Using Symbaloo, PBS LearningMedia, and Blendspace for self-directed literacy learning

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Using Symbaloo to set up a “webmix”, I am working on helping my students become more self-directed as they access learning resources for our classroom. This webmix includes a set of lessons created with PBS LearningMedia as well as Blendspace collections. We read the novel Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm which is set during the Great Depression in Key West, FL. Both the time and place are “foreign” to my students so supplemental resources for learning include PBS lessons about the Great Depression and related links for exploration (blue marker) as well as bonus materials to extend the experience such as maps (green marker).  Also included in this webmix are my special custom “video lessons” for students to build resource notebooks (black marker) and Blendspace video collections (red marker) for primary/secondary sources and point of view/perspective.  The yellow marker area contains the discussion guides for the first 5 chapters of the book. Finally websites that we use for asynchronous discussion and response tasks are included: NowComment and Edmodo (gray marker) as well as our own custom “Listening Station”.

The goal is to help students access their own learning materials so that I am free to conference with students individually or in small groups.

the GREEN ROOM 4th grade module for Aug/Sept

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