• TPACK & Common Instructional Framework

    Participants will gain knowledge in...

    • Effectively integrating technological resources in their classroom with the Common Instructional Framework (CIF) strategies.

    Web 2.0 Best Practices

    • Set Boundaries
      • Time Limits
      • Choose 2 or 3
    • Ask for help
      • Identify the FAQ or Help section
      • Join the community of users
    • Passwords
      • Create some way to keep up with all of them
      • Document 

    Questions, Answers, & Comments - Today's Meet

    Today's Meet is a great tool to allow students to provide input or ask questions without having to interrupt current discussion or allowing the timid students a chance to provide input.
    Today's Meet  
    We will use Today's Meet to post comments or suggestions as we continue today. 

    What is TPACK? 

    Place your cursor over each target to read additional information about each of the domains of the TPACK model.  The target in the middle of the diagram links to a video explaining the TPACK model.  Watch this video before completing the TPACK activity below. You may also want to reference the following article for additional information on TPACK.

    TPACK Ball
    Here is an overview TPACK Ball game:

    • Below you will find a link to a Google Doc with a three column table.  The "C" column lists contains different basic content area (ELA, MA, SS, SCI, etc).  The "P" column list pedagogical strategies (collaborative learning, PBL, differentiation, KWL, semantic mapping).  The "T" column list technological strategies.
    • You will add one item to each of the three columns.
    • We will be tossing a "C" ball, "P" ball, and "T" ball to 3 different people.
    • If you catch the ball, please select a corresponding item from the column below; or come up with your own!
    • The remainder of the group will provide feedback on the effectiveness of the approach to support student learning
     TPACK Table

    Common Instructional Framework (CIF) Strategies Overview

    Use the Google Form below to brainstorm the CIF strategies used in the classroom.

    Word Clouds

    Word clouds are graphic representations of words.  They give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a group of text.  The clouds can be tweaked by changing the font, layout, and color scheme.
    word cloud  
    108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom
    This blog site includes lists of how word to use word clouds in the classroom, as well as in specific subject areas. 


    The video below discusses what scaffolding looks like in the classroom.  Take a few minutes to view the video and reflect on your current practice.
    The video described the purpose behind scaffolding and demonstrated ways in which scaffolding can be integrated into the classroom. Along with these methods, there are tons of web 2.0 tools that can be used to help provide scaffolding for students. The word cloud tool used earlier is one example of a web tool that can be used for scaffolding in the classroom.  Below are a few mind mapping and/or graphic organizer tools and audio tools that can be used for scaffolding in the classroom.


    Mind Mapping and/or Graphic Organizer Tools

    Mind mapping and/or graphic organizer tools are a great way to provide scaffolding for students. You can use them at the beginning of a lesson to provide students with a review of prior knowledge. You can provide students with a partially completed map for them to expand on. Or you can allow the students to create their own maps to guide their understanding. 
    Spicy Nodes
    SpicyNodes allows you to create visual information maps that allows users to delve deeper into concepts. SpicyNodes accounts can be created with your Gmail account, which is nice because it allows you to use the same username and password, instead of having to create one. You can also share your SpicyNodes via the URL or embed code. There isn't a SpicyNode app, but there is a WikiNodes App available for iPad that creates connections between Wikipedia content. Below is a quick user guide video, as well as an example SpicyNode.
    Popplet allows you and your students to create mind maps to capture facts and thoughts while defining the relationship between the concepts. You must create an account to use popplet, but it is free.  There is also an iPad app that can be used to create and view popplets. Below is a PDF tutorial document and a link to an example Popplet.


    Audio Tools 

    There are many great audio tools available, which allow you to provide scaffolding and support for students.  By using various audio tools you can provide students with reminders of prior knowledge or even tutorials.  The SMART Notebook software comes with an audio and screen recorder tools that allow you to record audio or screen recordings of work.  Another useful and easy to use tool is Vocaroo.
    Vocaroo allows you to quickly record or upload audio files. Once the file have been recorded or uploaded, you can easily embed them in your webpage or email to your students.  You can also select to have a QR code created that will allow students to access the audio file. Vocaroo does not require an account and is easy enough that students of any age can record.
    *QR Codes are scannable barcodes that take you directly to the file or website for the code. There are several QR reader apps that allow you to scan QR codes with your mobile device, such as QR Rafter, i-nigma.

    Scaffolding in the Classroom

    Respond to the blog post below.
  • Scaffolding

    Posted by Lindsay Ginn on 11/3/2014
    Think about the ways in which you have used scaffolding in your classroom.  How can you modify your current scaffolding strategies to integrate technology following the TPACK framework.  Share at least one idea and comment on another posting.
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  • Tools for Classroom Tal

    Lino - Chalk Talk Activity

    Chalk Talk is a silent way to reflect, generate ideas, check on learning, develop projects, or solve problems.  It can be used productively with any group.  Because it is done completely in silence, it gives groups a change of pace and encourages thoughtful contemplation. 
    Using the Lino board above, respond to the following question;  What is classroom talk and how have you used this strategy in your classroom?

    Collaborative Sticky Notes & Walls

    Collaborative sticky notes and walls are a great way to have classroom talk extend beyond the classroom through writing. They can be used to have students begin thinking about a topic or lesson that will be covered during the next class period, to continue classroom discussion beyond the classroom or to generate students final thoughts from a lesson.
    Lino is a web-based sticky note service that allows you to create an online canvas for posting sticky notes in response to a question or topic.  The sticky notes can include text, images, videos, or file attachments.  Lino allows you to create a Lino account with your Gmail account, which is nice because it allows you to use the same username and password, instead of having to create one.  The URL for the Lino canvas can be shared with a group of individuals or you can simply embed the board on your teacher webpage.  Lino is available on the web as well as through the Apple or Google play store. Below is information about how to get started with Lino. 
    Lino Help 
    Padlet is an online wall that allows instant collaboration with anyone that has access to the wall.  Notes can be added that contain text, images, videos, URLs, or file attachments.  The notes can be added using a free form layout or a stream layout. Collaboration is instant and you can see everyone's activity without having to reload the webpage.  Padlet allows you to create a Padlet account with your Gmail account, which is nice because it allows you to use the same username and password, instead of having to create one.  The URL for the wall can be shared with a group of individuals or you can simply embed the board on your teacher webpage.  The final wall can be captured and saved as a PDF, image or Excel file.  Below is a link to information about Padlet and the features available with this tool.
    Padlet Help 

    Write to Learn

    Click on the TED Ed lesson link below.

    There are several wonderful 2.0 tools that can be used in the classroom to allow your student to practice the write to learn strategy.  Below are a few tools we find to be useful for this purpose.

    Interactive Videos 
    TED Ed, Zaption, and EDPuzzle allows you to take educational video content from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, Edutopia, etc. and create interactive videos with embedded questions for students to answer.  Questions can be multiple choice and open ended.  
    From Google Drive, you can use Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Forms and other applications to create and edit various types of files.  You can also utilize the various add-ons features in Drive with writing activities.  Click here for Google Add-on features.

    Penzu is a great site that allows students to create their own online journal. Students can reflect on their learning by using this tool.  After creating a journal entry, they can save, print, or email the entry to others. Once they have shared it, others can add comments to the entry.  This is a great way to provide them with feedback on their thinking process. Remember though, that writing to learn is low-stakes writing, which means that there is no worry of receiving a grade. It can lead up to medium or high stakes writing. Also, as a teacher, you can create a Penzu classroom, which can help you manage your students' journals. However, that features requires a yearly payment.  This site requires students to create an account. There is a special process for students under 13 to ensure they have permission to create the account. 
    Penzu Tutorial Video 
    Storybird is a great website that allows students to create stories to accompany beautiful artwork. The site curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world, which can be used to inspire students to write. Along with developing their ideas and furthering their understanding, write to learn also allows students to practice their writing fluency and writing conventions. Storybird is a perfect tool for this. Teachers can create a classroom for up to 35 students for free. By having a classroom, students are able to easily share and you can provide real time feedback. Students do not need an email account for this site. Below is a Storybird example that is a simple guide to Storybird.

    Questioning is a strategy that can be implemented with any subject area.  The strategy challenges teachers and students to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry.  Watch the video below on structuring learning using essential questions.  Teachers can introduce a unit or lesson by asking engaging questions.  While you watch the video, think about how you begin your lessons or unit of study.
    Student Response Systems for Questioning
    Student response systems are a great way to assess students or engage them in questioning at the beginning and end of a lesson or unit or during instructions.  Students can interact with these systems on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. 
    Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy.  Teachers can create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys using any device with a web browser (tablet, laptop, smartphone).  Teachers can create free accounts and create their own Kahoots or view those created by others.  Below is tutorial information on Kahoot!.
    Plickers is a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.  It can be used for quick checks for understanding or to give all student the chance to participate and engage in learning without feeling self-conscious. 
    Socrative is a smart response system that empowers teacher to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.  Socrative allows teachers to create a free account.  Students access the teachers questions, exercises, and games via a passcode created by the teacher.  Below is an instructional video and resources for getting started with Socrative.

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Last Modified on February 11, 2015