Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Barrington 220 Students Offer App Demos to Parents & Community

On October 30, 2018, Barrington 220 co-hosted our second @Home in the Digital Age event with BStrong Together. The featured speaker of the evening was Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. You may remember that Dr. Heitner addressed Barrington 220 staff last year, and at this event she offered a similar message to parents about how they about how they can support our students by becoming digital mentors instead of digital monitors.

Immediately preceding Dr. Heitner’s talk, more than twenty Barrington 220 students set up their devices and demonstrated to parents and community members exactly how apps and digital tools are used in our classrooms. Using iPad and MacBook Air devices may seem commonplace to us, but many parents and community members have never experienced a school environment where every student has access to learning with technology at any time.

Students from both Barrington Middle School Prairie and Station Campuses who are members of "iSquad" volunteered to demonstrate apps. iSquad students are both interested in learning more about technology and offer their services throughout the school day as tech helpers for their peers and teachers. Barrington High School students from various computer science courses offered their help in demonstrating apps and services used at the high school level.

Thank you to all student app demo presenters from October 30, 2018!

Alex and Brian show how they use Explain Everything to demonstrate learning by recording their own voices and whiteboard animations. 

Aidan shows how he uses Stop Motion Studio to create stop-motion animated videos to demonstrate his learning with the help of some LEGO minifigures.
Alex shows how he uses Schoology to keep track of assignments, turn in work to teachers, and manage his learning. 
Brad shows how he uses Adobe Spark to create a journalism project with stunning visuals and descriptive writing. 
Elise and Kelsey show how they use Google Drive to organize a wide variety of class work and files. 

Faiza and Rida show how to use Google Docs and Google Keep to store and organize class work and send reminders. 
Gavin shows how he uses Photoshop Mix to create and manipulate images. 
Hanna shows how she uses iMovie for Mac to demonstrate her learning in biology class. 
Ishaan shows how he uses the Book Creator app on iPad to create digital books to demonstrate his learning. 
Jay shows how he uses Apple Pages for iOS to create reports, papers, and essays with images and graphs.  
Jenica shows how she develops iOS apps in our MobileMakersEdu Swift app development program. Jenica’s app allows teachers to easily collect feedback from students. 
Lilah shows how she uses Quizlet to create materials to help her study and organize her thinking. 
Madison shows how she uses iMovie for iOS to edit and create original videos to demonstrate her learning. 
Peter shows Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris how he develops iOS apps in MobileMakersEdu Swift app development program.
Riya shows how she uses Google Docs to organize her Project Lead the Way class work and manage information and materials.
Roshan shows how he uses the Notability app to take notes in any class by hand or with text and then hand it to the teacher using Schoology.

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