High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom

Back to the Future: Low Tech-High Tech Presentational Topics

11/16/2014 | Written by Anita Alkhas

It’s easy to forget that what now seems low tech was once high tech. Such is the nature of our relationship with technology. We want the next big thing, but in order to justify getting it, what we have now must feel dated. It can be enlightening – and fun – for students to trace […]

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The Closer You Get, the More You See

10/20/2014 | Written by Deana Zorko

What does Close Reading mean? Students who meet the expectations of the standards are able to comprehend complex text closely. They are close readers, delving into texts in order to unearth evidence, construct knowledge, and broaden their understanding of the text and world. As thinkers, such students are able to reason logically and use what […]

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Presentation Isn’t Everything: Student High and Low Tech Toolkits for Presentational-Speaking

09/17/2014 | Written by Anita Alkhas

Mise-en-place, the culinary practice of arranging all utensils and ingredients ahead of time, is essential to preparing a consistently successful dish. Likewise, our students benefit from first gathering together all of the tools they need for an assignment, so that they can then focus more intently on the task before them. For presentational speaking, the […]

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It’s Not Over Yet: Overhead Projector Ideas for the Tech Classroom

08/18/2014 | Written by Deana Zorko

OHP was high tech then, is it low tech now? I think it is safe to say YES when considering the wealth of possibilities that interactive data  projectors and interactive whiteboards offer as many of us get them in our schools and classrooms. However, if you are still using an overhead projector in your room […]

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Dueling Dictionaries

07/14/2014 | Written by Anita Alkhas

If office shelves were a Monopoly board, my dictionaries would be located at Park Place and Boardwalk. They take up prime real estate although I admit I find myself reaching for the keyboard instead more often than I used to. Still, there are many instances where I rely heavily on my dictionary collection. For many […]

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Show(case) and Tell with QR Codes

06/16/2014 | Written by Anita Alkhas

Show and Tell is one of the oldest and most universal low-tech activities in teaching and learning. Although we tend to associate Show and Tell with the elementary classroom, much of what we do at higher levels is closely related to this tried-and-true technique, especially in the presentational mode. After all, Show and Tell replicates […]

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Odes and the Modes

05/14/2014 | Written by Deana Zorko

I have always found Pablo Neruda’s odes fascinating. How can something so complex be written about one very simple object? My favorites are the odes to foods; maybe because I love to cook or perhaps even better because I love to eat! In this lesson (which cycles through several modes of communication), students will read […]

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I Remember That!

05/13/2014 | Written by Anita Alkhas and Deana Zorko

  “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Carla Shatz, neuroscientist Do you remember the games you used to play at birthday parties? How it felt to be blindfolded, turned around three times, and pushed gently forward to pin the tail on the donkey? Here are a few spins on another party game you might remember […]

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