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In this new series, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques. Each week, he'll introduce you to a new tip you can use to be more efficient, and increase student achievement. Aaron covers concepts like the flipped classroom, Common Core Standards, and the role of social media in education. The series also covers a variety of productivity apps, learning management systems, and other technologies, using a project-based approach that simulates the real K–12 or university classroom environment. Check back often for new tutorials, every Monday with Teacher Tips.
Hello, educators, and welcome to Teacher Tips. As the school year wraps up and break begins, Teacher Tips will be taking a break for the summer months, but before I say goodbye for a few weeks, I wanted to share a great resource website for you to keep in mind as you're planning this next year of instruction. Hopefully not right away, but after some much needed r and r. The Annenberg Learner website, located at learner.org, is filled with great resources for not only students, but teachers as well. This website has profession development for educators, as well as lesson resources and even interactives you can use directly with your students.
For example, here in my web browser I've already navigated to learner.org. If I hover over Interactives, and then View All, you can see that the interactives are broke into two categories of students or teachers and adults. If I click on the teacher in adult section, here I can find a variety of interactions that'll help me as a educator better prepare a lesson to deliver this content to my students. For example, if I come down the page, I'll eventually get to a section on arrays and fractions. Clicking on this interactive, I can walk through a variety of sample problems to understand how certain students are going to approach this particular work.
Here, I can see a variety of arrays that are created by two different students, and I can even see the students' interpretation of what their thinking was when they answered this particular problem. These are great interactives to help you refresh your own content knowledge, and even to think about it from a student's perspective. You also have the opportunity to find interactives that you can use with your students. For example, from the interactives menu, I'm going to come down to science and then select all. Here's a variety of science interactives that I can build directly into my lesson plans and I can even have students log-on to learner.org to use these interactives themselves. For example, students can come here and they can create their own roller coaster to understand roller coaster physics.
Or they can access things such as interactive on convergent boundaries. Here students have the opportunity to hover over various terms to see the definitions of those terms and they can watch an interactive model that's going to help them better understand what's happening with these subduction zones. Outside of the interactive sections of this website, there's also precreated lessons plans that you can use for your classroom. These lessons plans are created by master teachers. Sometimes the lesson plans have interactives that will require students to come to the website, but often, you can use parts of these lesson plans directly inside of your classroom just by printing them out. Now while much of the Annenberg Learner's site is free and available at no cost to you and your students, there's also some additional resources that you can pay for, such as video courses or even profession developement for graduate credit or continuing education units.
I really hope you enjoy exploring the Annenberg website this summer as you start planning your next year of instruction. Thank you for joining me in teacher tips this school year and for everything you do for your students. I wish you a restful summer break and I look forward to seeing you in the Fall when Teacher Tip returns bringing you the latest teaching iPad apps, software, and resources to help you have a 2014-2015 school year. Until then, cheers.
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