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.

Power Up Using the Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning

Power Up: Using the Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning

If we want to change our practice, we have to practice the change.

If you are reading this book, we can assume that you are interested in increasing learner engagement, shoring up student thinking, and improving student achievement. But before we start revising our lesson plans and redesigning our tasks, we have to make sure the tasks should be reworked. A task of practicing verb conjugations is a necessary task in a world language class. It will not, in and of itself, build a fluent bilingual adult, but without conjugation practice, the adult will not be proficient in that language. We say this and mean it: Not all ...

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