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Activating Strategies

Monday, August 3rd
LEQ: How can instructional technologies be used to launch and activate students' prior knowledge in preparation for learning?

"An activating strategy is the first part of an acquisition lesson. The purpose is to build prior knowledge, motivate, preview key vocabulary and prepare students for learning (p.31)."
Source:Thompson, M., & Thompson, J. (2009). Connecting Exemplary Practices in Acquisition Lesson. Boone, NC: Learning- Focused Solutions, Inc.


Vocabulary

Tuesday, August 4th
LEQ: How can the use of emergent technology tools be used to enhance students' vocabulary development?

Developing appropriate vocabulary is a key component of an acquisition lesson. Purposeful planning to preview the essential vocabulary to a lesson is critical. Previewing vocabulary sets students up for success in a lesson.

Teaching Strategies

Wednesday, August 5th
LEQ: How can emergent technology tools foster 21st century skill development enhance the instructional process?

A teaching strategy is the part of an acquisition lesson where new concepts and skills are taught. Teaching strategies are cognitive strategies that help learners create meaning, organize and store information. The cognitive strategies include collaborative pairs, distributed practice, distributed summarizing, graphic organizers, and mnemonic devices (p. 35).”
Source: Thompson, M., & Thompson, J. (2009). Connecting Exemplary Practices in Acquisition Lesson. Boone, NC: Learning-Focused Solutions, Inc.

Extending Thinking

Thursday, August 6th
LEQ: How can technology tools be embedded into activities that extend student thinking to further develop student achievement?

“Extending thinking is the second level of learning. It is to deepen understanding, to build connections, and to give students an opportunity to think on a higher level. [Extending activities enable students to extend] their knowledge of key concepts and skills through higher level thinking and activities and writing (p. 33).”

Source: Thompson, M., & Thompson, J. (2009). Connecting Exemplary Practices in Acquisition Lesson. Boone, NC: Learning-Focused Solutions, Inc.

Summarizing

Friday, August 7th
LEQ: How can technology be used to provide meaningful summative integrated instruction for the lesson or unit?

"Summarizing is when students are stating the main points. Learners must do the summarizing in order to construct meaning and to create a ‘schema’ for the information to remember it longer. At the end of the lesson, the students answer the Essential Question. Teachers use it to assess and determine re-teaching needs. Summarizing should be distributed throughout the lesson and not just at the end (p. 35).”
Source: Thompson, M., & Thompson, J. (2009). Connecting Exemplary Practices in Acquisition Lesson. Boone, NC: Learning-Focused Solutions, Inc.



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