Integrating Technology

Simply inserting technology into schools doesn't equate to a successful adoption of a 21st century classroom. Indeed, in order to truly promote 21st century learning we must integrate technology into our existing instruction, while at the same time identify new practices that enhance our students' learning experience. This entire site attempts to provide resources for teachers to integrate technology in their practice. The Classroom Devices page has numerous ways to integrate Chromebooks, iPads, SMART Boards and more into instruction. The Google Tutorials page introduces Google Drive into the classroom, just as the Digital Citizenship page and the Flipped Classroom tab do so respectively. Spend sometime on each tab and explore the multitude of ways you can integrate technology into your instruction. However, don't leave this tab too soon! This page explores even more topics not discussed elsewhere, such as Education 3.0, SAMR, and Twitter. Take a look at the following newsletters, articles, and resources about how best to incorporate education technology into your classroom today. 
 
Additional Integration Ideas
-Typing Instruction click here
-Twitter in the classroom click here
-Blogging in the classroom click here
-Holiday fun click here
-Internet Safety click here
-Computer Science (Hour of Code) click here
-Education 3.0 click here
-The S.A.M.R Model click here
-Celebrate Digital Learning Day click here
-Cyber Bullying Awareness click here
-EdSurge's Technology Product Index click here

Additional Content Area Instructional Resources
Social Studies

History Colorado
History Colorado has a multitude of online exhibits and resources to help teach kids about the history of Colorado.  
 

CK-12

CK-12 CK-12 is an online collaborative environment that offers free, open-source textbooks, called Flexbooks, which fit with curriculum guidelines but can also be customized for individual students’ needs. Playing off Wikipedia’s open-access and open-source platform, CK-12 applied this model to digital textbooks. Teachers can add their own ancillary or supplemental materials to Flexbooks or use the books as they are presented online.


BetterLesson

BetterLesson BetterLesson is a social curriculum management site where educators develop and share high-quality lessons, best practices, and ideas. Featured files are broken down by elementary, middle school, and high school for math, science, social studies, and English aligned to the Common Core. (Provided by BMGF)


SAS Curriculum Pathways

SAS Curriculum Pathways SAS Curriculum Pathways is an interactive, standards-based resource for grades 6-12 in English language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish. Free to students and educators.


HippoCampus

HippoCampus HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.


WatchKnowLearn.org

WathcKnowLearn.org WatchKnowLearn.org provides free educational videos for all content areas aligned to the Common Core where applicable. The site includes videos for teachers as well.


iCivics

iCivics Since 2008, iCivics has worked to create an innovative game-centered approach to civic education. Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this. The curriculum is designed for middle and early high school, the years during which it is critically important that students become engaged – not necessarily in traditional civic action, but in understanding that their opinions, ideas, and intelligence matter in public spheres. iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. iCivics games are integrated with other curricular materials and rooted in clear learning objectives. The games, lesson plans, and web quests that make up the curriculum are grouped into topical units, but also can be used independently, providing educators with maximum flexibility. As such, the iCivics curriculum works in real classrooms: it is easy to use, engaging, and aligned to state standards, and Common Core in Literacy for History/Social Studies. (Provided by BMGF)


The Curfew

The Curfew The Curfew is an adventure web-game created by Littleloud, published by Channel 4 and written by acclaimed comic book author, Kieron Gillen. Set in 2027 in the heart of an authoritarian security state, The Curfew could be described as a miniature Canterbury Tales set in a not-so-distant future, where citizens must abide by government security measures and 'sub citizens' are placed under curfew at night. The player must navigate this complex political world and engage with the characters they meet along the way to work out who they should trust in order to gain freedom.


MissionUS

MissionUS Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

 

Lesson and Assessment Repositories

CK-12

CK-12 CK-12 is an online collaborative environment that offers free, open-source textbooks, called Flexbooks, which fit with curriculum guidelines but can also be customized for individual students’ needs. Playing off Wikipedia’s open-access and open-source platform, CK-12 applied this model to digital textbooks. Teachers can add their own ancillary or supplemental materials to Flexbooks or use the books as they are presented online.


SAS Curriculum Pathways

SAS Curriculum Pathways SAS Curriculum Pathways is an interactive, standards-based resource for grades 6-12 in English language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish. Free to students and educators.


HippoCampus

HippoCampus HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.


instaGrok

instaGrok instaGrok is a discovery and learning engine that lets you punch in any search item and get a neatly formatted and interactive experience as search results including quizzes, pinning, and interactive journaling. (This site is not aligned to standards and does not work on Internet Explorer)


TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing

TED Ed Use engaging videos to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.


WatchKnowLearn.org

WathcKnowLearn.org WatchKnowLearn.org provides free educational videos for all content areas aligned to the Common Core where applicable. The site includes videos for teachers as well.


Mastery Connect

MasteryConnect Mastery Connect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.


TES

TES TES Teaching Resources is where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets.


Marzano Proficiency Scale Banks

Marzano Proficiency Scale Banks This tool provides scoring guides and sample tasks for the Common Core.


North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - Instructional Support Tools North Carolina has unpacked the Common Core State Standards. This resource serves as good source of example problems related to each individual standard. Select the appropriate content area to open a document like the following 4th Grade Math example.


Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Department of Education - Math -- Literacy - Provides breakdown of the Common Core State Standards with sample Mathematical Practices and Explanations & Examples.


Idaho Total Instruction Alignment

Idaho Total Instruction Alignment - Provides breakdown of the Common Core State Standards with sample ELL, Task Analysis, Vocabulary, Sample Assessment Item, and Materials & Resources.


Connexions

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Subjects covered include the Arts, Business, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. Anyone may view or contribute:

  • authors create and collaborate

  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections

  • learners find and explore content


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resource Commons Find Free-to-Use Teaching and Learning Content from around the World aligned to the Common Core. Subjects covered include the Arts, Business, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.


Beacon Learning Center

Beacon Learning Center The Beacon Learning Center houses a variety of Lesson Plans and Unit Plans. Beacon Learning Center is an online educational resource and professional development center currently funded through a Technology Innovation Challenge Grant from the U. S. Department of Education (2000-2005). The resources posted in the Beacon database are products of professional development activities teaching a standards-based planning model. While aligned to the 1996 version of Florida's Sunshine State Standards, they remain educationally sound resources for teachers.


netTrekker

netTrekker Educational Search Tool that brings over 300,000 digital resources into the classroom in a safe, relevant and engaging way, making it easier for educators to personalize the learning experience for every student. The resources were vetted by highly qualified educators and aligned to Colorado state standards, ISTE-NETS and 21st Century skills. Additional embedded tools provide text-to-speech support and dictionary/translation of selected words. And My Portfolio provides you a tool to easily save, organize and share netTrekker and personal web resources across schools and throughout the district.


Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity thinfinity.org is a web site that brings teachers the best online educational resources for free. Through partnerships with 11 of the most trusted names in education, our site offers premier materials that enhance teacher effectiveness and improve student achievement.


Curricki

Curricki Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.


UDL Guidelines

UDL Guidelines: National Cener on Universal Design for Learning The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address representation, expression, and engagement. For each of these areas, specific "Checkpoints" for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions. Like UDL itself, these Guidelines are flexible and should be mixed and matched into the curriculum as appropriate. The UDL Guidelines are not meant to be a "prescription" but a set of strategies that can be employed to overcome the barriers inherent in most existing curricula. They may serve as the basis for building in the options and the flexibility that are necessary to maximize learning opportunities for all students. Educators may find that they are already incorporating many of these guidelines into their practice.


Backward Design Toolkit

Backward Design Toolkit The Backward Design Toolkit found in the Digital Learning Toolkit provides a variety of templates and resources for implementing the UbD model.

Professional Development Videos

Teaching Channel

Teaching Channel Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. We have a rapidly growing community of more than 25,000 registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. With the help of the Tch community, our mission is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America. In order to accomplish this mission, we have three simple goals, all of them reliant on input from teachers: build professional learning resources that teachers want, deepen and improve opportunities for teacher learning, and elevate and celebrate teachers in our society. Our videos are produced by a unique team of professionals—a collaborative effort between video production experts, education advisors, and the classroom teachers themselves. (Provided by BMGF)


WatchKnowLearn.org

WathcKnowLearn.org WatchKnowLearn.org provides free educational videos for all content areas aligned to the Common Core where applicable. The site includes videos for teachers as well.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Common Sense Media offers this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to help educators empower their students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world. This resource includes curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th grade as well as parent education.

Science

CK-12

CK-12 CK-12 is an online collaborative environment that offers free, open-source textbooks, called Flexbooks, which fit with curriculum guidelines but can also be customized for individual students’ needs. Playing off Wikipedia’s open-access and open-source platform, CK-12 applied this model to digital textbooks. Teachers can add their own ancillary or supplemental materials to Flexbooks or use the books as they are presented online.


BetterLesson

BetterLesson is a social curriculum management site where educators develop and share high-quality lessons, best practices, and ideas. Featured files are broken down by elementary, middle school, and high school for math, science, social studies, and English aligned to the Common Core. (Provided by BMGF)


SAS Curriculum Pathways

SAS Curriculum Pathways SAS Curriculum Pathways is an interactive, standards-based resource for grades 6-12 in English language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish. Free to students and educators.


HippoCampus

HippoCampus HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.


WatchKnowLearn.org

WathcKnowLearn.org WatchKnowLearn.org provides free educational videos for all content areas aligned to the Common Core where applicable. The site includes videos for teachers as well.


Build-A-Body

Build-A-Body In Sponge Lab Biology's Build a Body students construct a human body system-by-system. To build a body students drag and drop into place the organs and bones of a human body. Each organ and bone is accompanied by a description of the purpose of that bone or organ. The systems that students can build in the Build a Body activity are the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, nervous, excretory, and circulatory systems. Build a Body has a case study menu in which students can read about diseases, disorders, and and other concerns that affect the human body.

Build a Body was designed with high school students in mind. Build a Body could be an excellent resource to pair with Biodigital Human or Healthline's Body Maps. Have students use the Body Maps and Biodigital Human to study the construction of the human body then use Build a Body to test their knowledge.


Interactivate

Interactivate Interactivate is a set of free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. It is comprised of activities, lessons, and discussions. The goals of Interactivate are the creation, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of interactive Java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. Provided by BMGF)


National Science Digital Library

NSDL - National Science Digital Library NSDL is the nation's online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


PhET Simulations

PhET Simulations Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.

Lesson and Assessment Repositories

CK-12

CK-12 CK-12 is an online collaborative environment that offers free, open-source textbooks, called Flexbooks, which fit with curriculum guidelines but can also be customized for individual students’ needs. Playing off Wikipedia’s open-access and open-source platform, CK-12 applied this model to digital textbooks. Teachers can add their own ancillary or supplemental materials to Flexbooks or use the books as they are presented online.


SAS Curriculum Pathways

SAS Curriculum Pathways SAS Curriculum Pathways is an interactive, standards-based resource for grades 6-12 in English language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish. Free to students and educators.


HippoCampus

HippoCampus HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.


instaGrok

instaGrok instaGrok is a discovery and learning engine that lets you punch in any search item and get a neatly formatted and interactive experience as search results including quizzes, pinning, and interactive journaling. (This site is not aligned to standards and does not work on Internet Explorer)


TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing

TED Ed Use engaging videos to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.


WatchKnowLearn.org

WathcKnowLearn.org WatchKnowLearn.org provides free educational videos for all content areas aligned to the Common Core where applicable. The site includes videos for teachers as well.


Mastery Connect

MasteryConnect Mastery Connect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.


TES

TES TES Teaching Resources is where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets.


Marzano Proficiency Scale Banks

Marzano Proficiency Scale Banks This tool provides scoring guides and sample tasks for the Common Core.


North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - Instructional Support Tools North Carolina has unpacked the Common Core State Standards. This resource serves as good source of example problems related to each individual standard. Select the appropriate content area to open a document like the following 4th Grade Math example.


Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Department of Education - Math -- Literacy - Provides breakdown of the Common Core State Standards with sample Mathematical Practices and Explanations & Examples.


Idaho Total Instruction Alignment

Idaho Total Instruction Alignment - Provides breakdown of the Common Core State Standards with sample ELL, Task Analysis, Vocabulary, Sample Assessment Item, and Materials & Resources.


Connexions

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Subjects covered include the Arts, Business, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. Anyone may view or contribute:

  • authors create and collaborate

  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections

  • learners find and explore content


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resource Commons Find Free-to-Use Teaching and Learning Content from around the World aligned to the Common Core. Subjects covered include the Arts, Business, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.


Beacon Learning Center

Beacon Learning Center The Beacon Learning Center houses a variety of Lesson Plans and Unit Plans. Beacon Learning Center is an online educational resource and professional development center currently funded through a Technology Innovation Challenge Grant from the U. S. Department of Education (2000-2005). The resources posted in the Beacon database are products of professional development activities teaching a standards-based planning model. While aligned to the 1996 version of Florida's Sunshine State Standards, they remain educationally sound resources for teachers.


netTrekker

netTrekker Educational Search Tool that brings over 300,000 digital resources into the classroom in a safe, relevant and engaging way, making it easier for educators to personalize the learning experience for every student. The resources were vetted by highly qualified educators and aligned to Colorado state standards, ISTE-NETS and 21st Century skills. Additional embedded tools provide text-to-speech support and dictionary/translation of selected words. And My Portfolio provides you a tool to easily save, organize and share netTrekker and personal web resources across schools and throughout the district.


Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity thinfinity.org is a web site that brings teachers the best online educational resources for free. Through partnerships with 11 of the most trusted names in education, our site offers premier materials that enhance teacher effectiveness and improve student achievement.


Curricki

Curricki Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.


UDL Guidelines

UDL Guidelines: National Cener on Universal Design for Learning The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address representation, expression, and engagement. For each of these areas, specific "Checkpoints" for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions. Like UDL itself, these Guidelines are flexible and should be mixed and matched into the curriculum as appropriate. The UDL Guidelines are not meant to be a "prescription" but a set of strategies that can be employed to overcome the barriers inherent in most existing curricula. They may serve as the basis for building in the options and the flexibility that are necessary to maximize learning opportunities for all students. Educators may find that they are already incorporating many of these guidelines into their practice.


Backward Design Toolkit

Backward Design Toolkit The Backward Design Toolkit found in the Digital Learning Toolkit provides a variety of templates and resources for implementing the UbD model.

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