Partners: LFS & Technology

Monday, 2/22/2010 (2:30-3:30) Cocoa Suites 4/5 

Discover where to put technology on your student learning maps. From activating strategies to extended thinking to summarizing - there is a technology tool to help students reflect on learning and deepen understanding of content. Put curriculum first and technology second!

Learning Focused Schools Site
Sharing LFS

Put it on the Map

Each component of the lesson may include technology. Technology has generally been used as a tool to create a culminating project/product. The Learning Focused Schools model makes it clear that technology can and should be embedded throughout the various components of a learning map/lesson plan.
    Learning Map and Lesson Plan placement

    Acquisition Lessons 


    ssential Questions - Big ideas! There will be an overarching Unit Essential Question (UEQ) and smaller Lesson Essential Questions (LEQ). These are the questions students must be able to answer upon completion of the lesson/unit. Technology tools/sites can be used to get students thinking by accessing prior knowledge.
    Activating Strategies - Used to activate student thinking during lessons. Technology resources allow students to gather, read and record information related to lesson concepts. Teaching Strategies 
    Summarizing - Key component of lesson. Summarizing should be distributed all during the lesson, as well as at the end. Summarizing helps the teacher know when the students are able to answer the essential question. These reflections should inform instruction.

    Extending Thinking

     AbstractingComparing/ ContrastingClassifying/ Categorizing Constructing SupportAnalyzing PerspectivesInductive ReasoningDeductive ReasoningError Analysis
      ReadWriteThink Mindmapping Diigo WikiSurvey Tools
    Survey Tools
     Survey Tools
      Animoto Backchannel   Edmodo
       Persuasive Writing with Blogs


    Vocabulary Charts

    Difficult Words - multiple meaning, a different context
    Important Words for understanding a concept or text
    Useful words - ones students are likely to encounter again and again.

    Teaching Vocabulary

    Step 1 - Give description or explanation of word.
    Step 2 - Provide non-linguistic (non-verbal) representation of word.
    Step 3 - Students write own description or explanation.
    Step 4 - Students create own non-verbal representation.
    Step 5 - Periodically check map and use words in context.

    Online tools for Vocabulary

    Graphic Organizers

    Students benefit greatly from being able to organize their thinking in a way that makes sense to them. Learning Focused Schools provides many graphic organizers. In addition, students can stretch their thinking by creating their own organizer, as each student thinks differently. In addition, students could begin a graphic organizer on a concept/topic that they modify throughout a lesson/unit.

    There are software tools and web tools that serve this purpose.


    The essential tool to visualize, think, organize and learn

    Inspiration® is the essential visual thinking and learning tool students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the integrated Diagram and Outline Views, learners create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing. This powerful combination encourages learning in multiple modes. As a result, students gain and retain a better understanding of concepts and demonstrate knowledge, improving their performance across the curriculum.
    Students build graphic organizers, including concept mapswebsand idea maps, in Inspiration to:
    • Plan and organize
    • Research and evaluate
    • Comprehend and communicate

    Online Community


    The visual way to explore and understand words, numbers and concepts
    Created for K-5 learners, Kidspiration® develops thinking, literacy and numeracy skills using proven visual learning principles. In reading and writing, Kidspiration strengthens word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression. With new visual math tools, students build reasoning and problem solving skills.
    Kidspiration helps students:
    • Develop strong thinking skills
    • Strengthen reading and writing skills
    • Build conceptual understanding in math

    Online Community

    Web Tools

    Resource Links

    Follow Learning Focused Schools on Twitter.

    Some material referenced can be found in more detail here:
    Web 2.0 Guru
    LFS Integrations

    The gadget spec URL could not be found

    Subpages (2): LFS on Paper Sharing LFS