Tag Archives: lesson planning

Upgrade the Worksheet: Place Value

place value upgrade the worksheet

Upgrade the Worksheet: Place Value I’m always looking for how we can use technology to make learning better, not just paperless. Instead of moving the worksheets online, upgrade them! In the above worksheet, the students are given numbers that have no connection to anything. What do these numbers represent? Why would students care about them? […]

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How Is This Better Than Paper?

Using Digital Flowchart

How Is This Better Than Paper? Using digital tools is a shift in mindset. Technology allows for interactions that were difficult or impossible before. Link to flowchart Ask the Question How is this digital task BETTER than using paper? If you don’t ask “how can I make this better” then it won’t be better. Things […]

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Exactly Why Are You Using Tech????

why use tech?

Exactly Why Are You Using Tech???? Just because it is digital, does not make it better. As was true before we were using tech, we need to thoughtfully and intentionally design activities for student engagement. 4 C’s When using tech I want to know how it makes the task BETTER? Allows for more collaboration. Increases […]

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Jamestown Bitmoji Project with @MatthewFarber

Jamestown Bitmoji Project with @MatthewFarber

Creative Project Ideas with Matthew Farber Matthew Farber (author of “Gamify Your Classroom“) shared with me a project his student did using Bitmoji’s to represent the story of Jamestown. This project hits many of the things I value: Integrates technology, not just uses tech. Uses real things that students can relate to. Provides choice. Allows students to […]

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Lesson Planning – What Does it Look Like in 2016?

Teach Like it is 2016

Updating the Lesson Plan Template I love the templates Google is putting out for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. I have not put in the effort yet to be a design wizard so having some templates to start with really helps! I am disappointed however with Reading Rainbow, who made a lesson plan template […]

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Giving a PowerPoint is NOT a Student Centered Lesson

  21st Century teaching models call for a more student centered classroom. No longer is the teacher the holder of all knowledge. Students are able to conduct research, use social media tools to ask questions and find new information. If we are asking students in each lesson to Communicate their ideas, Collaborate, Critically Think and […]

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Why Do We Care About This? – Schmoop

If we want students to care about their learning and to retain their learning we need to give them a reason to care about what they are learning. Because it is a state standard, because it is on the test or because they can build a bridge with it are in my opinion all terrible […]

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21st Century Assignment Planning

What types of things do you consider when creating an assignment for your students? As a 21st century teacher there are things you may want to expressly consider when doing your assignment planning. Depth of Knowledge Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is similar to Bloom’s Taxonomy. There are 4 DOK levels: Recall, Skill/Concept, Strategic Thinking, […]

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