5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

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If you’re looking for meaningful lessons to wrap up your school year, here are my top picks: Digital Passport. Applied Digital Skills. Digital Passport. Common Sense Media’s award-winning Digital Passport is the gold-standard in teaching digital citizenship to grades 3-5 (or Middle School). It includes certificates of achievement, badges at the completion of units, and a classroom tracking poster to show how students are progressing.

What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

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Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. That, in turn, is dependent upon their society, culture, past knowledge, personal experiences, and more. Learning is constructed, not acquired, and is based on the fullness of a person’s individual lifetime of learning. Constructivism also works well with inquiry-based learning (click for more on inquiry-based teaching).

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How to Blend DoK into Lesson Plans without a Comprehensive Rewrite

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I recently got a question from a reader asking how the lessons in my K-8 curriculum supported Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge philosophy — an integral concept to her school’s mission. Now, exemplary teachers focus on blending learning into the student’s life knowledge base with the goal of building happy, productive adults. Rather, it itemizes ways students interact with knowledge. How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model.

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169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to so many daily tech-infused education. Sub-category: Classroom management. Effort —assess student tech knowledge based on process not product.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

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” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Reigning her enthusiasm in was painful for both of us but the grade-level body of knowledge the State expected her to learn didn’t leave a lot of time for digging deeply into her passion. Knowledge work — includes professional development and on-the-job training.

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

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Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts. Our classrooms are more diverse. Students are digital natives, already in the habit of learning via technology. Transfer of knowledge is critical.

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team

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What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? What if we asked those student learners to create informative, instructional digital content that is accessible to all? After all, many of us would agree that the students are the ones who are usually the most knowledgeable, up-to-date resources for what is the latest and greatest with technology, so why not tap into their large knowledge base and cultivate their leadership potential?

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