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Tech-Enabled Graphic Organizer

In my blended and personalized classroom, I rely heavily on software and digital platforms to guide and supplement my instruction. At the same time, I believe that my students still need to practice traditional paper and pencil skills. Graphic organizers have long been used to help students organize content. In my classroom they are primarily used as a pre-writing tool. The mix of using the digital platforms and paper-pencil gives my students the opportunity to practice both skills simultaneously.

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Graphic Organizer
 
 
I use graphic organizers frequently in my class in many different colors for many different purposes. This graphic organizer template was used a part of a writing exercise. Using first the Apple TV and an iPad as a document camera and then small-group instruction, I support my students in completing their graphic organizers.
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
I use graphic organizers frequently in my class in many different colors for many different purposes. This graphic organizer template was used a part of a writing exercise. Using first the Apple TV and an iPad as a document camera and then small-group instruction, I support my students in completing their graphic organizers.
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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