See, Think, Wonder – Making Thinking Visible


Oct 18, 2018 | Instructional content | By Ben Berte

Harvard’s Project Zero has created learning routines based on research, helping teachers garner a more thorough thinking process from students. See, Think, Wonder, is one such routine that engages students in visual multimedia such as pictures or videos. This concept can easily be delivered using Socrative: design an image-based quiz focussing...

The 5Ws and H – Questions, Questions, Questions!


Oct 10, 2018 | Instructional content | By Ben Berte

The infamous 5Ws and H have been an integral part of journalism, storytelling, and an uncountable number of TV police dramas (Law and Order being the best, of course). For years this structure has been helping students ask targeted questions as they dig deeper into factual information and uncover truths. In the 21st century, this routine is more...

In Defense of Multiple Choice


Oct 10, 2018 | Instructional content | By Ben Berte

The value of multiple choice in education has been a topic of debate since its invention in the beginning of the 20th century. Initially, the US army constructed this type of assessment as a means for determining intelligence for recruitment (Ramirez, 2013). Provided this social validity, the test quickly spread to education and industry sectors, s...

Create a Virtual Time Capsule with Socrative


Oct 10, 2018 | Instructional content | By Ben Berte

In third grade, my classmates and I brought a wide range of items to school that signified the time in which we were living. There was a black Sony walkman with padded headphones, a GI Joe figure, a Hartford Courant newspaper, a copy of Shel Silverstein's poem "Messy Room" and a video cassette of Goonies. Yes, 1986 was a glorious time. At the end ...

1-2-3 Word Cloud!


Oct 10, 2018 | Instructional content | By Ben Berte

Word Clouds (‘wordle’ to most) can be a dynamic tool for visualizing text and for presenting a group's thinking. They are AMAZING! While planning for the Future of Learning Conference at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, I wanted to capture and share our participants' views on "What are the key features of 21st Century Learning?" At firs...