A fan sat in front of Middletown Middle School sixth-grader Morgan Speirs, slightly blowing her blond hair as she held a fake microphone.

“There’s a hurricane here in Ocean City, and winds are reaching more than 75 miles per hour,” she said, recording a mock news report for her class about a hurricane in Ocean City.

Morgan and her partner, Addie Betro, used Flipgrid, a student engagement video recording software, to record the news report that explains how technology can be used to mitigate the effects of a hurricane.

After Morgan and Addie record their video, they post it for other students, who log in to watch the videos and offer critiques.

“Having them watch each other’s videos creates a positive discourse that allows them to engage and bounce ideas off of each other,” said Middletown Middle School sixth-grade teacher Stacey Morrissey.

Under the Next Generation Science Standards, which Maryland adopted in 2013 but didn’t begin full statewide implementation until this school year, students are required to “analyze and interpret data on natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes or volcanic eruptions, to forecast future catastrophic events and understand how the development of technologies is used to mitigate those effects.”


Click here to read the full story in the Frederick News-Post (March 9, 2018)

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