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3 Transformational Learning Activities

Often we hear about how technology is going to transform education. The world isn't the same as it used to be. Information is no longer expensive or difficult to obtain, so it makes sense that we should be helping learners develop ways to use and create knowledge rather than memorize it. Now that the entirety of human knowledge fits into one's pocket, it's time to prepare students for a world in which they will be expected to innovate, create, and solve complex problems.… Visit the author's original post

Our Epic Nonfiction Picture Book Project Take 2

For the past few years, my students have written nonfiction picture books for younger audiences around the world.  Last year, I decided to share the lesson plan to serve as inspiration for those who wanted it, and this year I thought I would do the same.  While the foundation is the same, the process has been tweaked a bit for a more meaningful experience for the students.

The goal of the project is rather simple; create a 15 to 25 slide/page nonfiction picture book meant for a 2nd or 3rd grade audience on anything you wish to write about.  … Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Our Epic Nonfiction Project

I don’t share specific lessons on here often but this time I have to because this one has just made the last 6 weeks, yes 6 weeks, fly by.  Not just for me either, most of my students that reported on their survey that they hate writing but love this project.  So without further ado, let me tell you all about our rather epic nonfiction picture book project.

The goal of the project is rather simple; create a 30 to 50 page nonfiction picture book meant for a K or 1st grade audience on anything you wish.  … Visit the author's original post