Friday, February 28, 2014

ED Tech Resources 02/28/2014

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A Couple of Great US History Sites for Primary Source Documents and Activities

I attended a PD session this week,  "Research Tools: Cure for the Common Core" presented by +Amy Whitfield and +Crystal Smith.  They shared a number of great resources from Discus.  It's always a "Why didn't I know that" kind of moment when people share the resources from Discus.  There are just so many  great resources available in Discus.

One resource they shared which was really interesting to me was DocsTeach from the National Archives.  DocsTeach has access to thousands of primary source documents from the National Archives as well as tools and activities for teaching these documents in your class.  One of my favorite parts of site is the "Activities" section.  This section is loaded with interactive activities students can use to explore documents.  You also have the option to create your own interactive activities with the documents.

The DocsTeach site got me thinking about another great resource for primary source documents and activities.  This one from the Stanford History Group Education Group.  This website provides some of the same types of documents but the focus is a little different.  Not only does the Stanford Group have US History Documents they also have lessons for World History.  It also feels to me like the Stanford site goes a little deeper with its content.

Under the Curriculum section of the website you can access Historical Thinking Matters, a site that works to get students to think historically.  The other link under Curriculum is Reading Like a Historian, this  "curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. They learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence."  If your looking to challenge your students then be sure to explore Beyond the Bubble.  This part of the site allows you to assess 21st century skills with historical documents from the Library of Congress.

Take some time to explore these two sites.  Both of these sites can provide you with resources to challenge your students and to encourage them to think like a historian.  There is definitely a ton of information and resources available that can be used to help with close reading and other skills necessary for CCSS.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ED Tech Resources 02/27/2014

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How to Destroy Productivity.

 So I came across this infographic the other day from Makeuseof, and it got me thinking about how technology is supposed to make our lives easier and more efficient.  Jokes on us!

I'm guilty to some extent of all of these time killers.  Numbers 3, 6 and 7...not so much (although I am the one that usually does the "bugging" with conversation).  I am already starting to pay attention to what I am doing during the day to try to eliminate some of these time killers. How many are you guilty of? If there are some, you may want to try and change.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let Them Explore and Problem Solve!

How much knowledge should a teacher have of a technology tool before they can start to use it in their classrooms?

Evidently everything! I talk to so many teachers who say they can't use a tool or resource in their classroom with their students because they, the teacher, don't know how to use the resource. I really believe it is time for teachers to let go and allow the students time to explore and figure somethings out for themselves. Isn't one of the key skills for a 21st century learner problem solving? How can students learn problem solving skills if we never allow them the opportunity?

My suggestions: 

  • Build time into the learning that will give the students time to explore.
  • If students have questions about a technology resource, have them ask the other students for help.
  • Show them where the help feature is located.  Technology resources typically have excellent help resources.

ED Tech Resources 02/26/2014

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ED Tech Resources 02/25/2014

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Monday, February 24, 2014

ED Tech Resources 02/24/2014

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Friday, February 14, 2014