Thursday, November 14, 2013

D.A.T.A. Featured on a Federal Website!

DATA is currently featured on the MSAP center website in the “Grantee Corner.”  Read the article by clicking on the image below to find out how D.A.T.A. has transformed over the past few years!

Also, check out how D.A.T.A. teachers are using DYKNOW classroom management and interactive learning software below:



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mini Mecca Models

Students modeled exemplary teamwork as they worked in teams of eight to construct a mini model of the city of Mecca--the origins of the religion of Islam--with the mosque as its focal point.  Each team of eight or nine was responsible for a different aspect of Islam including the mosque (Kabah, minaret, muezzin), trade (bazaar), spread of Islam (Muhammad, caliphs, conquest), and geography (Bedouin campsites).  Students began the activity with in-depth research and note-taking using Edmodo, where Miss Lukins had posted a variety of pictures, photos, web site links, a flythrough 3D video of the Kabah, a video of Muslims praying, and even MP3 music of a muezzin singing the call to prayer!  Then, students sketched a "blueprint" of their piece of the model in preparation for building.  Finally, students used their creativity to construct their piece of Mecca using art supplies, paper, paper plates/cups, and more!  Students worked together to make their pieces come together to recreate their version of this important city to Muslims.  Students then shared their creations at a class "Mecca Museum" in which students became "curators" and taught each other, while taking notes on "Unpacking Cultures" (systems, honor and beliefs, geography, and tools & technology).  Below you will see pictures of the process and finished products and reflections! Enjoy!

Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Watch video of students presenting as "curators" at Mecca Museum:
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Interactive with Islam!

Students create interactive PowerPoint presentations to imitate iPads teaching about Muslim scholars' contributions to the world, design decorative brochures with audio recordings to teach the 5 Pillars of Islam, and creatively craft Wordles, collages, and GoAnimate videos to learn Islam key terms!  Enjoy the creativity below!










Click below to listen to a student's audio refections:

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