Lesson Planning Tools and Techniques
EducationCity holds many benefits for teachers and students alike. But, we don’t have to tell you that the most valuable benefit to you is saving your precious time. When you begin using EducationCity you’ll see just how easy it is to incorporate the perfect combination of curriculum, technology and FUN into your lesson plans. And, in turn, how easy lesson planning can become – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1 – Search by Topic
Our Standards Map is aligned to your state’s curriculum standards, so you can be assured any EducationCity activity or game on which your students are working is part of the master plan. Our Topic Filter lets you search by the topic you are teaching to find activities that can either introduce the concept to the whole class, or reinforce learning on an individual basis in the classroom or in the computer lab. When you find a suitable activity, click on the green apple to bring up additional teaching ideas and enhance your lesson plan. Instead of randomly searching the Internet for new and innovative supplements to coordinate with your units, use the Topic Tool feature to quickly search and find activities and games that fit the bill. It makes lesson planning much easier.
2 – Track Student Success
So, let’s take it a step further. Let’s say you’ve used the Topic Filter to coordinate your lesson plan using an activity in Whiteboard Play Mode in order to introduce a concept to the whole class. During classroom computer time and/or in the computer lab, you then choose a related activity to reinforce their knowledge. Since you uploaded your class list when you started using EducationCity (we’ll show you how) you can now drill down, using the SuccessTracker feature, to see how well each of your students did on these activities. For example, you can see that Emma got 9 out of 10 answers correct whereas Aidan scored 4 out of 10. You now know that Emma may be ready for the next level or some advanced reinforcement, while Aidan needs extra attention in this subject. SuccessTracker will suggest additional activities for Aidan to work on to improve his knowledge in this area.
3 – Assign the Right Activities
With the myCity feature, you’re able to select activities for each student to complete at home, based on their ability level. You may also assign activities for completion while in the computer lab. The myCity feature is a personalized lesson containing activities selected by you for an individual student. In the example above, we saw that Aidan was struggling with a specific concept. To help him improve, you would assign some related activities to Aidan’s myCity for him to practice either at home or in the computer lab. Taking lesson planning to the next level, myCity allows you differentiate learning with just the click of a mouse.
To learn more about how EducationCity can assist you with lesson planning, please give us a call at 800.995.5410.
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