Building technology enabled lessons is not far removed from developing traditional lessons. Today we will be looking at a dynamic literacy tool and its use in both planning a technology enabled lesson as well as utilizing it with students to fulfill your content-specific learning goals.

Learning Outcomes

MHHS staff will be able to:

  • reflect and discuss how the literacy tool, Penzu, can support student learning.

I. Process of Discovery | 10 minutes

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Begin with the End in Mind

Student learning first, not tools!

  • What are my learning goals?

  • What pedagogical method am I planning to use in order to achieve the learning goal?

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Take Advantage of Web Collaboration

What have others found before me?

  • Stick to education-focused websites.

  • Focus on websites with detailed descriptions of the tool(s).

  • Search for the word "free"


Be Kind to Yourself

Focus on ONE tool at a time, and only two-three to reuse in different ways over a semester. A single tool can have endless applications!

  • Know the tool well before using it with students.

  • Start small and scale up over time with successes.

  • Keep in mind learning new tools can be overwhelming for our students too.

II. Engineering Learning with Penzu | 15 minutes

How did I put these ideas to work?

Penzu allows students to:

  • Organize thoughts.

  • Compose writing on a paper-like digital interface (ruled, margined notepad).

  • Easily insert and respond to images with captions that do not interfere with writing field.

  • Provide publishable URL available or email sharing for reviews.

  • Be assessed and receive feedback through teacher's comments.

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penzu tutorial

Additional Content-specific Examples:

Teacher Planning Example

English Student Example

Heath & PE Student Example

Science Student Example

Social Students Student Example

Performance Arts Student Example

Art Student Example

Math Student Example

Career & Technical Education Student Example

IV. Let's Explore & Reflect | 20 minutes

Take a look at the student examples above, as well as the tool Penzu

IV. Let's Discuss | 10 minutes

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How could the literacy tool Penzu be utilized in your curriculum?

References | Additional Resources

Pinterest| Web Tools for Teachers' Boards

American Association of School Librarians| Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Image Copyright
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