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Students are being introduced to new types of technology at an increasing speed. With each new advancement comes the ability to tap into skills we would otherwise not be able to. While new technology is important, it is also important to remember to stick to our roots and continue to practice core skills such as the skills valued by Common Core: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The bottom line is that students are going to still be introduced to technology and often will be asked to use it in the classroom. If students are going from class to class and are tapped into the web then we might as well bring what they know of from technology and use it to our advantage to enhance the valuable skills they need to succeed in a 21st century world.
Collaboration and communication are key skills that with the use of technology can help students explore their skills outside of the classroom. There are many tech tools that students can use to their advantage but students learn best when they can apply what they know with what they are learning. This is when tools like Flipgrid come into play which allows students to use the concepts taken from social media and apply it to academic conversations.
Lessons: provides the lesson used to help students understand three key academic conversation skills that served as a building block to their collaborative discussions.
How-To's: How to guides to help identify the do's and don't of academic conversations, how to use Flipgrid, and how to set up Google Sites as a portfolio.
References: A list of resources to use in the classroom and further reading to help apply to own teaching.
Assessment: Rubrics to help assess students academic conversation skills both by the instructor as well as self-assessments for students.