Turn Your Students Into Data Sleuths With Geographic Information Systems | Edudemic

Here’s a little Monday morning inspiration… I am aways looking for ways we can bring in mentors and interesting, relevant STEM projects for our students. I had never thought of the potential in exploring GIS (geographical information systems) into the lesson. I really liked how each of the three highlighted projects dealt with issues the students faced in their community.

How could we incorporate this kind of technology into our curriculum? The possibilities are endless! (My first thought is a pothole database…but I think that might have already been done?)

Geographic information systems are essentially large databases that are able to connect entered data to a geographical reference point.

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Teachers, Meet Lesson Flows

Hmm. This is worth more investigation… Has anyone used Lesson Flows? It might provide a nice framework for those who feel hesitant about integrating the iPad in their existing lesson plans… Let me know if you try it!

Lesson Flows provide a customizable framework that redefines the traditional lesson plan by integrating digital learning tools and content with pedagogical intent.

Source: www.graphite.org

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27 FREE Canva EDU Lesson Plans

This is super interesting – lesson plans from actual teachers on how to use the free Canva tool for info graphics on different subjects. I checked out the one on Biodoversity. Everything you need to equip your students with the tools to make an informative and visually appealing infographic !

A thoughtful collection of lesson plans for all grade levels and subject areas utilizing Canva

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I was leaving the last session when I thought I would pop in to see this documentary. I had nothing else to do and the day was almost over, so I thought why not? I grabbed my bag of cheesy popcorn from the back of the room, sat down and spent the most entertaining hour and half ever. Cyber-seniors was a small program (program might be overstating it)  started by a group of Toronto teens. They would go into the senior residences and teach the seniors how to use the internet allowing the seniors to connect with their family. It was hilarious, moving and made me want to start a program here at Traf like this.

Here is the trailer:

One of the ladies participating in the program got enamoured with cooking videos on youtube. She decided to make her own:

Relevance: I think it would mostly be relevant for community service hours. Or as a discussion on empathy.

Curriculum connections: Extra-curricular (community service)

Digital Bytes | Common Sense Media

Hmmm. This is worth a closer look. I know that Commen Sense media has some amazing lesson plans for within the class. It looks like these offerings are more student-led (air at least students can access and do them on their own) and shorter. It might be another tool to keep the Digital Citizenship conversation on line.

Also, I learned a new word: slacktivist. I think you can guess what that means (online petition signing, anyone?)

Here is a quick video tutorial:

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

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Social-Emotional App-tivities that Really Work

I know, I know. Another project that focuses on English class (though this one would be good for ERC as well, possibly.) However, there are several interesting aspects of this project described by Techchef4U:

  1. Adding a self-reflection component to the rubric. The students were studying Catcher in the Rye and had to take one of the themes of the book and relate it to themselves. I would highly recommend watching the examples given in the blog post- they are very poignant.
  2. The fact that this project was used for an exam. Johnson links to an article about the experience of including a digital presentation within a formal exam.
  3. The app the kids used! I am going to look it up as soon as I delete a lot of apps on my iPad. Apparently I am out of memory…

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Source: www.techchef4u.com

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