See below the top websites that DSD Professional Development implements into the classroom to enhance the curriculum, improve student achievement, and meet the needs of the 21st century learner.
While looking for Cause and Effect activities for 5th and 6th grade students, I realized that a lot of the Cause and Effect activities were not applicable to the Digital Age Student. So, I created an activity that the students could relate to on a daily basis. (Feel free to download and use the attached document.)
Here is how the activity works!
Students read the Cause
They draw a picture that goes along with the Cause
Next they write a complete sentence for the Effect.
The students then get to draw a picture that goes along with the Effect.
Turn the Cause and Effect pictures into a book.
Extension: Allow the students to write their own Digital Age Cause and Effect using Technology:
As an instructional coach, it is my responsibility to help the teachers pull resources to help the students pass the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee and to make sure the students are making at least one year's growth in reading. Today, while working with a Columbus City Elementary School, I started to pull resources for the 2nd grade teachers to use during small group rotations. The following websites were big hits with the students. (The students want more than just Starfall, they want websites that can show off what they know.) I was impressed with all of the students while they were working on the computers.
Map Reading: Depending on the reading level of the students, I was able to push all readers to the next level with this online resource. The students really liked the mini online quizzes. They were able to show off their reading skills with the quizzes. I had every student trying to get at least 15 out 16 questions correct during the station.
Bite Size: If you have not bookmarked this website yet, do so today! This was a big hit with the students. The students all started out on the medium level and worked up to the
KizPhonics- I came across this website after class was over. I had a couple of students reading books that focused on phonics skills. So I am implemented this website into the lesson plans for tomorrow's rotation.
I ran across this inforgraphic on ways to ask students questions using the Scaffolding method. Try to use this method this week in your class. What did you notice?
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When a school states that they are going to move to BYOD, the very first thing I show them is how to use QR Codes in the classroom. It is a great way to implement the devices into the curriculum. Below are a few ways to QR Codes in the different content areas.
1. Art- My sister is a high school art teacher. I showed her how to have the students create QR Codes for their art projects. When a student is done with their art project, they will create a QR Code that explains their picture, the artist, and what type of medium they used to complete the project. Then when she hangs the art work in the hallway, the QR Code is attached to the bottom right hand corner. (See the example QR Code Below)
2. Math- There are countless ways to use QR Codes in the math classroom. My favorite example of how I used them was with a Geometry Class. We created a scavenger hunt outside where the students had to find the QR Codes and then complete the activity that would pop up on their devices before moving onto the next Code. (See the example QR Code for Math Below)
3. Language Arts- BookReports, Character Characteristics, Setting, Plot, Themes, Book Scavenger Hunts, and so much more. Ways to use QR Codes in the language arts is just endless. Before students start to read a novel, short story, or even a news article. I will post character traits from the story around the room. A student will scan the code and then have to act out the character for the whole class. This activity gets the students up and moving, making predictions, and visually seeing the characters before they even open up the book. (Scan the LA QR Code below for an example of this activity.)
4. Science- During lab time, have the students scan the QR codes to get the next step, watch a video explanation or directions for how to write up the lab report. Another way we used QR Codes was during chemistry, we had the students create a QR Code for every element. Then place them around the room. And when the student had a free moment they would scan the QR Code review the element properties, and store the information into their phone. (See the QR Code Periodic Table below)
Click the Play button below. Make sure to click the blue speech bubble on the right to read how to use this website in the 6-12 classroom.
Students can create stories using this realistic graphic application. The students don't need to draw any of the graphics. Instead, they can place the stickers and icons onto the page. The icons are easy to resize and move around the page. The students can add in their own speech bubbles to tell the story. They can even add in their own pictures for the background. Check out this app while it is still free!
Do you want to keep your students safe while they are searching the internet? Do you want to make sure it is content that they can use in class for their next book report? Then start having the student use the Rover Browser. Rover will transform the way students search and learn. It is designed to bring the best educational content to your iPad. Enhance the student's learning while using this browser.
Using timelines in the classroom is just not for history class but rather for all subject areas. While teaching I would have the students create timelines for:
The list is endless on ways to use the timelines in class. Yet, sometimes teachers over look the idea of using the timeline other than for historical reasons. With that being said, I would like to share out some of my favorite timeline sites for using in a classroom situation.
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