Relative Advantage Chart
Grade 6 - English/Language Arts
1. Students conduct research digitally and evaluate sources for clarity and appropriateness
Research is done with Google Scholar within Google Docs or Slides and also use digital libraries and databases such as Gale Virtual Research Library (GRVL).
Students can easily access information using a search engine that finds peer reviewed articles.
Students learn to access higher quality resources when working on research papers and can evaluate them with instruction from a teacher
2. Students cite information used for research and avoid plagiarism
Students can access and reference information. Digital access makes it possible for students to accurately and appropriately cite information used.
Teachers can teach student how to use technology to cite and use information appropriately, avoiding plagiarism. Students will gain skills as digital citizenship.
3. Students search for and use digital images
Students can easily access images that are free to use using proper search techniques.
Teachers help students learn how to search for and use images appropriately, enhancing their skills with and competency as responsible digital citizens.
4. Students analyze and annotate text
To move analysis and annotation beyond Substitution (on the SAMR model), they should have a purpose for use in communication.
For example, students can gather evidence for an argument and easily use it when planning to write. Students enhance and deepen their skill accessing digital text.
5. Student conduct research by contacting and connecting with real world experts
Teachers have greater access to experts in business and academic fields as travel is not required to make digital contact with real world experts.
Connecting with real world experts enhances the meaning and motivation of students who gain a deeper understanding and connection to their learning.
6. Students engage in collaborative prewriting activities using graphic organizers
Students share evidence gathered digitally and can organize it collaboratively with the tools to plan writing or presentations.
Students gain skill in problem solving, communicating and collaborating using digital tools, enhancing the quality of their writing.
7. Teachers create materials for students digitally, including rubrics to guide student self-directed learning.
Rubrics guide students to complete tasks at higher levels. Rubric creation tools allow teachers to use standards and 4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Students learn to be self- directed learners when the expectations are made clear in a rubric. Student gain skills that prepare them for the world of work.
8. Students write and receive feedback from peers and teachers
The collaborative nature of Google Doc allows teachers and students to provide feedback during the writing process, not just when the writing is completed.
Students improve and practice in real time, allowing formative assessment that guides next instruction for each student.
9. Students publish work digitally and receive real world feedback
Students can make work public, and do daily in their experiences in social media. They will learn to do this responsibly, whether by publishing digital portfolios using Google Sites or blogs using Blogger.
Teachers can guide and instruct students responsible and safe ways to publish and maintain a positive digital footprint. Students gain by building real world connections to their digital work
While many students actively participate in social media, they will have a greater understanding of why and how posting appropriately because of connection to the real world.
10. Students develop real world communication skills using a variety of communication tools.
Tools to create visually appealing Infographics are available for free, allowing students to represent complex information in new ways.
Students gain a deeper understanding by creating infographics to present information visually. In the process of creating Infographics, they gain the ability to read them as well.