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4 Teachers - TrackStar

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This podcast is part of the series: Quick Picks for Teachers


 Patricia A. Gann


Moody Jr. High School, St. Clair County Schools


4 Teachers work to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. The tool selected for this lesson is TrackStar. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, games, quizzes, and other fun methods of teaching by compiling useful information into one site for the teacher.  The teacher can then assign one section or all sections to be done during a certain period of time, teaching time management skills.  Multitudes of situations can be used with these sites, including practice for the lower achievers, or more intense work for the gifted learner. 

Length: 14:23

Content Areas: Professional Development

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

AQTS_1.A.1: Academic Discipline(s) [Knowledge of the structure of the academic disciplines related to the subject-matter content areas of instruction and of the important facts and central concepts, principles, theories, and tools of inquiry associated with these disciplines.]
AQTS_1.A.2: Academic Discipline(s) [Knowledge of ways to organize and present content so that it is meaningful and engaging to all learners whom they teach (pedagogical content knowledge).]
AQTS_1.A.3: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to use students' prior knowledge and experiences to introduce new subject-area related content.]
AQTS_1.A.4: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to identify student assumptions and preconceptions about the content of a subject area and to adjust instruction in consideration of these prior understandings.]
AQTS_1.B.2: Curriculum [Ability to provide accommodations, modifications, and/or adaptations to the general curriculum to meet the needs of each individual learner.]
AQTS_2.A.4: Human Development [Knowledge of developmentally appropriate instructional and management strategies.]
AQTS_2.B.5: Organization and Management [Ability to plan and implement equitable and effective student access to available technology and other resources to enhance student learning.]
AQTS_2.B.6: Organization and Management [Ability to plan teaching and learning experiences that are congruent with the Alabama courses of study and appropriate for diverse learners.]
AQTS_2.D.6: Instructional Strategies [Ability to make developmentally appropriate choices in selecting teaching strategies to assist diverse learners in meeting instructional objectives.]
AQTS_2.D.7: Instructional Strategies [Ability to evaluate, select, and integrate a variety of strategies such as cooperative learning, discussion, discovery, problem-based learning, and direct instruction into a coherent lesson design.]
AQTS_2.E.5: Assessment [Ability to design and use a variety of approaches to formal and informal assessment to plan instruction, monitor student understanding and progress toward learning, modify teaching and learning strategies, and measure and report student progress related to learning objectives.]
AQTS_2.E.8: Assessment [Ability to provide a variety of ways for students with diverse needs, including students with disabilities, to demonstrate their learning.]
AQTS_4.D.2: Learning Styles [Knowledge of a range of curricular materials and technologies to support the cognitive development of diverse learners.]


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