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Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Title: Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Author: Matt Renwick (Author, Contributor)
ASCD | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1416624643 | 165 pages

Digital Portfolios in the Classroom


Assessment is messy. Day-to-day, in-the-moment assessments not only reveal information that drives future instruction but also offer a comprehensive picture of students’ abilities and dispositions toward learning. As teachers, we might know what this looks and feels like, yet it can be hard to put into action”hence the messiness.

Say hello to digital student portfolios”dynamic, digital collections of authentic information from different media, in many forms, and with multiple purposes. Using digital portfolios to capture student thinking and progress allows us to better see our students as readers, writers, and learners”and help students see themselves in the same way!

Matt Renwick’s <em>Digital Portfolios in the Classroom</em> is a guide to help teachers sort through, capture, and make sense of the messiness associated with assessment. By shining a spotlight on three types of student portfolios”performance, process, and progress”and how they can be used to assess student work, Renwick helps educators navigate the maze of digital tools and implement the results to drive instruction.

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Visible Learning for Teachers

Title: Visible Learning for Teachers

Author: John Hattie

Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning
2012 | ISBN: 0415690153, 0415690145 | English | 296 pages


In November 2008, John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.

Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

This book:

  • links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementation
  • champions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow up
  • offers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievement
  • includes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institution
  • now includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900 comprehensively
  • covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management.

    Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; ‘how do we maximise achievement in our schools?’

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A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects

Title: Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects

Authors: Kristin L. Arola, Jennifer Sheppard, Cheryl E. Ball, “”
ISBN: 1457600455 | 2014 |  176 pages

Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal ProjectsCreating multimodal projects can seem daunting, but Writer/Designer streamlines the multimodal composing process and makes it manageable for students. Designed to work in any college course, this brief, accessible book is here to help students whether they are creating a poster, a webtext, an animated video, or any other kind of text. Write/Design assignments guide students through the process of researching the right genre for their project, finding the tools to work with different media, drafting with mockups and storyboards, and presenting their final projects to the world. Online examples, tutorials, and activities in e-Pages take advantage of what the Web can do, showcasing real multimodal compositions from both students and professionals.

Title: Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres

Author: Tracey Bowen
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0822962160 | 368 pages


Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres
A student’s avatar navigates a virtual world and communicates the desires, emotions, and fears of its creator. Yet, how can her writing instructor interpret this form of meaning making?Today, multiple modes of communication and information technology are challenging pedagogies in composition and across the disciplines. Writing instructors grapple with incorporating new forms into their curriculums and relating them to established literary practices. Administrators confront the application of new technologies to the restructuring of courses and the classroom itself.Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres examines the possibilities, challenges, and realities of mutimodal composition as an effective means of communication. The chapters view the ways that writing instructors and their students are exploring the spaces where communication occurs, while also asking “what else is possible.” The genres of film, audio, photography, graphics, speeches, storyboards, PowerPoint presentations, virtual environments, written works, and others are investigated to discern both their capabilities and limitations. The contributors highlight the responsibility of instructors to guide students in the consideration of their audience and ethical responsibility, while also maintaining the ability to “speak well.” Additionally, they focus on the need for programmatic changes and a shift in institutional philosophy to close a possible “digital divide” and remain relevant in digital and global economies. Embracing and advancing multimodal communication is essential to both higher education and students. The contributors therefore call for the examination of how writing programs, faculty, and administrators are responding to change, and how the many purposes writing serves can effectively converge within composition curricula.

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PowerPoint for Teachers

Lynda - PowerPoint for Teachers: Create Interactive Lessons
Title: Lynda – PowerPoint for Teachers: Create Interactive Lessons

Genre: eLearning | Level: Intermediate | Language: English

Duration: 37m

Do you want to breathe new life into your classroom? Although the lecture method of teaching may feel comfortable, today’s classroom needs an active learning experience. This can be achieved with clever use of Microsoft PowerPoint. Join Faith Brill as she demonstrates how to create dynamic, student-centered, hands-on learning activities using PowerPoint. If you’ve used PowerPoint as a book replacement in the past, learn how to transition to using it as a tool, enhancing your instruction with discussion, activities, and multimedia. Get ready to try new techniques so you can embed these new approaches into your practice. This course helps teachers of any grade level, K–12 and higher ed, to move beyond passive teaching with bullet points to teaching with interactive lessons that engage students.

Topics include:
* Transition from traditional use of PowerPoint to dynamic use
* Use speaker notes
* Design effective teaching slides
* Evaluate and revise your classroom setup
* Create activities in PowerPoint
* Teach using games
* Organize your day and your curriculum

See also the other great training resources they have specifically crafted for teachers at Lynda.com

Title: Foundations of Teaching with Technology

Duration: 2h 30m Level: Beginner Release Date: Mar 19, 2015


Put the “tech” into your teaching. Learn how to use technology to enhance course design, lesson planning, presentations, in-class activities, assessments, and student achievement and engagement.

Author Kevin Kelly explains how learning outcomes can be adapted to support technology in the classroom, and guides educators through selecting the appropriate technology for their activity, module, or class. Then he shows how to apply technology in three key areas: finding, creating, and sharing content with students; facilitating classroom activities; and assessing learning inside the classroom or online.

Topics include:

  • Including technology in your learning outcomes
  • Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Finding and creating content and instructional materials
  • Enhancing lectures and presentations with technology
  • Getting students involved
  • Facilitating in-class activities
  • Assessing learning
  • Teaching effectively online
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Nancy Duarte on Presentations

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this TEDx talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

CEO, presentation designer
Nancy Duarte believes that ideas are the most powerful tools people have. Her passion is to help every person learn to communicate their world-changing idea effectively.

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

Check out Duartes award-winning, best-selling books on amazon.ca

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