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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.

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My goal is that my students have fun while learning valuable life skills. I design lessons that help them be independent, life-long learners. Students take ownership in their learning as they create their own questions and are motivated to assist in finding their own answers! Lessons are created primarily for middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), but many are easily adaptable to upper elementary or secondary learners.
Design & Create a Board Game
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Design & Create a Board Game

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What middle schooler isn't excited by playing games as a part of their lesson? This activity takes their love of games to a new level as they work with a team to create a new board game, test them for "fun appeal" by playing and critiquing others' games and then making the necessary modifications to complete an awesome final product. Created for middle schoolers, this project based learning lesson is a great addition to technology classes that teach programming, phone app creation and other game design as a way for students to really focus on what makes a game addictive. Lesson includes teacher resources, including web links, design ideas and guides, student expectations and rubric, and student worksheets. This lesson can be completed entirely OFF computers, without computer access for students, making it great for those days you have to give up your technology lab for standardized testing. My 7th and 8th graders loved this and I hope yours will too!
Famous Fashion Designers - Research & Presentation Project
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Famous Fashion Designers - Research & Presentation Project

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In this lesson, students learn about famous fashion designers, their work and how their work influenced society. Students choose a fashion designer of interest (on their own or from a provided list) and then research specific information about them, creating a presentation in software of their choice (Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or a variety of free Web 2.0 tools). Perfect for business, history, social studies, family and consumer science, fashion design or career exploration classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric • Suggested list of famous fashion designers
Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons, Tutorial and Activities
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Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons, Tutorial and Activities

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Learning Google Sheets - Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Google Sheets on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a spreadsheet. There are five lessons, each taking no more than two class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 5 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics
Learning Google Docs - Beginner Lessons
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Learning Google Docs - Beginner Lessons

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The “Learning Google Docs” Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Google Docs on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a document. There are five lessons, each taking no more than two (50 minute) class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 5 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics
Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
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Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

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Basic Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro gives students a step-by-step lesson to learn the basic skills needed for video editing: Adding and editing files, working with audio, creating titles, and rendering and saving your project. The lesson provides step-by-step instructions and also includes links to tutorials students can use as they need to complete the lesson. Students create a short project as they follow the mini-lessons and then demonstrate their learning through a short creative project at the end of the tutorials. This lesson was created for an 8th grade class, but is appropriate for any age group that are first time users of Adobe Premiere Pro. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Adobe Premiere Pro Step-by-Step Tutorial • Basic Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Project Expectations & Rubric Note: This was created for use with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.
Web Design using Weebly
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Web Design using Weebly

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Design a Web Site using Weebly utilizes the free Web 2.0 tool www.weebly.com which allows students to create a web site or blog free. No download is required to use the product, making it easy for teachers who are not able to download software on classroom computers to still give their students a choice in learning. In these lessons, students are provided with a quick tutorial, as well as links to other resources to help them with their designs. The tutorial is intended to help students get started with the program and then use the resources within the program to refine their creations. There are three projects included with this lesson to allow the teacher and student a choice in how to demonstrate knowledge of Weebly. Use one, all three, or let students choose! Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Quick Getting Started Tutorial for Students • 3 Lessons for Projects with grading rubric including: o Create a Web Site o Create a Blog o Create an Online Portfolio • List of project ideas for each assignment Students love authentic work and sharing their knowledge with the world is a great way to teach creativity, pride in quality and the importance of copyright. I hope your students enjoy it!
Setting SMART Goals
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Setting SMART Goals

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Setting SMART Goals is a lesson that helps students identify and plan goals for school or their personal life by utilizing the SMART method of goal planning (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). This is a great lesson to start off a new semester or a new year. In these lessons, students are provided with an introduction to the goals methodology and suggested resources for whole class activities are included to introduce the lessons. Next, students brainstorm with a small group and then work individually to craft their own individual goal. This project was created for middle school students but would easily be adaptable to any age group. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Introduction to SMART Goal Planning (student handout) • Instructions for Group Brainstorming Activity • Individual Goal Planning Brainstorming Worksheet • Individual Goal Planning Final Goal Worksheet • Follow up Activity (progress check) • Project Rubric
ReDesign Your Bedroom using Microsoft Excel
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ReDesign Your Bedroom using Microsoft Excel

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Redesign a Bedroom using Microsoft Excel gives students an opportunity to research items to totally redesign their bedroom and then, working with a given budget, to create a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet budget of those items. This is a great project to do with students who have a beginning knowledge of Microsoft Excel to reinforce those skills. It can also be used successfully with students who have no knowledge of Microsoft Excel if it is preceded by some basic tutorials (links included below). This project was designed to also build skills in Internet research, reading, writing and critical thinking. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Student Expectations & Rubric - Research & Excel Budget Project • Re-Design a Bedroom Planning Research Worksheet • Sample Bedroom Redesign Budget Project in Excel • Sample Excel Spreadsheet with Formulas
Learning Google Slides - Beginner Lessons
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Learning Google Slides - Beginner Lessons

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Learning Google Slides Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Google Slides on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a presentation. There are four lessons, each taking no more than two (50 minute) class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 4 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics
Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel
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Pixel Art in Microsoft Excel

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Need a fun way to introduce Microsoft Excel to upper elementary or middle school students? This great lesson incorporates art as students learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. First, they'll create a quick pixel art from a given example and then they'll create their own! These are also fun lessons to use if you just need something for a one day lesson. This download includes: 1. Teacher & Student Resources 2. Introduction to Excel Pixel Art Lesson (Excel Project) 3. Legends and Sample Pictures for 6 Additional Pictures I've used this with 7th and 8th graders who used their free time to create even more art! I hope your students have as much fun as mine did learning Excel!
Three Chairs - CAD Design Project in Sketchup
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Three Chairs - CAD Design Project in Sketchup

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The Sketchup Basics project takes students with no previous knowledge of Sketchup step-by-step through the basic commands and then challenges them to apply those skills in a project of their own. The project uses Sketchup (free CAD software download). Students work individually to create a scale model drawing of three different chairs that meet specific guidelines and requirements using Sketchup (CAD). A step-by-step tutorial is also provided that may be used (optional) if you prefer students to learn the program in a more structured way. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for younger or older students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Step-by-Step tutorial for Sketchup (includes screen shots) • Three Chairs in Sketchup Building Design Project Expectations and Rubric Note: The step-by-step guide included in this lesson covers the same basic skills as the tutorial in the Introduction to Sketchup - Tutorial and Creative Design Lesson and the Design a Gingerbread House in Sketchup lesson.
Plan a Vacation - Project Based Learning using Microsoft Word, Excel & Publisher
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Plan a Vacation - Project Based Learning using Microsoft Word, Excel & Publisher

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Who doesn't love to travel? Engage students as they plan a vacation to their dream destination using Internet research skills and learning about MS Word, Excel and Publisher. Students research and plan the vacation using a set budget and then utilize Word to compile research, Excel to demonstrate their use of the budget and Publisher to create a fun travel brochure. This project uses beginning skills with the programs and allows students to use more intermediate/advanced skills to improve the project based on their own ability. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Student Expectations & Rubric - Research & Excel Budget Project • Student Expectations & Rubric – Creating a Travel Brochure in MS Publisher • Vacation Planning Research Worksheet • Sample Vacation Budget Project • Editable Excel files with formulas • Travel Brochure Sample Student expectations, rubrics and samples of each project are included. I hope your students love it as much as mine did!
Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)
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Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)

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This webquest / Internet scavenger hunt is a perfect one day activity for middle schoolers to learn more about the Sir Isaac Newton's laws of physics and their application. In addition, they'll learn a little about some of the other things Newton was famous for! Lesson includes resources for the teacher and student, the student handout and an answer key. This is a great lesson to leave with a sub too!
Mobile Apps - Research and Design Your Own App
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Mobile Apps - Research and Design Your Own App

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Students love their phones and all the apps that are available for them! This lesson lets students research some of the most popular apps and learn more about the software engineers who created them, and then create an app of their own. A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation starts the lesson as students learn about how apps are designed. Next, students work individually, with a partner, or in small groups to research an assigned app and create a presentation in their choice of software (suggestions and web tutorials are included). Next, students present their findings to the class. Finally, students work together to create their own app, using App Inventor (free software from MIT). Links to teacher instructions for App Inventor set up (provided by MIT) are included in the provided teacher resources below. All files are fully editable, allowing the teacher to customize the lessons. Additional resources and extension lesson ideas include free sites for students to create their own mobile app. Perfect for a technology, engineering, or business class, this project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for older students. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher & Student Notes and Resources • Introduction to App Design & Creation PowerPoint Presentation (fully editable) • App List for Assignment (fully editable in MS Word) • Popular Apps and the Software Engineers(s) Who Designed Them – Individual Project Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric (fully editable in MS Word) • Popular Apps and the Software Engineers(s) Who Designed Them – Partner/Team Project Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric (fully editable in MS Word) • Project Sign Up Sheet – 3 versions: individual, partner and team (fully editable in MS Word) • Creating an App in AppInventor – Project Expectations and Grading Rubric (fully editable in MS Word)
Computer History - Group Research & Presentation Project
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Computer History - Group Research & Presentation Project

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In this lesson, students learn more about the history of the computer. The lesson starts with a Microsoft PowerPoint whole class presentation that gives an overview of computer history from the 1950’s through current times. Next, students work in small groups to research history information from an assigned decade and then to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (or Google Slides) to share with the class. Students take notes during the presentations and then culminate their learning with a short quiz over the material. A study sheet is provided to cover the material from each decade that will be tested to give students an opportunity to review the information (or to assist in the case of absences or presentations that are incomplete). This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (for teacher presentation to the class) • Note sheet for PowerPoint presentation and student presentations • Team Planning Sheet • Student Expectations, Instructions and Grading Rubric for History Presentation Project • Study sheet: Computer History Facts • Multiple choice quiz (includes answer key)
Famous Entrepreneurs and Their Impact on Society - Research & PowerPoint Project
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Famous Entrepreneurs and Their Impact on Society - Research & PowerPoint Project

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In this lesson, students learn about famous entrepreneurs, their work and how their work influenced society. Students choose from an entrepreneur of interest (on their own or from a provided list) and then research specific information about them, creating a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Perfect for business, history, social studies or career exploration classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric • Suggested list of famous entrepreneurs
Who Owns the Music - Copyright Lesson (Team research and PowerPoint)
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Who Owns the Music - Copyright Lesson (Team research and PowerPoint)

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In this lesson, students learn about copyright laws as they relate to the use of music by working with a team and researching actual court cases about them, creating a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides, and then presenting and defending that decision to the class. Perfect for technology, career exploration, business law and music classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric • 12 Cases (with related web site links) to assign to groups Approximate Lesson Duration: • 2 (50 minute) class periods – Research topic and create presentations • 2-3 (50 minute) class periods – Presentations (depending on class size and time spent discussing as a class).
Winter Holidays WebQuest & Activities
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Winter Holidays WebQuest & Activities

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Three short activities with a Winter Holiday theme that your middle school students will love! Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are covered in a WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt that help students understand the traditions of the different holidays. There's also two activities that don't require computers: a word search puzzle with a Winter Holiday theme and a fun "How Many Words Can You Make?" activity that is great to play as a competition with teams. Created for middle school, these lessons will work for upper elementary as well. Each lesson takes approximately one (50 minute) class period. Files Included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about the Winter Holidays WebQuest Activity • Fun Facts about the Winter Holidays WebQuest Answer Key • Word Search Puzzle – the Winter Holidays Vocabulary • Word Search Puzzle – the Winter Holidays Vocabulary Answer Key • How Many Words Can You Make Puzzle – Winter Holidays • How Many Words Can You Make Puzzle – Winter Holidays Answer Key
Creating an Animated Gif in Adobe Photoshop
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Creating an Animated Gif in Adobe Photoshop

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Creating an Animated Gif in Adobe Photoshop is a project for students with basic knowledge of some of the common Adobe Photoshop commands. The project includes step-by-step instructions to guide students through the project of turning photos or clip art into an animated Gif. A sample project is provided for reference in both .psd (Photoshop format) and as a finished .gif. This is a fun activity that shows students some additional features in Adobe Photoshop while improving their skills with basic commands. Created for an 8th grade Information Technology class, this project would be suitable for students in grades 6-12. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • Adobe Photoshop Quick Start Tutorial & Instructions • Adobe Photoshop Animated Gif Project Expectations & Rubric • Sample Project (Photoshop files and finished Gif included)