Candace Marcotte

One educator, determined to create an engaging and dynamic experience for learners of all ages.


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Creativity and Choice in Assessment

Looking to provide more choice in how students demonstrate their understanding?  Check out these Multiple Intelligence choice boards that provide you and your students with creative ways to show what they know!  These choice boards were developed for K-8 teachers and were a part of a professional development on creativity.  If you open the slides, you’ll find that grade levels for each board (or really, wheel!) are mentioned in the presenter notes section.


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ISTE Presentations 2014

Remix, Repurpose, and Redesign: Promoting Student Ownership and Engagement:  My colleagues and I presented on strategies for remixing content and repurposing technologies, which allows educators to redesign their pedagogical strategies.  Through low-tech and high-tech repurposing, students can engage in deep play, allowing them to get lost in the content…in a good way!  These strategies include redesigns of every day classroom routines, like Bell Ringers, classroom rules, Exit Slips, etc.   Click the image below to be taken to session resources.

Pinterest Board from Presentation

 

iPadeology: Staff and Student Resources for iPad Deployment:  My colleague and I presented on the key characteristics of the mindset that we developed to guide decision making during our first year in our district’s 1:1 pilot.  We share the steps we believe made us successful, how we managed to keep the focus on instruction and not the device, student development resources, staff development resources, and parental resources for deployment.  Click the image below to be taken to session resources.

 


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Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire

Mini Maker Faire PosterIf you’ve never been to a Maker Faire or Mini Maker Faire,  I recommend jumping in and finding one near you to attend.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend 2 Maker Faires in Detroit and just attended my second Mini Maker Faire- the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire.  While attending a Maker or Mini Maker Faire, you will be exposed to creativity, genius, and connected learning galore!  As educators, there is also a lot to learn from the Maker mindset.  Check out this post from Makezine.com on how they believe it can transform education.  Hand in hand, the Maker culture also serves as a great connection to STEM and STEAM…and there are a plethora of resources you can scoop up for your classroom by attending one!  Click the Maker Faire poster on your left to see my favorite highlights from the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire.


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TPACK Planning Guide

Here’s a “TPACK Planning Guide” that I created for the teachers in our district to provide more guidance in planning effective technology integration utilizing the TPACK framework.  For more information on TPACK, visit tpack.org.

Click here to make an editable copy of the Google Doc for your planning purposes. 

Creative Commons License TPACK Planning Guide by Candace Marcotte is licensed under a

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Anchor Activities

As we first began our jump into 1:1 with our 6th graders in our building this year, we wanted to encourage play and exploration of the iPad as a resource.  Of course, without setting up some structure for our middle schoolers, we found that some students were finding themselves off task when they had “free time”.   We all have students who naturally move through the content at a faster pace and then we hear, “I’m done with my work.”   How can we utilize the time that students spend playing and exploring during this time, in a way that continues to support and extend their learning?  Our answer:  anchor activities.  Each of our teachers has these anchor activities posted in their classroom so that when students are done with their work, they know the expectations for how the remainder of their time in class should be spent.

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Anchor Activities by Candace Marcotte is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.