ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 501 – Introduction to Assessment Using Rubrics

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

You’ve got a great idea for a project-based learning unit, but how will you assess students knowledge of content and their practice of the 4Cs? In this session, analyze and critique example rubrics to determine what makes a good one. Agenda As a conversation-starter, read through the ASCD article “What’s Wrong—and What’s Right—with Rubrics” by W. James Read More …

Blogging with Babcock: Fun Fridays with Teacher Cadets

I wanted to take a moment to welcome some of tomorrow’s teachers, the SHS Teacher Cadets.  Over the summer, the instructor who took over our Teacher Cadets program was encouraged by the blogging activities shown off at her CERRA Teacher Cadet training.  So, we started a class blog, and each future teacher started his or her Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 107 – Getting Started

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

It’s time to create your first PBL unit. In this session, develop an idea; specify learning goals; decide on the project scope and write a driving question. Today was the first day of a year-long series of Tech Tuesdays on project-based learning (PBL).  This Tuesday, we explored project-based learning (PBL) as defined by the Buck Read More …

“Dissection Documentaries” come alive in the classroom (and on SCETV)

This semester, I have had the pleasure of working with one of our biology teachers on a semester-long “Dissection Documentary” project.  (Think Inside Nature’s Giants, but in the classroom…and with smaller specimens.)  Students in Bio II (mostly as seniors) study many species, families, etc of our green and blue planet.  In an effort to blend Read More …

New series: Creating Flipped Lessons in Keynote

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Creating Flipped Lessons in Keynote

One of the big goals for one of the schools I work for is to flip lessons in order to make room in class for more student-centered learning activities while in school.  After a book study of the keystone text, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, Read More …

Series Kickoff: Letting Learning Snowball

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Letting Learning Snowball

“Letting Learning Snowball” is a series specifically dedicated to teachers who will find themselves and their students snowed in during the winter months.  Thanks to access to technology, students can now take learning home with them.  Teachers can prepare lessons in downloadable videos or modules that students can access on a school-provided device or even Read More …