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High schoolers know how to use technology, but they often need more training on how to use it effectively for educational or professional purposes. Try out the activities described here to get your pupils thinking about interesting ways to tap into technology. You might need to modify the activities in order to make them more relevant to your curriculum, or use them as introductory ideas before assigning a presentation. Check understanding of the standard with the two provided quizzes.
Fifth graders animate their own planets.  In this solar system lesson plan, 5th graders use smartphones and the software, GoKnow Sketchy, to create images for presentations on their created planets that appear to be animated when played at a fast speed.  Students identify characteristics of Earth and moon, investigate gravity, and design their own planet to compare to Earth and our solar system.
Get some eight-armed craziness going in class as your learners explore the fact and myth about octopi with non-fiction sources. Pupils are challenged to create questions from their reading using Blooms Taxonomy, identify main ideas and details, create a Venn diagram for the monster of the sea, and use technology for research. The instructor needs to provide the readings, but the source is listed in the materials sections of the plan. This could be easily modified for a research project, or used as a creative writing assignment.  
Here is an activity that should catch the attention of your class! It focuses on the real-world problem of selecting the best cellular phone plan. This exercise would be especially good to use when introducing piecewise functions. Learners compare costs for various data plans, considering such features as unlimited talk and unlimited texts, to determine which plan is the most cost effective for different scenarios. The task requires giving graphical and numerical representations of the options and writing a justification for choosing a particular plan. The resource includes a detailed commentary for the teacher and three follow-up questions. 
After discussing the vocabulary term perspective, and introducing the class to the characters in the included clip from Friday Night Lights, ask individuals to put themselves in the place of one of the characters in the clip. Once pupils have answered the questions on the worksheet from the point of view of their assigned character, come together to share responses and discuss the impact of offline and online cruelty. All necessary materials are provided.
You are the new newspaper advisor, and you have no idea on what your publication design should look like. Begin here with your young journalists and analyze the layout of America’s most respected newspaper, the New York Times. Learners read, discuss, and analyze the formats of editions in print, online, and past editions. They conclude as to how the designs work and do not work, and how it brands the identity of the publication. Fun will ensue.     
Government surveillance is an enduring conflict that has become increasingly complex with our nation's use of technology. Add to the understanding of Orwell’s 1984 by using the resources here that display the contemporary actions of Big Brother. Included are high-quality articles and studies of 1984, and how the conflicts of the novel are reflected today. There are ideas on how to use technology and drama to make the novel come to life for different learners. Some educators might find that there is too much to do here, but the design is easy to pare down without sacrificing content knowledge.  
Political satire has been around for many years and is gaining popularity as more satirical television news show are aired. Ask your class to analyze the role of political satire and humor in American politics. The resource provides articles to read as well as some links to relevant video clips. Some of the video clips provided have been removed by the user, so you might need to find a couple on your own. After a discussion, pupils compose an essay response. Class members will most likely need more time than the amount allotted to compose their essays.
Where have all the lost socks gone? They‘ve run away and joined the cast of a sock puppet theater where they await you, eager to take part in a movie you create by downloading their application onto a tablet or smartphone. Write a script, select sets, props, and scenery, and these clever fabric fellows will lip-sync to your recorded dialogue. They’ll sock it to you.
Help learners make the connection between fast food, television, and social issues in the United States. They will keep a journal of their own habits, view a quick video, compare their habits in small groups, complete a jigsaw activity, put together dialectical journals, present information, participate in a fishbowl discussion, and compose an essay. Articles about fast food are included here as are instructions for an extended research paper on related topics. 
Utilize smartphone or computer technology and have your learners develop their nonprofit business vocabulary and skills in civics, geography, economics, language arts, and math with the plans and activities in this resource. Included are lesson plans, vocabulary, how to play instructions, goals, and a worksheet that defines a nonprofit organization. This well-organized plan would serve as a great introduction on how non-traditional technology can be used in the classroom.   
The digital era has had a remarkable impact on all forms of communication, including news media, and it's important for high schoolers to consider these changes. With this resource, journalism, US history, or sociology classes can learn about the history of news dissemination, analyze the main developments over time, explain the impact of these changes, and predict future events. The well-constructed lesson from a reputable source includes all of the necessary materials or provides the required links. The standards are outlined throughout. While the overview indicates that this is a two-day lesson, you may want to plan for longer.
What kid doesn't love talking on the phone? Learners with visual and intellectual disabilities get comfortable using several types of telephones. They begin by examining the phone, dialing, answering the phone, and then they work into having phone conversations, taking messages, and calling businesses for information. The activity is suitable for learners of any age or ability level.
Exploring the weather has never been more intriguing! Whether you are looking for a quick glance at the 10-day forecast, trying to figure out if lightning is heading your way, or wondering what the pollen count is, you will find out here. From severe weather alerts to moon phases, there are dozens of potential classroom applications; you will not find a more comprehensive or fun free weather app out there.
Ever heard of a bioblitz? Your ecologists watch a short video to find out about this interesting idea. It's a community event that helps scientists identify and inventory the various species living in an area. After introducing learners to the activity, take them outdoors to participate in their own bioblitz! The class works together to create a large map of the area inventoried and a class set of species cards. Links to the video, MapMaker, identification card templates, and informational websites are included along with a thoroughly written lesson plan.
Have you ever wondered how a camera uses light to capture an image? Carolina Molinari, photographer and educator, demonstrates the working parts of a camera through an animation which shows how the aperture, ISO sensitivity and shutter speed adjust to different settings to allow light in and out. Your budding photographers will enjoy putting their new-found skills into action through the SLR Camera Simulator included as a link in the Dig Deeper section. Invite your class to test and expand their knowledge of photography by taking the Think assessment. In the Open Discussion questions, they can read what other learners have responded with and add to the conversation. Flip the lesson to customize it to your class's needs.  
Hello. Hola. Hallo. Planning a trip abroad? Rather than adding extra weight to your backpack or suitcase, load this handy translation dictionary onto your smartphone or tablet. Select a language, type or speak a word or phrase, and voila`! You don’t even need an Internet connection. Good luck. Buena suerte. Viel glück. 
Save trees! Lighten the load in your backpack! Clean out your locker! You’ll always have the right notebook if you load this resource onto your tablet or smartphone. Create virtual notebooks for each subject, add PDFs, insert images, and text fields. Widgets permit you to create graphs, Venn diagrams, or write music. Reviewing for a test? Highlight, annotate, and organize notes, or exchange notes with classmates—a great way to turn your tablet into a productivity device.
Imagine a gradebook, attendance record, seating chart, calendar, and notebook all in one tool. Imagine being able to import pupil photos so that images appear on seating charts or student data pages. Imagine being able to categorize and weight grades. Imagine being able to collect and protect all this data on a tablet or smartphone. Someone has imagined, and created. A pricey, but practically perfect, tool.
Take the periodic table into the digital age with QR codes that take the scanner to an audio recording about each element from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Enlarge the image, then use a smartphone or tablet to scan the code for an element to learn about some of the ways each element is used, the history of the element, and more. Have young chemists research different elements then share their findings with others, or assign one element for homework each night.

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