Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Differentiating your Formative Assessments

    on Jan 16, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Technology • with Comments


    The point of teaching is to learn.  Each student comes to us with different experiences and this impacts how and when they master the various concepts and skills presented in the classroom.  Part of teaching is understanding where students are in a lesson, skill, and unit.  Exit tickets have become the buzz, but there are many ways, beyond a ticket out, to check for understanding during your teaching. Creativity:  Allow students to express their knowledge of the concept or idea in a creative way, through art. Some of these activities can be done quickly, others will take a

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  • Resolutions for a 1:1 iPad Pioneer

    on Jan 12, 15 • in Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Just before the December recess a senior stopped me in the hall enthusiastic over his acceptance into college. He impressed upon me sincere gratitude for the letter of recommendation I had written. We exchanged compliments and I was given to reflection on two years we shared in history studies. In the recommendation I had highlighted his impassioned argument and subsequent research into the results of the use of the atomic bomb as evidence of academic excellence. Why had this student, usually overlooked for his average participation, risen to write an essay on par with our most advanced? I recall two factors

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  • STEAM Ahead- Social Studies Lesson- Part 2

    on Jan 6, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    It is two days before the winter holiday break as I wind down with students and their LED light projects. I entered this study with no experience in circuit design or understanding of how lights operate, I given up the security of time tested lessons for STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math). There was no need for change. Except there was.  Students had asked me why we couldn’t use more class time to make things. Why is research always about writing? That was my impetus. For the first time ever I deliberately fashioned a traditional social studies lesson around transformational

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  • STEAM Inspired Spin on Social Studies

    on Dec 8, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

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    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects joined forces with Art (Design) to become STEAM, the acronym which stands for education that deliberately promotes 21st century transformations in thinking. Social studies is not included as a focus and I like to think it’s because it is at the root of of the original STEM.  As a social studies educator I’m struggling to make that more apparent so I attended the November, Vermont State Technology Conference hosted by  The makerspaces and new tools were exciting and innovative but I wanted something that would not change

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  • Social Studies Educational Apps 101

    on Dec 4, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments


    Having access to technology in a classroom is one of the best ‘next generation’ resources you can have. Teachers all over want to be able to give students exactly the information that they need in engaging ways. The answer? Apps. Now, we know that not all apps are created equal. I’ve put together a list of my favorites — the apps I use all the time. I promise I’m not getting any type of reimbursement from these companies. They are just really great resources to use!   1- Brain Pop: I love, love Tim and

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