Teaching Practices

Want some useful teaching tips? Or are you interested in what teaching a tech-rich lesson looks like? These videos cover teaching practices, edtech models, and how technology can support learning.

Take Classroom Video to the Next Level

When we show videos in class, we want our students to be active viewers -- to comprehend, not just consume. But why stop at comprehension? When it comes to video in the classroom, students shouldn't just get what they're watching, they should have something to say about it. Check out the video for our tips on how to help students become better active -- and reactive -- viewers in class. 

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3 Tips for Great Formative Assessment

The editors at Common Sense Education share their tips for how to unlock the full potential of formative assessment apps and games such as Kahoot, Socrative, Plickers, and Poll Everywhere. For more, head on over to our blog post on The Best Formative-Assessment Tools, Tips, and Lessons.

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How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success

Classroom set up and classroom management is key to crafting an ideal space for students to learn, especially at back-to-school time. But how do we adapt to classrooms where students and/or teachers use digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers? This video showcases three strategies to help you set up and manage both your physical and digital classrooms, from setting up effective digital workflows to practical tips for device management and storage. 

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Dealing With Digital Distraction in the Classroom

Digital devices put the world at our students' fingertips, whether with their own cell phones or with school-provided computers and tablets. But, along with opportunities for powerful learning come the risks -- and realities -- of distraction. So, what are the best ways to manage digital distraction in the classroom? Here, you’ll find practical tips on supporting students and modeling productive 21st Century learning.

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Power Up Your Parent Communication

Effective parent-teacher communication is crucial in helping students learn. But, for busy teachers it can be challenging just to keep up. Can apps and other digital tools make it easier to keep everyone -- parents and students -- in the loop? Transparency and equity are key to managing any communication between home and school. Watch here to find a variety of tools and useful tips to help you better engage your parent audience.

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Get Started With Coding in Your Classroom

Learning to code in school is more popular than ever, and it's never been easier to get started. What's more, coding can teach students skills that apply across the curriculum, beyond computer science. So, what's the best way to get your students coding in your classroom? Here you'll find some practical tips on how to set up learn-to-code lessons that empower students to become producers, not just consumers, of digital media.

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What is Bloom's Digital Taxonomy?

Learn how educators are reframing Bloom's Taxonomy through the lens of educational technology, blended learning, BYOD, flipped classrooms, and other models. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained -- and essential -- part of learning. 

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What is the SAMR Model?

The SAMR Model is a way for teachers to evaluate how they integrate technology into their teaching. Is it an act of substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or redefinition? 

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How to Apply the SAMR Model with Ruben Puentedura

Watch Dr. Ruben Puentedura, creator of the SAMR Model, explain how teachers can apply the model's concepts to reflect on how they're using educational technology in their teaching.

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The Impact of the SAMR Model with Ruben Puentedura

Watch Dr. Ruben Puentedura, creator of the SAMR Model, explain how the model impacts student achievement and how schools can use SAMR as a "common language" to design meaningful learning experiences with technology.

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What is the TPACK Model?

TPACK, or Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, is a model that helps teachers consider where their strengths and weaknesses lie in their knowledge of content, pedagogy, and technology and how these areas work together for innovative teaching and learning.

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Intro to 21st Century Learning with Helen Soule

Hear from Helen Soule, executive director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), on how education technology is an essential part of the 4 Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) and what classrooms implementing the 4 Cs look like.

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What are the 4Cs?

What are the 4 Cs? Learn how critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are essential 21st-century skills for today's students. (To learn more about the 4 Cs, see The 4 Cs Research Series by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.)

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What is Project-Based Learning?

Are you new to project-based learning (PBL)? Or a little fuzzy about what it is? Watch Suzie Boss, Education Writer and Project-Based Learning Consultant, introduce:
• What PBL is.
• Elements that make up PBL based on the Buck Institute of Education’s Essential Project Design Elements.
• Myths about PBL.
• Ways you can get started.
 

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What Is Flipped Learning?

Watch Jon Bergmann, flipped-learning father and founder of of FlippedClass.com, explain:
• What a flipped classroom is -- and is not.
• Why it's powerful to create your own videos.
• How to get students to watch the videos.
• How to get started.
 

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Get Started with Flipped Learning

Is flipped learning only about having students watch educational videos at home? Watch Molly Schroeder, director of summits for EdTech Team, explain:
• What flipped learning is.
• Different ways to flip, including in-class flipping.
• How a flipped classroom is like cloning yourself for students.
• Why creating engaging videos is important.
• How to get started!
 

 

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4 Steps to Create a Tech Rich Lesson Plan

Using technology is quite different from teaching with technology. Check out four steps you can follow to design tech-rich lesson plans. 

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Tech-Rich Lesson Plan in Action: Middle School ELA

See what a tech-rich middle school ELA lesson about verbs and their moods looks like. This lesson includes edtech tools PBS Kids, Nearpod, Padlet, Tellagami, Google Drive, and Kahoot. The lesson was taught by Jessica Lura, middle school teacher and Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor. See her lesson plan, Verbs and Their Moods(Note: Lesson Plans are referred to as Lesson Flows in this video.) 

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Tech-Rich Lesson Plan in Action: Elementary School Math

See a tech-rich elementary school math lesson in which students learn metric measurement by measuring parts of their bodies. This lesson includes edtech tools Kahoot, Curious Ruler, and Office Mix. This lesson was taught by Crissy Wheeler, elementary school teacher and Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor. See her lesson plan, Unique You!  

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Tech-Rich Lesson Plan in Action: High School Shakespeare

See a tech-rich high school ELA/social studies lesson in which students research, script, and create podcasts that compare Shakespeare's Renaissance to our current times. This lesson includes edtech tools Poll Everywhere, Chalkup, and audioBoom. The lesson was taught by Kirstin Sobotka, high school teacher and Common Sense Education Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor. See her lesson, Comparing Renaissance: Shakespeare and Now(Note: Lesson Plans are referred to as Lesson Flows in this video.)

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Why It's Good to Get out of Your Comfort Zone

Teching with edtech involves teachers getting out of their comfort zones and trying new things. Hear one teacher's thoughts on the importance of taking risks in teaching. 

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How to Model a Risk Taking Mindset

Why is it important for teachers to model a risk-taking mindset for students? Hear why one teacher believes risk-taking, making mistakes, and celebrating failure with students is an important part of the learning process. 

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How to Deal with Technical Difficulties

Good lesson plans don't have to happen only one way. Hear how one teacher deals with the (inevitable!) technical difficulties that can happen and how she involves students. 

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The Importance of Being Flexible when Teaching with Tech

The W-Fi is slow! The tablet won't download the app! As a teacher, you probably always have a plan B. And when using edtech, having a plan B is even more important. Hear one teacher's thoughts on how to roll with the punches when you experience a tech fail. 

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Why Including Student Voices is Important

Teachers know the importance of sharing students' voices with the world. Hear how one teacher empowers her students to share their voices. 

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How to Empower Students with Technology

Students love to share what they know! Teachers can draw on their students' expertise with educational technology. Hear how one teacher does it.

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5 Steps to Using Video Effectively in Teaching

Using video in the classroom is as easy as pressing play, right? Check out step-by-step instructions on how you can use video effectively in your teaching, and encourage your students to be active viewers rather than passive couch potatoes!

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How to Select Engaging Videos for Students

How do you find great videos for your students? Hear one teacher's tips on selecting quality and engaging videos for students. 

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How to Find Great Videos for Students

How do you find great videos for your students? Hear one teacher's tips on selecting quality and engaging videos. 

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How to Use Video in the Classroom

What are some dos and don'ts for teachers using videos in their classrooms? Hear one teacher's advice. 

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How to Put Students into an Active Viewing Mindset

As part of the YouTube generation, students today watch a lot of videos. But do they know how to view them with a critical eye? Hear how one teacher helps his students by putting them in an "active viewing" mindset. 

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Why Encouraging Active Viewing is Important

When showing videos to students, how do you help them pay attention? Active viewing is a strategy that any teacher can use to help students get the most understanding out of videos. Hear how one teacher describes it. 

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