Scream for HELP? Or “Google It?”

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Leah Bruosta, fifth grade teacher here and I.NEED.HELP! What happens when I need help with technology in my classroom? To whom do I turn? Well…. the easy answer as one of the “technology” favoring teachers is to “Google it.”  I Google it, then I ask someone who might know, then I forget about it for […]

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Where to go next…

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In a whirlwind first half of the school year, I have found myself doing exactly what I said I hoped to avoid in my first post: resort back to standard teaching methods and techniques. So far I believe I have a lot of room for improvement in terms of incorporating technology in a more meaningful […]

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In which I plan what I think will be an amazing lesson – and I learn more than the kids do.

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I continue to ask the question:  How can I use technology help ESL kids speak more in order to improve their writing?    So… I planned to teach, what I was sure would be an amazing lesson  😉 Lesson Objectives: Day 1:  Students will create their own food chains.  Students will record 2 sentences about […]

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Letting Go

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Far from the sage on the stage mentality, giving students choice is, on many levels, letting go– letting go of the image of a decorous, well-oiled classroom, letting go of tried and true, familiar texts, letting go of neat, staid assessments with prescribed answers. In short, providing choice in a student-centered classroom requires us to […]

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They See Themselves as Writers!

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The Basics This year I have been focusing on using technology to help my 3rd grade inclusion students access grade level content and to be able to create their own work in a way that is both accessible and meaningful for them.  We started small, letting students use Google docs to type their writing in order […]

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Collaborative Learning Techniques- Screencasts

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Lesson Objective One of my goals this year is to continue to focus on how I can incorporate technology into my social studies classroom to help support student learning. In the 6th grade social studies classroom, students are asked to complete a DBQ  (document based question) assessment at the beginning and end of the school […]

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Talking before writing: An interview with Goldilocks

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Revised Question How can I use technology to make grade level writing tasks accessible to English language learners and students on IEPs?   Our first project in grade 3 Jen Ostayan (SPED inclusion teacher)  and I ( ESL inclusion teacher) set out to help our students write narratives that changed the point of view of […]

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Are Students Ready for Virtual Classrooms… or NOT?

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Is My Experiment Working?? What if the answer, to my research question is ‘no?’  What if no, students might not be able to increase writing output based on their engagement with the technology used to create their writing? Now what! In my classroom, fifth graders bounce between Chromebooks and post-its for their reading and writing. […]

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