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Need to Create Lesson Plans? Try Frolyc

lesson plansWhen I first looked at Frolyc  I thought it was a lesson planning tool. Somewhat like Khan Academy’s mashable lesson plans or Mentor Mob’s  playlist of activities–or Knowmia‘s carefully-crafted materials that can be shared throughout their communities. But the more I dug into it, the more I realized that I was selling Frolyc short. Yes, it can curate content–for me, more easily than these others–in preparation for a flipped classroom lesson or independent student study. I could quickly collect a wide variety of interactive materials and distribute them to students nicely grouped under a theme. Yes, it can deliver low-stakes testing to students while they work, to evaluate learning and determine if appropriate scaffolding has been provided to insure understanding. Teachers have adopted short and quick formative assessments to inform them about whether the lesson they’re teaching is achieving the desired results. Typically, this requires a separate student log-in through an add-on tool like Today’s Meet and Socrative. I liked that Frolyc integrated it into the platform–no need to go elsewhere.

But Frolyc could do more. The lesson plan I created could easily be differentiated to accommodate varied student learning styles by tweaking it before pushing it out to student accounts. When the student logs on to their iPad-based account, they get not a mass-produced lesson, one-size-fits-all, but one that addresses his/her range of knowledge, needs, and learning style. With a nominal amount of work on the teacher’s part, no two lesson plans need be the same, just as no two students are exactly alike.

Additionally with Frolyc, lesson plans became more than students passively consuming videos, text, websites–they included sharing ideas, comments, and collaboration.

Here’s how it works:

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Great (Free) Lesson Plans

39-aHere’s a list of over seventy-five lesson plans free for your use. They’re organized by:

  • subject
  • software/tool
  • grade

You just highlight the lesson, then copy-paste to a doc of your choice.

If you want them printed out on 8.5×11 sheets, they are available for purchase here.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the lessons:

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Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom–Lesson Plans

lesson plansI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Today: Lesson Plans

There are lots of different bundles of lesson plans–by theme, by software, by topic, by standard. Let me review a few with you:

  • bundles of 5 lesson plans–These are great when you want to cover a software program, a tool, a grade, or a standard. Pick the one that fits your need. They’re affordable, focused, and often completed in just a few class sessions
  • bundles of bundles, so that’s 15 for about $20 (less if you use a discount coupon)–This lets you get a discount when you stock up. Buy three bundles of five lessons–to cover a wide-range of needs.
  • 30 Common Core-aligned lessons–5 per grade level, K-5
  • 110 lesson plans–integrate tech into different grades, subjects, by difficulty level–These cover everything and are discounted this month. Check them out. They could be exactly what you need.
  • singles–for as low as $1.99 each. Genius Hour, Google Apps, Khan Academy, etc
  • Holiday projects–16 lesson plans that theme to holidays (varied) and keep students in the spirit while learning new tools

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Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom–Tech Curriculum

tech curriculumI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

The first review: the K-8 Technology Curriculum

Overview

The K-8 Technology Curriculum is Common Core and ISTE aligned, and outlines what should be taught when so students have the necessary scaffolding to use tech in the pursuit of grade level state standards and school curriculum.

Each book is between 130 and 260 pages and includes lesson plans, assessments, domain-specific vocabulary, problem solving tips, Big Idea, Essential Question,  options if primary tech tools not available, posters, reproducibles, samples, tips, enrichments, and teacher preparation. Lessons build on each other kindergarten through 5th grade. For Middle School, they are designed for the grading period time frame typical of those grade levels, with topics like programming, robotics, community service with tech.

Topics include keyboarding, digital citizenship, problem solving, domain-specific vocabulary, and more.

K-5 has a FREE companion wiki with FREE webinars on how to teach each lesson throughout the year and takes questions from anyone who has the curriculum. It’s used worldwide by public and private schools and homeschoolers.

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8 Digital Ways to End the School Year and Prepare for Next Year

If you’ve been swearing all year to get students online using some of those amazing digital tools. digital summer copyI have some ideas for you. These eight projects will be so much fun, they will eagerly welcome the new school year, hoping you have more for them to learn.

The trick with so many of these online sites is: Let students explore. Don’t rush them. Don’t teach them every twist and turn. Don’t expect perfection. Expect inquiry and enthusiasm and self-paced discovery. Let them solve problems as they create.

Here are eight ideas for amazing end-of-year projects that leave students thinking school is ending too soon:

End-of-year Multimedia Summative

Students take pictures of each other holding up favorite projects or working on tech skills–humorously, of course. Use these pictures in an Animoto movie to share light-hearted details of their Year in Tech. Open it with a magazine cover of student (created in Big Huge Labs). Accessorize with music, transitions, and text bubbles. Save to class network and load onto the school set of iPads. Students can play these movies on the last day of class as they celebrate the end of school. If you don’t have iPads, gather students in comfortable seating, play a student video as they reflect on another successful year of Tech.

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Common Core Writing–Digital Quick Writes

Here’s a free lesson plan from the newest Ask a Tech Teacher book, How to Achieve Common Core with Tech–the Writing Strand. This covers K-8, 208 Standards, and has 28 projects.writing

BTW, the lines at the front of each step are to track progress in case you don’t complete it in one class period. Feel free to print out for classroom use:

Essential Question

How does writing often and briefly improve skills?

Summary

Students use digital Quick Writes to integrate writing and critical thinking practice into any discipline.  They use a variety of age-appropriate digital tools to prepare their work. Through these short, fun writings, students develop fluency, build the habit of reflection, and informally assess thinking.

Big Ideas

Writing routinely for short periods of time, for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences, makes students better writers.

Materials

Internet, drawing program, quick write links

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Subscriber Special–Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

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Subscribers: Your Special is Available

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This month:

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6th Grade Tech Curriculum–Fifth Edition

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The [updated] 261-page 6th Grade Technology Curriculum is the seventh in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. The choice of hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this nine-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher.

The 32-week 6th grade tech curriculum is designed with the unique needs of middle school technology IT classes in mind. Each lesson is now aligned with both Common Core State Standards and National Educational Technology Standards, including Scope and Sequence. step-by-step weekly lessons, articles on tech pedagogy, emphasis on comprehension/problem-solving/critical thinking/preparing students for career and college. Focus is on transfer of knowledge and blended learning, collaboration and sharing.

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Big Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

saleFebruary 27th and 28th, my entire TeachersPayTeachers store is on sale. Drop by and get something from your Wish List at 20% off! Just for showing up, you’ll get an additional 10% off from TPT–that’s 30% off anything you purchase.

Plus–I’ve set a bunch of items to FREE. You can browse my store to find them or click the link below:

  1. 4th Grade–Space Science (Common Core aligned)
  2. 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into Geography
  3. 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into First Grade Using Software
  4. How to Use Khan Academy in Your Classroom (Common Core aligned)
  5. MLK Lesson Plan (Common Core aligned)
  6. His Words in Our Words–another MLK lesson plan (Common Core aligned)

One more reason to stop by–I’ve posted 2 new single lesson plans:

How to use Note-taking in Your Classroom

This covers using simple word processing programs, GAFE, Evernote, Google Forms, Flipboard to take notes. Your students will love at least one of them.

How to use 3 Presentations Boards in Your Classroom

Start class with a war-up that teaches–Problem Solving, Vocabulary, and Google Earth. These are great for Responsive Classroom programs.

Even if you’re not in the market for more tech ed products, drop by. Join the excitement!

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It’s Here–(updated) 6th Grade Technology Curriculum!

6th gradeThe [updated] 261-page 6th Grade Technology Curriculum is the seventh in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. The choice of  hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this nine-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher.

The 32-week 6th grade tech curriculum is designed with the unique needs of middle school technology IT classes in mind. Each lesson is now aligned with both Common Core State Standards and National Educational Technology Standards, including Scope and Sequence. step-by-step weekly lessons, articles on tech pedagogy, emphasis on comprehension/problem-solving/critical thinking/preparing students for career and college. Focus is on transfer of knowledge and blended learning, collaboration and sharing.

Online support is offered FREE through a help blog

Each lesson includes: Common Core Standards, ISTE Standards, essential question, big idea, materials required, vocabulary, problem solving for lesson, time required to complete, teacher preparation required, steps to accomplish goals, assessment strategies, troubleshooting, how to extend learning, additional resources, examples, grading rubrics. Units include:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Digital Rights & Res.
  • Genius Hour
  • Google Apps
  • Google Earth Lit Trip
  • Graphics
  • Internet Search
  • Intro and Digital Tools
  • Keyboarding
  • Khan Academy
  • Note-taking
  • Photoshop
  • Presentations
  • Problem Solving
  • Spreadsheets
  • The Debate
  • Web-based Tools
  • Word Processing
  • Write an Ebook

Note to readers: Color shown in the sample image gallery are included in PDF version only, sold separately. Please contact publisher for a discounted price with Amazon proof of purchase.

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