ITTNation Episode 3

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Episode 3 – Cross-Curricular Planning

In Episode 3 Dave and Kelly discuss cross-curricular planning and offer some suggestions for beginning to explore cross-curricular planning. You can subscribe to ITTNation in both iTunes and Stitcher.

Dave mentions the work done by John Antonetti and James Garver in 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong and strategies for engaging students and promoting active learning within the classroom.

Kelly mentions the work done by Jay McTighe, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Grant Wiggins. Jay McTighe and Carol Ann Tomlinson’s work on UbD & Differentiation and Essential Questions by Grant Wiggins are good resources for anyone beginning cross-curricular planning or someone who is already incorporating it and looking for ideas and supports to improve and grow.

Dave and Kelly discuss how it’s important to start small – getting to know and work with a few curricula and making connections along the way that will help teachers to meet Outcomes. Delving into curricula and getting to know what can be found in each of them takes time but the deeper teachers are able to delve into curricula and make connections, the greater the opportunity for making connections. Through the use of UbD and Essential Questions, teachers can explore topics that allow for deeper exploration to happen.

Dave and Kelly discuss that teachers need to take the time to work through curriculum and unpack outcomes as they develop connections between the different subjects/topics they are teaching. Such work does require time but is the foundation for developing planning that allows for great students direction and input as teachers are able to make connections and empower students to explore topics as they can connect such explorations to outcomes across subject areas.

We  hope you enjoy this episode of ITTNation. If you have any ideas for upcoming podcasts, a suggestion for a guest to appear on the podcast or you would like to join us, please take a moment to leave us a comment.


ITTNation Episode 2

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Episode 2 was all about blogging.  In this episode Dave and Kelly discuss tips for getting started with blogging and suggest a few free blogging platforms that you can try if you are just getting starting – WordPress, Blogger, Edublogs. They also discuss different ways that teachers can incorporate blogging into their practice and Dave explains why it’s important to have a purpose for your blog. Both Dave and Kelly share some of their experiences blogging and explain why it’s important for teachers to take control of their own PD and make every day “a PD day”.

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You can find Episode 2  on iTunes and Stitcher at ITTNation where you can subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating. Kelly and Dave would like to encourage you to leave a comment about the podcast or a suggestion for upcoming podcasts in the comments section of the blog as we’re “In This Together”!

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