Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Branches of Power | iCivics

Branches of PowerBranches of Power | iCivics.

Here's a great game to help teach middle school and high school kids about the powers & responsibilities of the American lawmaking process.  This interactive game simulates many of the steps and considerations needed to take an idea completely through the legislative process.  This would make a great activity to use in a computer lab setting to support a lesson on how a bill becomes a law, and practice almost-first-hand all the steps in the process.

I found this link at the iLearn Technology blog.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day....

Larry Ferlazzo has a great blog.  Though he does a lot of work with ELL/ESL, he is also well-known in the world of EdTech! 

In the post linked above, he has outlined a number of resources to help teachers use Bloom's Taxonomy in their classrooms.  There is a link to The Differentiator tool that helps write Bloom-based lesson objectives.

Take special note of the Bloom's Taxonomy Pie Chart, from the American Psychological Association - it's a great resource to help us focus on Bloom as we're writing lesson plans for any learners in our classrooms.  It includes suggestions for activities and products aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy and would be appropriate to most classrooms.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Video Sub Plans








Free Technology for Teachers: Thursday Tech Tip Video - Video Sub Plans.

Here's a great suggestion from the folks at Free Tech 4 Teachers.  Next time you know you'll be away from the classroom, try making a video of yourself introducing your sub, reminding students of your expectations while you're away, or even instructions on what kids are supposed to do while you're away.  It will help reduce any ambiguity that sometimes exist in that situation, plus it gives your sub that often-needed support directly from you. 

(As someone who has spent a lot of time subbing, followed by 15 years in a 7th grade classroom, believe me - something like this would have been a great help!)

Of course, this wouldn't be a very practical approach toward handling an unexpected absence due to sickness, etc., but it might be a nice approach if you know ahead of time that you're going to be gone during an important project, the day of an assembly, or some other instance when clear and concise instructions from you are needed.

  • "Class, remember the talk we had after the last time I was gone? You know, after the classroom aquarium was filled with soda pop and sub had been duct-taped to the ceiling?  Let's try to avoid that today.  Instead, here's exactly what I expect you to do..."

Remember:  District #205 teachers have a number of FLIP Video camcorders for you to use with your classroom!  Send me an email or drop by my office and I'll check one out to you!

Please Note: The post linked above suggests a couple of sites to which you can save/post the video for all to see, but some of the suggested videos that pop up after yours is finished may not contain content appropriate to all classrooms.  I'd suggest posting to Teacher Tube or School Tube instead.

Monday, July 12, 2010




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"New" IAR Replaces PARCC in IL

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