As a tech teacher, I see a lot of student websites. I’m always impressed with the effort, the tenacity, and often the skill, but most require ‘some additional work’ to be published.
And then I got an email from Stephen Byrne. In his quest to better learn history, he blended it with his love of of programming and built a website. It’s called History for Kids. It is exceptional, not only for its clean, intuitive presentation, but it’s age-appropriate language. If your students struggle finding research websites that use words at their grade level, suggest they build their own site like Stephen did:
Google’s 3DTin is 3D modeling in a browser. It goes out of its way to be user-friendly. It requires no installation as long as you browse in Google Chrome or Firefox with WebGL support. Just type 3dtin.com in address bar and start designing. Any operating system. All of its functionality is free. … as long as the sketch is shared under Creative Commons. On the right sidebar is a running list (with Browse command) to view what others have created in 3DTin.
The 2014 Edublog Awards is a community based initiative started in 2004 in response to concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access to educational blog sites. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these. Once a year, about this time of year, we bloggers get ten days to nominate our favorites in categories that include:
Here’s an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen. The poll includes lots of definitions for the word ‘turkey’–from objective to idiomatic. Have each student come up some time during the day (or class) and make their choice.
Did your students come up with other definitions I didn’t list?
In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.
It used to be simple to post grades. Add up test scores and see what the student earned. Very defensible. Everyone understood.
It’s not that way anymore. Now we’re looking for understanding, transfer of knowledge, scaffolding for future learning, habits of mind, depth of knowledge, and a general preparedness for college and/or career. Here are factors I consider when I’m determining grades:
Does s/he remember skills from prior lessons as they complete current lessons?
Does s/he show evidence of learning by using tech class knowledge in classroom or home?
Does s/he participate in class discussions?
Does s/he complete daily goals (a project, visit a website, watch a tutorial, etc.)?
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