The 6th grade language arts classes at KMS (Bortner, Brunelli, Mendez, and Springer) hope to have a live blogging conversation (via Cover it Live) with some of the 5th grades in the district in a few weeks time about the "big transition" to middle school. We envision having the 6th graders talk about what one needs to know, learn, and understand when coming to middle school and transitioning out of elementary school. We hope that fifth grade classes will want to participate, especially those from schools that feed into Kearney. Hopefully, this conversation will be like a question and answer session between students, with the teachers merely facilitating.
We can have students in small groups around individual computers or teachers can choose to have one computer going while students have the conversation with the teacher typing and paraphrasing. I still need to look at the next unit to see how this is going to tie in with the GLETs, but I don't foresee that being an issue.
If anyone has any pointers or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.