This category “enhances students’ understanding of and ability to use knowledge by engaging them in mental processes that involve identifying ways items are alike and different” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007).

Think… Retrieve, Use, & Organize

So we are all on the same page, “CUES are explicit reminders or hints about what students are about to experiences,” and “QUESTIONS trigger students’ memories and help them to access prior knowledge” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007). By using tecnology with this category, teachers and students can use multiple tools to create organizers.

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
  1. Use expository advance organizers
  2. Use narrative advance organizers
  3. Teach students skimming as a form of advance organizer
  4. Teach students how to use graphic advance organizers
  5. Use explicit cues
  6. Ask questions that elicit inferences
  7. Ask analytic questions
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Word Processing Applications
  • Word, Excel
    • Expository advance organizers: brochures, definitions, rubrics, programs
    • Narrative advance organizers: stories, articles, or artistic works
    • Graphic advance organizers: tables, charts, or artistic works
      • I use this to create Cornell Notes
Spreadsheet Software
  • Excel
    • Rubrics
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
  • Have students use given multimedia sources to fill out a graphic organizer
Multimedia
  • Schools often have web nannies, so streaming video isn’t always allowed, which is really unfortunate. Video clips are a great way to introduce topics or give students a frame of reference

 

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
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Word Processing Applications
Spreadsheet Software
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Data Collection Tools
Web Resources
Communication Software

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Cooperative Learning

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
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Word Processing Applications
Spreadsheet Software
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Data Collection Tools
Web Resources
Communication Software

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This category “enhances students’ understanding of the relationship between effort and achievement by addressing students’ attitudes and beliefs about learning. Provide students with rewards or praise for their accomplishments related to the attainment of a goal” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007).

Research shows that the more immediate feedback, the greater its impact on student behavior. “Technology is especially effective when it comes to providing this kind of feedback” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007).

Think… Kudos!

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
  1. Explicitly teach students about the importance of effort
  2. Have students keep track of their effort and achievement
  3. Personalize recognition
  4. Use the Pause, Prompt, and Praise strategy
  5. Use concrete symbols of recognition
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Word Processing Applications
  • Teachers and students can use word processors, then use track changes and insert comments
  • Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale, calculates the complexity of a piece
Spreadsheet Software
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Data Collection Tools
  • Feedback can be immediate with certain data collection tools
  • Student response systems- use of “clickers” (EduGame, Promenthean, ClassAct)
  • Grading software
Communication Software
  • These types of software can provide feedback, are interactive, and all have a distinct classroom use
    • blogs
    • wikis
    • e-mail
    • instant messaging
    • video conferencing

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  • These websites are engaging, and have quizzes that give students and teachers immediate feedback.

This category “enhances students’ ability to synthesize information and organize it in a way that captures the main ideas and supporting details” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007). It is very important that students understand how to extract important information from content and be able to state the information in their own words. Some teachers feel that note taking is an individual activity, but it can often be collaborative, and technology can help that.

Think… Summarize

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
  1. Teach students the rule-based summarizing strategy
  2. Use summary frames
  3. Teach students the reciprocal teaching strategy
  4. Give students teacher-prepared notes
  5. Teach students a variety of note-taking formats
  6. Use combination notes
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Word Processing Applications
  • Track Changes to show students how to use Rule-Based Summarizing
  • There’s also an AutoSummarize tool that students can use
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Multimedia
  • Students can use their summaries and notes to enhance and present their info
    • Wikis
    • PowerPoints
Communication Software
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

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Resources:
  • Notestar
    • For students grades 4-12
    • Students can take info from web and organize it
    • Creates citations in either MLA or APA
    • Teachers can assign sections of projects for individual students
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets
    • Free resource online
    • Can be shared by multiple users
    • Students can work on notes/papers together
  • ThinkFree
    • Similar to Google Docs
  • ThinkTank
    • Grades 3-8
    • Can use NoteStar with it
    • Narrows topics for students, narrative frame
  • Cornell Notes
  • Summary Frames
    • Complete resource on summary frames
    • adapted by Township High School

This category “enhances students’ ability to use mental images to represent and elaborate on knowledge” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007).  Technology is a huge resource for this category. When teachers use nonlinguistic representation to teach, “the effects on achievement are strong” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007).

Think… Mental Pictures

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
  1. Use graphic organizers to represent knowledge
  2. Have students create physical models of the knowledge
  3. Have students generate mental pictures of the knowledge they are learning
  4. Use pictures or pictographs to represent knowledge
  5. Have students engage in kinesthetic activities representing the knowledge
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Word Processing Applications
Spreadsheet Software
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Data Collection Tools
Multimedia
Web Resources

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Recommendations from “Using Technology”
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Word Processing Applications
Spreadsheet Software
Organizing and Brainstorming Software
Data Collection Tools
Web Resources
Communication Software

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Resources: