Distance Learning and MOOCs

Distance learning takes place when a teacher and student are separated by physical location and technology is used to bridge the gap. A MOOC is a course of study that is available over the Internet usually without charge. Below are some distance learning and MOOC resources that you may want to explore. Virtual Virginia – VDOE’s Virtual Virginia program offers […]

Oral Histories

oral histories

Oral histories are recorded interviews that are collected and studied to preserve the interviewee’s experiences and memories. When used as a strategy in a course, the goal of oral history is to “establish, through memory and narrative, what the past means to the present” (Portelli, 2009, p. 21). Students in the Teaching of English course […]

Wearable Technologies (Google Glass)

Student Google Glass

The University of Mary Washington was lucky to be part of the  Google Glass Explorer Program. This program ended on January 15, 2015 and is now moving to its next phase of development. Google Glass is a wearable technology that is similar to your smart phone. It fits on an eye glass frame and has a head mounted […]

Simple Machines (SOL 3.2)

Students working with cubelets

SOL: 3.2: The student will investigate and understand simple machines and their uses. Key concepts include: a)   purpose and function of simple machines; b)   types of simple machines; c)   compound machines; Materials: cubelets, Legos (including, wheel/axle, pulley), 6 simple machine visuals Simple machines are things like the lever, screw, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge, and inclined […]

Wind Tunnel and Motion (SOL 1.2)

Students try out their flying machines in the wind tunnel

SOL 1.2: Students will investigate and understand that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. Key concepts include: a)   objects may have straight, circular, and back-and-forth motions; c)   pushes or pulls can change the movement of an object. This lesson plan is very inquiry based. There is no “right” or “wrong” way for the kids […]

Electrical Energy: Light and Motion (SOL 4.3)

Sample visual

SOL: 4.3 Students will investigate and understand the characteristics of electricity. Key concepts include: d) the ability of electrical energy to be transformed into light and motion, and to produce heat. Materials:  cubelets, visual examples Procedure: Review with each student which cubelet (of the three colors) is the power source. If students are unclear, re-explain […]

Basic Circuits with Cubelets (SOL 4.3)

Students learn about cubelets and circuits

SOL 4.3:The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of electricity. Key concepts include: b) basic circuits Materials: Cubelets, charged cubelet batteries, white boxes, cubelets manual Procedure: Teachers provide examples of circuits. Students try and guess first. Teachers explain that every time they flip a switch or turn something on, that is starting a circuit. Teachers […]

Shadows with Legos (SOL K8)

Standard of Learning (SOL) K8 The students will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object Target Key concepts include: b) shadows can be produced by blocking artificial light sources Materials:  Legos, paper, flashlight, pencils/crayons Procedure: Teachers begin by describing what shadows are and ask students about what they know […]



A text-set is a collection of multiple texts focusing on one curricular concept, theme, or topic. Text-sets typically include multiple genres and media, including but not limited to books, charts, maps, Web pages, Weblogs, informational pamphlets, songs, photographs, and encyclopedias. Below are multi genre text-sets developed by students in EDUC 311, Literature & the Arts course: Immigration: Grade […]

Creating Math Stories with iPads

Title Creating Math Stories with iPads  by Sharee Cloud Standards of Learning (SOL) – expectations for student learning and achievement Virginia SOL:Math: 1.1, 1.4, 1.8; Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 NETS*S: Standard 1a, 1b, Learning Objectives The student will The students will create unique number sentences with two addends. The students will solve individually created number sentences with sums […]