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Microsoft Goes to the Zoo

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Participate and share : Poster

Melissa Zeitz  
Learn how a third grade class discovered new animals at the Switch Animal Zoo. Embark on a journey to integrate Microsoft tools and digital citizenship to create an encyclopedia page, news article and a model of the animal. Walk away with developed lessons that can be implemented immediately.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: PowerPoint
Microsoft Edge
Paint or Paint 3D
Extension: Makecode
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During this poster presentation, participants will learn how to integrate technology so that it engages, enhances, and extends the students understanding of animals and their adaptations. They will see how students were able to synthesize the information that they know about animals to discover a new animal. In this poster presentation will be detailed visual with resources on how to begin the project with their students to the final product and how to extend it using other tools. Participants will understand how digital citizenship can be woven into a project so that it enhances the outcome of the project and isn't just an extra lesson that is added in. They will see this through the component that talks about fake news and real news. Participants will see how a project like this can help assess a students understanding of a topic while giving them an opportunity to express who they are through their work.

Supporting research
Fact Vs Fiction Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake news by Jennifer Lagarde and Darren Hudgins

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Melissa Zeitz, Springfield Public School

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