The Common Core and Digital Skills Development

3 Jul

 The Common Core and Digital Skills DevelopmentHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a powerful set of expectations for student learning that has been adopted by districts across the country. One of the phrases associated with this document is college and career readiness. As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to technology in the real world is absolutely essential.

Students of all ages need experience using technology and developing digital skills that can be applied to multiple tasks. If we truly want children to be college and career ready, schools must take thoughtful and strategic action to include technology tools in classroom instruction.

The CCSS clearly states expectations for technology use as it applies to different content areas. These standards also give teachers the flexibility to incorporate a variety of strategies and resources. Educators can make decisions about how to address the Common Core, meet the needs of their students, and provide opportunities to strengthen digital skills.

Embrace Multimedia

The English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards of the Common Core state that students should be able to “[i]ntegrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally” (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2). Students are bombarded by media outside of the classroom. They need to…

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Book Creator App FREE for Windows Tablets

2 Jul

Book Creator App FREE for Windows Tablets Book Creator App FREE for Windows TabletsBook Creator is one of my favorite apps for students.  I shared it at two poster sessions at ISTE this week (links to math session & writing session) and heard lots of stories from teachers using it in their classrooms.  This powerful mobile app is now available for Windows tablets and is completely free for a limited time.

If you’ve used Book Creator on iOS devices or Android tablets you know that it’s a dynamic creation tool. Teachers working with students of all age levels love the audio features, layering of images, easy text editor, and recent update with shapes and talk bubbles.

Check out lots of ideas for using Book Creator in your classroom by visiting their website!

25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process

1 Jul

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session 25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process! View the presentation here:

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7 Apps for Student Creators

30 Jun

7 Apps for Student CreatorsHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.

Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.

There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.

Book Creator

What better way to have students show their understanding of a topic than to write a book about it? Using Book Creator, students from kindergarten through high school can…

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Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!

29 Jun

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session “Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!”  View the presentation here:

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Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from Touchpress

28 Jun

Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from Touchpress Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from TouchpressYou might be familiar with some of Touchpress’ amazing apps like The Elements or Barefoot World Atlas.  A new app that is free to download is Julliard Open Studios.  It includes access to content that brings The Julliard School to the screen of your iPad.  With one episode to explore (and more available with a subscription) students and teachers can hear the story behind performances and take a deep dive into musical content.

Learn more by checking out Julliard Open Studies on the Apple App Store!

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features

27 Jun

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features I’m excited to share with you a sneak peak of the learning management system (LMS) from Otus Plus.  The redesigned Otus web-based platform is now live and brings the power of the iPad app to web browsers.  This LMS is adaptable to different teaching styles and perfect for one-to-one classrooms.  This new web-based platform, and updated iPad app is completely free for teachers and students.

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New FeaturesWith Otus Plus teachers can now access real-time analytics.  This comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps from Otus’ toolbox. Teachers can link data to Common Core standards or add their own standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades.  The new Toolbox feature offers integrations with quality apps like OpenEd, Khan Academy, Actively Learn, Soft Chalk, Theme Spark, Zaption, Write About, Andover Fulcrum, Grammarly and dozens more being added this summer.

Learn more about the new updates from Otus Plus by visiting their website!

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