Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Ideas for a New Year ~ introducing PIXANOTES!




Teaching Middle School sometimes means that you have to think out of the box in order to get the results of which you know your students are capable. 

So when I was confronted with the fact that my students seemingly couldn't remember things we learned from one day to the next, I began to research how to improve their memory skills.  What I discovered was that our brains are primarily IMAGE processors rather than word processors!


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So that got me thinking...how can I harness the power of visuals?  That's when Pixanotes was born!

Pixanotes is a modified form of Cornell notes with fill-in-the-blanks for content on the right-hand side of the page and pictures to illustrate key ideas to be placed on the left.

The pictures are on cut-out flaps so that students have to place them next to the correct content and can later write signal questions underneath.



However, this is just one of four versions that Pixanotes has to offer so that you can differentiate with various levels of structure to suit your students.

★ Pre-printed Pictures and no blanks (highest level of structure)
★No pre-printed pictures and no blanks (moderate level of structure)
★ Pre-printed pictures with blanks (moderate level of structure)

★ No pre-printed pictures with blanks (lowest level of structure)






Another new idea for the New Year is DIGITAL Pixanotes. 
Students can interact with the content using any device that can connect to Google.  This allows students to click and drag pictures into the correct positions as well as words to the correct blanks.  Digital Pixanotes also come in several formats to help you differentiate.  

I think digital is the ultimate way to go for differentiation because you can assign each person their own page and no one will be the wiser as to who is doing what because everyone will be looking at their own screen.  Plus you could sit students strategically so that students who have the same assignment can work together.  

Any way you go, digital resources set up your students for the 21st Century!



Right now this is offered at a very low introductory price here just until tonight so you can see if Digital Pixanotes would work for you. 

Imagine all the possibilities that images can create!






3 comments:

  1. LOVE these! Especially the digital ones!

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