This page can serve as a starting point for creating. Think first about what you want students to know and be able to do, and how they can show you that they have this understanding by synthesizing the content and creating a new product.

Refer back to our Explore page - scattered throughout the page are examples, planning documents, and rubrics.

New Jersey Department of Education Documents
Cheri Quinlan is posting documents you will be interested in.

Effective instruction
Think about these elements of effective instruction when designing your lessons (eloquently stated by Cherice Montgomery and is available here:

1) Capture attention

2) Activate prior knowledge

3) Make sense
• Chunking
• Patterning (Graphic organizers, visuals)
• Scaffolding (Pre-, during, post activities)
• Sequencing (Build understanding)
• Spiraling (Multiple passes through information)

4) Create meaning
• Collaborating
• Contextualizing with the 5 Cs
• Creating personally meaningful products
• Personalizing
• Relating content, people, other subjects

5) Encourage involvement
• Asking students to think critically and creatively
• Engaging students in cooperative, project-based learning
• Planning for multiple intelligences and learning styles
• Using multisensory methods and materials

6) Consider closure
• Summarizing
• Reflecting
• Connecting
• Extending
• Previewing

7) Give Show That You Know homework

8) Help them discover their questions

Utilities of interest

File Conversion
Zamzar can help capture those web-based videos as well as convert a wide range of file types from one format to another.

Screen Capture
Jing will enable you to capture all or part of your screen in a still shot, or capture you screen in action (thereby creating a brief video). It is free!

Web-based Video and Photo Editing
Jumpcut - Allows free, online video editing
Picnik and SnipShot provide free photo editing

Just for fun
Cool Iris
Tag Galaxy