I hope to introduce a variety of curating tools to classes and individual students this year. While this is an exciting way for learners to discover how to manage their information worlds, not everyone actually needs or wants to curate every single time they begin research.
Students and teachers can exploit the curation efforts already out there.
In fact, the new curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool, a tool for scanning the real-time environment, as well as opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging information landscapes.
Because a couple of my seniors selected autism as an area of interest for their senior project, I’ll use this topic as a sample search in five of my favorite new search tools.
Both Wallwisher and Google Docs are versitile, powerful, easy to use and free which enables teachers to use them frequently with their students and as a result, gain efficiencies in their classroom.
For example, if your students have access to iPads or laptops, consider making Wallwisher part of your daily Do Now routine to get a feel for background knowledge prior to a difficult read, identify main idea in a Do Now excerpt, write a GIST statement, or propose a question about the text.
All student responses (text or images) are pinned on a Wallwisher bulletin board where they can be discussed, peer evaluated, or even posted on your class blog to be shared with other classes or parents.
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Edutopia offers a guide to resources that will help you make sense of the initiative and join the conversation.
Understanding non-fiction text structures is critical for “Reading to Learn” (i.e., reading for information). Students should be familiar with the five most common text structures and should be able to identify each structure using signal words and key features.
Understanding which text structure is used helps students monitor their understanding, while learning the specific content that is presented. These text structures need to be explicitly taught in the classroom.
Innovative teachers have already developed uses and opportunities for video chatting in the classroom, including: experimenting with collaborative project-based learning between students at other schools; enabling access ...
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy and in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.
Writing and implementing the Common Core State Standards are one of the most significant initiatives in American education in decades. Yet the swiftness with which they were developed and adopted has left educators uncertain about exactly what they are. In his publication, Robert Rothman identifies five of the most common myths surrounding common core standards and debunked them.