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The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom

The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom
This past summer, with the help of my brilliant friend, Kristen Swanson, I took my Technology Curriculum to a place I had never imagined it could go. As a computer lab teacher, there has never been an easy to follow, mapped out path for instruction. As such, over the last 5 years I created a scope of skills and concepts across grade levels to guide my teaching and I had begun to map out what kinds of projects I could use to teach these skills. Still, my curriculum always seemed a bit disjointed and while my students created wonderful work and amazed me with their ability to apply their skills to video, music production, programming and more, I still felt like I wasn’t doing the best job at making it ‘stick.’ Fast forward to today. This summer, I put together a framework for my curriculum that ties all instruction to four ‘pillars.’ The Four Pillars of Technology in the Classroom I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and the connections they make for the other 3 pillars. Related:  Curriculum Ideas

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Teaching Fact vs. Opinion at Every Grade As a busy election season always seems to demonstrate, learning how to tell fact vs. opinion is not only a skill that will serve students across the curriculum and on standardized tests, but also throughout their lives. This is especially true in an information-driven world where anyone can disseminate “facts” via tweets, Wikipedia entries or blog posts. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite ways to teach this valuable skill at every grade level. In Grades K–2: Write simple facts and opinions on strips of paper, such as “Ice cream is made of milk and sugar” and “Vanilla ice cream is the best.” In Grades 3–5: Teach students about opinion “trigger words,” such as believe, think feel, always, never and none. In Grades 6–8: Discuss how nonfiction writers bring their own biases and opinions to what they write. In Grades 9–12: Question for you: How do you teach students to tell the difference between fact and opinion?

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Free video lectures,Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests, Free Lecture Presentations Reading nonfiction is not optional SmartBlogs When Walter Dean Myers — noted young adult novelist — became the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in January, he said something particularly profound in one of his first interviews with Publisher’s Weekly. “We all know we should eat right and we should exercise, but reading is treated as if it’s this wonderful adjunct…We’re still thinking in terms of enticing kids to read with a sports book or a book about war. We’re suggesting that they’re missing something if they don’t read but, actually, we’re condemning kids to a lesser life. If you had a sick patient, you would not try to entice them to take their medicine. You would tell them, ‘Take this or you’re going to die.’ We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.” I’d take Myer’s message one step further: Reading NONFICTION is not optional. The sad truth is that fiction still dominates the literacy lives of young readers. That’s why Benny — one of my former students — made my day yesterday. Pretty geeky, right?

How to Make Instructables 348 6010K 361 4136 22294 340 22617 279 124 701.1K 201.1K 34343 890 25534 24531 9331 26750 401.1K 33933 19238 151.0K 4274 3154 391.1K 9285 881.8K 34424 25972 1083.0K 3333 751.0K 33373 281.2K 18684 13241 161.0K 9269 581.3K 11714 40712 54507 631.7K 33121K 19452 25980 791.7K 992.6K 14651 451.7K 405.2K 15606 431.2K 511.6K 1683.0K 2558 33826 311.3K 381.2K Writing Multiple Choice Questions For Higher Order Thinking: Instructional Design and eLearning One of the biggest criticisms of multiple choice questions is that they only test factual knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can also use multiple choice questions to assess higher-order thinking. Higher Order Thinking in a Nutshell Higher order thinking goes beyond memorizing and recalling facts and data. The concept is based on various learning taxonomies. Because test items must be aligned with learning objectives, you’ll need to include higher-order thinking skills from the start. 1. One of the best ways to promote and assess higher-order thinking is to use scenario-based questions, particularly ones that simulate real work experiences. Before: What symbol does a formula always start with in Excel? After: If you want to total the first ten data cells in column B, which one of the following formulas should you use? Before: What is the first concern of an emergency worker? After: You arrive at the scene of an accident where people are panicked and yelling. 2. 3.

Wikibooks Classroom Techniques: Formative Assessment Idea Number Three We’ve touched on a couple of formative assessment ideas in our blogging thus far, namely using Popsicle™ sticks as an all-student response system during class and using exit tickets to assess student learning. These formative assessment ideas involve all students, while giving teachers the information they need to make adjustments to their teaching. Ideas like these and others have proven to increase student learning. Another formative assessment idea that engages the entire class and provides evidence of student learning is the white board. As technology makes its way into classroom environment, tools such as the iPad™ or iPod™ can act in a similar fashion – providing real-time understand of subject matter. Have you used or seen whiteboards or something similar in action?

40 Sites for Educational Games With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games. This list I've compiled has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use w/ their students. *This list is in alphabetical order. 40 Sites for Educational Games ABCya - A great site for games and mobile apps for elementary students.Academic Skill Builders - A wonderful site w/ learning through the use of multi-player games. Also, there is an educational portal which allows for student tracking.Arcoiris - A nice site for educational games in English and Spanish.Braineos - Games based on flash card in a wide variety of subjects.BrainNook - A fun site for students that focuses on English & Math. For my Pinterest board on educational games click here.

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? That’s the premise of the Right Question Institute and a new book by its co-directors Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. Coming up with the right question involves vigorously thinking through the problem, investigating it from various angles, turning closed questions into open-ended ones and prioritizing which are the most important questions to get at the heart of the matter. “We’ve been underestimating how well our kids can think.” “We’ve been underestimating how well our kids can think.” On the teacher’s part, the role becomes more a facilitator than an instructor. It’s a bit like the Socratic method flipped on its head.

Free Teacher Resources for Core Subjects Here is my annual list of my favorite online teaching resources, divided by subject. Some of these might be old, or shared elsewhere, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of the ones that were added to my Diigo library recently. Free Teacher Resources for English Qwickstory and Zopler are websites for Collaborative Story Telling. Just Free Books is a website that provides a search engine to find free eBooks. Readilicious is a wiki dedicated to providing resources for helping elementary teachers implement various reading activities. Memrise is a website for helping students learn vocabulary and create a memorable dictionary. Here are some useful links to hope your students comprehend this difficult... Here are a few components of Finland's current education system structure and... March into this collection of weather lesson plans for primary grades and you... All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families... Free Teacher Resources for Math