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March Pre-Badging Mission

Posted by smersand Mar 22, 2015

Here is our third Pre-Badging Mission! For those of you who did not see January's Pre-Badging Mission, or February’s Pre-Badging Mission, Teachers Engage will be adding Badging to our community! As we gear up to release the new platform, practice participating in a badging opportunity by completing the following in any order:

Participate in March’s Classroom Challenge which looks at Noteshelf, Mighty Notes, and NoteLedge.

Watch March’s Chat with Deb to learn about EverNote, and share an idea of how you can use it in the classroom

Read March’s Cut to the Core, and design and post your own ideas on how to use Note Taking to support Common Core Standards.

Finally, return to this thread and summarize your mission!

In the coming months, look for opportunities similar to this in which you can earn a badge for your profile!

March is Mobile Learning Month, and we have decided to focus on mobile note taking apps. Gail’s Classroom Challenge looks at three note taking apps:  Noteshelf, Mighty Notes, or NoteLedge. Chat with Deb lets us explore Evernote’s functionality. All 4 of these apps are great ways to take and store notes, but how can they be used to address the Common Core? Great Question!


Note taking allows students to interact with text, collect supporting evidence and can help support group processing skills. Note taking allow students to organize ideas and thoughts, and provide support for close reading. Many students do not see the value in taking notes, and that can lead to problems when they go to write a paper or create a presentation. Developing strong note taking skills early on is key to ensuring student understand the value of notetaking.

All of that sounds great, now let’s see it in action!


The Project: Students will utilize a note taking application to annotate articles in preparation to write an argumentative speech on a topic of their own choosing.


Students will utilize a note taking app to identify passages in articles,videosand audio recordings to support their argument

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Students will utilize a note taking app to compare the ideas presented in a number of articles and how they relate to each other and the argument they wish to make

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

Students will utilize a note taking app to identify point of view and purpose as it relates to their argument

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Students will utilize a note taking app to identify key details and ideas in the articles

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Students will utilize a note taking app to Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Students will utilize a note taking app to identify and define vocabulary words they are unfamiliar with, or that have multiple meanings

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Students will utilize the voice notes/audio recording feature of a note taking app to record their thoughts while reading article/developing their argument

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


What are some ways you can think of to utilize Note Taking in your classroom to address Common Core Standards?

Today's Chat with Deb shows the incredible app, Evernote.  This app will allow students to create a digital backpack with digital notebooks and notes.

A mobile phone or tablet allows you to add images and audio to the digital notes. There is also the ability to share notes with others and set reminders for tests or exams.  Evernote Web Clipper makes it easy to clip any webpage directly to your Evernote notebooks.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how it is all done:

If you have an idea of how students or teachers can put Evernote to use, leave a comment below.

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.

Here are some websites that can be integrated into an existing lesson or provide a fully prepared lesson for High School Math Teachers. If you are a teacher of ELA or Science, check out #3 below.

#1 -Free Online Resources from Courseware- Brought to us by the CEMC. 





If you are a teacher of pre calculus or calculus, these are free online courses with videos, quizzes and exercises.  Parts of the site are under construction. Each lesson is broken into modules. Thank you to my colleague, Anthony, for sharing this with me.


#2 offers math games, puzzles, resources and much more for Upper Secondary and High School students.  There is an option to sign up for an account and create a class. Transum offers a large number of free games and puzzles.  There is a lot to explore on this site.



#3 - Better Lesson offers thousands of K-12 rich Math, ELA and Science lessons from high performing Master Teachers.


Math lessons


ELA lessons


Next Generation Science lessons



These lessons often include videos, group work, higher order thinking and integration of technology.

Check out this lesson on writing equations of parallel and perpendicular lines given the slopes and points.




The lesson is broken into 5 modules. Here is a peak at module 2.



Each module has an activity and additional resources on the side. These lessons are tried and true for use in the classroom.

There are many resources for High School Mathematics and I recommend checking out the above sites to supplement your lesson plans and instruction.


It's March, and (in the U.S. at least) we're starting to think about the arrival of spring and getting outdoors. For learners seeking a little sun and fresh air, going mobile is essential. Intel Engage has explored mobile learning, both for K-12 students and as a means of professional learning for educators, for a few years. This month, we pick up that thread again.


There are a tremendous amount of resources on Engage about a variety of mobile learning topics, such as:


We'd also encourage you to explore the Mobile Learning space in our K-12 Professional Development Resources community. Here you can find background information and resources related to mobile learning, links to recordings from Mobile Learning webinars, and access to Intel Education mobile apps.


As you engage with these activities and materials, do you see yourself and your classroom? How are you using mobile devices in your classroom? Are they phones, tablets, or both? How does it compare to just a few years ago?



Click the image below to see previous months' thematic content.


High School ELA and Literacy teachers are going to love Curriculet!


Curriculet is a digital layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media layered on top of top of any text.  As students read a text, questions, quizzes and annotations pop out of the text, so that students are instructed and assessed as they read. . . at just the right moment. 

Text can be a file uploaded from your computer or the URL of a website.

Once a text is uploaded to your library, you can edit the Curriculet and add a question, quiz or annotation.  Selecting text can also help teachers or students to define a word.



For example, here I used the URL of a website (from about the white and gold / blue and black dress). When editing the Curriculet, I highlighted a bit of text and added an annotation which gave a link to the meaning of a part of the text.








I also added a question, (this is different than a quiz).


Every question or quiz can be linked directly to the Common Core from a simple drop down list.


On another page of the article, I added quiz questions.



When I have finished adding a layer of annotations, questions and quizzes to my article, I can then share the Curriculet with students. By using the class manager, I can create a class and invite students to my Curriculet class.  As students read the text all data will be collected and the teacher can generate reports that show if students have completed the assigned reading and also the students' responses.

Curriculet has a helpful support site with User Guides.  These are very useful for someone who is new to the site.

I highly recommend using Curriculet with your students and I believe this is an outstanding way to aid students while reading an article, researching a topic or reading for comprehension.  Thank you to my colleague, Amy, for sharing this site with me.

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