Welcome to the Exemplary Digital Teaching Archive!

Dinosaur Hunting in the First Grade

First graders learn to make hypotheses and document claims as they search for the identities of mystery dinosaurs.

Mini-Lesson: Collaborative Writing with Google Docs

Fifth graders and their teachers explore Google Docs' capacity to facilitate collaborative writing.

Guided Reading: Using GarageBand to Work on Fluency

Second grade teacher Kelly Parks and her students use GarageBand to improve reading fluency.

Multi-Genre 'Zines

Fifth graders combine digital and natural resources to create multi-genre 'zines as field guides that promote the preservation and restoration of the natural environment surrounding their school.

Into the Woods with First and Second Grade Scientists

First and second graders create podcasts and photo slideshows to document changes to the woods surrounding their school over three seasons.

Thinking History with the Support of Technology, 7th - 8th Grade

Seventh and eighth graders create alternate history game boards as one part of building multi-genre websites that document their research into turning points in American history.

Integrated Technology Use in a Project Based 5th - 6th Grade Curriculum

History, art, architecture and writing are brought together as these fifth and sixth graders showcase their research in an ancient history museum.

Envisioning Contemporary Education: An Interview with Principal Donnan Stoicovy

Principal Donnan Stoicovy describes the role of digital technology in supporting collaboration, deep thinking and initiative in student learning.

About

The Exemplary Digital Teaching Archive is a collection of videos, student work, commentary featuring kindergarten through eighth grade teachers and their students engaged in innovative, project-based teaching and learning facilitated by digital technology.

Closely related to the College's one-to-one notebook computing initiative, the videos were created to support pre-service and graduate teachers in learning to facilitate meaningful, project-based teaching and learning using powerful modern digital tools. As will be clear in the videos, project-based learning invites students to engage as researchers and critical thinkers to pursue answers to significant questions. Students use digital tools as support in their research, to organize and conceptualize their thinking, and to produce integrated and interdisciplinary presentations designed to demonstrate their knowledge.

The Exemplary Digital Teaching Archive was created through a collaborative effort undertaken by faculty in the College of Education at Penn State University and teachers and students in the State College Area School District. The project was funded by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the College of Education. We received significant technical support from Penn State's Educational Technology Services and WPSU.

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