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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.
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.
Computer History - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Computer History - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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This short computer research WebQuest/Scavenger Hunt is a fun activity to lead into a unit on the history of computers and technology. It is also a great quick activity to fill a day prior to starting a new lesson or to use with a substitute teacher. The lesson includes student handouts, teacher resources, and a grading key for the teacher. This lesson was created for middle school, but would work well with upper elementary or early high school also.
Technology and History of Haunted Houses Webquest Internet Scavenger Hunt
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Technology and History of Haunted Houses Webquest Internet Scavenger Hunt

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In this fun one-day activity, students learn about the technology and history of haunted houses, as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. Students can be provided with the sites that have the answers (below in Student Resources) or directed to search the Internet on their own. Two versions of the WebQuest are included to let teachers print the questions or to provide them digitally as an interactive page in an editable Microsoft PowerPoint file. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used selectively in upper elementary as well (for more mature students). This is a great activity for Halloween or the fall season, or for a time when you need a quick, one-day activity. Great for use with a sub too! Files Included: • Teacher & Student Resources • WebQuest questions for students - print and digital versions (editable) • WebQuest Answer Key (non-editable, .pdf)
History of Graphic Design - Research & Presentation Project
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History of Graphic Design - Research & Presentation Project

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In this lesson, students learn more about the history of graphic design. Students choose a time period in history from a provided list, research that era, and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a video using Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, career exploration class, Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications class, or any technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for individual lesson • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for partner/team lesson
Exploring Careers:  Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
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Exploring Careers: Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

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This career unit gives students an introduction to the architecture and construction career cluster and what a career in this field would be like. This is perfect for a career, technology, CTE or business class. The included PowerPoint presentation can be used by the teacher for whole class instruction, or provided to the students electronically (or as a printout) for them to review individually. Students use close reading skills with a short informational passage to learn about the career field and answer questions to use critical thinking skills and demonstrate their understanding. Two different puzzles are included to learn different jobs in the career and to reinforce vocabulary skills. A technology based research project is included to allow students to use critical thinking and creativity to further explore the career field by researching a famous building. Additionally, a group project to redesign the classroom that can be completed without student computer access is provided to simulate the career and allow students to utilize critical thinking skills and teamwork. Finally, a short reflection questionnaire gives students the opportunity to reflect and analyze their learning as they determine if this career field is of interest to them. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be used with high school students. The teacher can choose to use some or all of the provided lesson options included in this resource. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher & Student Notes and Resources • Introduction to Architecture & Construction Careers PowerPoint presentation (editable) • Introduction to Architecture & Construction Careers Research Reading and Questions • Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle (includes answer key) • Job Type Word Search Puzzle (includes answer key) • Technology based Creative Research Project Instructions and Rubric • Architecture & Construction Redesign the Classroom Group Project Instructions and Rubric • Architecture & Construction Career Reflection Questions (MS Word)
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!
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!
History of Apple - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt
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History of Apple - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

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In this lesson, students learn interesting facts about Apple as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. A complete answer key is provided for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. This is a great activity for a history, business or technology class. It���s also a great activity to leave with a substitute! Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • History of Apple WebQuest Activity • History of Apple WebQuest Answer Key
Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering
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Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

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In this project based learning unit, middle school/early high school students learn about city planning and architecture as they research and design their own city. In addition to using Internet search skills, they'll utilize CAD skills using Sketchup (free download) and finally build the city from chipboard and other recyclables and name their final creation. . Unit download includes: 1. Teacher Resources and Materials List 2. Expectations and Overview of the Unit 3. Introduction to City Planning (research and vocabulary) – includes key 4. “What’s in the City” – team worksheet 5. Project Proposal – group planning worksheet 6. Create the City in SketchUp (CAD) 7. Building the City Information (hands on construction) 8. Student Team Work Log 9. Student Daily Work Log 10. Building scale information and examples 11. Sketchup and Building Examples 12. Project Written Reflection I've used this lesson with an 8th grade Engineering class and every year students start work on this BEFORE the bell they enjoy it so much! I know your classes will enjoy it too!
First Day of School - Skyscraper Team Building Activity
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First Day of School - Skyscraper Team Building Activity

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This project is a great way to get students moving, interacting and working as a team the first day of school. It also is an exceptionally memorable activity that students remember and talk about throughout the year. Set the tone of your classroom as a student led, cooperative and supportive classroom as students work together to build a skyscraper that will withstand wind using limited supplies. You can use this as a first day of school activity or as a one-day activity at any time during the year. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades. Files included: • Teacher Instructions • Skyscraper Building Activity Instructions (printable for teams and display sized, suitable for a projector or SmartBoard) • Team Drawing Sheet
History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project
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History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

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What student does love games – especially video games! In this lesson, students learn more about the origin and history of video games. Students choose a time period in history from a provided list, research that era, and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a video using Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, career exploration class, Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications class, or any technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for individual lesson • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for partner/team lesson
Technology Then & Now: A Team History / Research Project
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Technology Then & Now: A Team History / Research Project

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In this lesson, students use critical thinking and research skills to determine how a specific form of technology evolved. Working with a partner or small group, students start with where their chosen technology was prior to 1900 and then take it through 5 more steps of evolution to the present day. Students use the Internet for research to determine what had to happen between each step to move their technology to the next iteration. Worksheets are provided for six high interest topics, with an editable blank form (PowerPoint) if the teacher chooses to add another topic (or let students choose a different topic). The worksheets are two pages (print front and back). Resources for the teacher and students include a short list of Internet sites as a starting point for each research topic. A sample completed worksheet is also included for one topic. Topics included are: • How We Listen to Music • How We Watch a Movie • How We Take Photographs • How We Communicate on the Telephone • How We Research Information • How We Tell Time This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Technology Then & Now Student Expectations, Instructions and Grading Rubric • Technology Then & Now Student Worksheets (6 topics, plus an editable blank – both color and black and white versions of each) • Sample Project
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
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
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
Creative Design Projects - 8 Projects for Fashion, Interior & Graphic Design
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Creative Design Projects - 8 Projects for Fashion, Interior & Graphic Design

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Business, Art, Graphic Arts and Technology classes will love these design lessons! Eight different lessons to create high interest projects in the areas of Fashion Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design give students a choice of which activity they would enjoy. Or, if you prefer, you can choose one or two to assign to your class. Each lesson gives an option that students can do on the computer or without any technology at all. Included in this download are the requirements for each of these lessons and resources for ideas, along with a rubric and sample completed lesson. Students choose from: 1. Create a fashion from duct tape. 2. Create a fashion collage 3. Revise and remake a historic fashion 4. Create a logo 5. Use typography to create a graphic alphabet 6. Create a poster 7. Design a piece of furniture 8. Remodel/redesign a bedroom Each project takes 2-3 (50 minute) class periods. This lesson was created for an 8th grade Principles of Arts, AV Technologies & Communications class, but would be suitable for any secondary classroom.
Interior Design: Design Your Dream House - Career Simulation
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Interior Design: Design Your Dream House - Career Simulation

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Perfect for art, engineering, CTE or technology classes, this project based learning lesson lets students design their own floor plan using their choice of two different Web 2.0 tools. Next, they furnish the house and finally, they give a detailed explanation of the types of furniture and colors they chose for each room on a detailed chart. Included in the file: * Teacher and Student Resources, including video and extension activities * Project Expectations and Grading Rubric * Room Chart for furniture and color choices * Sample Floor Plan Projects I've used this with 7th and 8th graders as they study the Architecture and Construction careers as a real world project that Architects and Interior Designers would do and it's always a hit! I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine have.
Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project
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Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project

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This project lets students learn about the engineering and design of ocean liners and cruise ships as they research and design one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students work with their team to research information about the design and engineering involved in ship building from early times, including the Titanic, through the modern cruise ships of today. Then, they brainstorm together to determine what features they would include in their own “ship of dreams”. Next, they plan their design and create their own modern cruise ship to scale in Sketchup (a free CAD software program, download available at: https://www.sketchup.com/download ). Finally, they build a model of their ship using recycled materials, following the Engineering Design Process with their team. After completing their ship, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Team Sign Up Sheet • Team Planning Sheet • Ship Engineering & Design Research Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Ship Design in Sketchup Project - Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Ship Building Project – Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Engineering Design Process Planning Sheet (editable digital and print versions) • Reflection Questions (editable digital and print versions)