Posts By Donna Criswell

About Donna Criswell

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sudbury Public School District
Chairperson, MA DEN LC
Ambassador, Glogster EDU

  1. Google Voice Search

    Google and Chrome are working together to enhance features for all learners. While using the Chrome web browser, and then going to Google to search the web, you will notice a microphone icon to the right of the search window. You can click the microphone and speak your search terms! I was amazed at how accurately it […]

  2. Presentation Rubrics, K-8: 21st Century Skills and Common Core

    The Common Core Standards address the ”4 C’s”of 21st Century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  They also address Speaking Skills.  I found some great Presentation Rubrics created by the Buck Institute (BIE.org), a leader in the PBL (Project Based Learning) field.   Note that these rubrics address the speaking and presentation elements and not the […]

  3. You know about the 3 R’s… Do you also know about the “4 C’s” of 21st Century Skills as they are supported by the Common Core standards? In addition to the “3 R’s” that we grew up with, the “4 C’s” are designed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workplace and community. […]

  4. Inklewriter

    inklewriter is a FREE tool designed to let you write and publish interactive, choose-your-own-adventure (or branching) stories. Once created, your stories can be published and shared! The reader can choose whichever path they want the story to take as they read along! Title, author, beginning, introduction, sections or paragraphs… these are some of the elements […]

  5. Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education

    “Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education”   As I was gearing up for the 2012 MassCUE Conference  (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) held last week, I was reminded of last year’s keynote presentation that truly had an impact on me. Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where […]

  6. Class DoJo – Transform Your Classroom Culture

    Class DoJo is a FREE real-time web 2.0 classroom management tool that helps teachers monitor and gather data on behaviors or attributes that are occurring in the classroom (or any setting, for that matter).  In my district, several teachers are using this and loving what it has done to help set classroom and individual goals.  […]

  7. CAST UDL Book Builder

    CAST “is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.  UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a […]

  8. iTunes Resources

    More than 800 universities have active iTunes U sites including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley.  iTunes U allows you to upload and share educational content which is really cool.  In the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U, students and teachers can also access content from distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York […]

  9. Blogging Around the Christmas Tree

    by Christine Cote   After spending the long weekend cooking and shopping, I was eager to settle down and get into a good book. However, in today’s digital age, I found myself catching up on some interesting blog sites.  Blogs are such a fascinating way to share a message or information. They are so easy […]

  10. What Do You Find Pinteresting?

    by Suzy Brooks This fall has been spent in a state of inspiration as I wander the pages and pages of resources available on Pinterest.com.  Have you?  Are you using Pinterest for teaching?  While it is tempting to spend time finding pins relating to ALL areas of my life, I’ve tried my best to find […]

  11. National Epilepsy Awareness Month

    November is National Epilepsy Awareness month. Having a daughter with this disorder, it is something that has transformed not only her life but the lives of every person in her life.  A previous den post by Jannita Demian (thanks Jannita!) spoke of how this disorder affected her family’s life as well.  This is a far […]

  12. Catching Up or Leading the Way?

    I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Yong Zhao speak two summers ago at the MA New Literacies Symposium and again at the MassCUE Conference on October 27th.  I think you will be encouraged by this Asian educator’s perspective on the American education system, especially during this data driven environment.  His views on what we’re […]

  13. With a Little Help From My Friends

    I can grow with a little help from my friends… As educators, we need to continue our journey on the road to discovery and be life-long learners.  It is always appreciated when a friend passes along an opportunity to collaborate and learn with others in the field of education.  I have recently received two such […]

  14. Grading the Digital School

    As we begin yet another new school year, I think we all look for inspiration, motivation, and new challenges to keep our passion for educating at it’s peak.. I received a link to an article in the September 3, 2011 Sunday New York Post, written by Matt Richtel, titled “Grading the Digital School, In Classroom […]

  15. Using Pictures to Ignite Learning

    posted by Christine Cote…   I attended a training session on the use of PQARs and am excited to try this practice in a classroom. What is a PQAR? PQAR stands for Picture Question Answer Response. Imagine showing an image to your class of Neil Armstrong and asking them what they can tell you about […]

  16. Edutopia

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    “Edutopia is a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia’s editorial agenda is based on documenting, disseminating and advocating solutions related to six core learning strategies. Project-based Learning Integrated Studies […]

  17. Keep Connected

    The principal at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA is providing a great way to stay connected over the summer. Following the model of the “unconference” used at Edcamp, BHS will be hosting mini-Edcamps Tuesday mornings this summer.  It is a great opportunity to make new connections and share ideas.  The following was posted on […]

  18. Fake “Facebook” Fundamentals!

    Social media .. think about connecting with today’s students by using a medium they are well familiar with – social networks.  But rather than using an actual social media environment that may not be a) appropriate in your school, or b) something you want to take on, think about creating a fake “Facebook” page as […]

  19. Kudos!

    A hearty congratulations to two of our very own DEN STAR/LC members who achieved recognition last evening at the annual DENny Awards webinar! Robin Talkowski was recognized (again!) for her creative, informative and thought provoking personal blog, as well as her oversight of the Massachusetts DEN Blog in her capacity as Blog Chairperson!  Way to […]

  20. FREE!

    Did you know the U.S Department of Education has a website that links to free teaching and learning resources compiled from dozens and dozens of federal agencies?  From photos, primary sources, animations, videos and more, FREE lets you browse by topic, grade level, time frame, media type and other criteria.  You can even sign up […]

  21. Spring has Arrived!!

    Let’s talk about some Web 2.0 Tools that will inspire Creative and Colorful Projects to pop up in your Classroom! Students love to learn new ways of expressing themselves and finding new creative outlets.  We have heard of some of the popular Web 2.0 tools that are classroom friendly like Wordle, Voicethread, and Animoto. Prezi […]

  22. A “Word Cloud” is a visual depiction or graphical representation of word frequency. Some Word Cloud tools (Wordle, for example) will look for the most frequently used words (or tags) and display them as a random pattern, with the more common words or tags appearing larger in the cloud.   Some word cloud apps let you […]

  23. Free Technology 4 Teachers!

    As an Instructional Technology Specialist, it’s my job to help teachers find relevant technology resources, provide them with the latest tips and tricks, as well as ideas on how to integrate all of this into their day to day teaching.  One resource I think is worth it’s weight in gold is Richard Byrne’s website/blog titled […]