Category Archives: Comm Arts

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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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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Collaborative Writing with Google Docs

Last month, Teresa America and Annie Wayland, social studies teachers at West High, tried something a bit different with their digital story project.  They have been frustrated by the typical downfalls of a digital group project: lack of accountability, off-task … Continue reading

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Bringing Works of Art into the Classroom

At the beginning of February, Google launched a new tool called the Google Art Project. Using their mapping interface, they have created a space where anyone can navigate virtually though museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery … Continue reading

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Teach with Youtube – in more ways than one!

Youtube is much more than simply a video resource, thanks to a bit of behind-the-scenes coding.  By publishing something called an “application programming interface”, or API, Google (YouTube’s parent company), has allowed other websites to “mash up” YouTube content with … Continue reading

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