ST 1.4

ST 1.4 - Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively.

One-to-One1:1 devices
Beaufort County School District is a one-to-one district providing a device for all of our students. Students at Bluffton Middle School take their devices home each day to extend learning outside of their school day. Students use these devices to research, design and create content and give them experience with computational skills. BCSD is a Google Apps for Education district allowing students to utilize the cloud-based platform to collaborate and communicate with other students and teachers on assignments and projects to support their learning and standards. Students can also interact with programs such as Discovery Education, Edgenuity, and USATestPrep and utilize various online websites such as Kahn Academy, IXL, and Overdrive.  In addition to individual devices, our students utilize other technology such as our 3D printers, green screen technology, Photoshop, and SCRATCH and other robotics computer programming interface.

Mustang TV

MustangTV is a broadcast club at Bluffton Middle School where student crew members are responsible for producing the morning announcements show that broadcasts each morning in first period. Filming occurs in the media center TV production lab which is equipped with the chroma key green space needed for using a green screen, camera, ipad, laptop computer, sound board and other equipment. All crew members are required to try at least three crew member jobs to see which job they are best suited for and interested in. These jobs are: laptop operator, anchor, teleprompter operator, camera operator, AV mixer operator, sound board operator and switch operator. We will also soon include the job of video editor and creator. Students are responsible for collecting footage and creating an intro video for the show, and then use Microsoft Movie Maker for editing. When faced with challenging situations like technical issues, students are encouraged to go through the engineering design process to come up with a solution.

Coding and the Cold WarMakey Makey
The language of computers is essential to preparing our students for college and careers. Learning coding alongside of their subject matter is an effective way for them to build connections. Here students created interactive maps with various technology tools showing how communism was contained during the Cold War. Students first read informational texts to gain an understanding of Cold War events that demonstrated the US policy of containment.  Texts focused on various locations throughout the world, such as South Korea and Cuba. Using Google Maps, student collaborated in pairs to pin each location relevant to the texts they read and then coded a program using Scratch software to run by Makey Makeys and allowed students to take a virtual historical tour of their maps. By doing the research and using fundamental coding skills, students built the understanding of both computer language and a sense of the geographical reach of the Cold War.

Makey Makey

Communicative ArtMedia Art
Media Art students use creative thinking and artistic decision-making to produce artwork that communicates ideas. Students use desktop computers daily to research, develop, and create artwork. The students study communicative artistic industries including advertising, graphic design, filmmaking, illustration, animation and photography, to help them to create artwork that sends messages or tells stories. Media ArtStudents primarily use Adobe Photoshop to create their artwork, where they use  techniques for layering, photo manipulation, and various tools like brushes and textures. For some projects they also use Google Applications, Scratch, Movie Maker, and Adobe Illustrator. Students also get exposure to industry standard equipment like Wacom drawing tablets and digital cameras.

Media Art Site
Click here to view our Media Art Portfolio Website

Tune Up
Band students use an application called Tonal Energy to help them learn to tune their instruments. This program provides students with a visual aid to determine whether their instrument is in tune or if it is sharp or flat. The program also plays a pitch in each instrument’s timbre, which students can match and tune using their ear. This requires the students to critically listen to and analyze their sound, and experiment with an adjustment accordingly. The App has several visual aids including one where it will track the sound waves that are happening in the room. This tracking can show students whether they are all starting a note at the same time, or if there is a staggered start. Tonal Energy provides a helpful visual for students to use in addition to their listening skills.

Our Food's Journey
After learning about the organs involved in digestion and their function, seventh grade science students chose how to explain the process of food moving through the digestive system. The students were given the freedom to choose the method for their presentation and to personalize the development and creation of the presentation.  Some of the students chose to simulate the digestive system using personification. We saw examples of digital mediums, such as cartoons, comic strips, and songs. Below is an example a student created on PowToon.