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Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever. Teaching is not natural.

Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The public believes, incorrectly, that classroom instruction is as natural as showing your child how to fish or helping a nephew play Ms. Pac-Man. But those comparisons don't take into account the profoundly specialized discourse of K-12 instruction. Answering a learner's question with a question, creating a holistic rubric, or (take a deep breath) facilitating a high-level discussion of new content on the Thursday before prom with 35 diverse students (two of whom present ADHD behaviors) while an administrator evaluates you . . . all of this requires a ridiculous constellation of specialized, unnatural skills. That alien skill set means that even the most brilliant teachers cannot just wing it. While the public has no idea how much mental muscle curriculum planning requires, corporations that sell education materials do know. Because what works in one classroom often won't work the next period, flexibility, intuition, and judgment calls by instructors are needed.

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work. School Counseling by Heart. One of the things I am most proud of from last school year is CareerSmarts, a new unit I developed for fourth grade, which I’d love to share with you.

School Counseling by Heart

CareerSmarts is a student-driven, technology-based unit in which students learn about and connect their multiple intelligences and interests with future education and career possibilities. There’s even a fun gamification aspect – students challenge themselves to move to different levels by exploring multiple careers. While on the CareerSmarts journey, students learn about their own “smarts,” and explore and analyze a variety of careers by watching videos, using a search engine, playing games, and interviewing guests at Career Day. What is Deeper Learning? Rahil Maharaj explains that attending Impact Academy, an Envision school in Hayward, California, has given him the inspiration and confidence to work hard and apply to college.

What is Deeper Learning?

What is deeper learning? In classrooms where deeper learning is the focus, you find students who are motivated and challenged—who look forward to their next assignment. They apply what they have learned in one subject area to newly encountered situations in another. They can see how their classwork relates to real life. They are gaining an indispensable set of knowledge, skills, and beliefs, including: Mastery of Core Academic Content: Students build their academic foundation in subjects like reading, writing, math, and science. When students are developing knowledge, skills, and academic mindsets simultaneously, they learn more efficiently. Read more in-depth definitions of this set of knowledge, skills, and beliefs. Google for Education: Google Sites: Introduction. Google Sites can be used to create custom websites and webpages without knowing HTML or other complex coding languages.

Google for Education: Google Sites: Introduction

It works with only a web browser so teachers and students do not need to buy or download software. Get Started in the Classroom In the following Basics and Advanced lessons you will learn more about the benefits and use of Sites in class. As a start, here are three common scenarios teachers come across each day. Use tablets and phones to upload images to a class or project team’s website. Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education. Your digital hub for discussions, assignments, quizzes, resources, and more. Putting All Your Teaching In One Place With An LMS - Putting All Your Teaching In One Place With An LMS by Rachelle Poth If you are starting to integrate technology into your classroom, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with so many options available.

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The number of choices available for each area of integration are tremendous. How to create a backchannel on Tozzl com. Google Sites Basics Tutorial. Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom. January 21, 2015 Google Classroom is definitely one of the best platforms out there for enhancing teachers workflow.

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom

It provides a set of powerful features that make it an ideal tool to use with students. ‘Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. Edmodo. Watch and learn!


The following short videos will provide an in-depth look at many parts of Edmodo, showing you some ways to get the most out of your Edmodo experience. If you do not find what you are looking for below, we have more video resources accessible through our video directory, recorded webinars, and live webinars. 1.Welcome To Edmodo. About Pearltrees.

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes. Make mobile learning awesome!

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Google Slides - create and edit presentations online, for free. How to Add Content in Learnist. Getting Started with Blendspace. How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students. While many teachers embrace the chaos of digital research (it is the “real world,” after all), for others setting students loose on Google is a recipe for a research project chock-full of Yahoo!

How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students

Answers and other less-than-ideal information sources. While evaluating the credibility of information is an important part of any research project, giving your students proper tools to do the cognitive heavy lifting you’d like them to can be just as important. Luckily, Google gives you the option to customize students’ search experience to rope off certain sections of the internet, or to gently emphasize others. (In fact, you could even have students create their own custom search engine as a part of the project itself.)

Below is an overview of the steps, from naming the search engine and choosing the sites you’d like students to select from, to customizing search features and sharing the link with students. 6 Video Tutorials to Help Teachers Use Google Presentation in Class. August 21, 2014 Planning to use Google Presentations with your students this year? The video tutorials below are definitely worth checking. There are a plethora of reasons why you would need to start using this presentation software. First, Google Presentation is web based and therefore does not require any software installation. It is also part of Google Drive productivity suite and as such it is integrated with other services such as Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Drawing.

Voki Home. Voki Classroom Management System. Animate Your Life. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Make Your Images Interactive - ThingLink. Glogster: Create and Explore Educational Content Online. Conversations in the cloud. Create free interactive timelines. Timeline. Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line.


Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing. Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Flow Chart Maker & Online Diagram Software. The Counseling Geek Video Blog: LucidChart. Shadow Puppet Edu. Book Creator for iPad - create ebooks and pdfs, publish to iBooks. How to create a video slideshow on YouTube. Google Slides - create and edit presentations online, for free. Presentation Software that Inspires. Prezi - Presentation Software. iMovie for iOS.

PowToon, free business presentation software animated video maker and PowerPoint alternative. MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages. Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator. Comic Creator. Trading Cards. ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including: Fictional personReal personFictional placeReal placeObjectEventVocabulary word Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. In addition, they become aware of writing for an audience because they can share their cards with others.

Part of the appeal of trading cards is being able to sort them into collections. Birmingham Grid for Learning - Multiple Intelligences (Primary) Virginia Career VIEW. ClassBadges. WOOP - a scientific strategy to find and fulfill wishes. School Counseling by Heart: Career Videos. Career Girls: Inspirational Women Role Models Career Guidance Website for Girls. College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics. Find Your VT Degree. College Majors & Career Search - Explore your interests for College. Home. Funeral Service Workers Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral. View profile » Insurance Underwriters Insurance underwriters decide whether to provide insurance and under what terms.

They evaluate insurance applications and determine coverage amounts and premiums. Google Forms - create and analyze surveys, for free. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. School Counseling Technology Series: Using Google Docs Forms for Surveys. Free Technology for Teachers. The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers. Technology Integration. EdWeb: A professional online community for educators. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

School Counselors' Online Professional Exchange. The Counseling Geek - 21st Century School Counselor Blog.