Here are a few more sites to check out to help you incorporate technology in your classroom!
This Website provides resources for WebQuests and is useful for students of all ages.
This Website is also great for exploring beyond the classroom (but it’s not free)
This Website is the gaming headquarters for Making History and can be used for cross-curricular units
This website is a great way to connect and collaborate with students and parents
I came across this website today and want to share it with you.
It’s a great source for lesson plans, classroom resources and professional resources. Very useful for new teachers and veteran teachers looking to expand their practice…AND sign up is free!!
Check it out here at http://www.teachersfirst.com/
I came across this great resource when looking for ways to integrate more technology into the classroom. This cite contains 27 different free tools teachers can use to increase online collaboration!
You can find the original here:
Here is a professional development session that you can use or alter to fit your school’s needs.
Improving Student Achievement Through A Communicative Partnership
The aim of the session is to improve student achievement through a communicative partnership.
I hope you find it useful!
If you’re a teacher in the United States then you know that there is a lot of focus and debate on the Common Core lately. Proponents of adopting the Common Core State Standards say an introduced shared national assessment system may be more beneficial in determining how schools are performing across the nation. This would in turn benefit students overall. Opponents of a national assessment system believe that if the federal government becomes involved states will have less control, certain topics will be left out and funding will become an issue. Whether or not you’re a proponent of the CCSS, I feel that they still have a place in education. Since I teach internationally I am not held to the same accountability as teachers in the U.S. However, I use he CCSS as a frame of reference along with the PYP when using backwards design to write a unit or lesson plan.
Achievethecore is a great resource for lessons that align with the CCSS. The site also provided professional development sessions and research.
Have you heard of the phone app called BAND. It is a social media platform specifically for groups. You can create a group for each class. Every group that is created has its own ‘wall’ for group posts and members can upload photos, videos, documents etc. It’s a great platform for sharing ideas and posting questions for student responses. Students can respond to you, other students and further classroom discussions. It’s also a great way to keep the communication lines between teacher and students active. Another great feature is the calendar function which can allow the teacher to share academic calendars, assignments and such. A coworker told me about it and said it was an excellent way to communicate with all students and to encourage communication between students. If you want to learn more about BAND you can read about it on Wikipedia.
Performance Task Role-play
Here is a performance task role-play. This was created for university level students but can be adapted.