at ENVision, the first portion of the school year was mostly about figuring out how to use all of our video equipment, how to incorporate all of our ideas into one project, and learning time management. And after plenty of trial and error, we completed our first short film titled An EN Knight’s Tale about a freshman that experiences an unusual first day of high school. We also contributed footage for East Noble’s Campus Beautification project and completed the first of a series of Digital Citizenship public service announcements that concentrate on issues like identity theft, piracy, and cyber bullying. We are currently working on the next PSA and a video about how technology influences our education at East Noble for a contest at the White House.
Contributed By Lydia Waring
East Noble High School Senior