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URBAN TEXTS. Digital Curriculums Designed to Make Teaching and Learning Fun!. Jil Blake, Ashley Duggan, Molly Kienzler , and Molly Munkatchy. Our Philosophy.

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Urban texts

URBAN TEXTS

Digital Curriculums Designed to Make Teaching and Learning Fun!

Jil Blake, Ashley Duggan, Molly Kienzler, and Molly Munkatchy


Our philosophy
Our Philosophy

Using teacher-made, content specific, digital curricula to enhance the lessons in the classroom is a way to build in true differentiation, hold

students to high standards, and ensure that ALL students are academically successful.


Purpose
Purpose

Teacher designed digital curriculums foster:

  • Student Engagement

  • “True” Differentiation

  • Alternative Instructional Strategies

  • Connection to State/National Standards

  • Up to Date Content


Teacher designed curriculum exemplars
Teacher Designed CurriculumExemplars

Math Site for Middle School Based on Common Core Standards

Reading Site Based on Common Core Standards

Writing Site Based on Common Core Standards


Let s get creating
Let’s Get Creating!

The focus of this workshop is to practice designing a digital curriculum. Please go tothe Wix template we will be using at wix.com

Select CREATE

Go to Log In

Sign in as Urbantexts@yahoo.com

Enter the password masscue


Directions
Directions

Please go to the following address to get complete instructions on how to create a digital curriculum.

http://masscueurbantexts.wikispaces.com/

*Please turn off volume on computers or Tessa will take over the room.


Designing a science page
Designing a Science Page

Step #1—Inserting the Standards

The foci for this science page are cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. An overview of the common core standard is included. Feel free to include the standard on the content page. There is a text box on the template where you can copy and paste any or all of this information.


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Designing a Science Page

Step #2—Embedding an Avatar

Creating and using an avatar is a great way to hook students in and personalize their learning. Follow the steps to insert an introduction to this science focus on cells, tissue, organs, and organ systems.


Designing a science page2
Designing a Science Page

Step #3—Linking to Another Site

There are so many amazing resources online for teachers to use! And let’s face it—there is no reason to reinvent the wheel when what you want to expose your students to has already been created. Follow these steps to insert a link to another site.


Designing a science page3
Designing a Science Page

Step #4—Practice!

Insert the provided slideshow about cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. It will be inserted the same way as the avatar because it has an embed code. Follow the steps for Embedding an Avatar to insert this slideshow.


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Designing a Science Page

Step #5—Practice!

Copy the link to a quiz assessing the information students have been exposed to. Follow the steps for Linking to Another Site to link to this assessment.


Designing a math page
Designing a Math Page

Step #1—Inserting the Standards

The Massachusetts State Standards that relate to this focus have been included. Feel free to include the standards on the wix content page. There is a text box on the template where you can copy and paste any or all of this information.


Designing a math page1
Designing a Math Page

Step #2—Embedding an Avatar

Creating and using an avatar is a great way to hook students in and personalize their learning. Follow the steps below to insert an introduction to this math focus on Geometry.


Designing a math page2
Designing a Math Page

Step #3—Embedding a Movie

Embedding a movie is the same as embedding an avatar, or anything else that comes with an embed code. Follow the steps to embed a geography movie that introduces students to geometry language, purpose, and relation to the real world.


Designing a social studies page
Designing a Social Studies Page

Step #1—Including the Standards

The focus for this social studies page is Ancient and Classical Civilizations in the Mediterranean to the Fall of the Roman Empire. The Massachusetts State Standards that relate to this focus have been included. Feel free to include the standard on the content page. There is a text box on the template where you can copy and paste any or all of this information.


Designing a social studies page1
Designing a Social Studies Page

Step #2—Embedding an Avatar

Creating and using an avatar is a great way to hook students in and personalize their learning. Follow the steps below to insert an introduction to this social studies focus on Ancient Greece .


Designing a social studies page2
Designing a Social Studies Page

Step #3—Inputing a Slideshow

Slideshows are a great way to present information to students and teach them the value and purpose of note taking skills. Follow the steps to insert a slideshow on Ancient and Classical Greece.


Designing a social studies page3
Designing a Social Studies Page

Step #4—Adding a Menu to the Slideshow

Adding a menu to the slideshow makes navigating through the content much easier. For example, if students need to revisit a slide, the navigation system makes that easy for them. Follow the steps to add a navigation system to your slideshow.


Designing an ela page
Designing an ELA Page

Step #1—Adding a Menu to the Slideshow

The focus for this English Language Arts page is on the common core reading standards. The Common Core Standards that relate to this focus have been included . Feel free to include the standards on the content page. There is a text box on the template where you can copy and paste any or all of this information.


Designing an ela page1
Designing an ELA Page

Step #2—Embedding an Avatar

Creating and using an avatar is a great way to hook students in and personalize their learning. Follow the steps to insert an introduction to this ELA focus on author’s purpose and genre .


Designing an ela page2
Designing an ELA Page

Step #3—Linking to Another Site

There are so many amazing resources online for teachers to use! And let’s face it—there is no reason to reinvent the wheel when what you want to expose your students to has already been created. Follow these steps to insert a link to another site.


VOILA!

You just created part of a digital curriculum! Thank you for joining us at Urban Texts. Remember that together, teachers and technology can reach even the most challenging students. Join the digital world. Create a digital curriculum today!