Larkspur uses new technology to share history

An eighth-grade class at Larkspur Middle School was tasked with bringing stories of hope from one of the most grim chapters in the world’s history to a new audience.

Skyla Durant, Xavier McNeill and Alayah Hughes showcase their iBook.

Skyla Durant, Xavier McNeill and Alayah Hughes showcase their iBook.

Students were assigned to research and study both a Holocaust rescuer and a Holocaust survivor. In order to facilitate research, students were provided a research pathfinder to find information and a bibliography template to cite sources used in the research.

Working in groups, students made use of eLibrary, Biography in Context, Jewish Virtual Library and United States Holocaust Museum to learn more about the people who lived through the Holocaust.

Jaquan Belin,. Christal Swearingen, Lisa Dittbrenner, Kiamber Barrows and Elijah Jewett show their project off to Larkspur principal Matthew Delaney.

Jaquan Belin,. Christal Swearingen, Lisa Dittbrenner, Kiamber Barrows and Elijah Jewett show their project off to Larkspur principal Matthew Delaney.

Using their research, students then created fictional characters,and incorporated them in a short historical fiction reflection piece. Students also added pictures and created a bibliography of resources that were used in the project.

Once the writing assignments were completed, the students created iBooks. To launch the ibooks, teachers Lisa Castellano, Ken Smead, the school’s Computer Resource Specialist, and Sonia Pritchett held a virtual book fair where teachers and administrators could view all the projects at one time.

For those interested, the iBooks will be available in the iBook store this spring.

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