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Nigel Coutts

Shaping the Curriculum - Exploring Integration - The Learner's Way - 17 views

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    After two days of talking about curriculum, integration, STEM, STEAM and HASS I am left with more questions than I started with. In some respects, the concept of curriculum integration is simple. It is after all something that Primary teachers almost take for granted. But for Senior and Tertiary educators the question of curriculum integration is inherently complex. At all levels questions emerge of what curriculum integration might achieve, what purposes it serves, what it could and should look like and how it should be supported by curriculum planners. In the current climate, with its debate around the role of education within an innovation economy, shaped by technology and confronting demands for a STEAM enabled workforce the shape of our curriculum is under pressure. 
Dan Bench

Expansion: Deepen and Extend | Smore - 32 views

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    Informative flyer helping others understand and access resources related to our school's integration standards/markers.
Sharin Tebo

Creative Educator - Connecting Curricula for Deeper Understanding - 34 views

  • Most schools will say that they want students to have an understanding of their world as a whole, but they seldom look at topics with an interdisciplinary focus. Why? It is easy to find reasons why this disjointed approach to learning happens:

    · Some argue that there is so much content and so many skills to be learned
      in each discipline that they don’t have time to integrate subjects.

    · Others say that the each discipline has a body of knowledge and skills that
      should stand on its own and not be muddied by the intrusion of other disciplines.

    · Secondary educators say that there is insufficient common planning time
      to combine their efforts to teach an interdisciplinary course.

    · Still others say that the whole system is geared toward separate subjects
      and to break out of this would require a monumental effort.

    · Others are guided by “the tests,” which are presented by separate disciplines.

  • The ultimate goal for the study of any subject is to develop a deeper understanding of its content and skills so that students can engage in higher-level thinking and higher- level application of its principles. When students dig deeper and understand content across several disciplines, they will be better equipped to engage in substantive discussion and application of the topic. They will also be better able to see relationships across disciplines.
  • They organize students into interdisciplinary teams and coordinate lessons so that what happens in math, science, language arts, and social studies all tie to a common theme. Many times these teachers team-teach during larger blocks of time. Advocates of this more holistic approach to curriculum argue that it helps students:
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  • Of course, digging deeper doesn’t fit well in the time frame that most schools use. It takes time to link content across several disciplines, and it may be difficult to squeeze a learning activity into a 40-minute period. To change the method of learning will mean changing more than the curricula. The school structure, including the schedule and methodology will also need to change.
  • To prepare our students for an integrated world, we need to break out of the separate-discipline mentality and develop more holistic and problem/project-based approaches. Many have tried to do this, and it isn’t easy.
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    STEM and STEAM--challenge to aim for more integration cross-disciplines.
Elizabeth Kahn

How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing | Edutopia - 61 views

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    Great article from Edutopia explaining why we need to persevere with technology integration.
LeRhonda Greats

Technology Integration Matrix - 117 views

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    Fabulous matrix for technology integration. Includes leveled lesson examples, videos, lists of resources and more.
Michelle Kassorla

A Primer for EdTech: Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed. Teachers - 72 views

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    A practical approach to technology integration in the classroom including how to build a PLN (Yes, I mention Diigo in Education!) :)
Michelle Kassorla

How Shadowing my 2nd Grader led to a new view of Tech in the Classroom - 68 views

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    An essay that presents the difficulty of technology integration in the classroom and why we should do it anyway.
psmiley

The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness: Flowboard - A New Way to Share Everyth... - 59 views

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    Flowboard and creating presentations/digital stories on iPad
darrelc

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 82 views

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    Nice collection of resources
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    Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
Ruth Sinker

This is How to Integrate Technology in your Teaching Using SMAR ~ Educational Technolog... - 61 views

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    Substitution. Augmentation. Modification. Redefinition.
thebda

The New Digital Citizens - 64 views

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    ME Magazine article - thanks Linda
Sasha Thackaberry

SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning - 72 views

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    Great examples for the SAMR model.
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