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Three children doing math equations on blackboard

Mathematics for young learners, could there be a more straightforward subject to teach?

I think it’s relatively safe to say that almost everyone who has had an average elementary school experience also has workbook memories. While other subjects seemed to require different reading materials and critical thinking skills, the handy dandy math textbook was always there in the back of your locker, like an old and trustworthy friend that had long since run out of ways to surprise you.

Thankfully, for the math-inclined student, many teachers and educators do not believe that math has to be dusty or boring. Math surrounds us and is integrated into many important parts of our lives!

Sure, workbooks have their place among many outstanding tools that are at your student’s disposal, but who says they have to be the end all? Programs like Biteslide are adaptable which makes them easy to integrate into a large range of curriculum.

Biteslide Can Enforce Basic Math Skills

Math literacy takes time. It also is built up around basic and foundational math skills- mainly addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For students that are wired for visual processing, Biteslide offers both educators and parents the opportunity build slides based around workbook problems and a student’s particular interests. Below is an example of a basic slideshow that details a subtraction problem from a workbook.

As the student progresses in his or her understanding of a particular concept, it is okay to let go of the reins and ask them to build a slideshow explaining the steps they took to get to their eventual answer.

Biteslide Can Enliven Word Problems

Word problems are literally haunting. They show up in all levels of math curriculum and are generally assumed to be helpful when trying to explain to a student that, sigh, math is actually a subject that he or she will use.

Word problems are great ways to think critically. They can also seem very daunting.
Working through a word problem on Biteslide encourages students to use all facets of learning to solve every day problems. (Yes, you can draw a picture to solve an equation!) Slideshow presentations allow students to get creative while also zoning in on a particular task. The combination should leave your students feeling empowered to tackle word problems from several possible angles.

Below is an example of a slideshow that was started by a teacher and then solved by a student.

Biteslide Can Connect Math to the Every Day

After your students have a solid and foundational understanding of the basic mathematical concepts you are trying to convey, why not have them explore the everyday application of their newly acquired knowledge?
Biteslide is not only easy use; it is also easy to share. Breaking away from the textbook for exciting and interesting presentations is a good way to break up the week and to make students feel like their knowledge has applicable power. Here is an excellent presentation that uses basic math (addition and patterns) and applies it to Fibonacci’s sequencing.

Math doesn’t have to solely reside in between the pages of a textbook. Biteslide offers ways that for students to be involved in their learning process. Visual learners will benefit from the tactical nature of the program while learners of all varieties will have fun extending their newly acquired knowledge into a stunning and shareable platform.

Register now so your students can start their own math projects.

And please do get in touch to let us know the exciting ways are you using Biteslide to promote math skills.

Kathryn Rose is a full-time educator turned full-time mom and writer focusing on parenting and educational topics. After completing her Elementary Education Certification through North Park University, she taught middle school Social Studies in Chicago, IL. She still teaches part-time and loves putting together engaging lesson plans and activities that keep kids engaged and moving.


Students using Biteslide for collaboration

Jerry Guttman has been teaching Business Education for over 30 years at Manheim Township High School in Central Pennsylvania. She teaches Accounting and Entrepreneurship courses in a computer lab with 28 PCs to grade 10, 11 and 12 students.

Despite being a fairly affluent community, as times have changed, so have the demographics of her students.

“As we become more diverse as a school, so too do our teachers strategies. Instruction to diversified learners has become a challenge”.

Jerry’s main project for her Entrepreneurship course involves writing a business plan for a startup company of her students’ choosing. Students typically work in teams of two or three to research various sections of the business plan on the Internet. The students would collate their findings into a word document and at the end of the course present their finished plan back to the class.

“In an effort to make this project more educational for diversified learners, I went looking on the Internet for something new and different that would encourage students to use their creativity to apply what they learned from their business plan research.”

Jerry discovered Biteslide whilst adding apps to her Google Chrome homepage and after experimenting with slidebooks, knew that she had found the alternative to writing a business plan that would be valuable to all types of learners.

“Using Biteslide’s collaborative features, my students have been able to continue working in teams to research the different sections of the business plans. Instead of just writing about it in the traditional way, they have been able to create visually interesting pages about each of the sections which they can present back and share with the rest of the class. This provided more meaning and made learning more fun for my students.”

Students presenting with Biteslide - Manheim Township High School

Biteslide’s project management features made it easy to track the progress of her students’ work throughout the duration on the school project.

“I found it really helpful to be able to provide comments and feedback for improvements to their projects, directly alongside their work.”

The change in the way her students undertake project research has not only enabled Jerry to better integrate students with diverse learning backgrounds into school project work, but also provided a way for her students to create work that they are proud to show off to each other.

Students working with Biteslide - Manheim Township High School

“With visual business plans, I am now able to print them off and hang them on my class room bulletin board to share my students’ project work.”

Having successfully integrated Biteslide as a learning tool for her students, Jerry plans to use it for a number of other projects including:

  • Classroom introductions to help students get to know each other in a visual and fun way;
  • Visual Learning using pictures to demonstrate the understanding of various Accountancy topics;
  • And as a Vocabulary Aid, building a collaborative class slidebook of vocabulary for various terms relevant to the course.

And this is what Jerry’s class is saying about Biteslide…

“I love how easy it is to use, and will definitely tell my friends about it.”
Amber

“Biteslide is a creative and easy to way to make a visual, more interesting report, versus a boring a written report.”
Aubrey

“Biteslide was fun and easy to use.”
Sara

“Easier to present and easy to navigate.”
Brett

“I like using Biteslide more than writing an essay because it gives you more options. You can use it anywhere and it allows people to edit the project. I think that’s really a good feature.” Sokhema

Here’s a few examples of Jerry’s students’ Biteslide school project work:

 


School project research online in library
As a teacher, you live for the “light bulb” moments- the scattered bits of the week that allow you to turn inwardly for a mental, and sometimes physical, pat on the back.

Yes, you actually are making a difference.

As a parent, you live for the moments when you can say, “Yes, this school project actually applies to real life!”

Rest assured, your child will be a competent adult one day.

Textbooks are an excellent place for a child to begin their learning process. They cover irreplaceable knowledge that will help them thrive and grow in an increasingly complex world. It is easy to access and usually has built-in review questions at the end of each chapter.

However, those coveted light bulb moments seem to often happen when the book is shut and the students are ready to apply their newly acquired data to the world around them.

As his or her understanding of the world expands it is important to help your individual student acquire a set of skills that will help them self-reflect when it comes to the multitude of information that they can synthesize from a variety of resources. Technology certainly adds its own level of complications. With IPhones and IPads abound, compilation and evaluation skills are a necessary component to Internet-based research.

Tools like Biteslide make it easy to transition students from textbook learning to self-propelled Internet research. It is an easy tool that provides a safe and controlled environment in which students can integrate secondary resources into their growing knowledge base.

Basic researching skills can often be boiled down into five basics steps:

1. Defining the Task
2. Discovering Important Key Words
3. Using Excellent Resources
4. Evaluating Each Result
5. Compiling Important and Pertinent Information

Before your student even touches a computer, have them define the task at hand. For example, “I want to create a slideshow that exhibits several different owls that we did not learn about in class.” Keywords or phrases for this task might include: owls, species, birds, owls in North America, nocturnal birds.

It is always a good idea to have the student include a list of places where he or she could likely find reliable information such as zoo websites, university journals, museum guides, etc. Have them answer the question, “Who are the experts?”

After a small bit of reflection, it is time to find some Internet resources that will help your student accomplish his or her researching goals. If you choose to use a search engine, remind your child that he or she will need to evaluate each individual page. Programs like Biteslide often do much of the weeding out for you. While it will still yield plenty of results, it is easy to look at all the pictures and “bites” on one screen. You can easily assess which keywords were helpful and that pulled up results that will add depth to the overall presentation.

After your student has clipped out several “bites” using Biteslide’s search feature and has also evaluated them for their credibility and usefulness, he or she can compile their research into a slideshow that can be visually stunning as well as accurate and effective. Biteslide makes it easy to assess numerous sources and allows students to ask important questions such as:

1. How can I narrow down my search to get the results I need?
2. How can I find information that reaches out beyond my textbook?
3. How can I respect ownership?

Below is an introductory example of a slideshow that a teacher could use when teaching students how to use Biteslide for researching purposes. It is simple and to the point. With any luck, your student will be able to use Biteslide to create their own full blown light bulb moment.

I hope this introduction to research skills using Biteslide has inspired you. If so, register now so your students can start their own school research projects.

Kathryn Rose is an full-time educator turned full-time mom and writer focusing on parenting and educational topics. After completing her Elementary Education Certification through North Park University, she taught middle school Social Studies in Chicago, IL. She still teaches part-time and loves putting together engaging lesson plans and activities that keep kids engaged and moving.


Student Portfolio Examples

Schools are full of paper. If you are a teacher, you are well aware of the amount of time that can be spent standing in front of the copy machine. It can seem endless. Between practice sheets and secondary resources, it is easy for student work to get lost in the hand-to-hand shuffle.

While programs like Biteslide might not turn your classroom into a “paper free zone”, they can offer exciting new opportunities for students to showcase portfolios and archive their work. The best news is that Biteslide can be used across many different classes and curriculum areas making it easy for students to share their work with other students, teachers, and their parents.

Basic Portfolio Example

The simplest way to create a portfolio using Biteslide is to scan and gather student’s work into useable “bites”. The students can then use their bites to create a slidebook portfolio.

Below is an example of an art portfolio that showcases a student’s different art projects as they learned about folk art.

Progress Portfolio Example

Don’t let the title fool you, this type of slidebook is just as easy to create as the basic portfolio. Biteslide can be used to mark a student’s progress on a specific project over time. The beauty of this method is that students can go back and explain their problem-solving process. They can document both their successes and their failures and explain to others how their arrived at their final product or conclusion.

Below is a portfolio example of a Biteslide presentation that documents a team of students as they work on an egg drop project for science class.

“My Favorites” Portfolio Example

Biteslide projects can be used for reflection. Much like the folders that students prepare for their parents during parent-teacher conferences, Biteslide can offer children a chance to look back on a unit or period of the school year and collage projects, interesting facts, and relevant material into a unique presentation portfolio.

It is easy for students to send the final project to their teacher which is, in turn, easy to store and share with parents and other interested parties.

The following is an example of an Ancient Egypt “favorites” portfolio.

Student-led Conference Portfolio Example

Parent-teacher conferences are time-consuming and stressful. If your school allows or requires children to be present, students can feel shy and put on the spot. Biteslide can really help students prepare for the upcoming conference.

Have your students answer questions such as:

  • What have been my favorite units so far?
  • What subject is easy for me?
  • What subject is hard for me?
  • What projects am I really proud of?
  • If I could change one thing about the classroom, what it would be?
  • If I could ask my parents/teacher one thing, what would it be?

When they have completed their answers, let them spend time putting together a portfolio slidebook and then have them present it at the conference. It will give them a way to interact and to be involved in the conversation. And the bonus – it’s all done online so there is no need to shuffle papers across the desk.

Biteslide offers teachers and students the unique opportunity to showcase student portfolios digitally. The program is easy to use and the projects are easy to share. With minimal (and fun!) work, students can create beautiful portfolios that are both informational and attractive.

I hope these student portfolio examples have inspired you. If so, register now so your students can create an amazing student portfolio of their own.


3 Creative Ways To Make Math Class Fun

For many, math class brings back workbook memories of nights huddled around the kitchen table frantically checking the evened numbered answers with the back pages. It seems rather repetitive. A child must be taught a concept, shown how to do it, and then bludgeoned over the head with examples. How else will they learn?

To add insult to injury, there is the inevitable math class back row critic who raises his or her hand and slyly asks the question, “So when are we ever going to use this is real life?” Yes, mathematics can feel like it has barely graduated from the era of dusty chalkboards and one-room school houses.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

With some creative energy and a bit of classroom participation, Biteslide can transform an incredibly important life skill and class into projects that feel relevant and fun.

Here are three creative ways to start using Biteslide in conjunction with your Math curriculum.

Biteslide Helps Students Visualize And Create Word Problems

In terms of real life problem-solving, word problems are an excellent way to bring the importance of mathematics into every day situations. Often riddled with numerous operations and superfluous information, word problems offer children the chance to put their workbook skills to practice. However, for some students, internally visualizing word problems can be a problem all its own.

Biteslide can offer children an opportunity to watch or recreate word problems for easy solving. Below is a simple example of a word problem slide show.

For a child, breaking down word problems into bite-sized ideas helps them think in sequential steps. The best part about Biteslide is that it can be used to introduce a problem that will be covered or it can be used by the students to work through a problem that is already troubling them. The bites can be collected together by the teacher ready for the students to use. All the student has to do is drop the bites straight onto their slides.

Biteslide Can Help Students Learn About Daily Mathematics And Current Events

For the class skeptic, Biteslide can a fun and engaging way to apply the class math lessons to every day events. Learning about percentages? Have the students track the price increase of various products such as gas, food items, and school supplies using an interactive slide show presentation.

Use the YouTube tab in the slidebook to find videos about bridge construction and trigonometry. It can even be used to present the context in which certain mathematical principals were contrived.

Below is an example of a short slidebook presentation that uses a video bite to explain the Pythagorean theorem.

Biteslide Can Create Interactive Problem-Solving And Review

One of Biteslide’s best features is the ability to share presentations with other teachers and classmates. This opens up a world of opportunity concerning both review strategies and interactive problem-solving.

Consider, for a moment, a multi-stage math problem that can be solved by creating a slidebook presentation that gets passed around from student to student. The slidebook can then be presented to the class and, if there is a mistake, corrected on the spot.

The problems can be passed amidst one class of students or shared with other classes for both review and fun competition. Students can submit slides with questions and concerns, review problems, or images and clips that have helped them understand a particular concept.

It is a completely different way to review for a math test and it can center around very specific and problematic areas. The best part is that students can participate in building slides and sending ‘bites’ that help others learn. Who could argue with that?

Math doesn’t have to be a dusty subject – especially since it is so relevant to our daily lives. Interactive programs like Biteslide can entice students to take responsibility for their own learning process. With Biteslide the possibilities are endless and the effort will certainly be worth the result for you and your students.

If you don’t already have an account on Biteslide, what are you waiting for? Register for your free account here.


Student Travel Journal Image

Social Studies and Geography open up a child’s mind to the many cultures, climates, and people in our world. With technology, students are able to talk to people from and see pictures of places that once seemed impossibly far away. Biteslide can offer teachers and students an opportunity to create “road maps” and “travel journals” that help students review special places they have learned about while also increasing their contact with the cultures, histories, and people they have learned about in their textbooks.

Common Core State Standards covered by this project

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1
    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3
    Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7
    Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.6
    With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7
    Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
    Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9
    Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6
    With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8
    Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Materials Needed For This Project On A Weekly Basis

  • Access to a Computer Lab and Biteslide.com
  • Relevant Textbooks/Social Studies Notes
  • Writing Utensils
  • Optional: Cheat Sheet of Relevant Questions

Activity

The students can work alone or in groups to create a yearlong “travel journal” that highlights different geographical locations that they have learned about in their classroom. The students should be able to extend their textbook knowledge into secondary websites that are informative and appropriate. The teacher might want to include or create a “cheat sheet” that the students can use all year to help them pursue decent and relevant information. Questions on the cheat sheet could include:

  1. 1. What types of animals live here?
  2. 2. Does this city have any special buildings?
  3. 3. If you had only one hour, what would you visit and why?
  4. 4. Was something invented here?
  5. 5. Is someone famous from here?

While the students are clipping and creating slides, the teacher should supervise and discuss proper sources and crediting for photographs.

At the end of the year, the students should be able to present their travel journal to the class and to their parents. As an extension, teachers should print out individual slides to pull together a bulletin board that can be changed throughout the year.

Modifications

For students with special needs or who need extra monitoring, it is easy to add editors to any individual slide show. Students can collaborate with one another to produce the best results.

ESL students should be encouraged to add words that they understand into the slide but they can also convey what they have learned with well-placed pictures and collages.

Biteslide makes it easy to store and retrieve yearlong projects. There is no classroom clutter and the project is easy to integrate into computer class and testing weeks. With so many voices crowding the Internet, teachers can use programs like Biteslide to help their students become responsible web-based researchers.

If you don’t already have an account on Biteslide, you can sign up for free here.

Kathryn Rose is an full-time educator turned full-time mom and writer focusing on parenting and educational topics. After completing her Elementary Education Certification through North Park University, she taught middle school Social Studies in Chicago, IL. She still teaches part-time and loves putting together engaging lesson plans and activities that keep kids engaged and moving.


Showcase Homeschool Learning Portfolio
This is a guest post from Misty Bailey – a homeschooling Mom and writer at the popular parenting blog We’re Just Parents.

Many homeschool parents keep records of their children’s work with a homeschool portfolio. A homeschool portfolio is a collection of the child’s work done throughout the year. This can be samples of writing, documents of field trips taken, books read, and collections of tests, really anything that shows where the child was, what they have learned, and where they are now.

Depending on what state you live in you may have to have a homeschool portfolio assessment done each year. Whether you have to have an assessment done or not it is a great idea to have some sort of a portfolio together for your child. This helps keep you accountable, and is a great way to look back on those days, months or years when you feel as though you have accomplished little.

While keeping a homeschool portfolio is a must, finding a place to store all the things you want to keep can sometimes be a hassle. This is why Biteslide is a great way to showcase your child’s homeschool portfolio!

It is all digital, so you have to keep very little on hand. It is easy to use, and slidebooks are fun to make! Here are some tips in making your child’s homeschool portfolio with Biteslide.

Make a Class for each Subject

When using Biteslide to showcase your child’s homeschool portfolio it will be helpful to already have a class made up for each subject. You should also have each student assigned to the appropriate classes. For example if I had Science set up as a class, I would want to add both of my children to this class.

Yes, they make work on some projects together, but I will also want to have some individual projects for each child showcased in each subject. Suggestions for classes could be Science, Math, Language Arts (Reading, Spelling, and Grammar), Extra classes (Art, Music, Health) and History (you could include Geography and Social Studies).

Upload Documents and Samples of Work

Upload samples of projects with your scanner. You can upload Spelling Tests, book reports, History papers, Math worksheets, any paper you would want to keep in your child’s homeschool portfolio you can upload onto your computer. If you went on field trips throughout the year upload tickets or programs from your trips. It is helpful to upload these documents and samples as a jpeg picture instead of as a document. You then take the jpeg file and upload it onto Biteslide. It is now ready to be used in a slidebook!

Upload Pictures

Find pictures that you’ve taken throughout the year. These can be pictures of projects, pictures of field trips, or smiling faces holding Spelling Tests. Any picture that was taken throughout the school year will work. If you have used Biteslide to enhance your school projects you may already have some of these pictures loaded.

Make Your Homeschool Portfolio

Now that you have all the steps in place it is time to showcase your child’s homeschool portfolio! I would suggest doing this chronologically based on subject. I would also suggest doing a separate slidebook for field trips. Depending on what grade your child is in you may have 3 or more slidebook portfolios. If you did not want to do numerous portfolios you could also merge all the classes into one extensive portfolio. There are many different ways you can use Biteslide to showcase your child’s homeschool portfolio!

Register Here For Your Free Biteslide Account


Student writing in notebook
The Common Core State Standards Initiative demands that students be able to read and understand more complex texts, write arguments and persuasive pieces with greater dexterity, and present their findings in short-term projects mirroring the tasks that will be asked of students in both college and career.

Listening and public speaking skills, as well as the incorporation of media into presentations, are also important key points to take away from the Common Core State Standards Initiative for teachers to embrace and include in their lesson planning.

Let’s accomplish all of this by incorporating Biteslide into a New York State 6th grade English Language Arts lesson within a larger unit on personal identity and personal choices with challenging texts from contemporary figures.

The lessons will last for 7 Instructional days (not including student oral presentations).

Here are the instructional foci of the unit in alignment with the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy Curriculum:

  • Incremental reading and writing skills in alignment with CCSS instructional shifts.
  • Understanding and working with textual evidence.
  • Understanding Web 2.0 tools and working with multimedia evidence.
  • Understanding and utilizing Biteslide.com as a presentation tool to convey information and argument.

And the focus texts for the lesson:

Steve Jobs’ Stanford University 2005 Commencement Address

If- by Rudyard Kipling

Day 1 – Introduction to unit, themes

Objective

The student will be able to recognize and understand how personal choices influence positive and negative outcomes in their daily lives.

Activity

Brainstorm choices for positive living. Contrast with choices which led to negative consequences.

Homework

Preview If- by Rudyard Kipling. In writing, develop your ideas about what the poem might mean in light of our discussion on personal choices today.

Evaluation

Class participation

Day 2

Objective

The student will be able to understand how people develop personal rules by which they live and how they communicate those rules to others. The student will demonstrate how personal choices are developed, how they lead to positive and negative outcomes, and how they can be communicated to others.

Activity

Read If- by Rudyard Kipling for understanding including text analysis at the paragraph, sentence, and word levels. Discuss student impressions (from homework) and clarify meanings. Students bullet their lesson introduction notes and Kipling impressions/notes in a three-column notes table with column headings labeled “Kipling,” “Jobs,” “Wonderings.”

Homework

Preview Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address. In writing, develop your ideas about what the speech might mean in light of our discussions on personal choices.

Evaluation

Class participation

Day 3

Objective

The student will be able to understand how people develop personal rules by which they live and how they communicate those rules to others. The student will demonstrate how personal choices are developed, the need for personal choices, how they lead to positive and negative outcomes, and how they can be communicated to others.

Activity

Read Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Address in small groups. Students bullet their main idea points from the reading in their three-column notes table. Whole group: Discussion of findings and wrap up.

Homework

Reread the Kipling and Jobs’ texts. Use two different colored highlighters to distinguish between personal choices and outcomes directly in the text.

Evaluation

Three-column bulleted table based on readings; Marginal notes and complexity+correctness of highlighted items in texts.

Day 4

Objective

The student will be able to synthesize the text, notes, and graphic organizers to compose an informative essay.

Activity

Students follow the writing process to compare and contrast the Kipling and Jobs’ texts against the learning objectives in response to the questions, “How and why do people develop rules by which to live, and how do they communicate those choices to others?” as well as present their own idea for ONE personal choice they made or will make for a better life.

Homework

Continue writing the informative essay.

Day 5

Objective

The student will be able to synthesize the text, notes, and graphic organizers to compose an informative essay.

Activity

Students will present their rough drafts and participate in individual writing conferences with the teacher to reflect, edit, and improve upon their draft. Students finalize their essays independently and make final edits, proofreading with a peer.

Homework

Prepare essay for final draft/publishing.

Evaluation

Writing process, final essay

Day 6

Objective

The student will be able to locate multimedia resources as evidence in support of their essay.

Activity

Students will utilize the Internet to locate relevant multimedia resources including images, video, and music. Students will upload their essays and digital evidence in support of their argument from the Internet and create a slidebook presentation of their choosing on Biteslide.com.

Homework

Continue working on Biteslide slidebook.

Day 7

Objective

The student will be able to locate multimedia resources as evidence in support of their essay.

Activity

Students will utilize the Internet to locate relevant multimedia resources including images, video, and music. Students will upload their essays and digital evidence in support of their argument from the Internet and create a slidebook presentation of their choosing on Biteslide.com. Students will also prepare an oral script with which to present their slidebooks.

Homework

Finish oral presentation script.

Evaluation

Biteslide.com slidebook presentation and appropriateness of multimedia evidence connections

Suggested broad lesson differentiation techniques:

  • Think.Pair.Share for brainstorming, activities
  • Pair above average reader with average, average-average, average-low for language-demanding reading activities.
  • Allow English language learners (ELL) to illustrate their responses or utilize incomplete phrases in English instead of grammatically perfect, developed paragraphs for homework.
  • Make accommodations for special education (SPED) students as indicated on their Individualized Educational Plan and teach to their visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or tactile preference.
  • Lessen the quantity (not quality) of final products for ELL and SPED students.
  • Create buddy research and writing pairings for ELL and SPED students to reduce frustration, maintain focus
  • Seek translated or electronic versions of materials when necessary.

Common Core Standards Assessed

RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

W.6.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

W.6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

L.6.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Creative Homeschool Projects

This is a guest post from Misty Bailey – a homeschooling Mom and writer at the popular parenting blog We’re Just Parents.

As a homeschooler I am sure your children have many projects they complete in school. Some may be Science Experiments, Book Reports, History Papers, or Geography Lessons. Biteslide allows your children to make these projects, and findings more creative. Here are some ways you or your children can make your homeschool projects more creative with Biteslide.

Tips to Consider Before You Start

When you use Biteslide for homeschool projects you are allowing your child to learn valuable computer skills. Skills learned can be web research, typing, using a mouse, saving images, uploading images, and many more!

Biteslide is really easy to use but some parental help and guidance at first may help. Give your child extra points for completing the project on Biteslide. Make the projects fun and interesting. Show the child how to use it before setting them lose to create a slidebook.

If your children learn subjects together, allow them to work together on a slidebook. When it comes to using photos for reports keep in mind copyright laws. The photos and slidebooks on Biteslide are for personal use, but to be safe always disclose where the picture comes from.

Homeschool Science

Did your child complete a Science Experiment that they loved? Do they have one they will be completing soon? Have them make a slidebook about it. On one page he can write his hypothesis, the next section pictures of the actual experiment. You can list the experiment step by step, or a general synopsis.

Ultimately the slidebook is yours, and how you complete it is in your hands! On the last page the student can write out their findings from the experiment. The Slidebook can bring his Science Experiment to life!

Homeschool Book Reports

Giving a book report for a homeschooler is different than having to give one in front of a class of 20 kids. There is not a real challenge involved, you write it and turn it in.

But, with Biteslide you can assign a book report that the child will have fun presenting, and challenge them at the same time by allowing them to learn valuable computer skills!

The child can make a slidebook showing the author, genre, characters, settings, summary and more with Biteslide! He can find pictures to add online, or draw and upload them himself. Biteslide also allows you to add stickers to your slidebook. These can help the child show the mood in the story as they retell or summarize it.

Individual Homeschool Projects

Do you have a child who wants to learn about airplanes, trains, giraffes or another subject that she finds interesting?

Help the child look up and research information. Or, if they are old enough allow them to do it themselves. Write up the information and turn it into a fun individual project with Biteslide!

For example, let’s say a child wanted to do a project on planes. They could write down the information they found about when planes were invented. They could write down some about the Wright Brothers and their first flight. They could save pictures that they found on the Wright Brothers, and use them in their slidebook.

They could write down books that they found on planes, and refer to them as resources in their slidebook. How have planes changed through the years? Make a neat collage showing the way planes looked a century ago compared to now.

The slidebook can be full of information the child found on their point of interest. You could also take this same scenario and turn it into a project and report for History or a Geography lesson.

Is your child studying a particular country or state? Are you learning about presidents? How about a great scientist or inventor? Take the information you have found and make a slidebook out of it – the opportunities for individual projects are limitless!

So, the next time you decide to do a fun project with your kids take the opportunity and make your homeschool project more creative with Biteslide!

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Kathryn Rose is an full-time educator turned full-time mom and writer focusing on parenting and educational topics. After completing her Elementary Education Certification through North Park University, she taught middle school Social Studies in Chicago, IL. She still teaches part-time and loves putting together engaging lesson plans and activities that keep kids engaged and moving.

For the lone teacher, the implementation of a productive and enriching lesson plan can be an exhaustive and worrisome endeavor. Sure, your school district might have set-up a basic framework that meets benchmarks and standards but, like every educational checklist that teachers have to deal with, there are certainly those students that “fall through the cracks.”

Whether they entered into your classroom already reading below their grade level, struggle with a crippling learning disability, or just don’t invest themselves fully in school, finding activities that engage the more challenging student can feel like walking the tight rope in a failing circus tent.

At the very base of the learning pyramid are the foundational skills of reading, assessing, and internalizing information. For many students, being able to express and share what they have learned gives them an opportunity to further extend important classroom content.

Technology can offer an interesting development in what can feel like a losing battle.

Yes, kids love their social networking sites and chat sessions with friends, but computer-based programs might be the landscape change needed to provide students with authentic opportunities to learn.

Coupled with engaging assignments that have a personal or creative touch, many children would relish in the opportunity to breakaway from their textbooks and apply what they have learned to an organized and shareable project.

More so, tasks started on the computer are easy to store and retrieve for later use making them the perfect medium for projects that can showcase a students progress throughout the school year.

They can easily interact with archived ideas, ask themselves questions, view their growth, and share their achievements with others. Secondly- special projects can be fun and can offer a change of pace for both the student and the teacher.

Programs like Biteslide make it easy for teachers to integrate a variety of curriculum into student-driven projects. Students can create slides that integrate textbook learning with outside resources that can be found online and then clipped or cached for later use.

It offers them opportunities to assess content as they strive to put together something new and personal. They get to be the teacher and share, in their own words, what they have learned in the classroom.

While programs like Biteslide are perfect for review and one-time use projects, Biteslide is also an excellent resource for those teachers looking to have assignments that extend over an entire school year.

With Biteslide, it is easy to store information and clips for later use. The entire project is retrievable and printable. It can offer your students a special time during the week to hone in on computer skills that will take them the distance while also reinforcing curriculum learned from the previous week.

My next few blog posts will include lesson plans that can help you extend your use of Biteslide throughout the entire school year.

Some of the lessons are easy and will simply teach your students the basics of online slide presentations. Other projects will hopefully give you an idea as to how to extend your classroom curriculum into a yearlong Biteslide presentation that will be fun to make and reflective of a student’s progress throughout their year in your classroom.

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