By staff writers, eSchool News, April 13, 2013 — As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.
In “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook,” a recent SETDA report, the group issued three recommendations to help school leaders and policy makers guide and implement the use of digital content:
- Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years, beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle
- Develop a vision and roadmap for completing the shift, eliminate unnecessary or ineffective policies and regulations, invest in infrastructure and devices, and ensure effective implementation of digital learning policies
- Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, tagged classroom, Common Core Standards, grades 7 - 10, lesson plan, literacy, PBS NewsHour Extra, poetry, reading, video on April 24, 2013 |
PBS NewsHour Extra offers this wonderful lesson for grades 7-10 from The Academy of American Poets, which presents a series of activities for the classroom that allow students to explore and interact with poetry by writing letters to poets. Aligned with the Common Core Standards, activities address the three literacy areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You can use the series of activities one right after the other, or separate them as you integrate poetry with other areas of your curriculum. The activities are designed to reach diverse learners, but if you need to adapt them further, you can feel free to do so.
Sections include video, pre-activities, whole class, as well as individual/small group activities, and vocabulary. Here’s a sample of objectives just for Activity 1: Selecting Favorite Poems from Historical Poets of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda and William Carlos Williams
Identify poets whose poetic voices speak to them
Select one of these poets and his or her poem to consider more deeply
Provide verbal explanation/evidence about why they have chosen this poem and poet to their peers
As an added bonus, in conjunction with the Academy’s celebration of letter writing and correspondence this National Poetry Month (April 2013), you are invited to submit your students’ letters to the Dear Poet project for a chance to receive handwritten responses from poets.
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With Earth Day starting off our week, here are fresh new ways to teach students about environmental health from PBS LearningMedia. Enhance your curriculum with engaging and inspiring content from PBS and trusted producers like KQED and WGBH. To search, save, and share your favorite resources, create an account for free.
Grades 9-12 | Video | Environmentalism in Africa
Meet Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist – and first African woman – to win the Nobel Peace Prize and illustrate the connection between the environment and other social issues.
Grades 7-13 | Video | Human Impact on Environment
Examine the state of food waste in America with host Yul Kwon and get an in-depth look at the a landfill’s inner workings.
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed
Grades 6-13 | Video | Environmental Stewardship
See the environmental stewardship of everyday people who transformed the polluted Bay Area.
Scientist Profile: Renewable Energy Scientist
Grades 4-6 | Video | Scientist Profile
Use this career profile to illustrate the practical application of solar and wind power and invite students to assess the viability of other renewable energy sources.
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Grades K-8 | Interactive | Effects of Pollution
Enhance your health, science, and environmental studies curriculum with this clever interactive resource from Kinetic City.
NEW: Prompt debate among your students using this new resource from ITVS that explores the global politics of climate change.
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Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, gender roles, grades 8-12, history, literature, pbs, Shakespeare's plays, video on April 18, 2013 |
Shakespeare Uncovered explores the complete plays of William Shakespeare. The PBS series looks at the stories that have shaped our cultural history: seeking out each play’s inspiration, finding the moments and places that set every scene, as well as examining the words that gave life to Shakespeare’s world both past and present.
This PBS LearningMedia thematic collection — which adheres to national learning standards — contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Here’s a sampling of the series of videos available for grades 8-12:
The Use of Soliloquy helps students learn what a soliloquy is and how it is used to reveal character and advance plot in stories.
The Globe Theater reveals the origins, unique characteristics and specific challenges of the famous theater.
Gender Roles in Shakespeare examines how gender impacts the characters in Macbeth and The Tempest.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Shakespeare’s Characters explores how characters struggle with moral and ethical dilemmas and includes examples from The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry IV, Part One.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, environment, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, science, Video Lending Library, Water Cycle on April 12, 2013 |
With the spring thaw, here’s a lesson for grades 3-5 from PBS LearningMedia to teach students that water is a crucial ingredient for life on Earth. They’ll also come to see that the water cycle is Earth’s natural mechanism for transporting, cleansing, and recycling water between the surface and the atmosphere. In this lesson, students recognize the different forms that water takes and learn about where it exists in the environment. Through class discussion and experiments, students model the water cycle and explore how it can be used to create fresh water.
- Understand that water exists in the environment in different forms
- Identify the ways that water moves through the environment
- Recognize that most of Earth’s surface is covered by water but that only a small amount is fresh water
- Produce fresh water from salty water by distilling it
Resources include great images of Water Phases (for grades K-5) and an interactive on Global Water Distribution (for grades 3-12) as well as many short, engaging videos.
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