Gale and Library Media Connection Announce Winners of the 2013 TEAMS Award
ConstableNeil BruceMiddle School
Teacher Librarian Dayna Hart and seventh grade social studies teacher Jenn Craig worked together on a project that asked students to create their own civilizations as they simultaneously learned about ancient civilizations in history. A series of benchmark components such as geography, laws/government/military, social needs and social structures helped students establish their civilizations. Ms. Hart and Ms. Craig incorporated critical thinking by imposing a catastrophe (such as a locust infestation) that each civilization had to deal with. Students had to contain and counter their catastrophe in order to save their civilization. True engagement and enthusiasm resulted in unique creations that all students were proud of.
Library Media Specialist Jessica Mularski and history teacher Jennifer Kordek collaborated on a project that asked students to create an interactive eTextbook on the First World War (WWI). Students were required to write a reference article on an assigned WWI topic, doing research and identifying only credible resources as well as create or legally curate an interactive image, timeline, map or a piece of multimedia. These activities reinforced research and evaluation skills and incorporated lessons on copyright laws and technology use. The students peer-edited each chapter and developed chapter quizzes and overviews. Students then taught their textbook section to the class. The final examination was a book publication party during which students shared their work and reflected on the project. The textbook will be put on the iBooks market for other students and educators to enjoy and learn from.
In addition, to the winners noted above, Gale and Library Media Connection would also like to recognize the following schools who received honorable mentions for their submissions to the TEAMS Award competition:
- SunnylandElementary School in Bellingham, WA
- MyronJ. FrancisElementary School in East Providence, RI
- CentennialJunior High School in Casper, WY
- DriscollMiddle School in San Antonio, TX
- ElktonHigh School in Elkton, MD
- LiverpoolHigh School Annex in Liverpool, NY