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1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Communication and Collaboration
3. Research and Information Fluency
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
5. Digital Citizenship
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Integrated NETS-S for Grade 4 (Presentation at ISTE 2010)
Lesson Plan and Video Template, Samples and Rubrics
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2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
(Please list resources directly below the corresponding objective using a bulleted list.)
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
Genre Study Project
- Students in Monique Woods’ 5
grade classroom at L’Ouverture Elementary in Wichita, KS let their creativity shine while studying fairy tales, tall tales and folktales. Students were given a matrix with three categories (Retelling, Compare/Contrast, and Story Elements) and allowed to select one activity from each category to demonstrate their learning. Once the activities were chosen students were then allowed to select the best media to showcase their learning. Some students chose
, others created a PowerPoint and other decided to create short movies to share their knowledge. Students then shared their works with one another in a Carousel format and rated one another on the rubric. Visit the
, and companion
for more information.
Inquiring Minds Hatching Chickens!
- Students in Jennifer Randal's third grade classroom in Winfield created radio podcasts to report on their new found knowledge and experiences as they hatched chicken eggs. Click here for the
teacher lesson plan,
click here for
student samples, lesson resources and the SMART Notebook
files, and click here to see the
Google Custom Search
the Ms. Randal used for teaching and learning during this lesson.
Life is a Game
- Students in two, third grade classrooms in Mulvane used their knowledge of probability to create games using their SMART Notebook software.
Click here to find the teacher lesson plan, assessment rubric, spinner game template and several student examples (see slide #8 for student game).
Alternate Endings: Creative Third Graders
- Students in Garden City Kansas designed alternate endings for story books and shared their creations with younger students through the creation of movies. Read more lesson details from their facilitator, Casey Wise and his
WHIRL blog post contribution
Collaborate with other classrooms.
Collaborate with international students.
Create podcasts on various topics (book summaries, oral reading, etc.) that may be shared with others.
Create slideshows to model concepts (e.g. nouns).
Flat Stanley -
project - four classrooms collaborated on locations visited through
Post questions during a warm-up activity for classmates and/or teacher.
Create a monthly classroom newsletter to post on the class Web site to inform parents of classroom happenings.
3 free collaborative platforms:
Thinkbinder is a free collabortive platfrom where students can easily create study groups. The website also features an open space or what is called a whiteboard where learners can work
collaboratively together in solving problems and sharing sketches. Using Thinkbinder , students will be able to chat with each other, share links and resources, share videos and presentations and many more.
Dweeber is another collaborative platform that is designed to help students work on their homework. This website requires a free sign up and once students are logged in then they can instantly
start building up their community of learners . There is a whiteboard for learners to work and collaborate on doing home work.
Scribblar is an online meeting platform. It is like the previuos tools for it allows its users to work collaboratively using a whiteboard. It also provides tools for learners to create text, draw lines and
add images. Scribblar supports PDF files and allows students to upload PDFs with up to 5 pages.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Retelling Narrative and Expository Text
- Jessica Mossman and her 5th graders used ipods, an app called
, and pictures to retell their choice of fairy tales. You can find her
lesson plan and rubric here.
You can also see a video
of this lesson plan here.
is a free, quick and simple tool that students and teachers at Avenue A in Hutchinson used to demonstrate their understanding of specific concepts and vocabulary terms in math. Screen shots were used as proof of student understanding. Here are a few examples of their work:
- Buhler USD teachers, Greta Smith, Carla Goertzen and facilitator Cynde Neufeldt pulled together this class project wiki about the novel, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Students used
to create character studies and
to share descriptive passages. Read more about this project from
Cynde's blog post
- Facilitator Jenny Gridley, TRC teachers and Anderson Elementary students in Wichita USD made podcasts to highlight their heroes.
- TRCs in Wichita used
to demonstrate their knowledge of story elements and to effectively retell the book Shiloh to their peers.
You can find the teacher lesson plan, graphic organizer and a student sample by clicking here!
Welcome to Our School!
- Students at Victor Ornelas Elementary in Garden City, Kansas created both English and Spanish welcome videos to be used for their frequently shifting student population. Students wrote interview questions, interviewed staff, and created their videos using Movie Maker. You can find the
teacher lesson plan and assessment rubric
Students read a biography and then made an avatar of the person.
Goal posters that communicate student goals for the year.
Kansas Day Project - TRCs in Goodland and Grinnel creating virtual Kansas museums to be shared with peers, parents, community using Keynote.
Famous Kansan Project
- TRCs in Wichita made wax museums and podcasts for this project.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
Life Around Here
- Tammy Gilley and her fifth graders in Buhler made movies of their community, and published them to the
"Life Round Here" wiki
. They used Read Write Think's
tool to storyboard their movies before production. Since they could only publish six of the finished movies made by the class, they rated the movies using a
, then ranked them using the
Visual Ranking Tool from Intel
. After the movies were published, students predicted what life would be like in the other participating communities. Through this project students developed a cultural understanding for other people and places from around the world. Click here to view one of the
! Click here to see a Visual Ranking
tool demo and how-to tutorial
. Click here to view an alternative storyboarding tool called
. Click below to download a PDF of her lesson plan:
Life Around Here Lesson Plan.pdf
43rd and Plum Intersection Data Collection - We are the only school in our district that does not have a stoplight. Students are collecting data on how many cars go through our intersection. Data will be used to try to make a difference in the community.
Link to the blog written by their facilitator.
Create awareness of the world and other cultures, such as visiting Japan to bring alive Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Create the tallgrass prairie.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
- Ruby Crawford and her 7th and 8th grade students explored the meaning of idioms by creating their own interpretations using Flip cameras. Take a look at this
page for her lesson plan, SMART notebook, and student samples
informative teaching video can be viewed here
. Storyboarding tools such as
are helpful student planning tools.
Technology Reaching Children
- Third grade students in Trista Cuthbertson and Katie Entwisle's classroom at Mulvane Elementary have used the laptop computers, digital cameras, and a variety of software to create a class book to represent numbers in a variety of forms (numbers and computation). Visit the
for more information.
Closing the Door on Hunger Using Algebraic Representations
- In connection to our school food drive, students in Trissa McCabe's 8th grade math class at Reno Valley Middle School, created a public service announcement. The PSA was to inform the student body of the math behind the project of blocking teachers' doors with food items. The announcements created using iMovie, included algebraic representations of their findings, and were shown on the schools' morning news program. View the
for more information, as well as the
Trissa wrote throughout the year with great lesson plans and ideas.
A New Twist on Gallon Man!
- Winfield fourth graders in Seth Biby's class worked in teams to create Vodcasts, effectively demonstrating their understanding of the standards units of capacity. Students used the SMART Recorder on their SMART Board along with
, their class Flip cameras and Movie Maker to generate Vodcasts, which were posted on
to serve as resources for other fourth grade classrooms. Click here for the teacher
student sample Vodcast
here. Click here to find
lesson resources and the SMART Notebook template
used by students. In addition, here is a link to a
PBS simulation site
used by students to gain background understanding.
Kansas Day - Virtual Museums (classroom collaboration) and Celebration - collaborative scavenger hunt and Kansas trivia.
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