RuCo Digital Learning Day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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What Is Digital Learning?

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.

Digital learning encompasses many different facets, tools, and applications to support and empower teachers and students, including online courses, blended or hybrid learning, or digital content and resources. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalized learning experiences for students.

Digital learning advances school reform by increasing equity and access to educational opportunities, improving effectiveness and productivity of teachers and administrators, providing student-centered learning to ensure college and career readiness for all students, and recognizing teachers as education designers.

Source: Digital Learning Day.Org

Elementary Resources

States of Matter K, 3, & 5

K.PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

2) Conduct investigations to understand that matter can exist in different states (solid and liquid) and has properties that can be observed and tested.

3.PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

1) Describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and identify that matter is made up of particles too small to be seen.

5.PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

1) Analyze and interpret data from observations and measurements of the physical properties of matter to explain phase changes between a solid, liquid, or gas.

This FREE Nearpod lesson explores the states of matter.

Animal Adaptations 2nd Grade

2.LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

1) Use evidence and observations to explain that many animals use their body parts and senses in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air.

Animal Adaptations Nearpod Lesson

Mystery Science

Tons of great standards aligned curriculum! You can get a FREE membership by clicking HERE!

Sheppard Software

This site is full of educational games, activities, quizzes, articles and more! Make sure you check out the Cell, Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers, and Food Chain games!

Mostly elementary, some middle school activities available.

To visit Sheppard Software click HERE.

Middle School Resources

Motion & Energy Skate Park 6th Grade

6.PS3: Energy

3) Analyze and interpret data to show the relationship between kinetic energy and the mass of an object in motion and its speed.

Motion & Energy Skate Park Nearpod Lesson

Liquids, Solids, and Gases

In this lesson, students use a PhET simulation to explore states of matter at a molecular level. They engage what they already know about states of matter, practice what they've learned, and learn about a fourth state of matter.

7.PS1.6 Create and interpret models of substances whose atoms represent the states of matter with respect to temperature and pressure.

Click HERE for this Nearpod lesson

Study Jams!

This easy to use teaching tool will help you introduce and reinforce more than 200 important topics in math and science through fun interactive activities.

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Click HERE to go to Study Jams!

High School Resources

Measuring Energy Changes

This nearpod lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the PhET simulation "Energy Forms & Changes" as an interactive lesson and can be completed and controlled by the teacher.

Grades 10-12

PSCI.PS3.8 Plan and conduct an experiment using a controlled chemical reaction to transfer thermal energy and/or do mechanical work.

Click HERE for this Nearpod lesson.

Biodiversity: Layers of a Rainforest

In this lesson, students will explore a rainforest in Peru to learn about the various layers of a rainforest.

BIO2.LS4.12 Analyze evolutionary relationships among algae and major groups of plants. In this analysis, consider adaptations necessary for survival in terrestrial habitats.

ECO.LS2.4 Construct explanations for patterns relating to climate, flora, and fauna found in major terrestrial biomes.

Grades 9-12

Click HERE for this Nearpod lesson

Something for Everyone!

PhET Interactive Simulations

Massive cache of excellent (and free) science and math simulations.

To visit the site click HERE

Terrific Websites for Science

From biology to chemistry to physics, these science-oriented websites will help your students learn more about the world around them; they'll make observations, notice patterns, and get important information about plants, animals, and people. Whether they're playing with genetic simulations, designing solutions to combat climate change, exploring videos of weather phenomena, or engaging in authentic citizen science, students can use these sites to engage in practices and skills crucial for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Click HERE to see this list


A school wide subscription is needed for most videos & activities, but several are free!

Click HERE to visit BrainPop

Bitesize BBC

While this is a British site, there are still some amazing resources available, you just may need to dig a little bit ;-)

Click HERE to visit the site.

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We'll be back in February to share more digital learning resources for you and your students!