Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 20

Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 20

Evidence Scavenger Hunt Can be used for 1-1 or in small groups. Provide the students with an essential question and challenge the students to find as many assets in Techbook that provide evidence that students can use to build a claim about the essential question. Use the scientific explanation activity from Techbook to assist the students in the process. Determine a time

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AP Calculus: Back to the Future!

I have traveled back in time to the 20th Century, teaching AP Calculus with a hard covered time machine, which had no support beyond the examples in each section and odd numbered answers.  I spent first quarter struggling to efficiently and effectively teach this advanced curriculum, knowing that the “future” held so much more support.

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Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 19

The Definition Debate Have students watch the animation for key glossary terms in your current concept. Have them create their own definition using evidence from the animation (Including the text portion of the animation). Have students do a think/pair/share to come to consensus on small group definition. Put all of the group definitions on a bulletin board or web form and have students

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PETE&C DEN Star Spotlight Episode One

Over the past ten years I have been lucky enough to attend and present at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference and Expo.  It has really grown over the years.  PETE&C has attracted some great keynote speakers such as Jeff Corwin and Dan Pink.  This year the keynote speakers are Jonathan Strickland senior writer for HowStuffWorks.com and co-host

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Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 18

The Reading Jigsaw Create groups of five students. Assign each group a different reading from Techbook within the concept you are studying. Each group reads their article. Then, each member of the group creates a one page summary of the article. The summary should have a drawn picture and a written caption that communicates the key idea(s) of the article. Then, assign each

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S.O.S: Now Screening

Welcome to week 12 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Now Screening PDF Version                   Background According to John Medina, author of Brain Rules (a must read for educators), your

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Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 17

Differentiate Using Assignments Use the Discovery built assignments to create engaging activities for the computer lab, workstations or homework. Every concept has assignments already built using the Assignment Builder which can be found in the orange tabs on the right side of the concept page in K-8 Techbook and above the 5E tabs in High School Science Techbook.

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Den for the new year!

I just finished the last day of classes before the winter break. I am all caught up and ready for a rest. However, I would also like to take the time to do something to get renewed for the next part of the year. I try to make it a goal every year to implement

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