Name: Amber McCormick
Twitter ID: @EdTechAmber
Class Twitter ID: @RidgeviewGlobal
School Website: www.rgsa.com
Bio: I am in my lucky 13th year of teaching. I have taught the entire gambit from third grade to middle school, but am currently in a role that was “made for me.” I am the Kindergarten through fifth grade Global Studies teacher at Ridgeview Global Studies Academy. I have a position that not only allows me to create new and innovative curriculum, but also has a huge impact on teaching my students how we are all so much more alike than we are different. I love that I have the chance each and every day to #CelebrateDiversity and #ShareSimilarities with my students about all the countries that we learn about. Each year we study four focus countries and submerse ourselves in their art, culture, food, music, dance, geography, and so much more. In addition to this, I am also the sixth grade digital media creations teacher and the seventh grade robotics teacher. School keeps me on my toes, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
As for augmented reality, I have been using it in various platforms for the past two years. I have had the opportunity to work with some absolutely amazing individuals in the AR world that have made it so exciting for me. Augmented Reality has opened up so many amazing new doors for my students as we learn about this great big, beautiful world that we live in.
Favorite Quiver Resource: Being a Global Studies teacher, it’s tough to decide between the Flag and the World Map resource. I certainly use both of them each and every year.
Your Motto: “BE the change.”
What is your Favorite Teaching Moment? My favorite teaching moment are the “ahhhh” moments I get when I see my students’ faces light up with excitement and understanding. My favorite moment was a letter that a parent sent me last year explaining how her daughter, a sixth grader that has attended our school since kindergarten, stuck up for a new student that was making fun of a person because of the traditional clothing they were wearing to pick up their child from school. The child explained to her mother, “It’s ok mom, he didn’t know any better. He hasn’t been raised at our school where we know that people are all different and that’s ok. He’ll understand once he is around us more.” That was it. My class had reached its intended audience and been implemented perfectly.
Why do you use Augmented Reality in your classroom? Augmented Reality is such a powerful tool. Not only does it add novelty, which is always welcomed in my classroom, it also challenges my students to grasp onto more abstract concepts in a quick and fun manner.
Why did you want to become a Quiver Ambassador? I was so excited to see that Quiver was going to host an ambassador program. I knew instantly that I wanted to participate as Quiver always has the most interactive and creative ways to deliver content.
How do you share Quiver’s Resources with other educators? I have shared Quiver with many educators at the numerous EdCamps I have traveled to throughout the past two years. I also shared with our first official “Teacher Play Date” here in the Orlando area. So much fun, as it was hosted at the Crayola Experience.
Ambassador Spotlight Lesson:
Title of Lesson/Activity: Artist for Hire
Grade Level: K-5
Subject or Topic: Global Studies
Duration of Lesson/Activity: 40 minutes
Objective of the Lesson: Students will use knowledge gained throughout the study of a country to redesign a flag for the country based on new knowledge.
Standards that the Lesson/Activity Meets:
ISTE Student Standards:
3a – Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3c – Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusion
(4) INNOVATIVE DESIGNER
4a – Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
(6) CREATIVE COMMUNICATOR
6d – Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Materials Needed for Lesson/Activity:
- Quivervision Free Flag Template. – http://www.quivervision.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Q_FreeFlag_print.pdf
- Colored Pencils/Markers
- 1 iPad per pair of two students
After a study of a given country, students will be challenged to create and construct a new flag to represent the country based on the new knowledge gained throughout the learning experience.
Students will use the Quivervision Free Flag Template to create their newly created image. Using either markers or colored pencils, students will add color to their image.
Depending on the age of students, they will be asked to write a short description letter to the appropriate ruler of the country they are studying. In the letter, they will explain the changes they are proposing for their new flag design and the reasons they were chosen to represent the country. brought to “life” using the Quiver app.
a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.
- Coat of Arms:
the distinctive heraldic bearings or shield of a person, family, corporation, or country.
Students will write a short description letter to the appropriate ruler of the country they are studying. In the letter, they will explain the changes they are proposing for their new flag design and the reasons they were chosen to represent the country.
Younger learners can be assessed based on the appropriateness of the flag design. Flag should demonstrate knowledge of the country within the images and colors chosen.
Notes, Suggestions, & Tips:
With younger students, have the flag sheet placed onto a chair instead of a tabletop when using the Quivervision app. I have found that my younger students cannot stay “focused” on the image when it is on a tall table top. I also have one partner hold the iPad and one manipulate the image (such as changing the flag’s wind or looking at the country buttons already on the trigger). It is too much for tiny hands to take all in one try, plus, it helps encourage good teamwork.