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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Strategies for ELL students support all learners

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 28, 2011 10:29:00 AM

As I was working with the Tech4Learning team for the past couple of weeks on the English Language Acquisition Resource Kit, I got to spend a lot of time reading, and rereading, up on strategies to support ELL students both core content learning and English language skills.

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Topics: pixie, creativity, ell, 21st century classroom, understanding, constructivism, create

Open-Ended Questioning with Bloom's

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 18, 2011 8:37:00 AM

Authentic assessment methods assess, among other things, students' abilities to use higher-order thinking skills to express content knowledge.  Open-ended questioning is a form of authentic assessment, and allows students to use higher-order thinking skills through a variety of content areas.  By their nature, open-ended questions assess writing, conceptual understanding, and thinking skills - especially students' abilities to analyze, to evaluate, and to solve problems.

When I was in the classroom I found using questioning strategies designed for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy to be the most effective.

Lower Order Thinking Skills typically only require rote knowledge and basic comprehension to answer.  In order for students to think critically about information they must master the basics of these skills.  Some questions might be:

How would you identify?
Describe what happens when __________?
How would you clarify the meaning ________?
What can you infer from _________?
What would the result be if __________?
How would you change _________?

Higher Order Thinking Skills typically require students to problem solve, organize and identify patterns, define relationships and create new ideas from known information, and recognize there are various viewpoints.  Some questions might be:

How could you verify __________?
What data was used to evaluate __________?
Discuss the pros and cons of __________?
How can you classify _________ according to ________?
What alternative would you suggest for _________?
What could you invent _________?

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Topics: questioning, understanding, constructivism

Facilitate the Scientific Thinking Process

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 15, 2011 3:12:00 PM

Science education, today, focuses more on students than teachers. With the emphasis on the learner, we see that learning is an active process. From this perspective, learning outcomes do not necessarily depend on what the teacher presents. Rather, they are determined and valued based on the types of questions students are asking from the information they encounter and perceive.

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Topics: creativity, understanding, constructivism, teachers, science

Reflect Constructivism

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 4, 2011 11:32:00 AM

“Learners are given the freedom to think, to question, to reflect, and to interact with ideas, objects, and others — in other words, to construct meaning.” -Brooks and Brooks.

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Topics: pixie, creativity software, 21st century classroom, understanding, constructivism

Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Learners Using Project-based Learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 20, 2011 10:34:00 AM

While digital natives may be the current rage in the media, our classrooms are also full of students who are not prepared for work at grade level and are not interested in school. Many have disadvantaged backgrounds, some need help learning even basic skills, others are bored because they aren’t being challenged. Without a rich and powerful educational experience, these students will have a harder time succeeding in the world outside of the classroom, now and in the future.

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Topics: creativity, engage, literacy, students, learn, 21st century classroom, technology integration, multimedia, constructivism, adolescence

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