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K-6 Inquiry-based Lesson Plans

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The question we get often from teachers—both new and seasoned—is: How do you teach tech skills (i.e., word processing and keyboarding) while integrating it into classroom units AND keeping student interest? With the right resources, it’s easy. We’ve put thirty-five of them together in this book for you. Each of the K-6 lesson plans in How Technology Can Jumpstart the Inquiry-based Class: 35 Projects That Align with National Standards, includes practical strategies for integrating technology authentically into core classroom lessons. They are easily adapted to any number of subjects be they science, literature, history, math, reading, writing, critical thinking, or another. The focus is on easy-to-use online tools (with some exceptions) that are quick to teach, inquiry-driven, intuitive, and free. You introduce the tool, demonstrate the project, answer clarifying questions, and let students’ curiosity loose.
 
Each of the lesson plans–
  • Animoto
  • Big Huge Labs
  • Book reviews by characters
  • Classify animals like a pro
  • Digital Portfolios
  • GE Literary Tour
  • Glogster instead of Posters
  • how to survive on landforms
  • IPad 101
  • prepare for tests with online puzzlemakers
  • Scratch
  • Tessellations
  • timelines
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Formulas in Excel
  • keyboarding
  • QR Codes
  • Twitter in Education
…for example–includes practical strategies for integrating technology authentically into core classroom lessons and is easily adapted to any number of subjects be they science, literature, history, math, reading, writing, critical thinking, or another. The focus is on easy-to-use online tools (with some exceptions) that are quick to teach, inquiry-driven, intuitive, and free. You introduce the tool, demonstrate the project, answer clarifying questions, and let students’ curiosity loose. Here’s a summary:
  • Skills Learned—primary skills learned through this lesson. These are technology skills and also skills best learned through the use of technology.
  • Replacement for—If you’re using the Structured Learning technology curriculum, this box tells you which of the thirty-two yearly lessons for that particular grade level can be replaced by this one and still deliver the goals of the K-6 Scope and Sequence (listed in the front of each textbook)
  • Collaborations—which classroom subject(s) can be supported authentically with this lesson.
  • Time Required—estimate of time you should set aside to complete the lesson. If noted as ‘repeat’, do this lesson several times to reinforce learning.
  • NETS-S Standards—which ISTE standards are delivered with the lesson.
  • Overview—central idea.
  • Objectives and Steps—practical strategies for achieving the lesson’s essential goals with step-by-step guidelines for accomplishing that.
Each lesson is aligned with the Structured Learning K-6 technology curriculum. Now, you have options.
 
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Details

  • Digital: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Structured Learning (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845881-7-6

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About the Authors
 
Structured Learning IT Team is the premier provider of technology instruction books and ebooks to education professionals. Technology and keyboarding curricula, how-to books, tips and tricks, a one-of-a-kind blog-based helpline—all the tools required to fulfill the tech needs of the 21stcentury classroom. All materials are classroom-tested, teacher-approved with easy-to-understand directions supported by online materials, websites, blogs, and wikis. Whether you are a new teacher wanting to do it right or a veteran educator looking for updated materials, Structured Learning and its team of technology teachers is there to assist you.
 
Ask a Tech Teacher is an award-winning resource blog run by a group of technology teachers. It has more than 60,000 visitors a month in search of resources and advice, offers oodles of free lesson plans, pedagogical conversation, website reviews and more. Its free newsletters and website articles are read by thousands, including teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone serious about finding the best way to maneuver the minefields of technology in education.