How can educators use technology to increase students’ engagement in activities essential to rigorous learning? What are the most effective tools for analyzing, designing, and refining those tasks of learning? And finally, how can we increase the cognitive rigor and thoughtful integration of technology into learning tasks, in order to better prepare students for college and beyond? In Powerful Task Design, these questions and more will be answered, as you get to know the Powerful Task Rubric for Designing Student Work. Applicable for educators across all disciplines and grade levels, you’ll use the tool to analyze, design, and refine cognitively engaging tasks of learning. This guide will help you • Explore and use the Powerful Task Rubric piece-by-piece in an easily digestible format to help you delve into the tool’s design components. • Use technology to complete interactive tasks, and understand first-hand how technology is a critical design component in student task design that brings about more profound and relevant learning. • Identify opportunities for creating powerful tasks in the areas of engagement, academic strategies, questions, and cognition. • Supplement your task design arsenal with tools like the Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning (DIAL). This must-have resource brings together the research and strategies educators need to design engaging, powerful learning tasks. Student performance has a direct correlation to the power of the learning task - this book will help you positively impact both.

The Power of Academic Strategies

The Power of Academic Strategies

It Starts on the Playground

When John was teaching kindergarten, he had an aha moment during the first week’s recess duty. As he scanned the playground he realized that three of his boys were not to be found on the play equipment. He quickly spotted the boys on the back fence of the play yard—an off-limits area for the kindergartners. “Boys, come back to the playground now,” John shouted. Young David looked up and yelled back, “No, you come over here!” John, the adult, returned the volley. “No, boys. You come over here!” David was persistent, “No, Mr. Antonetti, you come look at this. Come look at this!” David was pointed toward the grass at the ...

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