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Curriculum: Week of March 4, 2012

What’s Happening:

  • The 3rd round of apps will be available very soon for AIS teacher iPads.
  • Teachers are dabbling and ‘messing around’ with iPad apps.
  • Physical Education curriculum is in the process of being upgraded to reflect 21st century learning and thinking skills.
  • Math Curriculum Outcomes are currently being written to support the ongoing implementation of the AIS Math curriculum.
  • Student literacy is being supported through the teaching of contextual vocabulary and the use of the Cornell note-taking system which helps students to synthesize and apply learned knowledge.

Do you have something you’d like to share that is happening in your classroom? How are you using iPads to extend learning in your classroom? How are you making curriculum come alive for your students? Please let me know so that I can share what is happening and provide you the support you need for success.

21st Century Thought of the Week:

What century are you preparing your students for?

The world of curriculum development is ever changing. The first decade of the 21st century has seen much change in the area of curriculum. What does it mean to teach a 21st century curriculum? What are the implications of educating digital natives?

Who would ever say, “No, thank you” to an upgrade to the first class cabin? to a jacuzzi suite at a conference hotel? The upgrade has positive connotations indicating a step-up, an improvement, a new version.  If logic follows, suggesting a curricular upgrade should elicit numerous thumbs up, smiles from ear to ear, and an overall feeling of elation.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs presented this idea at the NESA Spring Educators Conference 2010 in Bangkok.  Rather than suggest changing the curriculum (which indicates a total overhaul), the upgrade model offers educators smaller manageable steps (read: safe, non-threatening) that have greater potential to lead to a significant 21st century infused curriculum.  Assessments are the initial focus of this upgrading process.  Teachers begin with the familiar – the curriculum, rather than what is too often the unfamiliar world of software, hardware, and web 2.0.

As you work on unit planning and development, consider an upgrade to a 21st century summative assessment, including: blogs, documentaries, podcasts, screenplays, CAD projections, screencast tutorials. There are numerous iPad apps to support you!

Article(s) of the Week:

Long pressing—that is, tapping and holding down on a part of your screen—provides a lot of handy shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here’s a look at practically everything you can do with this technique to save you a bunch of time typing and navigating your device.

  • 10 Tips for Using Evernote: Tips and tricks for using this application with students.
  • Here is a great list of education blogs listed by subject area.  If you are interested in seeing what other educators are writing and talking about in your particular field of study, take a minute and look over this list.  Consider setting up a Google Reader account so that blog articles come to you each week. If you would like help in setting up a Google Reader account, send a quick email and I can help.

App of the Week:

Explain Everything

  • What does it do? Explain Everything is a screencasting application that records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.
  • How can it be used to support learning? Explain Everything can be used to create tutorials or how-to clips for staff or students. Students could demonstrate their understanding by producing procedural texts using Explain Everything. Professional, interactive presentations can be created right on the iPad, by simply taking a series of screen shots, ordering the images and including any necessary written instructions. When the the visuals are ready, simply hit the little red record button and add your voice-over to the presentation.

Video of the Week:

Blog of the Week:

The Population Project is an integrated project completed by grade 8 students at the American Embassy School in Delhi, India. This blog is a collection of updates, reflections, and news about this semester long project. This project is a very scaffolded and supported project in which students explore a variety of issues as they relate to the population of India.

Book of the Week:

Playing With Media, by Wes Fryer, is an excellent example of a 21st century eBook! Fryer asserts that “we need to play with media to become more effective communicators.” The ideas shared in this eBook serve to inspire and empower the 21st century educator. Playing With Media is currently the topic of the Middle School Teacher Book Chat Group.


2 comments on “Curriculum: Week of March 4, 2012

  1. aispyp
    March 3, 2012

    Congratulations Christine, informative and helpful, even for an old guy. Like the Explain Everything App, now all I have to do is use it. There are some basic App items that certainly cross all school divisions; however, there are items that would be particular to the elementary school. Your thoughts on creating or including a particular segment of the blog that would be specific to our division?

    All the best; we appreciate your curriculum/iPad support.

  2. cbotbyl
    March 3, 2012

    Thanks for your kind words of encouragement, Robert!

    Since the focus of the curriculum coordinator is PK – 12, I will strive to make choices for this blog that will appeal to all levels and subject areas. There is so much happening in the 21st century world of curriculum and professional development that I think this is within the realm of the possible. Time will tell…

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