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Math: Practice 9.1 Writing:  Research project for science Reading:  Finish Josh McQuire and the packet Vocabulary:  "Photo"
Posted by dlawson  On Feb 04, 2020 at 5:05 PM 902 Comments
Posted by Guest  On Dec 17, 2019 at 8:01 PM
Why Blog? According to Prosser, with the right topic, blogging can motivate students to care more about their writing. Students will be able to practice content in addition to writing and conversation skills with the benefit of an authentic audience. Sample blog posts: The best part? Students can exercise their creative talents and communicate like professionals do-- with multimedia-- and digital citizenship skills covered also. embedded tutorial video about adding images by Amy Prosser Chapter Highlights: Blogs can be about any topic, but usually highlights one focus or passion. Show students that writing can be for a job or just for fun. Doesn't have to be a "dreaded" assignment! Let them "revel in the astounding things we can create." Blogs are a way to showcase student work and have major flexibility in the classroom. Ideas: Scientific journals, experiment logs, book reviews, campaign efforts, fictional characters, and more. Plan: It's OK to start small, figure out the scope first, provide lots of opportunities for choice, set timers during the design phase. Tips: Don't make your blog post a "glorified text message!" Never make the audience have to do extra work to figure out what your posts say. Be succinct. Be specific with feedback and comments, ask questions, tag with #grammarpolice Remember the goal is to help everyone become a better writer. Grading considerations: Include both content and grammar/style and/or tech skills (be sure grading on actual skills taught!) as well as proper citations of images and videos. Look for what they are doing that makes them look like they have no technology skills.
Posted by Guest  On Oct 18, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Please post a link to your Doc in the comments below. Be sure to tell us what you think of the tool. Feel free to comment on other people's comments!
Posted by rsmithson  On Sep 10, 2019 at 5:27 PM 7 Comments
Did you explore a new tool that isn't on the original list? Please tell us about it!
Write a few sentences about the sample you created. How do you think you could use this tool with your students? What expectations do you have for your students? What do you need to look out for as the teacher during this assignment?
Posted by rsmithson  On Sep 10, 2019 at 5:25 PM 4 Comments
If you have a Twitter account and have tweeted at some point this school year CONGRATULATIONS!! This counts toward one of your Pit Stop! Please place a link to your Twitter handle in the comments and give us an example of something you tweeted about!
Posted by rsmithson  On Sep 10, 2019 at 5:18 PM 5 Comments

Wow, MAP testing is done and school is almost done. Time to think about summer travels! Or at least about the places we'd like to visit or even learn more about our own place.

 MapMaker Interactive is a hands-on learning site developed by National Geographic to help your visitors embrace geography and understand how people move and interact, how the landscape can shape behavior and social structures, and how the world we live in today came to be.

MapMaker Interactive creates powerful customization tools that educators can mark, label, bookmark, and save maps that are custom-built to match lesson plans. 

Additional features include:

  • Country Facts and Flags: This allows students to absorb basic national facts while also customizing border colors to make a unique, personal map layer.
  • Custom Text, Photos, Videos: Students can use a vast array of markers and shapes to tell stories or display layers of data.
  • Saving Custom Maps: You must provide an email address to save a map and generate a link to edit and share it.
  • Pins, Markers, and Custom Drawings: Maps can be edited and adjusted in a number of ways with self-made labels, markers, lines, boxes, and more.
  • Pre-Made Layers: Want to see the population density of Denmark? A map of big cat territory around the world? An overlay of the African American population in 1960? MapMaker comes with all that and more. You can even adjust the opacity of these layers.

Happy Mapping!

Posted by Guest  On May 22, 2019 at 10:32 AM
Wow, it's the middle of May!
As the school year winds down, most teachers go through some sort of check-out procedure for their physical classrooms, making sure everything is properly organized or put away for the summer. In much the same way, you may want to do some clean-up and close-out steps for your digital classroom ... Google Classroom.
The Control-Alt-Achieve blog, in addition to providing terrific resources for all throughout the school year, has shared some "clean-up tips" for Classroom and Drive, complete with videos and a podcast.
Happy Cleaning!
Posted by Guest  On May 15, 2019 at 3:11 PM
Wow, it's May!
Are your students itching for the end of the year? Have them scratch that itch with a creative coding activity!
Celebrate Scratch Day with CS First
May 11 is Scratch Day, an international day to celebrate coding on Scratch's free, block-based coding platform. Join a community of computer science educators all over the world in completing a CS First activity to celebrate. Share your students’ work on social using #CSFirst and #ScratchDay.

Happy Scratching!

Posted by Guest  On May 08, 2019 at 11:24 AM

Wow, it's almost testing time!

For those who still may have difficulty reading and interpreting graphs and charts, here's a neat thinking activity shared by Alice Keeler.

Each week the New York Times creates an activity for students and teachers using one of the graphs from their newspaper, without including the article. Students are able to participate in a moderated online discussion about the graph framed by the following questions:

• What do you notice?
• What do you wonder?
• What might be going on in this infographic?

On Thursdays, the Times publishes more information about the graph and encourages students to post follow up comments based on what they learned.

They have also published an introductory guide, and info for teachers, which includes a schedule of the posts. They are posted most Wednesdays during the school year.

Bonus: For more WOW, try creating (or having your students create!) your own infographic:

Happy Graphing!

Posted by Guest  On Apr 03, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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