Visual Literacy: Analyzing Infographics with Students

In my last post, I wrote about the use of infographics in the classroom. Their creation can be a powerful exercise in both visual literacy and graphic design. A far cry from the poster projects of my youth, infographics call on students to synthesize information and think thematically. Just because you present students with a great online infographic creation tool […]

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Using Infographics in the Classroom

Infographics In my own classroom, the use of infographics has been a valuable tool to teach not only visual literacy, but graphic design. Our society is a visual one and students need to be prepared to not only interpret the meaning of visuals presented to them but to present their own visual stories back to […]

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Infographics as Visual Literacy

Well, it has been 349 days since my last blog post! Where have I been you ask? Great question. My last post found me completing my graduate degree in Digital Education Leadership at Seattle Pacific University while closing out yet another school year as a middle school language arts teacher. I was also nine months […]

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Space to Learn: ISTE Teacher Standard #2 & the “Technology-Enriched Learning Environment”

Being a teacher and an historian, I enjoy old photographs of schools, students, and classrooms.  I think most people are fascinated by photographs of people doing their job years ago.  Of course, one of the things that drew me to the study of history was the idea of trying to imagine what life was like … Continue reading “Space to Learn: ISTE Teacher Standard #2 & the “Technology-Enriched Learning Environment””

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Deeper Learning and Formative Assessment Module 2 EDTC 6103

Deeper Learning for All This module asks how a teacher can best design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments from ISTE Standards for Teachers #2. I am becoming more and more passionate about the idea of making learning relevant for students through the use of digital tools. I’ve always had a desire to … Continue reading “Deeper Learning and Formative Assessment Module 2 EDTC 6103”

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Peer Instruction-like resources for math (Module 2, ISTE-TS 2 experiences and assessments)

One of my most memorable college experiences as a student involved the use of clicker questions, but used in a little bit of a non-traditional way. The class was “baby quantum” as we called it. It was a prerequisite for the intro quantum mechanics sequence. Typically, in my experience as a student, a multiple-choice question … Continue reading “Peer Instruction-like resources for math (Module 2, ISTE-TS 2 experiences and assessments)”

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EDTC 6103 Designing Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

This week’s assignment excited me, looking at formative assessment tools.  This year I am part of a team from my school, that is participating in a district wide training on how to strengthen formative assessments in our building.  I’ve been feeling the progress is slow, and although it’s a two year project, I feel I … Continue reading “EDTC 6103 Designing Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments”

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EDTC 6103 Module 2 – ISTE Teaching Standard 2 Design & Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences & Assessments

In my exploration of ISTE Teaching Standard 2 this week, I am looking to explore the different digital tools that are out there for formative and summative assessments.  It is important to find something that will not take more time for grading and allow for real-time feedback for the students. The article from Edutopia’s Teaching … Continue reading EDTC 6103 Module 2 – ISTE Teaching Standard 2 Design & Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences & Assessments

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Advocating for Students: Responding to Parents’ Negative Feelings About Technology Use in School

In responding to the concerns of parents who have negative feelings about an increase in technology use at school, my approach would be one of advocacy for students – and, really, the combined interest of teachers and parents to provide the best learning environment for the children they care about. One

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