Ranger Ready

Tech Thursday | 30 March 2017

Collaboration fosters Critical Thinking

Design assignments that allow room for varied interpretations. Different types of problems might focus on categorizing, planning, taking multiple perspectives, or forming solutions. Try to use a step-by-step procedure for problem-solving. Mark Alexander explains one generally accepted problem-solving procedure:

  1. Identify the objective
  2. Set criteria or goals
  3. Gather data
  4. Generate options or courses of action
  5. Evaluate the options using data and objectives
  6. Reach a decision
  7. Implement the decision

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Flipgrid takes a flipped classroom approach to using video for igniting student discussion and engagement. This application helps students make videos for active and social learning; they don't simply consume videos; they also create them. Allow your students to participate and collaborate with videos in an active, social community of their peers or even connect with other classrooms, schools, and experts in the field.
Flipgrid™ is simple.
Each week in the Ranger Ready Tech Thursday Newsletter, a new teacher will be featured as the Ready 1:1 Teacher of the Week. These are teachers at Naaman Forest High School who are transforming teaching and learning in the classroom through technology integration using the iPad.

Charlotte Burton

Mrs. Burton has been in education for 4 years and this is her second year at Naaman Forest High School. She teaches Special Education Reading and English. Charlotte studied Psychology at Southern Nazarene University.

What is your favorite iPad app to use with students and why?

This year, I have been loving Educreations as a way to provide extra accommodations to my students while reading. I can include oral accommodations, visual supports, emphasis on important points, vocabulary support, extra time, and more. I make a video of the reading, post it on Google Classroom, and they can get all their supports at their own pace, in class or at home!

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

In my free time, I spend an embarrassing amount of time on Facebook and playing video games.

NFHS has a limited number of site licenses for Nearpod. Become one of the first 20 teachers to earn Nearpod Certified Educator status and you will be granted a site license. Please email your certificate to the Ready 1:1 Instructional Coach.
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How to Solve Problems and Change the World

$100,000 for Students | $50,000 for Teachers


The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.


Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18


We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.


A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

How To Win The Paradigm Challenge