Five Things Every Teacher Should Do
- lead high-level, text-based discussions
- focus on process, not just content
- create assignments for real audience with real purposes
- teach argument, not persuasion ( we need to do more of this)
- increase text complexity and focus on academic vocabulary
I see teachers and students at Welcome Elementary implementing these Common Core Components as their students create using their iPads. They are also learning keyboarding skills and how to collaborate using Edmodo in the computer lab. It is amazing what these students can do because of the high expectations of their teachers and administration!
iPads, Edmodo, and Students Creating at Welcome on PhotoPeach
Westcliffe Elementary students in Ms. Black’s class were learning a poem about soup, so we integrated math by adding soup ingredients using the iPad.
Click here to see our lesson adding vegetable soup. Show Me Lesson
If you have laptops or a computer lab, start using that technology to motivate your students to research and create. 2 great resources to use with your students are SCDiscus and Instagrok. I would link these sites to my web page or blog and let students explore topics they are interested in, visit the websites, games, etc…. that correlate to the standards they are researching. Give students choices about how they will present their knowledge: Using the iPad, creating a digital story with voicethread, creating a voki, making a tagxedo, designing a flipchart, upload to Edmodo, are great ways to display and publish student work for a real audience.
Click here to see our adding using a few of my favorite things. http://youtu.be/306e2yfhm6E