Has your district made the shift to using digital resources and technology in the classroom? Some have and many more are in the process of doing so. This change raises the question: what digital skills do teachers need? Primarily, teachers need training on digital pedagogy, the devices that students will be using, and issues that may arise as a result of going paperless.
Do you purposely plan your lessons with your students’ “interests” in mind? If not, you should start doing so immediately.
There is a lot of information out there about inquiry-based learning: what it is, how effective it is, and so on. However, a question that many have is, “how can inquiry-based learning be used with digital activities?” Let’s look at some examples of how to combine inquiry-based and digital learning.
Thinking is hard. At least, that is what our students tend to believe. They sigh when we ask them to complete a research assignment, or to write an analytical essay. Even the most basic questions asked of them, can be responded with a grunt.
The flipped classroom allows students to build background knowledge outside school, freeing up time for more hands-on learning in the classroom.
Film Day! When I was in grade school and high school, “film day” was always great.
The journey to digital can feel like a long spaghetti western film at times, but it’s worth it.
How to ditch the textbook and go with a non-traditional curriculum for social studies.
Using discussion boards can be an excellent way to engage students with important middle and high school social studies content.