Sunday, February 26, 2017

Why Teach Media Literacy? Distinguishing Between REAL and FAKE News

Why teach media literacy? With information overload, it's becoming more and more difficult for our students to distinguish between real and fake news. A recent Stanford study has reported that today's students lack the skills to determine the difference. Media Literacy is an important skill to teach in today's classroom.

Help upper elementary, middle school, & high school students with media literacy by teaching them to distinguish between real and fake news. Learn why what students research and read needs to be up-to-date. Watch videos learning more about legitimate websites, and find out what to look for to spot great information. Tips and tricks are included in this blog post. {3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classroom or homeschool students, reading, writing, research, PBL}

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ideas for Teaching Digital Citizenship With EdPuzzle

Classrooms all over the world are sharing the many innovative ways technology can be used in learning, which is why today's post is all about teaching digital citizenship

"Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live." 

I'm sharing ideas with 5 other technology lovers from the Tech With Us Community. We are teaming up to share our tips in teaching Digital Citizenship which can be infused into your curriculum throughout the year. 

Celebrate Digital Learning Day (or any day where you want to incorporate technology) by using EdPuzzle in the classroom. This post will show you how to find and customize great videos to use with your primary, upper elementary, and middle school students. You'll be teaching digital citizenship in no time! Click through to see example videos and get started today! {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade classroom or homeschool, computers, lesson plan, unit study}
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Teaching Tolerance and Acceptance Through Project Based Learning

At most main intersections, you will see signs that say, "Will Work for Food!", "Former Vet", "Lost My Job", "Two Kids", "Anything Will Help."

How do you react when you see a homeless person? Do you wonder if you should give them some cash, a Granola bar, or water? Or, just try to ignore him or her and act like the person isn't there. Treat the homeless as if they are invisible. We can help by teaching tolerance and acceptance to our students through project based learning.

Allow your upper elementary, middle school, & high school students to research the different causes and effects of homelessness. Then use this project based learning unit to allow student to plan a community for the homeless with services and activities. This PBL unit focuses on a real world problem, while also incorporating 21st Century skills. You'll also be teaching tolerance and acceptance of others. Great for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade classroom or homeschool.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Building Growth Mindset During Project Based Learning

Building growth mindset does not have to be a challenge, especially when integrated with project based learning (or PBL). Stick around to learn more. 

Building a growth mindset in your upper elementary students does NOT have to be challenging. Learn how to integrate it with your project based learning unit. Check out the PBL video here, and get five ideas for how you can start this in your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom today. Resources and book recommendations are also included. Click through now to learn more! {third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

"Every time they (students) are pushed out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in the brain can form new stronger connections and over time, become smarter." - Carol Dweck, Stanford University psychologist 

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