When teaching students concepts that may be considered more difficult, it is often better to enhance the learning with an interactive lesson. As computers continue to get better and more advanced as well as the skills of students and teachers Interactive activities such as those found at iCivics provide students with an opportunity to make choices and see the impacts of their decisions first hand. When teaching about the Branches of Government there is a simulation available “Branches of Power“. Students can pick issues that they are interested in and make decisions for potential policy.
Another resource for helping students review difficult concepts or to learn essential vocabulary is Quizlet. You can create digital flashcards or use sets already created by other users. It also allows students to quiz themselves on the topic they are studying.
Both of these resources will increase student learning due to their hands-on interactive nature. Students interest will more likely be held, and they can participate in the learning process.
Best Practice (CITW): Assigning Homework & Practice – Best Practice Recommendations for Assigning Homework: Develop homework policy, Design assignments to support learning and communicate purpose, Provide feedback on assignments.
Best Practice Recommendations for Providing Practice: Clearly identify and communicate purpose of practice, Design practice sessions that are short, focused, and distributed over time, Provide feedback on practice sessions.
ISTE Teacher Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the Standards•S. a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
ISTE Student Standard 7: Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.