Promising Practices

Promising Practices

These Promising Practices represent a wide variety of “lessons learned” at Connected Learning schools, including:  tips on creating Screencasts in order to “flip” the classroom; suggestions for incorporating Digital Citizenship curriculum into middle school schedules; guidelines for building student digital portfolios; models for creating a tracking system for school computer repairs; and ideas for using technology to facilitate communication and narrow the gap between home and school.

This collection of documents, videos, and presentations was developed collaboratively by Connected Learning Teachers and Administrators, NYCDOE Program Managers, and Program Partners. The resources included bleow are innovative and effective examples of:

 

Using Blogs, SketchUp, and the MakerBot to Process 9/11

In this interdisciplinary problem-based unit, middle school students tackled the issues and architecture surrounding the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Using Hapara to Build and Monitor Student Digital Portfolios

Utilizing a third-party document management system in conjuction with Google Docs to manage student workflow, easily navigate student work, and record discussions with advisors and teachers.
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Using Data and Looking at Student Work Protocols to Improve Student Writing

Utilizing shared documents, teachers track student data results, and meet regularly to analyze data and make instructional modifications..
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Re-imagining the South Bronx Using Digital Portfolios, Google Apps, Digital Photography, SketchUp and MakerBot 3D Printing Technology

Digitally preserving a multi-modal community activism project with multimedia reflection.
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Managing Technology Troubleshooting and Equipment Utilizing GoogleForms and Google Calendar Tools

Utilizing an organized online system, the entire school community can report technology-related issues and can reserve laptop carts with Google tools.
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Engaging Students Using Young Adult Literature Blogs and Interconnected Student Blogs

Utilizing interactive blogs to discuss current Young Adult Literature and solicit critical responses from students.
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Incorporating Digital Literacy and Citizenship Skills into the Grade Six Curriculum

Creating a schedule for grade six students that promotes digital citizenship skills through the creation of a College and Career Readiness class.
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Creating and Maintaining a Successful MOUSE Squad

How to implement a MOUSE Squad in which students help maintain school technology, participate in citywide competitions, and train to receive technical certifications.
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Developing Student Microsoft Excel Skills Using Web 2.0 Tools

Utilizing Web 2.0 tools including Teacher Websites, Screencasts, and Digital Portfolios to teach students how to analyze data and produce complex graphs using Microsoft Excel.
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Distance-Learning Theory

This screencast covers the rationale for creating online distance-learning Screencasts and recommendations on how to prepare for a recording.
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Creating a Screencast Using Desktop Software

Introductory tutorial on using Screencast-o-matic video capture software in the classroom.
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Creating a Screencast Using iPad Apps

Introduction to Educreations, a free virtual whiteboard and voice recording application for the iPad. It provides a detailed demonstration of how to use all features of the application.
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Model Distance-Learning Lesson

Screencast mini-lesson introduces middle school students to the concepts of resource allocation, supply and demand, and price-gouging, and introduces the essential question; How should the government distribute scarce resources in a time of crisis?
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