With testing quickly approaching, it is increasingly more important that students are being exposed to TEI type questions on a regular basis. Below are some suggestions for TEI integration:
Maps101 was one of the first online subscription services for K-12 schools with the purpose of supplementing and complimenting traditional history, social studies, and geography curriculum materials. Maps101.com is a web-based interactive database of teacher lesson plans, geography tools, online learning games, dynamic interactive map modules and over 4,000 viewable and printable history, thematic, reference, outline, current events, and animated maps.
Samples of available resources:
These similar websites are fantastic educational tools!
How Can I Use These In My Classroom?
Formative assessment is effortlessly embedded directly into videos, helping students attend to what they are watching and allowing for purposeful student reflection. As students watch, teachers can check for understanding and ensure active vs. passive watching. This gives teachers the ability to completely tailor a lesson the next day based on the formative assessment results they receive. This is truly utilizing assessment to inform instruction (which is the point of assessment!).
These tools can be used with videos that have made or with videos that are discovered on the site or elsewhere. Oftentimes, teachers may use a video to introduce students to a brand new topic or idea. A well-created video has the ability to quickly help students dive into new learning and formulate new questions and lines of inquiry. Using Zaption or EdPuzzle keeps students focused on a new theme or skill and helps to ensure they are more engaged than when just watching a traditional video clip.
Another use for Zaption or EdPuzzle could be as part of a guided reading center. YouTube has many great read-aloud videos that can be used along with Zaption or EdPuzzle to check for comprehension. (You can also create your own based on class reading!) As the video plays, embed questions to check for understanding and to keep students on track. Students can independently go through the guided reading (or Close reading) activity, while you work with another small group. This is a fantastic way to maximize your time and receive valuable feedback. These tools could also be used in a small group science center (with a video pertaining to an experiment or new learning), a math center, etc.
Zaption or EdPuzzle can also be utilized with documentary-type videos to embed writing prompts. Teachers can record a prompt throughout these videos so that students can pause and write out reflections and thoughts. Good documentaries are often SO packed full of good information that by the end of the video, only the last 10 minutes get well-reflected on. Zaption and EdPuzzle would allow students opportunities to reflect and respond at specific points throughout the video.
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Are you using Gizmos in your classroom?
Gizmos helps students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration. Gizmos are ideal for small group work, individual exploration, and whole class instruction using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Gizmos are recommended for students in grades 3-5. Some Gizmos can be adapted for students in grades K-2.
Did you know that Gizmos offers a Curriculum Resources Page where Gizmos are listed and correlated with each RPS marking period? Check it out! http://tinyurl.com/RPSGizmos
Gizmos are a FANTASTIC way to help provoke higher level thinking and add rigor to your lessons. If you are not already incorporating them into your math and science lessons, now is the time to start!