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Cheat Sheet

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Jeffrey Pedersen

on 6 March 2011

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Instructional Strategies Cheat Sheet Digi Hum + Word Cloud Jeff Pedersen's Okay, not a sheet, but a Prezi, a non-linear playground All of the following ideas originated from Digital Humanities, or spun off from DigHum. Prezi is a non-linear web-based option for alternatives to Powerpoint. The real advantage though is its versatility. I could be adapted for graphic organizers, project platforms, timelines and many other options. This "cheat sheet" is just one example. Related to this is another web-based option called Ahead, which I have yet to full play with but seems both more polished and also more time-intensive. While Diigo is primarily a social bookmarking site, it has some applications in researching. Think back to Media Project! Combined with Evernote, a note-taking and organizational tool, these two tools can be used effective to manage the classroom but also as tools students can use to augment their own learning. The real advantage to these tools comes when students all have computer access. The real advantage in using Google Docs is the ability to share and collobarate. Great way for students to type papers and share with partners as well as teachers. An alternative which I love, but is more difficult to use is iEtherPad.com. This site was especially fun for its ability to real-time share, as I did with the Social Contract exercise. Word clouds are phenomental ways for students to focus on vocabulary and key concepts or terms. There are two options: Wordle, which is your basic word cloud, and Tagxedo, which allows for word clouds to be shaped like things. The following examples are random. Wallwisher is a great option for sharing thoughts and ideas, but has been known to be glitchy. Twitter can be fun if you have student's create historical tweets, but real strength is getting student to put ideas into own words, as in US Constitution activity. Ipods are part of their everyday life and they love to just hold them as during lobbying activity. And for any videos and video sharing YouTube is a great storage place. Especially when using screencasting tools like Jing. Graphic Organizers Venn Diagram KWL Concept Mastery Frame Routine Unit & Course Organizer Here are just a few examples of some graphic organizers, visual ways for students to prepare for exams, quizzes, etc.... Of the examples listed here, KWL is the only one I have not used in class, but would like to. These were developed by the University of Kansas. I have used both the FRAMES and CONCEPT to great effect in the class. And using a Prezi have introduced students to Unit and Course Organizers. I would like to get to the point where students populate those Prezis themselves. http://prezi.com/lnhdiflrgp54/unit-organizer-updated/ http://prezi.com/-hmncyiprsnm/concept-mastery/ Perhaps one of the simpliest graphic organizers, where students focus on compare/contrast. Using this in conjunction with SmartPals is a great way for students to 'practice' compare/contrast. There are also a number of variations including the Tri-Venn, which has been used to great effect with World Relgions.
Two more for Olympics symbol Another relative simple organizer. Learned about it from Comp & Content. Kajder suggested screencasting may be a tech-way to employ a KWL. KNOW WANT LEARN Prior knowledge check What do students want to learn? What did students learn? TCI Response Group Visual Discovery Interactive Notebook Experential These strats are taken from the TCI Approach book. While all of them are interesting and I may want to explore them later these are the ones I've either used or may use. 1+2+4=7 Concept
Overall Concept
Not Key Words
Tie Down Definition Great way to model classroom discussions and expectations. This can be especially effective with a Fishbowl Discussion (graded or otherwise). Visual Discovery is more than just learning to read images, but seeks to draw students in. Whereas Skills Builder has more to do with the development of skills, especially those mentioned in the SOLs. Both of these can be done effectively using SmartBoards, making the activity far more interactive. This is one strat I am unsure about. I like the idea of notebooks for more than just notes. For graphic organizers, drawing, etc... Great for differetniation. I also like to refer to this as roleplay. This worked especially well for a lesson on lobbying. I've seen it done for Constitutional Conventions and plan to use for mock trials.
Skills Builder Gallion used SmartPals in class.
It allowed students to write over a sheet of paper. Not unlike a transperancy. JUDAISM ISLAM CHRISTIANITY Virtual Learning Environments Edmodo (used)
Bloust (Gallion)
Blackboard (Kavanaugh)
PBWorks (Kajder)
Moodle (Wife) Places where students can access information about assignments, including due dates. Parents and students can see grades. Teacher may communicate with students and aprents.
Historical Thinking These strats have to do explictly with the bread-n-butter of history courses: primary sources. Thus far, my experience has been limited, since I've been mostly in government courses. These are taken from a variety of sources including Methods, Loewen and others. DBQ I know very little about DBQs, except what I've gleaned from Brandon, but I find them to be interesting. This can be combined with other strats including Response Groups. Discussion Based Questions SCIM-C I especially like this when you use the detective analogy. Historical Crimesolvers! Biographical Sketches Here there are really TWO options: Museum of Me 6 Word Memoir Sort of an extended Show-n-Tell Ran across this online and loved it. Used it to great effect. Some from English cohort have also used. Not only do these serve as great getting to know you activities, they also introduce students to some historical concepts: namely autiobiographies. A pseudo-example An interesting twist on this would be using tradebooks, including graphic novels as primary sources. Something to explore further. ADDENDUM
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