Digital Instruction Resources

ISTE Standards for Students

Update in 2016 to be sure that they guided “transformative” learning with technology, these standards by the International Society for Technology in Education are by far the most comprehensive, informed, and respected technology standards in education. See this section for more information, or just visit their website for the complete picture.

Blendspace – 

Imagine if you could work with other teachers to compile lessons and resources in one place with discussion spaces built in. Or even better, if you and your students could do the same create resources and uploading materials to a shared space for class discussion. At Blendspace you can. It brings a digital space for sharing to life. It also doesn’t hurt that it has tons of pre-created resources on everything from Fahrenhetit 451 to global citizenship.

Common Lit comes with hundreds of Common Core aligned reading passages that can be assigned digitally to students. They can be arranged by skill or theme, both fiction and non-fiction. Even better, it can track student scores and growth! –

GoFormative does a bunch of cool things. If you have a 1:1 program and strong wifi, then it allows you to view in real time what students are doing. Think holding up whiteboards on steroids. You can read student compositions, check their work on math problems and so much more.

Furthermore, imagine walking into class each day already knowing who hadn’t submitted there work? And with the basic questions already pre-checked? GoFormative allows you to create quizzes and assignments online to do just that. It can also tell students what they’ve answered wrong, and they can send you questions on the spot. So, all that info is waiting for you, before you even walk into the classroom. 

Newsela allows you to access real news articles that have been adapted to fit varying lexile levels. It also includes Common Core aligned questions. You can assign articles or use them in class. The leveled articles on the same topic allow for differentiation without any student feeling singled out.

Wix allows you to design very simple custom websites from pre-designed templates. The focus is organization and content; the redesign is really simple and visually based (great for upper primary and middle year learners). Informational sites can allow students to utilize multiple text structures and visual aids, while providing links to other content both on their sites and external sites. Check out the Knowledge as Design (by David Perkins for more information) theory to optimize the planning and creation stages. –

Dreaming of having Blackboard to foster written discussion with your students? Digital forums that allow students to read and respond to prompts are a fantastic way to generate discussion in an encouraging way that adapts for the pace of individuals, and it can easily scaffold in the use of specific text evidence without all the class time wasted on page turning. It can also create student groups and track progress through the writing process among other things.

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