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Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

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Welcome to the fourth post…  and almost last post of this series.  There is still some summer left so I thought I will add one more post… a fifth one for next time. I have a goal every summer to bring you at least 40 new tools… now it will be 50… that you may not know about. Remember, I am picking these from thousands and I am trying to find those sites that are up and coming and might just be the next big edtech hit. You might also notice I am also including a few sites that have been around for awhile.  They include ones that I feel educators might want to be a little more aware of. I hope you enjoy and try some of these out during the summer months. It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Read the others in the series:

Part One,,,,,,,  Part Two ……. Part Three …… Part Four (This Issue)…… Part Five (Coming)

Part 4: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Google Cultural Institute: Art Project

  • Experience, virtually, art that has shaped the world.
  • Search by person, event, artwork title and more.
  • “Discover”  allows exploration of related topics.
  • Save items to your own Gallery and share.

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/project/art-project

Citelighter

  • Digital writing solution Elementary to Higher Ed
  • Free = Content Capturing, Organization and Prewriting, Google Docs Integration
  • Premium = Video-based lessons, Access to “millions” of academic articles, more
  • Resources  – useful writing lessons and other information.

http://www.citelighter.com/

Big History Project

  • Multi-disciplinary middle/high curriculum on history of universe.
  • 13.7 billion years of history covered
  • Videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities.
  • Big name key partners, contributors, and sponsors
  • Optimized for mobile and tablet devices.

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Quizziz

  • Multi-player practice quizzes for students.
  • Select “curated question set” or create your own.
  • Give students the game code, then start.
  • Teacher sees/can save student data.

http://quizizz.com/

The Radix Endeavor

  • Great STEM game (Gr 8 -12) in 2-D fantasy world.
  • Science/math skills used to help inhabitants.
  •  Individual/multiple players can be tracked.
  • Developed at the MIT Education Arcade

https://www.radixendeavor.org/

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

  • Daily news articles for kids K-12 selected by professional journalists.
  • Students post teacher-moderated comments.
  • Aims to encourage a well-informed public
  • Companion sites: Teen Tribune, TTEspanol, and TTJunior

http://www.tweentribune.com/

LitPick

  • Members review books, contribute to forums
  • Reviewers (Gr. 4+ ) need adult sponsor on application.
  • Students find books of interest.
  •  Authors connect with reader/reviewers.
  • Adults gain insight into young adult reading interests.

http://www.litpick.com/

QuadBlogging

  • Develops writing, communications, problem-solving, and collaborative skills.
  • Authentic, global (and guaranteed) audience for your class blog.
  • One “Quad” blogs weekly – other 3 classes visit and comment.

http://quadblogging.com/

Twiducate

  • “Social networking for schools.”
  • Twitter-like but for Education (private network)
  • Post deadlines, inspiration, news, web URLs
  •  Students can ask questions, collaborate on problems, embed pictures

http://www.twiducate.com/ 

Graphite Lesson Flows

  • Create a Lesson with an amazing App
  • Provide written instruction
  • Use multiple apps and resources
  • Created and vetted by teachers
  • So much more

https://www.graphite.org/lesson-flows#/lesson-flows

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Part 3: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

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Welcome to the third post in this series. I cant’t think of a better time then summer to check out some new edtech tools and possibilities. I have a goal every summer to bring you at least 40 new tools… maybe more… that you may not know about.  I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Remember, I am picking these from thousands and I am trying to find those sites that are up and coming and might just be the next big edtech hit. You might also notice I am also including a few sites that have been around for awhile.  They include ones that I feel educators might want to be a little more aware of. I hope you enjoy and try some of these out during the summer months. It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Read the others in the series:

Part One,,,,,,,  Part Two ……. Part Three (This Issue)…… Part Four (Coming)…… Part Five (?)

Part 3: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Exploratorium

  • San Francisco Science museum online.
  • 50,000 pages of original materials.
  • Webcasts, videos, articles, podcasts
  • Slideshows, online exhibits, and activities
  • Web projects, competitions, virtual field trips

http://www.exploratorium.edu

Teach With Movies

  • 350+ free Lesson Plans based on feature films and movies.
  • Subject matter index lists films by curriculum area.
  • Also indexed by appropriate age, title, and more.
  • Full length films as well as short video clips.

http://www.teachwithmovies.org/

Make Beliefs Comix

  • Helps English Language Learners and Special Needs students communicate.
  • 350+ printable graphic writing prompts in 50 categories.
  • Supports multiple languages
  • iPad app (free or $1.99 for ad-free) or web-based.

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

Infogr.am

  • Create charts, infographics, maps from templates.
  • Let students tell a story with uploaded spreadsheet data.
  • “FAQ” at bottom for tour and video tutorials.
  • PRO Plan (Educ. Pricing) for added features.

https://infogr.am/education

Gapminder For Teachers

  • Aims “ to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview.”
  • Depicts social, economic, and environmental development statistics over time.
  • Videos, handouts and lesson plans, interactives
  • Download software for offline use.
  • “For Teachers” – developing site for using tools in the classroom.
  • Links to TED Talks by developer, Dr. Hans Rosling.

http://www.gapminder.org/for-teachers/

Edueto

  • Create online exercises (of 8 different types) or adapt from their library.
  • Assign, and track student progress.
  • WATCH the tutorials or you may think it isn’t working!

https://www.edueto.com/

Breaking News Generator

  • Create a newscast screen shot.
  • Place a crawler at the bottom.
  • Download, Embed or Tweet it!
  • Great free tool from classtools.net

http://www.classtools.net/breakingnews

Instructables

  • For the DIYers and Makers…
  • Technology, 3-D Printing, Robotics, Reuseables, Everyday things, more…
  • View and download instructions.
  • Create your own and share.

http://www.instructables.com/

Get the Math

  • “Algebra in the real world” for middle and high school students.
  • Presents interactive challenges used by pros in many fields.
  • Develops algebraic reasoning skills and awareness of use in “real world.”
  • Resources for teachers

http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/

Curriculet

  • Place “questions, quizzes, and rich media” annotations on top of any text.
  • Non-fiction content via current USA Today articles.
  • Available curriculets are editable or create your own.
  • Assign to students and view progress reports.

https://www.curriculet.com

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Coming Soon: Three Great Posts – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, The Rest of the  40 Amazing Educational Websites, and More STEMtastic Resources. These are some wonderful posts you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

Booking Info for Michael Gorman – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

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Welcome to the second post in this series. Summer is a great time to check out some new edtech tools and possibilities. My goal every summer is to bring you at least 40 new tools… maybe more… that you may not know about.  I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Remember I am picking these from thousands and I am trying to find those sites that are up and coming and might just be the next big edtech hit. You might also notice I am also including a few sites that have been around for awhile.  They include ones that I feel educators might want to be a little more aware of. I hope you enjoy and try some of these out during the summer months. It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Read the others in the series:

Part One,,,,,,,  Part Two (This Issue)……. Part Three (Next Issue)…… Part Four (Coming)…… Part Five (?)

Part 2: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Crash Course

  • Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green
  • Entertaining episodes teach Science, Social Studies, Literature and more.
  • YouTube Channel has Playlist of all offerings.
  • Partnership with PBS Digital Studios = more courses.

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse/

Newsela

  • Build reading comprehension using daily news.
  • Each article available at 5 reading levels.
  • Archived and new daily articles.
  • Assign articles and quizzes.
  • Pro version offers annotation & more.

https://newsela.com

Simple English Wikipedia

  • Articles use simple English words and grammar.
  • Sentences short but information more than basic.
  • Great for ELL, both children and adults.
  • Use for collaborative writing with basic vocabulary.

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Haiku Deck

  • Create inspirational, powerful presentations.
  • Limit text, use high-impact images.
  • Simple, beautiful, fun”
  • Share, embed, view on any web-enabled device.
  • Web-based or iPad

https://www.haikudeck.com/

EDpuzzle

  • Use existing videos or upload, then add questions  with your voice.
  • Track student views and answers.
  • Embed in LMS, website, or blog.
  • Student-created videos are private.
  • iOS, Chrome, Android (soon)

https://edpuzzle.com/

Moovly

  • Create presentations (your content or their libraries).
  • Add animation as desired.
  • Encourage student creativity while requiring critical thinking.
  • Share via YouTube, Facebook or download.

https://www.moovly.com/

ThingLink for Education

  • Interactive images to develop 21st century skills
  • Turn video into a new kind of conversation platform.”
  •  Add “Tags” (links to sound, video, text, etc.) to image.
  • Embed or Share
  • Desktop, iOS, Android; Premium at $35/year.

https://www.thinglink.com/edu

Earth Rangers

  • Kids Conservation Organization (250,000+)
  • Aims to educate and empower children to preserve wildlife
  • Missions teach that collectively, impact can be made.
  • Science activities and lesson plans

http://www.earthrangers.org/

Smithsonian Education

  • Catalog of Smithsonian websites for students
  • Art, Science & Nature, History & Culture, People & Places
  • Categories link to multiple sites including games and activities.
  • Educators link allows resource search  by KW or Standards.

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org

HowToSmile.org

Science and Math activities for out-of-classroom settings.
Explore by Keyword or Topic.
Currently available: DIY Lake Science app for iOS.
Includes links to episodes of 10 PBS  Kids Science shows.

http://howtosmile.org/

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Coming Soon: Three Great Posts – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, The Rest of the  40 Amazing Educational Websites, and More STEMtastic Resources. These are some wonderful posts you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

Booking Info for Michael Gorman – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

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Welcome to a post and the summer of 2015… at least in the USA. I have a real treat for you in the coming weeks. I will be sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Remember I am picking these from thousands and I am trying to find those sites that are up and coming and might just be the next big edtech hit. You might also notice I am also including a few sites that have been around for awhile.  They include ones that I feel educators might want to be a little more aware of. I hope you enjoy and try some of these out durring the summer months. It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

3-D Gallery Generator

  • Build a museum with 10 exhibits.
  • Upload your own images or enter URLs.
  • Downloadable Help sheet can be used as student storyboard.

http://www.classtools.net/3D/

Blendspace

  • “Blend” lesson instruction & student response
  • Monitor/measure student understanding.
  • Flipping, PBL, and Differentiation.
  • Explore Teacher Resources, Gallery and Blog.

https://www.blendspace.com/

PowToon

  • “Brings awesomeness to your presentations.”
  • Create animated presentations.
  • “4Edu” version for teachers and students.
  • Basic version free.

https://www.powtoon.com

APPEd Review

  • In-depth reviews of 500 apps with screen shots
  • Instructional ideas, comprehensive rubric
  • Searchable by Operating System, Price, Subject/Grade.

http://appedreview.com/

Zaption

  • Add images, text, questions
  • Gallery of FREE content to copy or customize.
  • Laptop, tablet, iOS and works with most LMSs.
  • English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew
  • Sensitive to Copyright and Section 508 Accessibility.

http://www.zaption.com/

VideoNote.es

  • Notes automatically synchronized with video.
  • Share for Interactive Discussions or keep Private.
  • Integrates with Google Drive, works with YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy.
  • From Edlab @Teachers College Columbia U.

http://www.videonot.es/

Vialogues

  • Video + Dialogue (Asynchronous discussions)
  • Comments hyperlinked to video timeline.
  • “Manage” introductory info, add guiding questions, and polls.

https://vialogues.com/

Metta

  • Combine video content with captions & pictures.
  • Add polls and/or quizzes (responses recorded).
  • Mashups by teacher or students for presentations.
  • Free Basic Plan for 1 group (up to 30).

http://www.metta.io/

InstaGrok

  • Research with Concept Maps.
  • Visual interface shows connections.
  • Note-taking and journals writing feature.
  • Mobile app for Apple and Android.

http://www.instagrok.com

Prism

  • “Crowdsourced” interpretation of literary texts.
  • Highlight text to build visual representation.
  • “aesthetic provocations” invite further discussion.
  • Upload your own text and define categories for interpretation.

http://prism.scholarslab.org/

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Coming Soon: Three Great Posts – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, The Rest of the  40 Amazing Educational Websites, and More STEMtastic Resources. These are some wonderful posts you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

Booking Info for Michael Gorman – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already more than half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

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Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this fifth post you will discover how careful examination of the verbs in a standard can help you find resources to assist in proper technology integration. You may want to click on the link below to the first, through fourth posts of this series. Be on the lookout for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Beyond the Shine Series Articles

In this post I wish to go beyond the idea of finding the tech in the standards. Instead in this post it will be important to see how the technology is being integrated in a classroom. Not only should the technology support the standards, but proper integration of technology will ensure productive and effective technology use and integration in the 21st Century Classroom.. For this reason it is important to take a look at technology under the lens of the SAMR Model. You will find that looking at this model will provide avenues of going beyond the technology shine.
Introduction to SAMR

Transforming technology into a blended learning experience has become a necessity for those educators wanting to engage student centered learning in the 21st century classroom. While it is possible to create a successful and highly interactive student based learning experience without technology, it is technology that can amplify the learning experience. It must be remembered that amplification will have an effect on great educational pedagogy, but will also do the same for instruction that may not meet the goal. As teachers invite technology into the classroom it has become evident that as learners themselves, they go through formative steps as they become proficient in the blended experience.

Through the work of Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph. D. the SAMR Model (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) provides a wonderful lens to look at this progression. It must be understood that the goal is to create lessons that allow for the ability to facilitate learning opportunities that practice Redefinition. At the same time, it must be remembered that all of the stages allow for technology interaction and increased student engagement. This is sometimes not emphasized as teachers sometimes feel they must attempt to put all their lessons at the top tier of SAMR. There are times where simple Substitution is all that is needed and is most appropriate given the learning target. As educators become familiar with the SAMR Model it allows them to reflect and evaluate their technology integration practice while striving for powerful learning opportunities for their students. Keep in mind that learning activities can get blurred between the steps of SAMR. It must be remembered that educators are working on not only a progression, but also a best fit. The first two steps involve technology as an enhancement tool and the last two involve technology as a transformation tool.  Many times the steps between enhancement and transformation can take a bit of time as educators practice, reflect, and learn. In the space below you will find those important SAMR Steps.
Substitution – “Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change”

SAMR defines substitution as a beginning level of technology integration.  At this stage technology replaces an activity that may have been done before using a possible analog or pre-analog resource. This is the very first stage of enhancing a lesson using technology.  A common example might include a student word processing a story rather than hand writing it. While it is a lower level form of integration, it still might be a wonderful use of the technology. Another example might be the teacher curating the curriculum for students using their LMS (Learning Management System). The teacher has worked hard at finding articles, reading lists, research links, and even You Tube videos on a various topics. In essence, the web is being used as a substitution for what may have been a prior resource list given to students. Once again, it is a wonderful start with some great learning opportunities, but it still is a substitution. According to Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura, the teacher is just using the technology to replace a resource list that could be used in the library. Keep in mind that this can be still very useful. Some questions in regards to going beyond Technology Shine may include:

  • Does the substitution of technology serve the learning target and the standards these targets reflect, or might it actually get in the way.
  • Did the technology substitution assist in student engagement and productivity allowing more time to be involved in curricular expectations?
  • What might have been gained in regards to student learning because of the substitution?
  • In regards to a balance between learning and time spent on standard, what statements can be made?

Augmentation – “Tech acts as a direct substitute tool, with functional improvement”

The next step moves one step up the ladder from Substitution. It is important to remember that this step is still at the enhancement level.  At this stage the technology has improved student learning by adding meaningful functionality that would have not been as possible without the technology integration. A common example includes how a word processing document provides students different tools (word count, thesaurus, and grammar checks). Perhaps students are using calculators or spreadsheets to solve a problem. It could be that students are researching, and the teacher directs students to current news events, blogs, or interpretations of the research by various authors. Students have the opportunity to compare and contrast viewpoints, view up-to-date information that may not be in the physical school library. They may even have the opportunity to participate in the comment section of a blog. While the line can be blurred between Substitution and Augmentation there appears to be a technology integration that allows for deeper learning. This can even lead to an increase in student engagement, rigor, and quality of work.    A teacher must reflect and recognize that the technology has added to the learning experience. They must determine if the overall learning has been improved because of the technology integration. Some questions in regards to going beyond Technology Shine may include:

  • Is the technology adding to the learning experience and curricular expectations?
  • Has overall learning has been improved because of the technology integration?
  • Are student more engaged and producing higher quality work that promotes the standards?
  • How might this use be a step above substitution and does in enhance the learning of the standard?

Modification – “Tech allows for significant task redesign”

At this stage the technology has the opportunity to change the look and feel of what students perform.  There really is a definite change in the lesson that may have started with an analog foundation. Transformation has begun! This step demands more reflection and work from the facilitating teacher. At the same time, Modification brings in the student opportunity to proceed up Bloom’s Taxonomy. A common example may include students authoring a group story in a Google Doc so that peer editing and collaboration can happen anytime and anyplace. Perhaps some images are added to the student writing in order to further engage the intended audience. A teacher may ask students to use advanced searching skills in order to find articles that contrast viewpoints from different counties. Taking this concept further, students compile their research collectively using a group inside of a bookmarking tool such as Diigo. A word cloud might be employed to study the meaning of an article or author’s writing. While students use traditional literary critique, a word cloud might provide a new analysis, such as a visual look at word frequency in a reading. Students might use a Google Form to collect and analyze data. In this method of data collection students may be able to survey larger, more diverse, and authentic populations. They may also employ a layer of tools in a spreadsheet to represent the data to an audience. Many times modification allows more student voice and the outcome may not be as prescribed. Some questions in regards to going beyond Technology Shine may include:

  • Does the technology allow for some project redesign that enhances the project while still accomplishing the learning objectives?
  • Could this, along with any other modifications, allow a lesson to advance to the next level?.
  • Is time spent using modification keeping the same timeline or less allowing for increased productivity?
  • Has this technological opportunity increased student voice and choice in the activity?

Redefinition – Tech allows for creation of new tasks that were previously inconceivable

At this stage the technology allows students to jump outside the original design box. This is much more than a redesign. It focuses on the employment of new tasks and learning opportunities..  While the teacher may initiate some of these, student voice and choice must also be employed.  A story could change into a picture book, a slide show, or even a movie. The audience could go beyond the school and include the community, state, county, or world.  Mentors could be in the virtual online world. Perhaps students are curating and creating their own content to be used by other students. Imagine research that allows for students to create their own search engine using Google Custom Search. The original standards remain with addition of new skills that circle around 21st century skills. The redesign is made possible because of the blending of the technology into the learning process eliminating the constraints and barriers of the physical classroom. At the same time, the technology might appear transparent to the learning process. Students become producers, creators, and innovators. They begin to own their own learning process. Some questions in regards to going beyond Technology Shine may include:

  • While proving additional possibilities, does the redefinition still serve the original standards and purpose?
  • What possibilities exist to increase the student ownership of learning?
  • Is it possible to assess skills the processing and 21st century skills brought about by redefinition?
  • What evidence can be provided to show that the technology is going beyond enhancement and providing a true transformation?

Conclusion

All educators must realize that a final goal of any classroom is redefinition. At the same time, there will be times when even the most proficient educators with technology conduct a task at the substitution level. Some educators like to compare this idea to not stepping up a ladder, but instead spending time in a swimming pool. When might one want to go to the deep end and at what point might a return to the shallow end be valuable and productive. It really comes down to the tool fitting the task and learning target. An understanding of the SAMR Model allows educators to reflect on their own progress while investigating ways to use educational technology in a useful and productive way. The SAMR Model allows all educators to view the steps they are taking down the road of technology enhancement toward true transformation. It is a wonderful and exciting journey of going beyong the technology shine.

Ten great SAMR Resources to Assist in Understanding the Model

  • Dr. Puentedura Blog – Why not read SAMR thoughts from the person who came up with the model. Dr. Puentedura provides important insight, reflections, and ideas.
  • Relating to Blooms – Once again learn from the SAMR creator, Dr. Puentedura, as he  provides this blog posted at Graphite showing relationships to SAMR and Blooms.
  • SAMR Model and 21st Century Skills – Explore an article that allows educators to look at the SAMR Model through the 21st century skill lens.
  • SAMR Model Example – Take a look at some great example relating SAMR to specific examples that educators can relate to.
  • K. Ward SAMR Discussions Example – Read about SAMR as related to online discussion examples.
  • SAMR… Teaching Above the Line – Discover a wonderful article that allows teachers to begin thinking of taking the SAMR steps.
  • Introduction to SAMR Model – Once again Common Sense Media provides an amazing video and information on the SAMR Model.
  • SAMR for Administrators – This is not just for administrators, but for all educators. This post at Edutopia provides some practical ideas for looking at SAMR.
  • Padagogy Wheel – What an amazing creation that takes apps and aligns them to apps… a must visit website to investigate and learn more from..
  • SAMR and Coffee – This post points out several blogs and videos that try to draw some analogies between coffee and SAMR… it might be your cup of coffee..

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators.  As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Part 4… Beyond the Technology Shine… Learning Targets plus 10 great Lesson Plan Resources

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Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this fourth post you will discover how careful examination of the nouns and verbs in a standard can help you  write learning targets that will point to valuable resources. You may want to click on the link below to the first,  second and third posts of this series. Be on the lookout for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Beyond the Shine Series Articles

In this post I would like to investigate how examining the nouns and verbs, as we did in the last few posts, allows an educator to write learning targets for their students.  These learning targets can then be used to search the internet for lesson plans that can make learning both engaging and relevant. In the last few posts we discovers nouns that could uncover OER (Open Education Resources) and verbs that could lead to important digital tools that allow for process development.

Learning Targets describe what students will know and be able to perform in relationship to the curricular standards. Proper activities and learning experiences aligned with the nouns and verbs of the standards provide opportunities for Learning Targets to be written.

Let’s take a look at the five steps from the first post of the series. The point of emphasis for this article is step number five below.

  1. Identify the standard
  2. Reflect on the standard
  3. Determine the content by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate nouns.
  4. Investigate the skills by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate verbs.
  5. Create Learning Targets demonstrating what students will be able to do.

In the preceding post of this series I provided the following standards and listed the nouns and verbs I thought might be important.  I have provided those example standards and the relevant nouns and verbs below.

Example Standards

  • Students will be able to research and record key facts involving the planets of the solar system.
  • Students will explain orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull.
  • Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words
  • Relevant Nouns – Planets, Solar System, Orbit, Gravity (OER Resources)
  • Relevant Verbs–   Research, Record, Explain, Collaborate (Digital Process Tools)

Examining the standards in this way allows the teacher can now reflect on content and process. It helps an educator understand  the important concepts and process skills students should walk away from a lesson with.  This content and process can now be written as Learning Targets.  Providing Learning Targets to students in a language they understand allows for ownership of learning to occur.  It is this ownership that can make the learning experience powerful. Using the above standards with an emphasis on the included nouns and verbs  suggests the following student centered Learning Targets.

  • I can research and find facts about the planets and our solar system solar system
  • I can identify and describe in my own words characteristics of the planets and our solar system
  • I can explain the forces of gravity and orbit
  • I can work with others to create a presentation demonstrating our knowledge of the solar system

With these Learning Targets in hand, it is now possible to search the internet for lessons that will allow these targets to become a learning reality. Remember that the teacher must put a focus on locating lessons that include technology. Equally important, the technology must provide focus back on the standard. It is also important to emphasize those nouns that can lead to great OER content as described in Post Two, while determining how the verbs will supply the correct digital processing tool as described in Post Three. Please feel free to visit the links provided below to help identify possible lessons to align with important Learning Targets. I wish you the very best as you go beyond the shine of new technology in your search for learning that  really does meet the standards.(Please Note: You will see that many of these links will land you on the resource page and not the home page. In some cases you  may need to sign up for an account).

10 Great Internet Sites …. From Learning Targets to Lessons

  • Graphite Lesson Flow– Formerly known as App Flow, Graphite’s lesson Flow from Common Sense media allows teachers to incorporate the very best in digital tools, while highlighting their pedagogical insight. Watch their video to learn more about Lesson Flows or make your own and share it by clicking “Create your own lesson flow” when you visit the site.
  • Gooru– Browse thousands of K-12 collections made by teachers, or search over 16M resources. Best of all, contribute your own while you share and learn from others. Explore Gooru’s ability to provide lessons with formative assessment and feedback.
  • Learn Zillion – This site has some wonderful vetted lessons. First you must become a member… which is free. Then visit the resource area and do a search. You will note some lessons are free and some may have a small cost.
  • Blendspace – While Blendspace is all about the ability to create lessons in under five minutes, I am pointing you to another amazing area in Blendspace. At the Blendspace Gallery you will be able to find valuable lessons already prepared and ready for you to use. While you are there, create and share some of your own possibilities!
  • Nearpod – Some of you may already be aware of amazing way teachers can build a lesson in Nearpod and turn it into an  interactive classroom experience. Did you also know that Nearpod has a wonderful collection of lessons? Some are free and others may come with a small fee. It is worth the trip!
  • Share My Lesson – Welcome to a place where over 300,000 amazing lessons can be found.Share My Lesson pledges that their members can download and share user-generated resources free of charge forever. Feel free to find new lessons and also share your own.Content uploaded by a user always remains the property of that user.
  • PBS Learning Media– While best know for some amazing videos, PBS Learning Media also has some wonderful lesson plan resources and interactive. You will also be amazed at the engaging teacher tools for the 21st century classroom.
  • Better Lessons – This is a site that links to English and Math Common Core along with Next Generation Science Standards. Here you will find over 10,000 lessons written by educational professionals. The link takes you to the resource section.
  • OER Commons – This Open Educational Resource site was already mentioned in the post that emphasized content and nouns. It must also be pointed out that this site also has some great lesson ideas from multiple open education providers..
  • Lesson Plan Data Base – This is a very simple search engine data base that I built and house at my site. You will find that it links up to lesson plans in all subject areas. It uses many of the same strong educational sites that Thinkfinity (which is no longer available as a search engine) once used. Be sure to use the search area under the words “Lesson Search”. Make sure you check it out.

Finding the technology in the standards can open a whole new world of possibilities. Whether it be emphasizing the nouns of content, the verbs of process, or seeing how they all fit together in learning targets. I do hope you have found some valuable ideas and resources. Perhaps you may now look at standards in a whole new way!  Finding that technology in a standard allows you to go beyond the shine… and into an exciting world of relevant and engaging learning!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators.  As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Part 3… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Verbs and Blended Learning Possiblities

verbs

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this third post you will discover how careful examination of the verbs in a standard can help you find resources to assist in proper technology integration. You may want to click on the link below to the first and second posts of this series. Be on the lookout for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015 are now over half full.

Beyond the Shine Series Articles

Part 3… Beyond the Technology  Shine… Content Standard Verbs and Blended Learning Possibilities

In this post I would like to investigate how examining the verbs in curricular standards can help teachers investigate ways to integrate technology to promote curricular content understanding. It all begins with something that has been around for quite a while. In the last post I examined how  finding the nouns in a standard will help identify important content that student must become familiar with. Technology allows the 21st century classroom to use this awareness of the nouns to connect with free resources on the internet known as OER (Open Education Resources).  Feel free to read about 25 of these amazing resources from the last post. While the nouns point out the content, it is the verbs that bring meaning and deeper learning to the standards. Let’s talk a closer look at what new action these verbs bring to learning.

I provided five steps in the first post which you can read about in a little further depth here. The point of emphasis for this article is step number four below.

  1. Identify the standard
  2. Reflect on the standard
  3. Determine the content by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate nouns.
  4. Investigate the skills by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate verbs.
  5. Create Learning Targets demonstrating what students will be able to do.

In the first post of this series I provided the following standards and listed the verbs I thought might be important.  I have provided those example standards and the relevant verbs below.

Example Standards

  • Students will be able to research and record key facts involving the planets of the solar system.
  • Students will explain orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull.
  • Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words

Relevant Verbs –   Research, Record, Explain, Collaborate

By examining the appropriate verbs in the standard it is possible to identify important skills and processes that students should learn about and demonstrate competency of. This allows learning to go beyond Bloom’s basic level of remembering.  The verbs found in the curriculum standards promote the 4 C’s (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) along with Bloom’s higher levels, (understanding, analyzing, evaluating, and creating). By identifying the verbs found in the standards it is possible for an educator to discover and implement free interactive resources that can be found on the web.

An examination of the verbs found in standards provides the following possibilities for the integration of technology in today’s technology rich classroom.

Finding the right tool to match the verb can take a bit of research. It is also important to gauge students’ age and ability while aligning it with the district AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and the each tool’s Terms of Use. I have included some resources below that can be helpful in finding the right tool for processes. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s. Take a moment to check out the wide assortment of possibilities found in the below links. You will discover a whole new world of technology ready to put those content standard verbs into some exciting and engaging action while going beyond the technology shine.

10 Sites To Explore Bloom and Related Verbs

An important side note – While integrating the web with today’s 21st century learning experience is essential, each child’s safety and security must be a number one priority.  Any websites and tools used in the classroom should be thoroughly examined and vetted by educators. While many sites, along with COPA rules, designate the age of 13 as the end of necessitating parental permission, it is encouraged that districts go a step further and ask both parent awareness and permission for all of our students.  Parents should be aware and have the opportunity to read a site’s Terms of Use, and to be a partner with their child(ren) in exploring the web and its many opportunities. Schools should promote proper digital citizenship and internet safety in  classrooms and encourage this to be reinforced at home. Check out my five important points educators should consider when using interactive web tools.

The Big Five Before Using A Tool

  • Examine Your LMS (Learning Management System)
  • Read Terms and Privacy of interactive web tool being used
  • Check school district AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and school administration
  • Involve Parents
  • Incorporate Digital Citizenship

As you can see, the standards are an important part of technology integration. As educators examine the many relevant nouns and verbs  found in the standards they are able to focus on real learning. It is this focus that allows today’s 21st century classroom to go beyond the technology shine!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators.  As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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