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Learn and Link

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This past school year my middle school students recieved Samsung Chromebooks in our school’s first 1:1 program. I had some ideas to extend the students learning that my teachers can implement in their classrooms for use with the Chromebooks.

The students are already well versed in Internet research so I want to play to that strength while adding in social media. I am a fan of Marc Prensky’s term “Digital Wisdom” and my take away from reading his work is that it’s important to know how and where to find information using digital enhancements such as the Internet. With that in mind, I came up with the plan to allow students time in class each week to learn a lesson or concept on their own using the Internet. Everyone has a different way of learning something and this opens the door for my students to learn the way they are drawn to. Some may watch videos, some listen podcasts and others may find that texts and diagrams are their way to go. They will of course have guidance in finding the information.

The second part of this exercise is to share how and what they learned with their classmates. I’m toying with the idea of using Twitter and hashtags, but there is a myriad of ways they can share this information.

I’m hoping to make this common practice amoung my teachers to have the students share with a global audience what they learn.

Post suggestions and thoughts!

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TerraClues

I’ve been trying out TerraClues with my 4th graders. I find it’s a great tool to increase their internet researching skills. I’m looking forward to implementing the private classroom feature for various subjects not just geography.

I teach at a Catholic school so I can see TerraClues use in finding historically religious places and viewing them with Google maps satellite view to gain a better perspective.

The students get really excited and it’s a great group exercise, but I could also see it used as an assessment since on order to finish each set you have to answer each clue correctly.

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