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The Techie Teacher: Brief.ly and a Research FREEBIE My last post, Internet Research for Grades 3-5, got me thinking about research skills in the younger grades. It is a hard skill to hit at that age, especially for those children who have not developed the literacy skills needed to learn new material. Our school district has a subscription to PebbleGo which is an incredible site for research and listening to readings. Another way I have included research skills in the younger grades is by using Brief.lys. Brief.ly is a free online service that allows you to combine multiple websites/urls into a single url. You can create a collection of videos, images, and appropriate websites for children to access with just one click! Here is an example of a Brief.ly I created about the Water Cycle: This is what it looks like: Super easy to use and a great way to touch upon research skills with the younger ones by finding easy to read websites and other age appropriate resources!

Tiny Tech Tips "Tiny Tech Tips" by Erin Klein in support with Amanda Plum Integrating Technology into Primary Classrooms Each week, we will bring you an actual example of how we are using technology with first grade students. I instantly decided to contact my former mentor, and dear friend, Amanda Plum. Here was the pitch: I'd like to start a segment of my blog that targets primary classrooms. 1. 2. Why Amanda's Class? ...no, not because she's my daughter's teacher. :) Amanda is a master teacher that never stops learning herself. We are lucky to work in a district that believes in technology and allocates the funds to support putting it in classrooms; however, it doesn't happen overnight... it takes time and money. Hopefully Tiny Tech Tips will inspire you to start small and dream big! our strategies for pre-planning the mini-lessonmaterials you'll needlesson objectives and standards it targetslinks and resources usedphotos and video of the lesson being usedexamples of student work Reasons I love Storybird:

The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator The Differentiator is based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu. Try It In: French Dutch • Tweet It • Like Byrdseed • Pin It Students will judge the ethics of the [click to edit] using a textbook and create an essay in groups of three. Revised Bloom's Taxonomy adapted from "A Taxonomy for Learning,Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives" by Anderson and Krathwohl Depth and Complexity adapted from The Flip Book by Sandra N. Depth Big Idea Unanswered Questions Ethics Patterns Rules Language of the Discipline Essential Details Trends Complexity Multiple Points Of View Change Over Time Across the Disciplines Imperatives Origin Convergence Parallels Paradox Contribution Key Words Consequences Motivations Implications Significance Adapted from David Chung and The Flip Book, Too by Sandra N. Group Size One Two Three Four

STEM MI Champions: Leading Project-Based Learning / PBL Gallery Home | Getting Started | Modules | Resources | About Us View the work of teachers who developed and implemented PBL units/mini-units. Feel free to download and use the PBL as a template for your work with students. View additional middle school projects on the STEM-MI Champions Gallery page. The Techie Teacher: Research Tool Website: Instagrok.com I am not sure about other state tests, but Virginia 3rd grade SOL tests had graphic organizers all over our tests this year! Graphic organizers are awesome tools to help organize information and I use them a lot. However, I want to combine graphic organizers and technology more in my 2nd grade classroom this upcoming year (yes..I am headed back to 2nd..woooo weeee!) One idea I am going to try out with the little ones is using www.instagrok.com research search engine. Words, pictures and links are included! You can share your creation! There is a tab that contains "more" information: videos, images, links, etc.. This button is unreal and is every teacher's dream. in the web. Stay tuned to read about iPads and graphic organizer apps… Also, our Bloglovin' giveaway ends tonight.

Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you'll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start. 1. Flat Stanley Refresh: Flat Stanley literacy projects are perennial favorites for inspiring students to communicate and connect, often across great distances. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Please tell us about the projects you are planning for this school year.

15 Sites Building and Promoting Educational PBL Communities… Across School and Around the Globe Welcome to the fourth in a series of PBL Mania Posts . For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning. In this post I will introduce you to some outstanding collaboration tools found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom. Before reading please take a moment to subscribe to this 21centuryedtech Blog by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. You will not want to miss this series or future posts involving STEM, Flipping the Classroom, Technology Integration, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills, So Sign Up Now! As always… thanks and have a great week. – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech) Quick Notes - You may be interested in learning more about PBL World in Napa, CA presented by BIE this June. 15 Sites Building and Promoting Educational PBL Communities… Across School and Around the Globe This PBL Mania post will explore some on-line digital resources that can help build community to enhance the PBL experience. Like this: Like Loading...

The Techie Teacher: Parent Technology Survey Freebie I just created a Parent Technology Survey that I plan on sending home at the beginning of the year. This will help me better understand how accessible technology is for each student. It will also give me an idea of who will need extra support with the different technology devices I plan on using this year (desktops, netbooks, SMARTboard, iPads, iTouches, digital cameras…) Also, I would love to give technology based assignments as an alternative to written homework. Click on the image below for your Parent Technology Survey FREEBIE: Don't forget…. Enter to win an iPad for you and a friend from Teacher Created Resources:

Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal! In the project-based learning field, we use the metaphor that projects are the "main course, not the dessert" (as coined in an article from the Buck Institute for Education). Projects are intended to create the need-to-know content and skills, and the opportunity for students to learn them in an authentic context. When teachers first design PBL projects, they are often limited. Teachers develop PBL curriculum for the coming year. Photo Credit: Andrew Miller Use a Variety of Planning Strategies I wrote about many of these strategies in a previous blog post. Larger Part of the Meal Not all integrated projects are equal when it comes to the disciplines. Many "Courses" in the Project Sometimes, all components of the project can happen at the same time, where the meal includes not only what could be the larger part or "meat" of the project, but also the sides. Until we move out the antiquated, "silo" nature of schooling where disciplines exist on their own, integration can be a challenge.

Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning Voiceover: How will today’s children function in a dangerous world? What means will they use to carve the future? Will they be equipped to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems? Teacher: When you think about traditional learning you think of a student sitting in a classroom and being talked at. Teacher: Now I imagine a lot of you are still thinking... Teacher: They are supposed to be a sponge. Peggy Ertmer: So there are a lot of different ways to approach PBL, a lot of different ways to implement it, but really it all boils down to five essential keys: real-world connection, core to learning, structured collaboration, student driven, and multifaceted assessment. Student: One of the problems in the ocean is that with the higher amount of CO2 calcifying organisms are decreasing and we’re testing to see how well life in the ocean lives without calcifying organisms. Student: --four by eight feet. Peggy Ertmer: So the second commonality is the PBL unit provides academic rigor. Student: Yes.

The Techie Teacher: Timeline Computer Project FREEBIE+Cool App Today I was invited into a 5th grade classroom to help students create a digital timeline using Timeline Maker. Earlier in the week I had emailed a brainstorming sheet for the students to fill out before I got to the classroom: click {HERE} for the document. This morning we modeled how to use the Timeline Maker website before students started to transfer their events to the computer. This was a very quick and easy project that the students enjoyed! While I was in that classroom the teacher shared with me a really cool app that she has been using as a student incentive. Have you tried any of these resources in your classroom? *Don't forget to keep registering to win a free iPad for you and a friend from Teacher Created Resources.

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