5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

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For many, this means, during the last few weeks of school, learning limps to a grinding halt but increasingly, teachers use this time productively to introduce curricular- and standards-aligned activities that “color outside the lines” — step away from the textbook to blend learning with dynamic activities that remind students why they want to be life-long learners. Applied Digital Skills. Digital Passport. Applied Digital Skills.

What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

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Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery. Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. Learning is incremental. Learning is iterative.

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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. Tech use— evaluate student self-directed use of the technology they have learned in class projects. Anecdotally verify that they are applying their learning.

Computer literacy: The invisible skills gap?

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I am guilty of assuming that the younger a person is, the easier it is to teach them digital literacy. Recent reports have found that – not surprisingly – digital natives who have mastered Fortnight and driving while texting are far from being able to distinguish between fake and real news, or adept at mid-skill job requirements for computer literacy. How computer literacy evolved into digital literacy. Digital Citizen. Knowledge Constructor.

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. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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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. Students are digital natives, already in the habit of learning via technology. To focus on the over-arching concepts above, make learning platform-neutral. Failure is a learning tool.

How to Build Your PLN

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’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. Johnson (2013), a PLN is: “a self-created set of experts, colleagues, and resources…that meet one’s daily learning needs.”. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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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. Renowned linguist, philosopher, historian, and scientist, Noam Chomsky says it this way: “ Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. Rephrased, this defines education as not about academic success, learning the 3Rs or graduating top in the class.

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Fake news: Fact or opinion?

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Becoming a good digital citizen commonly includes the mastering of a multitude of skills. link] Creative Commons license: [link] The Digital Classroom Starter Kit from Common Sense Education provides digital citizenship activities and lessons as part of their classroom technology use ideas. They also provide a wonderful K-12 digital citizenship curriculum with the scope and sequence found here and have recently started updating their curriculum.

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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