Previously, we have highlighted our Course Outline tool, and the lesson plans. This blog will concentrate on E-units, PowerPoints and additional files.
We previously operated as an agricultural education textbook publisher started in 1932. When we created MYcaert.com we saw a need for digitized student texts which allow for easy updating. We went a step further and divided our digital texts into short, distinct content units we call E-units. Each lesson plan is accompanied by at least one E-unit of six to eight pages in PDF. When you create a course outline, you also create a customized digital textbook for your students.
In every E-unit the reader will find:
Along with the E-unit, each lesson contains a PowerPoint file that can be edited for your classroom presentation format, or assigned directly to students. The content-centered PowerPoints were created by teacher request, with the intent to assign directly to students who missed class.
MyCommunity offers a vehicle for MYcaert users to share useful supplementary materials. You are able to upload documents to share or download materials other teachers prepared. For more information, read this blog or click on the MyCommunity Tab.
The E-units, checking your knowledge questions, PowerPoints, and other materials can be assigned to students. Read this blog on how to assign materials in MYcaert. The materials can also be assigned via Google classroom, or other digital formats that are password protected.
Previously, the Course Outlines feature was highlighted. Today’s blog will focus on the lesson plans.
Each lesson plan has been written by a practicing teacher in the designated content area. The lesson plans have then been aligned to national academic standards, and some state content standards.
A lesson plan is downloaded in PDF format, where specific parts may be printed for teacher use. To view the lesson plan, click on the red title of the lesson. To download to your computer, click on the grey arrow right of the title.
Common best practices of applying the lesson plan are:
1) Content and background knowledge
2) Utilizing the Sample Test and Labs, and Assigning to Students
3) Utilizing the Visuals
4) Adding to My Community
5) Standards Alignment
1) Content and Background Knowledge- The lesson plans are content centered to ensure you have the depth of knowledge needed for the activities. Technical terms are highlighted to guarantee clear definitions.
2) Utilizing the Sample Test and Labs, and Assigning to Students- The sample test is a favorite feature in MYcaert. It can be printed on paper, or filed electronically and assigned through MyFiles in MYcaert, or through Google Classroom. We find teachers use this in a variety of ways - as a test, as a review for a test, or as a worksheet - saving them valuable preparation time. At the end of each lesson plan, a hands-on application is provided, and may contain more than one. Teachers utilize these similarly to the sample test.
3) Utilizing the visuals- The visuals make for great handouts or note aides. They can be printed, and edited to fit your needs. For example, if using an identification visual, you may remove the names of the body parts, and guide students in note-taking.
4) Adding to My Community - Teachers may create or add additional items valuable to the lesson with My Community. Be sure to review and make the items your own. If you have an activity or handout to add, please do. Be sure it is not copyrighted. Check out a previous blog on My Community.
5) Standards Alignment- Each lesson plan is aligned to national academic and AFNR standards. Certain states have lessons aligned to state standards or pathways. MYcaert.com provides you the option to print out those standards you teach. Check out a previous blog on Standards Alignment.