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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker By Paolo Bacigalupi ISBN: 9780316056212 Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010 Genre: Juvenile Fiction Literature Circle Unit description with goals The Literature Circle unit is geared towards eighth grade students who are reading Ship Breaker (2010) by Paolo Bacigalupi.  This dystopian novel takes place in the future when global warming

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Information Literacy Collaborative Unit

Copy of this entire project (pdf) I created this unit for one of Library courses but several people asked me to share my process of using Google Forms as “digital notecards” – See Lesson #2. High School Literary Criticism Research Paper Scenario: Throughout the semester in English III, students have been reading and analyzing various

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Tech integration curriculum ideas

Curriculum ideas for Technology Integration based on National Technology Standards for Students Creativity and Innovation:Demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving skills to develop innovative products and processes using digital technology Recording personal memoirs w/ images in iMovie or Photostory Create a website using Wix or Google Site to compare World Religions & embed information, videos,

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Eight elements to great project design

My former Pepperdine professor, Gary Stager states in an article for Creative Educator that “teachers instinctively know that projects are worthwhile, even if they do not understand every facet of a good project or have experience supporting project-based learning”. I have taken great pains to change my Computer Applications course from a skills-based computer competency

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ONE Project: FOUR Formats

In my attempt to embrace more of a constructivist method of learning in my classroom, I allowed students to construct their own career-centered research projects.  After reading about John Holland’s 6 personality traits and how matching your personality to your job results in more job satisfaction, students set out to learn more about one career

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Learning to change … Changing to learn

A video made by Pearson for CoSN: The Consortium for School Networking.  It should be shared with every principal and administrator.  Pass it on … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4VhoWGZ2eA

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Thematic units in Tech class

I still teach a basic computer application course (as opposed to working with HS teachers to integrate technology into their curriculum) and my goal is to make sure students have the tech skills necessary to be successful in class.  I don’t, however, want to just teach “computer skills” – and teach technology just for the sake

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Google Earth & Postcard Geography

Years ago when I taught 4th grade I participated in a classroom exchange called “Postcard Geography”.  My students eagerly awaited postcards that we exchanged with schools all across the US.  We created a large bulletin board with a map of the US and  pinned the postcards next to the city is came from.  It was

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Teaching for understanding

I am encouraged once again to see the discussion in the blogosphere about making sure we use Web 2.0 tools to support learning and a new pedagogy in the classroom. Chris Lehmann writes about using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework by Wiggins and McTighe. We need to make sure we are not doing “activities”

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