Identifying the Right Tool for the Job

This week’s blog post will center on ISTE Standards for Educators #2 Leader: Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning. More Specifically indicator 2c: Educators will be able to model for colleagues new digital resources and tools for learning through:

  • Identification
  • Exploration
  • Evaluation
  • Curation
  • Adoption


This year, my grade level has noticed a significant deficit in the vocabulary skills of our students compared in district testing. Our curriculum (in my opinion), doesn’t plan for our students to have intentional vocabulary practice built into our learning block. This brought on a search for a tool that would be able to strengthen our students vocabulary while being synced with our classroom reading.

Academic Vocabulary is located in the second tier. These words are most often found in texts. This type of vocabulary is critical to college and career readiness. (Developed by Beck, McKeown, and Kucan in Bringing Words to Life)


At the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) that took place in Seattle, I attended a workshop by


For teachers, curation can be a powerful tool to organize and share resources with students and colleagues, or to fuel a professional learning practice (2019, Common Sense Media).

Triple E Framework


Used it in my class Future talk with principal

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