MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology

This summer, I will be participating in a program through a local community college called MERIT. MERIT is “a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with student-centered, technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse¬†learners and leaders of the future”¬†(McGriff, 2010).¬†

Similar to many of the ideas in Tony Wagner’s book, I hope that this program will give me many 21st Century Learning tools to use in my classroom. Even though the program hasn’t started, we have already had to complete a few assignments showcasing some great online tools.

Here are a few of my favorite:

1. Google Tools: The Google for Educators Site shares ways you can use the numerous Google tools in your classroom. They also have several webinars and project ideas.

2. TED Videos: Take a look at some of these great videos. Using the search feature, teachers can find inspiring talks by riveting speakers to address almost any lesson.

3. YouTube Videos: Although many people are familiar with YouTube, I have found some great videos which can help spice up any lesson. Here one of my student’s favorite videos which I used to help teach slope intercept form:

4. Next Vista for Learning: Here is a great, advertisement-free, video collection for teachers! I love how the videos are pre-screed and many of the videos are created by students!

5. Edtopia: Edtopia is another great resource to use in the classroom. It has a great search engine so you can easily find any lesson, as well as a blog and information on “schools that work.”

6. Classroom 2.0: Classroom 2.0 is a great social network for teachers. Although teaching can sometimes be an isolating experience, this website makes it easy for you to collaborate with teachers all over the world!

7. Lessonopoly: Lessonopoly is another great resources for teachers because it includes lesson plans, classroom management strategies and is also supported by the former State Superintendent. Check it out!

8. Curriki: Similar to Lessonopoly, Curriki is a non-profit organization built to help teachers share effective lessons.

9. Twitter: Not only can Twitter be a great way to search for effective teaching techniques, but it could also be a great way to communicate with your students!

I hope you can find some of these tools useful! If you’re interested in the MERIT program, click here!

McGriff, S. (2010, November 30). Kci merit program 2011. Retrieved from http://sites.google.com/site/kcimeritprogram/

Project Menu

The Project Menu is another great resource to add to your classroom. Used as an end of the year cumulative assignment, students were asked to demonstrate mastery on a few specific math topic through various mediums. Students really took ownership over their project since they got to choose what format they used to showcase their knowledge. Although we didn’t cover how to create a video tutorial or website in class, many of my students decided to use these formats to show what they learned this past year. Here is an example of one of my favorite video tutorials:

Using many 21st Century ideas, students really loved this project. My students blew me away by their creativity and technological prowess. If you are interested in using these ideas in your classroom, check out the assignment!