English Language Arts (ELA)
UDL, Common Core, ISTE Standards, and Apps that Support Literacy Tracey Antista
Grade level(s): K-5th
This resource contains Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guideline and the CCSS, ISTE Standards, and Apps that provide support. The resource also gives a brief description about each app and how it connects to UDL.
Global Synergy and the 4 "C's Cheri Hudson & Jessica Esposito
Grade level(s): 2nd; 6th
This project will encompass Project Based Learning on a local to global scale with the end result being global synergy through collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Second grade students will collaborate with 6th grade students to complete research and compose letters to various destinations around the world. Students will work together to create blogs to showcase what they are learning and will also use Twitter as a communication tool during the process to make connections to their learning.
Subject(s): ELA/Social Studies/Geography
Digital Discussions on Current Events Heidi Weber
Grade level(s): 3-4th
Understanding our world is a critical skill. Opportunities to teach students to evaluate and assess information in text while discussing with others are important. This lesson allows teachers to guide and facilitate student
discussion as they learn to evaluate claims in text.
Communication and Collaboration Through an
Interactive Digital Mash-up Susan Pendergast, Gretchen Giffen, and Hollie Gabriel
Grade level(s): 4th
Imagine a student created newsletter with a podcast, movie, video tutorials, events and photos all rolled into one. Sounds complicated? You’d be
surprised how easily your students can create one! Using Pages for Mac, students can combine these components into a monthly communicator
(Digital News Mashup) to interact with peers, parents, administration and communities.
Digital Citizenship withTagxedo Danielle Weis
Grade level(s): 6th
6th-grade students will be using prior knowledge from our lesson on Digital citizenship and internet safety to create a Tagxedo word cloud. Tagxedo
allows students to utilize digital citizenship words into a illustrative, creative
resource that introduces a fun way to incorporate prior knowledge into a visual representation of art. Students will type the digital words they’ve
thought of into the free Tagxedo program, select a theme and picture that
reflects positive and negative digital citizenship words.
Informative Paragraphs Infographic Jenny Grant Rankin, PhD
Grade level(s): 7th
For this project, students use free infographic software (e.g., Canva) to write an informative paper’s introduction paragraph while illustrating its hook, thesis statement, and one fact or topic that will be included in each of the paper’s body paragraphs. This exercise allows students to integrate key writing elements while doing prewriting as a preliminary step to writing informative papers. It also allows students to use formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia to aid their comprehension (as stipulated by Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.A) of informative paper elements (particularly the introduction paragraph’s elements), and to plan their synthesis of these elements in their upcoming paper; students develop their papers’ topics with relevant facts, concrete details, and other information and examples (as stipulated by Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2.B), and the lesson also aligns with ISTE Standards for Students (1, 3, and 6) and for Teachers (2).
Figurative Language and Prezi Audra Beberman
Grade level(s): 7th
This project uses presentation software to have students effectively
research and present the advent, history, and usage in popular terms and in multimedia, one segment of Figurative Language to their classmates
and possibly to other students in other grades. In the examples
presented, Prezi is the software used, but Prezi may be substituted for a more traditional Powerpoint, Keynote or Google Slides.
Evaluating Information Resources Project Samuel Northern
Grade Level(s): 8th
This activity teaches students how to use evaluation criteria to select quality
online resources. By assessing and reporting on both good and bad website
examples, students learn valuable critical thinking and Digital Citzenship
Storytelling, Discussion, and
Analysis: Twitter As a
Classroom Tool for Middle School Students Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D.
Grade level(s): 8th
As a microblogging tool, Twitter has the potential to empower students as
readers, writers, and global citizens. Twitter book chats allow students to apply their reading skills tech savviness to connect, collaborate, and share understanding and knowledge of a text.
Walking in Their Shoes: A Study of To Kill A Mockingbird Karen Larsen
Grade Level(s): 8th
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a legendary work about events that
take place in a small town in the south seen through the eyes of a 10 year
old girl. The story addresses multiple themes (good versus evil, family
bonds, existence of prejudice), all centered around the discussion of
preserving human dignity. This unit plan not only addresses the richness of
the literature, literary devices such as figurative language and perspective,
but looks at U.S. history of that time, and the story’s implication in life today.
Students will work collaboratively and use technology throughout the unit.
A Modern Julius Caesar Beth Crawford
Grade level(s): 10th (advanced so could be 10- 12)
In this six week unit, students will grasp how the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar relates to the modern world, by first studying the play itself and then by creating a modern version of the play. These modern versions were published by Touchcast, an international video app company, and publicized as an exemplary lesson on their EduCast Lesson Plan portion of the Touchcast site.