Personalized Writing Workshop in 5th Grade

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Fifth grade students are expected to write focused, research reports that teach and engage readers. Through this Lucy Calkins Writing Unit, students are instructed a variety of techniques to implement in their own writing. What makes this unit personalized for our students is that the instructional process is both learner centered and learner driven.

Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More

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Leveraging Virtual Tours in the History Classroom We all strive to help history come alive for our students.  One proven strategy is to have students engage in experiences that put them right in the action, whether it’s ancient ruins of great civilizations or those more aligned with modern historical developments.  The constraint that we face, … Continue reading Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More

Levering Virtual Tours in the History Classroom

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By Tom Driscoll, BWRSD Digital Learning Director The except below is from an article that I published in “Digital Learning” Magazine.  It was co-authored with friend and EdTechTeacher colleague Shawn McCusker. VIRTUAL TOURS We all strive to help history come alive for our students.  One proven strategy is to have students engage in experiences that … Continue reading Levering Virtual Tours in the History Classroom

Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Thinking is an amazing thing. It gives us a chance to organize our experiences, to go back and reflect, or to be mindful. It is an undeniably powerful tool and a fundamental building block of learning. Thinking creates a pathway to knowledge, allowing us to seek solutions and solve problems. Though … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)