Explain with Technology
Expository Writing and Decision Making
Explanation is description with understanding. Explain with Technology creates opportunities to engage students in learning with technology in any subject. Students research complex topics, write expository essays explaining their topics, and deliver multimedia presentations based on their expositions. Explain with Technology is designed to increase technology literacy and cultivate responsible digital citizenship as students learn the power of explanation.
Explain with Technology includes two projects designed to support sustained inquiry into big ideas in the core curriculum. Research, Write, Present enhances creativity and develops research and communication skills. Make Decisions with Data encourages collaboration and decision making while improving data analysis skills. Students may explore independently, but most students benefit more when they are guided by teachers and supported by parents.
Research, Write, Present ›
Students research complex topics and write expository essays explaining their topics as objective observers. Then, students identify an audience for whom they design and deliver a multimedia presentation based on their expositions.
Make Decisions with Data ›
Students research decisions about complex topics before collecting and analyzing opinion data on their topics. Then, students evaluate alternatives, make choices, and explain their decisions by designing and delivering multimedia presentations.
Teacher Guide ›
Teachers plan innovative learning experiences in which students acquire technology literacy while exploring big ideas in the core curriculum. Teachers use research-based instructional strategies to facilitate student research, expository writing, decision making, and presentation.
Parent Guide ›
Parents become familiar with the research, expository writing, decision making, and presentation skills that students learn in school. Parents encourage technology literacy by providing opportunities for students to share their learning and apply their new skills at home and in community.
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