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Students explore higher education by utilizing graphic organizers. In this career training instructional activity, students investigate the information age and how technology enhances today's job market. Students identify the need for graphic organizers and analyze how they can use them in their everyday lives.
Upper graders explore the new industrial revolution and how the tech boom in recent years is similar and different to the Industrial Revolution of the past. They watch a video, explore web sites, and discuss what they see. They work together to manufacture their own product using technological tools.
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
After brainstorming possible topics, middle and high schoolers prepare and deliver a speech to their group, review peer feedback, make corrections to their presentations, and create a multimedia presentation to accompany their revised speech. Be sure to have them reflect on their work with the short list of questions provided. Also consider having them grade themselves with the provided rubric.
Spanning virtually all subjects, this digital approach to Venn diagrams gives compare and contrast a 21st century spin! Written specifically as a guide to Inspiration Software, but the visuals make it useful even without access to this program. Using a prepared comparison template, learners create informative diagrams with graphics, text, hyperlinks, and more. Prepared examples make modelling easy. Finally, pupils can create a multimedia presentation with the program.
What would you put in a time capsule? What would you take with you as you head out to colonize a third planet? A reading of Mitos B. Ramirez’s article Laser: Boon or Bane leads to a discussion of how current technologies might be used in the future. Groups are then asked to imagine future events and prepare a skit to present their ideas to the class.
Concept mapping allows learners to visually display their research. Bring this skill into the 21st century with a lesson plan demonstrating the educational software program, Inspiration. While the lesson plan is useful independently, it is really intended to guide learners through the program. Learners use images, text, and hyperlinks, reorganizing as needed. Finally, they use a program to create an oral presentation.