This week, thousands of educators are at ISTE 2013, the annual conference focused on educational technology. In honor of the occasion, this week's Summer PD Tips is focused on the ISTE NETS-S Standards. The NETS standards focus on technology skills that students need to be college-and-career ready. Topics covered include: Creativity & Innovation Communication & Collaboration Research & Information Technology Operations Critical Thinking Digital Citizenship Many of these themes are also echoed in both the Common Core and State Standards. Great! But how do you integrate the NETS-S into your classroom? Atomic Learning makes it easy: simply search by ISTE NETS-S standards at our website to get new ideas that are grade-level appropriate. You can use the projects as-is, or modify the content to make it in-line with the additional standards you are planning on meeting in your lessons. Check out the available ISTE NETS-S classroom projects to help your students achieve in your classroom and beyond. Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how your district can move technology users from awkward to awesome by using Atomic Learning.
Projects include an example project, a project overview for teachers, and step-by-step instructions for students to create the project.
Interactive whiteboards have been appearing in classrooms for around a decade, but there are still a lot of educators who aren't sure how to make the most of them.
The Atomic Learning Spotlight Creating Engaging Presentations provides tips to help make classroom presentations fun and informative.
For this edition of Summer PD Tips, I asked my sister-in-law, Kim, a second grade teacher, what she would most like to learn about this summer. When I initially asked the question, it was "what application would you like to learn more about?" She couldn't come up with an answer, because she really didn't care what technology was going to be used, she was focused on the end result: using technology to teach a standard. I am guessing a lot of educators feel like Kim. For you, Atomic Learning offers an easy way to search for classroom projects that integrate both the standards and technology easily. Simple browse by standards & subject at our website. The projects you find will include an example project, a project overview for teachers, and step-by-step instructions for students to create the project. Looking for an example? The following is a Common Core Mathematics standard: CCSS.Math.Cont.2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Through the search, you will find several projects to meet this standard. Once you select the project you are interested in, you are ready to go. If you can't find what you are looking for, most projects can be modified to suit your needs. The technology doesn't need to change, just the content that suits the needs of your class. Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how your district can move technology users from awkward to awesome by using Atomic Learning.
In Part 1, we completed a 21st Century Skills Professional Development Worksheet to clarify the goals of our program. In Part 2, we'll look at using an assessment to determine where skills training might be best applied.
ePals, Inc. today announced the next generation of In2Books eMentoring program in collaboration with International Reading Association (IRA). In2Books delivers an end-to-end, scalable digital mentoring program that helps teachers learn and teach the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.