Sixth-graders use blogs to express themselves as they learn how to use the technology of blogs and have an authentic audience of others in the class. Students begin with a "paper blog" with comments/responses on Post-it notes. As students finish a book, they talk about the characters and then write about them on the blog, using a specific assignment by he teacher.
Includes Common Core standards and suggestions of ways to scaffold the technology for success.
Give students a quickie assessment from other students. This could be adapted from paper to an actual Twitter account. Students have to count down to 140 characters, so editing skills are important. Students are thinking about what they've learned and trying to make it succinct. In this model, students share assessments in class as well. Teachers save time, as they don't have to pick out the essential meaning -- the students have to do it for them.
"Youtube Downloader & Youtube to MP3 converter.
(also works with Vimeo, Soundcloud and many more)"
Just paste in the link to the video you wish to download. Create your own localized list of videos.
Recording of assessment strategies relating to accessibility from a panel of university representatives. Helping faculty become more aware of accessibility issues through enhanced assessment processes and tools.
"As part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students need to "ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century." Many teachers have little to no formal training on how to teach about climate change. Along with the ever-changing research and the controversy that comes with it, some teachers inevitably shy away or even prevent students from digging deep into the content.
Some suggest that teachers might be getting climate change all wrong. Since teachers can't rely on books to stay current with all the new research, digital resources are the only effective way to stay on top of such a dynamic field. Consider these practices when using technology to teach about climate change:"
Sites include NASA Global Climate Change, Climate Kids for younger learners, Global Oneness Project, and Earth-Now to analyze realtime data.
"I first wrote about word clouds in 2010, but six years later I’m updating the topic with updated apps, tools, and ideas. Below discover activities and web tools and apps to create word clouds. Get your students to create their own word clouds to express themselves. "
This blog entry offers 35+ activities to do with word clouds, including vocabulary buiding and poetry.
I haven't had a chance to try out any of these, but this should be an interesting starting point to get students coding.
"This list of five things that you may not know about QR codes contains some simple ideas that definitely pack a punch. These tips include strategies for differentiating instruction, distributing materials, and keeping families up to date on classroom activities. If you've tried one of these QR tips or have another to add to the list, the comments section of this post is the perfect place to share!"
The article also tells how to make dynamic QR codes requiring a login, for example, for a daily lesson assignment, using Kaywa.
"The overall theme of this teacher-tested unit is using maps to understand borders and their impacts in Europe. The materials will help your middle school students to use maps to think about how borders intersect physical and human geographical features, and how those intersections can lead to cooperation and/or conflict. The educator resources provided in the unit include maps, multimedia, and case studies that will enable students to develop skills in map analysis and apply that analysis to specific situations. Other parts of the unit will invite you and your students to explore similar cases in Europe and your own community.
"This unit was originally developed for the National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA) 2008 Summer Geography Institute."
Very useful for Peace Studies, geography, and mapping skills for middle school (10-14 years), and could be adapted to older students.
"Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff"
Looks like this would be fun, and templates for each type of activity are included -- flashcards, trivia game, spelling words, MadLibs, random picker, badges, progress chart, certificate.
"Session Description: Creating comic strips can be a great way for students to tell stories, express understanding of content, give reports, and be creative. There are many tools available for making comics, but a great one is Google Slides. Learn how to use Google Slides, including many of the newest features, for your students (and you) to create online comic strips.
Presenter: Eric Curts
Date: December 15, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST"
This is a talk given not too long ago. All resources and the talk itself are linked from this page.
Shows how a teacher can meet needs of relatively high-level ELLs in 5th grade through guided discussion and preparation for writing. Teacher provides the rationale for each step in her lesson. Includes small group discussion as well as whole group. Includes Common Core standards involved.
Whole group (in a circle) of young students (4-5th grade) discuss the non-fiction text. Students ask questions, use hand signals, and probe deeper before writing about the text. The discussion has Common Core standards subtitled throughout, and also allows for brief embedded small group discussions. Although it is a nonfiction text, the teacher helps students probe higher level aspects, such as author point of view.
A model of how a whole class discussion can lead to formative assessment, revision and expansion of ideas, and collaborative learning with very young learners.
Looking at ways to use information texts more interactively with very young learners. Demonstrates how students can absorb ways of presenting scientific information as well as the actual facts, and how they can learn to question what is in the text, applying and adjusting their own concepts of the world.
Good tips, oriented to Apple users, for creating special effects on your G-Slides presentations. Students will find even more creative ways to use these tools.