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Lin Kuzmich's posts to help educators prepare every student for future options and opportunities through 21st Century learning practices.

Understanding Webb's Depth of Knowledge

posted Jan 6, 2017, 9:22 AM by Lin Kuzmich

This article is designed to help educators use and understand Dr. Norman Webb's DOK model for curriculum design, planning, and assessment.  Two tools to use with both students and teachers are included.  Most States use assessment items in high stakes tests that are leveled by complexity using Webb's DOK.   Many publishers also use this method of determining the thinking students need to complete assessments in databases including ETS, Pearson, College Board, etc. This article may be used but not edited for nonprofit purposes. 

Go Digital to Improve Critical Thinking

posted Mar 17, 2015, 2:25 PM by Lin Kuzmich

Check out these website ideas from How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning by VanderArk and Schneider.  Attached has suggested links and a link to the entire report on digital learning.

Math Apps and Websites

posted May 23, 2014, 10:08 AM by Lin Kuzmich

There are a ton of great apps and websites for student learning in math.  These are well aligned to both Common Core and Texas STAAR standards. Check out the attached file. If you have additions for this list, please send them and we will post an update.  Thanks for all your hard work!

Improve Reading Skills with Free Resources

posted Jun 13, 2013, 9:59 AM by Lin Kuzmich

Check out this free site for students K-12 trying to improve reading comprehension.  Parents and students can use the site.  Teachers can create a class and track student progress.  If money is tight this site might even help in a blended Tier II reading class with a teacher adding a writing component. Also, use this with high school students getting ready for ACT, SAT, or AP exams.  Here is the link: http://www.readtheory.org/

Increase Critical Thinking with Apps, Tools, and Links for New Bloom's

posted May 27, 2012, 10:52 AM by Lin Kuzmich   [ updated May 27, 2012, 10:54 AM ]

What to increase critical thinking as you prepare for the new standards across the country/  Take a look at Kathy Schrock's site for a well organized list of apps, Web Tools, Google Tools and other resources to help you scaffold critical thinking for 21st Century Learners.  Here is the link: http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html

Great Classroom Videos for Common Core State Standards

posted Mar 31, 2012, 4:09 PM by Lin Kuzmich

I highly recommend you try out The Teaching Channel for a wide variety of practical examples of teaching and lessons that tie to the new Common Core State Standards.  There is much more on the site, but that will get you started.  If you want the site fully functional create a login for free. Here is the link: https://www.teachingchannel.org/

Time to Re-visit WebQuests

posted Jan 1, 2012, 12:20 PM by Lin Kuzmich

WebQuests are a great way to increase rigor and relevance and infuse tons of literacy into learning.  Attached is an activity you can do with teachers, a rubric for evaluating the creation of WebQuests and a step by step criteria for creating great ones.  WebQuests are easy to learn to create or have students create them in lieu of other presentation tools.  Student WebQuests can be part of a class jigsaw with students learning from each group created WebQuest.  It is always more rigorous and relevant to have students create learning opportunities for each other.  In addition the activity sheet contains some websites that have pre-made WebQuests to get teachers started.  While this is not a new approach, it is a great one to revisit given the increased rigor level and literacy load of the new state standards. Tip: Remember that WebQuests should always include some form of inquiry and some type of relevant application. 

Using the New Bloom's and Depth of Knowledge to Plan Learning

posted Oct 17, 2011, 8:53 AM by Lin Kuzmich

The State of Texas and the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium are using the newer version of Bloom's Knowledge Taxonomy for planning instruction and designing assessments.  I like the idea of using the new Bloom's Model, however I think you can also benefit from using the Depth of Knowledge model to help students develop better thinking skills.  I attached two tools to help you plan instruction and design assessment with the new standards in your state.

Unblock these Sites in Your District

posted Sep 4, 2011, 11:26 AM by Lin Kuzmich

Many districts are so worried about Internet Security they block sites and hold back 21st Century Learning opportunities for educators and students.  When the protective stance goes too far, education will continue to lag behind the job market as well as interfere with career and college readiness.  Instead develop a drivers' license approach to using the net for everyone.  After so many points you lose your access to most of the sites.  Plan for the majority of students and educators who will use the sites appropriately and not the few that mess up.  Better yet, create a positive and rewarding approach to appropriate use. As students mature and show the reliability open up even more sites, you could even have an apprentice, journeyman, master license approach to the web if needed to satisfy worried community members.  At the very least open these sites and more to educators to use in lessons, tutorials and other learning opportunities. Have students and teachers adding to your list of great educational resources regularly.  You will also want to start a list of great Apps for learning for "smart devices" and other technologies since that is an exploding area of great resources now.  Please don't hold the education of our students back or the planning needs of our educators with policies that are too restrictive.  Instead educate, reward and encourage technological competence and creativity with both educators and students.

Using Social Media in the Classroom

posted Jul 25, 2011, 11:31 AM by Lin Kuzmich

Interesting article in USA Today and a video on TED for you to think about.  Is this a good thing or not?  You decide.  I see the potential and the cautions well articulated in the media and on educational blogs.  If Facebook is blocked in your district started with shared documents and also create a blog for students and parents within your system.  Track the hits and see if you get a good response to this pathway for communication.  It is a reality of 21st Century literacy, how we use it is a great question for all educators.

USA Today article link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-07-24-schools-social-media_n.htm?csp=34news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-NewsTopStories+%28News+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

TED Video link: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

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