Category Archives: Content Areas

Annotating Images with Smart Notebook

Each year Peter Papulis asks his geometry students to apply abstract knowledge of proportions, similarity, and ratios to their own experience – through manipulating images in Smart Notebook. Students take snapshots of one another next to prominent places around school, … Continue reading

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Digital Notebooks with OneNote

In August, Will Swihart, science teacher at West Middle, was looking for a digital notebook solution. Students in science record their daily work into a composition notebook, maintaining a table of contents and reflecting on their past work as they … Continue reading

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Performance Assessment via Google Maps

As we approach the end of the first semester, and middle school students begin looking towards a new trimester, performance assessments are on the minds of many. How can we know what students really understand? If your content has any … Continue reading

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Promoting Detail in Student Work with aMap

For anyone who asks students to think their way through an process step-by-step, getting students to explain how details support their summary can be a challenge. If you’re interested to check out a more visual way to organize and force … Continue reading

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Screencasting – for information, differentiation, and feedback

Screencasting is great way to deliver audio and visual information to your students. If you have been looking for a way to record your lessons, or you’d like to deliver some formative assessment of student work using your voice as … Continue reading

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Promoting Peer Assessment – Using Blogs in Communication Arts

When Erica Rogers and Dan Barnes, communication arts teachers at Parkway West High, were redesigning a cumulative activity for their English III students, they were looking to create an activity where students would be writing and revising work throughout the … Continue reading

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Building an Audience with Weebly.com

There are many great online writing tools out there — we featured one just last week — but there are times when all we really need is a place to put work.  A display area.  A website.  A couple recent … Continue reading

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