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Lesson Plans

All are student-centered, age-appropriate methods of collaborating with classroom teachers in subject areas such as science, math, social students, language arts, grammar, spelling, and more. A note: I’m having difficulty with this page (I don’t get it and I’m the tech teacher). I need to redo it. Until then, I will not be able to update it as judiciously as I would like. Another note: All lesson plans on this blog are from the K-5 Technology Curriculum published by Structured Learning (with my interpretation). Here’s a summary with links to the relevant lesson plans. they are organized by: subject mattersoftware (if any)grade level To access the lesson plan, click the link. Like this: The Futures Channel Educational Videos and Activities Deliver Hands-On, Real World Math and Science Resources for the Classroom. 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have.

Mindmaps: Students Making Their Own Meaning. I love mindmaps (concept maps), not only for my own use in preparing presentations or mapping out a problem in a PBL unit, but I love having students create their own, either as a before, during, or after learning activity.

Mindmaps: Students Making Their Own Meaning

What I love the most about mindmaps for student use is that, to me, they are one of the best formative assessments to use in order to see what students really understand and exactly how they are understanding it. You can see beyond content acquired and peer right into what connections students are making between concepts, as well as seeing how their brains are working to organize information--a key skill that many students lack and isn't explicitly taught to most students. Technology and Education. Teachable Moments: The Most Powerful Photos of 2011. Whether you’re in a photography class or not, photos are powerful.

Teachable Moments: The Most Powerful Photos of 2011

They can teach about an entire event in just the blink of an eye. 2011 was a year filled with powerful scenes and events that affected everyone. The following photos are from a curated list voted by the users of Buzzfeed.

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Utah Education Network. This Year’s 10 Best TED Talks To Share With Students. In honor of the recent TED Live announcement , I thought it’d be a good idea to remind you why TED rocks. Below is just a small fraction of the amazing presentations put on by the folks over at TED. Each one of the presentations embedded below is perfect for sharing with students and showing in class*. Heck, assigning the viewing of these TED talks as homework isn’t a bad idea. Do you use TED in the classroom? Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level. One of the hardest things to teach, in my opinion, is research.

Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level

I have been teaching in a computer lab for going on five years and I have never taught research the same way twice. This is partially because I never teach anything the same way twice, but it's also because each year I learn something new. Sometimes I learn the hard way when things don't pan out the way I planned in the classroom, sometimes I learn because something I didn't plan arose and worked out well, and sometimes its due to my own self-education as I prepare to teach my annual research unit. I begin teaching research skills in third grade -- just at the time where my students' reading skills are such that they can feel successful and just at the time when they have mounds and mounds of natural curiosity. In the past, I have done your typical find-information-and-regurgitate-it-to-me kinds of projects, all in the name of teaching students how to locate information.

Choosing a Topic, Creating Keywords and Search Terms. Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes. Updated 01/2014 As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom.

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

As always, the tool must fit the need. Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need.