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Honest Collaboration with Technology Our guest: Ginger Lewman

Ginger Lewman 2014

 Ginger Lewman

This week’s guest was Ginger Lewman. Ginger is a PBL and GT Keynoter/Consultant as well as a Google Certified Teacher based in Kansas. She is also Co-Creator of Life Practice PBL and of STEAMmaker

We first discussed some strategies to encourage reluctant educators to use 21st c. technologies in their classrooms. Ginger told us, “It’s a very complex question. Some don’t have access because of blocks, bandwidth or hardware issues beyond their control. If blocks are the issue, check out ‘Unmasking the Digital Truth‘ to find out the TRUTH to CIPA, COPPA, FERPA.” She went on to say, “Acknowledge it’s not all about tech and NOT about tools. It’s about learning, connecting, going deeper – which tech supports.”

Developing modern communication skills by providing authentic learning opportunities was considered next. Teachers must first understand the importance of digital citizenship and then model the use of such resources as Kidblog, Edmodo, Vidconf, and social media platforms. Students today must also be able to find reliable information online. Ginger firmly believes that kids learn best by doing and encourages Project-based Learning. Jo Freitag of Gifted Resources pointed out that participation in global projects can help build modern communication skills.”

What are some of Ginger’s favorite essential learning tools available to teachers in collaboration with technology? For starters, Google Hangout, Skype, and Facetime. She also likes Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Ginger will be sharing even more tools during her presentations at TAGT 2014 ‘In Focus’ Conference in December. A full transcript of the chat can be found on our Storify Page.


Ginger Lewman will be at TAGT’s Annual Conference 2014 Dec 3rd  & 4th  in Fort Worth, TX. You can register for the TAGT 2014 Annual Conference here.


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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

Ginger Lewman’s Livebinder

Apps for Gifted and High-Ability Learners from Ginger Lewman at Livebinder

Apps for Gifted Kids  Hoagies Gifted

Edupreneur from @GingerLewman

Improving Google Classroom for Students Around the World

GingerLewman at ESSDACK

Meet GingerLewman at

TeachePBL-PLC at ESSDACK: 6th Grader Reflection (YouTube)

Evil Teacher Traps in the PBL Environment

Cybraryman’s Technology Pages

Cybraryman’s Project Based Learning Pages

Cybraryman’s Google Docs, Forms, Drive

Cybraryman’s Google Hangout

Cybraryman’s The 4 Cs+

Owning Problems … and Results

Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

LifePractice PBL

Why Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning from Edutopia

The Secret to Encouraging Reluctant Teachers to Use Ed Tech

Project Based Learning on Pinterest

Twitter for Education on Pinterest 

Your Digital Dad (Free download) from Kevin Honeycutt

Creativity and Creation Apps for the iPad Livebinder from Ginger Lewman

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students

Introducing Rigor at the Secondary Level

This chat was spirited from the very beginning. The first question asked  participants to define the term ‘rigor’ and many different perspectives were expressed. In terms of this topic, most could agree that rigor was academic challenge that needed to be tailored to the individual student. All were in agreement that more rigor was needed at the secondary level. According to Kingore, we need rigor to reverse learned ‘habits of mind’ from ‘the least I can do’ to higher-level thinking.

Instructional strategies mentioned included differentiation, Socratic learning and Problem/Project-based Learning. Students need to have increased opportunities to apply learning to real-life situations making learning relevant to their lives. Schools need to provide equitable access to many possibilities including additional rigorous courses for advanced learners. Educators need time to collaborate to ensure the organization and sequencing of curriculum.

It was noted that sometimes increasing rigor can unintentionally promote failure and frustration when it is perceived as more work, more difficult work and too fast-paced instruction. Well planned implementation was seen as key.

Although it was suggested that an increase of rigor and subsequent instructional strategies would be good for all students, it was noted that gifted students still need greater depth and complexity in their studies. A full transcript can be found on this blog.



Differentiating Instruction To Promote Rigor/Engagement For Advanced/Gifted Students 

Lift the Ceiling Increase Rigor with Critical Thinking Skills (pdf)

Differentiation at the Secondary Level (pdf)

Increase Complexity and Rigor in Tiered Assignments

Encouraging Achievement: Igniting Student Passion for Learning (Coil) (pdf)

Before and After the Walkthrough: What to Do to Improve Instructional Rigor (pdf)

Getting Rigor Right: Academic Challenge without the Backlash of Failure (pdf)

Increasing Rigor Throughout the Lesson: Data-Driven Classroom Best Practice

Rigor Redefined

A Resuscitation of Gifted Education (pdf)

High School Reform and Gifted Students from @DukeTIP

Introduction to Curriculum for Gifted & Talented Students (pdf)

Introducing Depth and Complexity” from @ByrdseedGifted

Go Deeper! Get More Complex” from @ByrdseedGifted

Transforming Textbook Questions” from @ByrdseedGifted

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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