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Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth

Discovery Invests in Digital Textbooks in Hopes of Growth | History in Middle School | Scoop.it

"As another academic year starts, about 500,000 children across the country will find themselves learning subjects like middle school history or high school biology from a new line of digital textbooks. These manuals, branded Techbooks, come with all the Internet frills: video, virtual labs, downloadable content... Under pressure to expand, media companies are capitalizing on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms."


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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | History in Middle School | Scoop.it

Review of site by Jason Tomaszewski, for Education World

 

"Since the advent of the movie reel, educators have used films to reward students or expand lessons. TeachWithMovies now gives educators access to good-quality lesson plans designed specifically for films.

 

"The site’s nearly 400 classroom-ready resources are tailored to fit everything from English to science classes and include full lesson plans as well as more informal lesson guides. The content is very well done, meaning teachers can simply grab a lesson plan and head to class.

 

"This is a paid site, and while a bit of free content is available, those seeking full lesson plans and guides must subscribe to TeachWithMovies for an $11.99 annual fee. Given the quality of the materials here, that price is certainly reasonable."


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Click Here to Watch 300: Part 2 Full Movie - http://w.atch.me/EnDJqH

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Structuring the Day: How ELA and Reading are Taught at a Middle School-Grade 8

8th Grade ELA and Reading teacher explains how her ELA and Reading classes are structured in her middle school to provide maximum time engaged in rigorous work.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 24, 2013 9:20 AM

The English Department Chair and ELA Middle School Teacher understand that reading and writing are two branches off the same tree and therefore have created a two hour ELA block. Students are reading to write, while at the same time writing about their reading.


Georgia has put together a series of videos explaining how they are restructuring schedules and creating creating new, integrated units with instruction and assessment strategies that support CCSS.


This video is just one in the series that can be found here.

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Complex Texts in a 9th Grade History Classroom

Complex Texts in a 9th Grade History Classroom | History in Middle School | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate the Common Core's complex texts in a way that students will read, engage with, debate, and discuss? Join us as we explore non-freaked implementation.

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Flipped instruction turns around middle-school history lessons

Flipped instruction turns around middle-school history lessons | History in Middle School | Scoop.it
Disappointed their students were not engaged in classroom lessons, two teachers at a Texas middle school decided to flip the script.

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My Middle Schoolers Actually LOVE Our Unit Overview Sheets! | transformED

My Middle Schoolers Actually LOVE Our Unit Overview Sheets! | transformED | History in Middle School | Scoop.it

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I mean, when was the last time you stumbled across a middle schooler who LOVED -- all caps on purpose -- ANY handout that had to do with school?

But it's true: My students -- who I surveyed last week in an attempt to gather some feedback about the unit overview sheets that my learning team developed together -- really dig the tool that we're using to give them opportunities to reflect on what they're learning. 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 10, 2013 7:59 PM

Bill Ferriter suggests a different way to share objectives with students through the use of an Overview Sheet. What is an Overview Sheet. Ferriter states it is a  "one-page handout that includes a list of every objective that students need to master written in student-friendly language.  The handout also includes unit vocabulary and a few essential questions designed to spark thinking and start conversations."

An example of one is provided in the post (which you may download and you see part of in the image) as is a download where he shares students thoughts on self assessments. This may be something you would like to try with your students.

Sue Ann's curator insight, May 29, 2013 4:13 PM

I loved the Unit Overview sheets, and how students rate their mastery of the objectives. 

LeeAnn LaSota's curator insight, July 20, 2014 9:06 PM

This may not be tech, but it fits perfectly for the new interactive text books!

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Education Technology: Apps in the Middle School Classroom

Education Technology: Apps in the Middle School Classroom | History in Middle School | Scoop.it

Karin has three kids, two in middle school. Like most people who live with or teach kids this age, she knows that what’s in now will be passé in a day, and that few kids want to admit that school can be cool. So when her daughter came home from a friend’s house chattering about life in Jamestown in colonial days, Karin was eager to know what sparked this enthusiasm. Perhaps she should have guessed: It was an iPad app. Karin looked up the Early Jamestown history app in the App Store (it’s free), and she found other interactive history apps there as well. Maybe one of them will also interest her kids."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:02 AM

Nicely targeted for the middle school (Mandarin = chu zhong) field.

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Essential rules for effectively using iPads in middle school classrooms | iSource

Essential rules for effectively using iPads in middle school classrooms | iSource | History in Middle School | Scoop.it

"In the two years of being a principal of a school that has been using iPads on a 1:1 device to student ratio, I have learned a lot about classroom rules that are needed to ensure that the iPads are an effective learning tool rather than a learning distraction.

 

If managed properly, iPads offer amazing benefits to learning and are almost limitless classroom tools.  However, if not properly managed, iPads can also be a detriment to classroom learning and be a major distraction for students.

 

During my time using the iPads in the classrom, I have found the following 11 rules to be essential for keeping the iPads as a learning tool and not a learning distraction."


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IncitED's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:39 AM

iPads add value to middle school classes.

Lin Knappett's comment, April 8, 2013 1:04 PM
Excellent tips for all teachers. Thanks so much!
Cavett Binion's curator insight, April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

Educators, iPads, and Middle School Classrooms: Herding Digital Cats and Living To Tell About It. If you're using iPads in the classroom, this may be a helpful read.