TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing


If you are a follower of the amazing lectures found at TED.com, you know the quality of the speakers and the innovative ideas they have to share about a wide range of topics. If you’ve never watched a Ted Talk, spend some time browsing the selection of videos. You’re sure to find a topic of interest.

Now Ted Talks introduced TED Ed, which are especially selected for teachers and students. What a fantastic resource to bring into your classroom to help broaden your students’ (and our own) perspectives of issues of high relevance.

How have you used TED Talks with your students?

TED (conference)

TED (conference) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Marzano’s Levels of Understanding – Student Self-Evaluation Sheet – Google Docs


Ed Behrens, principal of San Marcos High School, came across this great assessment tool to use with students. It comes from PLN – Not Just My Initials blog.

I think it is a nice way for teachers to have their students self-assess their understanding of a learning objective, concept or skill. I like the visual that goes along with the written description of each level.

What are ways you can see using this with your students? Leave a comment.

Marzano’s Levels of Understanding – Student Self-Evaluation Sheet – Google Docs.

The potential of 1-to-1 iPads in instruction


Earlier this week, Dovas Zaunius (SMHS English teacher) shared a link he found on the webenglishteacher.com blog about 1-to-1 iPad initiatives. The post describes how the teachers of a middle school are beginning to incorporate iPads into instruction, where each student has an iPad for use during the class period.

There are great descriptions of free and paid iPad apps and how teachers used the apps throughout their lessons.

The post helped me to visualize how students and teachers can use iPads to engage further into content and how the workflow of sharing what the students create with the teacher.

Thanks for sharing the link, Dovas.

Do you have ideas of how to encourage more teachers to utilize iPads in their instruction? Please share in the comments.