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Every Student Response Strategies | LessonCast Every Student Response Strategies | LessonCast True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning. This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator. Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options.
Creative, child-centered art and literacy ideas and activities Creative, child-centered art and literacy ideas and activities I try not to miss a visit to an exhibition or a fair. More so – an art exhibition or a book fair. There’s so much for a child (heck, there’s so much for me!) to capture in such spaces – the sights, the sounds, the opportunities to interact, ask questions, get questioned in turn, click pictures, come back and reflect on.


Alice.org Using an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create animations or games, the Alice Project seeks to provide tools and materials for a conceptual core of computational thinking, problem solving, and computer programming. The Alice Suite of educational tools is designed to support teaching and learning across a spectrum of ages, grade levels, and classes in K-12 and in college or university courses. Read more... The Alice team has developed instructional materials to support students and teachers in using this new approach. Other authors have generously joined our efforts, creating additional textbooks. The Alice Educator Mailing list provides a quick and easy way to ask questions, post ideas and nifty assignments, and generally support all members of the Alice teaching community.
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comic life

comic life Comic Life 3 is now available for both Mac and Windows! “4 Stars and Editors Choice.” MacUser Dec. 2013 "Awesome!...

Mosaic Listserve Tools

The twelve Reading Strategies PowerPoints below were created for system-wide school development in Elkhart, Indiana. Each Power Point presentation takes approximately fifteen minutes. Permission has been given for list-serve members to use these Power Points for their own school presentations. *These PowerPoints are generously shared by Beth Suderman bsuderman@elkhart.k12.in.us **CLICK on the TITLE to OPEN the PowerPoint presentation. Mosaic Listserve Tools

Digital Booktalk

If you would like for us to consider posting a trailer that you have created, log in and then click the Newbie’s Corner page and tell us about your project. We will evaluate it and decide on its appropriateness. We are attempting to keep this site commercial free and remain pure to our intent not to let this become a marketing tool for publishers and authors, but rather a place where young readers can visit to learn how to begin visualizing what they read. Digital Booktalk
After experimenting for many years, I discovered an approach that's easy, fun, and effective. I refer to it as Classroom Book Clubs because it's a more relaxed method of doing Literature Circles that doesn't involve roles. You can view a narrated slidecast to this model by scrolling down to the Classroom Book Clubs section. On this page you can also learn about different types of Literature Circles. I've had some success with all the models below, but all models haven't been successful with all groups of students. Read through the various descriptions and find something that feels right to you.

Literature Circle Models

Literature Circle Models
I am so delighted to see this post that includes Bloom's Taxonomy Wheels by ZaidLearn. I always find that it's far easier to design materials using these wheels than it is to see the verbs/products in lists. Many instructional designers can benefit from these job aids when trying to find the right action verbs for their objectives. Here are some wheels for the cognitive domain. Tips for Writing Instructional Objectives - Bloom's Taxonomy Job Aids

Tips for Writing Instructional Objectives - Bloom's Taxonomy Job Aids

Writer's Workshop poetry lesson with the iPad on Vimeo
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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning

Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved. What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals? We hope this guide helps bring more parents into the conversation about improving education. A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning