Fundamental Elements of Digital K-12 Science Instructional Materials

Digital instructional materials start to make more sense for K-12 schools as states and districts align science education practices with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and prepare students for 21st century science and engineering jobs. In an effort to orient families, teachers, administrators and curriculum designers to the work, I’ve gathered some evaluation  tools … Continue reading “Fundamental Elements of Digital K-12 Science Instructional Materials”

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Make your tech-enabled science class relevant for students with culturally responsive teaching

Science educators who attempt to enhance their classrooms with technology, but fail to empower students through culturally responsive teaching (CRT), will find student engagement to be only screen deep. That is to say, technology alone may increase student engagement, but only superficially. Students must be able to see the relevance and value of science and … Continue reading “Make your tech-enabled science class relevant for students with culturally responsive teaching”

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Redefine Your Middle School Science Classroom with Blogging

Blogging as a practice shows great potential for students and teachers to redefine science classrooms. When implemented thoughtfully, blogs can empower students and expand the classroom through interactions with outside learning communities. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards call for 21st century science students to be creative communicators and global collaborators, and … Continue reading “Redefine Your Middle School Science Classroom with Blogging”

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Computational Thinking in the Middle School Science Classroom

Evidence abounds that computational thinking (CT) is gaining ever more visibility, relevance and utility in education and our everyday lives: CT’s integration into Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students, the Hour of Code, a global computer science initiative, best-selling books like “Algorithms to Live By” to science fiction movies like “Ready … Continue reading “Computational Thinking in the Middle School Science Classroom”

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“How’m I Doing?”: How to Tell if Peer Coaching is Working and if You’re Doing it Right

A Seemingly Simple Question I’m the kind of person who likes feedback. I like to know if I’m headed in the right direction and if I’m doing the right things to get there. The late Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York, used to ask people,…

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EDTC 6103 Module 3: Modeling Digital Age Work and Learning

For my reflection this week, I’ve been asked to look closely at ISTE Teaching Standard 3.  Unlike my previous focus of incorporating digital tools in the classroom, this standard has me searching for ways to improve communication with parents. The particular pull out students I serve all have primary languages translatable by other support staff … Continue reading “EDTC 6103 Module 3: Modeling Digital Age Work and Learning”

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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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Administrators and Professional Development

ISTE Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation Performance Indicator B Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. We have looked at professional development through the lense of an adult learner and through the perspective ofRead More

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Inquiry based learning and PD

ISTE Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation Performance Indicator B Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. This week we investigated the Triggering Event: What digital age best practices should be addressed in professional developmentRead More

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Module 3 – Innovative Designer

This week we were asked to look at ISTE Student Standard 4 – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  Looking more closely at 4d, I questioned, how can I support students to persevere and work with open-ended ambiguous problems. … Continue reading “Module 3 – Innovative Designer”

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