Instructional Resource: A classroom outside of the school building. Teachers can post assignments, send emails, set up discussions, load files, give quizzes, provide feedback, and keep a class calendar. It allows students to communicate easily with one another as well as the teacher. This is Active/Collaborative Adaptation. Students work independently on assignments provided by the teacher but can participate collaboratively with their peers in discussion boards and by commenting on posts.
I’ve relied heavily on Read Write Think over the last year for lesson plans and other interactive tools for students to use. I really like the interactive tools for students to utilize in their writing process. This set of tools focuses on inquiry and analysis. These tools help students map literary elements, analyze a hero’s journey, and organize an essay using an interactive graphic organizer. Click through for more resources. #readwritethink #writing #teachertech #middleschool
ATOMIC LEARNING (portal) - Under "Workshops" you will find a variety of professional development series such as Netbooks in the Classroom, Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom, You Tube in the Classroom, and many more. Online training sessions for those new to Atomic Learning available too.
Instructional Resource: This website provides teachers the tools they need to create their own classroom online. They can post: lecture notes, discussion boards, journal assignments, announcements, tasks, grades, and outside links. This website would be great to keep students up to date with the goings on in the physical classroom by backing it up online. This resource would be an example of Active Infusion. Students will know how to use the technology and do so regularly.
Instructional Resource: This is an online grade-book. It allows teachers to record grades, take attendance, create quizzes, flashcards, wikis, and upload files for student use. This is not just a teacher site. Students can complete quizzes, go through flashcards, and view files that their teachers have uploaded. Engrade would be an example of Active Adoption. The teacher regulates the technology being used and each student is completing the assigned activities individually.
Instructional Resource: This website allows users to keep an organized collection of electronic resources. In the classroom, teachers and students would be able to keep links to websites that they use for instructional/learning purposes such as: blogging, presentation, information, and note taking websites. This would be Constructive Transformation because the students have free access to the technology and can use it in whatever way they see fit.