Cool Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
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English Language Arts Resources:
Reading Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- Louisiana Department of Education’s ELA Guidebooks is an English language arts curriculum for whole-class instruction. Made by teachers for teachers, the guidebook units ensure all students can read, understand, and express their understanding of complex, grade-level texts.
- UnboundED ELA Curriculum
- Equity Maps iPad app for tracking participation in class discussions
- CommonLit and how one high school English teacher uses it: “CommonLit's adaptive reading toolbar makes text accessible for students at a variety of reading levels and language abilities. It's perfect for English language learners and struggling readers. Every passage -- printed in PDF format or accessed online -- includes footnotes with vocabulary words and essential background information that is critical for kids to understand when reading a passage. The included discussion questions get students thinking critically about text during independent reading and beyond. Learning can be extended even further through the use of the suggested paired texts, related media, and useful suggestions to engage parents and extend learning at home. These resources really lend themselves well to building students' background knowledge on a specific topic.” (from Common Sense Review of CommonLit)
- TTribune from the Smithsonian: “free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants” (TTribune FAQs).
- Authors who will visit book clubs: A list of authors who are willing to Skype/Google Hangout with students.
Reading Blog Posts and Articles
Writing Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- NoRedInk for Adaptive Grammar. “Pros: Grammar practice incorporates student interests, upping engagement without detracting from concepts. Cons: Assignments and quizzes are didactic; paid version offers much more. Bottom Line: The easy assigning and tracking features for teachers -- matched with the interest-based questions for students -- take some of the grief out of grammar practice.” (From Common Sense Review of NoRedInk)
- Kaizena: Fast, personal feedback on student work. Quickly give every student the feedback they need to improve, for free.
- ReadWriteThink from NCTE
- Story Wars
- NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to draft an entire novel in just 30 days. The Young Writers Program supports K–12 students and educators, including complete curricula that will guide your class through its entire noveling journey, with Common Core-aligned lesson plans and student workbooks from prewriting to publishing.
- Sentence Stems & Transitions adapted from Graff and Birkenstein’s They Say, I Say
Writing Blog Posts and Articles
Social Studies Resources:
History Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- Historical Thinking Skills Chart
- The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.
- Civic Online Reasoning: These assessments show students online content—a webpage, a conversation on Facebook, or the comment section of a news article—and ask them to reason about that content.
- Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Explore over 80 easy-to-use assessments that measure students' historical thinking rather than recall of facts.
- American History Association Resources
- A Mile In Our Shoes project, created in collaboration with Teaching Tolerance, provides text sets that center the experiences of underrepresented groups in the United States such as people who identify as LGBTQ+, American Muslims, Women, Veterans, Immigrants, Latinx, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, Rural Americans, and People with Disabilities
- Primary Sources rewritten at multiple reading levels in English and Spanish
- Doc Academy is the school program of Doc Society, providing free, easy-to-use resources for secondary school teachers, including Short clips from critically-acclaimed documentary films, Standards-aligned lesson plans for high school classrooms, including learning pathways for English Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Film Studies, STEM, and other related subjects, Original content made by and tested with teachers.
History Blog Posts and Articles
Constitutional Law Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
Geography Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
Economics Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- The Opportunity Atlas: Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty? The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s. And check out this NYTimes article about it.
- International Performance Hub: A comprehensive platform for users to access and engage on global performance indicators
Digital Literacy/Digital Privacy and Security:
Math Tech Tools
Math Curriculum and Assessment Resources
UnboundED Math Curriculum
Collection of Daily Routines for Math Classes
Big and Heavy Tasks
- Getting started with Playlists in Math
- Jason Appel has transformed his Geometry Classes in Barrington, RI self-paced playlist-driven blended classes that emphasize formative assessment and allowing students to progress at their own pace. This blog post summarizes Jason’s classroom and should give you a sense of what he’s doing. This blog post captures how he’s been adapting his model over time.
- Kate Bubrick transitioned from a station rotation to a self-paced playlist approach in her Providence, RI classroom. This playlist on exponents represents one of her early forays into playlists that build in choice and the ability to progress at her own pace in her classroom.
One-off Math Resources
Math Blog Posts and Articles
Science Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
Maker Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
The Arts Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- Google Arts and Culture: A one-stop shop for a vast amount of compellingly curated and contextualized art with ability to sort by timeline view
The Arts Blog Posts and Articles
Library and Research Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
Library and Research Blog Posts and Articles
Planning Tech Tools and Curricular Resources:
Planning Blog Posts and Articles
Assessment and Reflection:
Single Point Rubric
Performance Assessment Resource Bank from Stanford and CCSSO
Process Deck from Kristen Willett at Barrington Middle School
Assessment Design: A Matrix to Assess Your Assessments by Grant Wiggins
Performance Task Quality Checklist for Rigor, Relevance and Agency from (re)Design
Models of Excellence by Ron Berger from Edweek on the question do students have a vision of what success looks like?
How can we Flip Assessment to build a PBL Culture? From BIE Blog
Why Giving Effective Feedback is Trickier Than It Seems from Katrina Schwartz at MindShift (great final section on equity)
The Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices combining Bloom’s Taxonomy and DOK
Tech Tools for Assessment
Two Rivers, an Expeditionary Learning Charter School in Washington, DC, has done an incredible job documenting and sharing their instructional practices at their website learnwithtworivers.org.
- I’ve been especially impressed with their work around teaching and assessing for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. They have developed rubrics and performance tasks that reflect a very thoughtful approach to cross-curricular competencies.
- They also have thinking routines for the 3 elements of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning from Victoria State Government (AU)
- Critical Thinking and Knowledge Construction
RI Learning Champions
- Site includes Cross-curricular and content area rubrics for topics like:
Proficiency-Based Learning Resources from Great Schools Partnership RI Learning Champions
Mastery/Competency-Based Learning Resources from (re)Design including
Cleveland Metropolitan School District School-wide and Content Area High School Competencies for their Competency-Based Opportunity By Design Schools
Open Resources from Building 21 including
Heidi’s Formative Assessment and Thinking Strategies
Graduate Aims Database from Transcend Education
Health and Wellness Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
- Amaze takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.
- Opioids in our community. Middle school lessons from RI PBS designed to help students recognize and understand the opioid epidemic and its effect on communities
- Meditation and Mindfulness:
Health and Wellness Blog Posts and Articles
Social Emotional Learning Tech Tools and Curricular Resources:
- My friend Greg’s open-source Social Emotional Learning Curriculum from Alpha Public Schools combining advisory and physical education
- Mindset Kit: A resource from Stanford researchers who developed the concepts on Growth Mindset, where educators and parents can learn about and find the most effective learning mindset materials available. All of their resources are based on research that has been carefully translated into lessons and practices intended to improve students’ mindsets and make them better learners.
- Mindset Meter from Stanford PERTS: A survey for students that helps to assess students’ feelings around growth mindset and deeper learning.
- Character Lab: Advancing the science and practice of character development so that all students can reach their full potential.
Social Emotional Learning Blog Posts and Articles
Tech Integration and Blended Learning Tech Tools and Curricular Resources:
Integration and Blended Learning Blog Posts and Articles
Highlander Institute Resources
Other PL Resources:
General Teacher Professional Learning:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Culturally Responsive Teaching
English Language Learners
Building Cultural and Social Capital
- Who You Know Matters: Find Edtech that Connects. This site features edtech tools that are connecting students to new relationships–with coaches, experts, mentors, and peers–otherwise out of reach.
- Interactive Game about the challenges of being a low-income high school student from Bellwether Education.
- Decision-making from Crucial Conversations
- The Boston Basics great N-3 resources for families and caregivers in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
UDL/ Students with Special Needs
Designing Learning Spaces