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Free Code.org Summer Workshops for Teachers

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STEM West and NCCET are hosting TWO Code.org summer workshops! Choose the date below and register for this free 3-hour training by the wonderful Dr. Sharon Jones in CS Fundamentals. Training is open to K-12 teachers, scout leaders, after-school providers, librarians, etc. July 17th: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1973/enroll July 31st: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1974/enroll Read More »

Innovative Resources within DESMOS and GEOGEBRA

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No matter the name – Learning Labs, Stations, Centers, etc. – these collaborative, and quite often kinetic, learning opportunities provide students exciting variation for learning opportunities. Many folks already use Desmos and Geogebra as powerful online calculators, however, an even greater component of these two resources lies within the classroom activities built on both websites: DESMOS CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES  and  GeoGebra. ... Read More »

Is this movie appropriate for my child? Turn to Common Sense Media

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Today, kids can watch movies or videos anytime from their phones.  With platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, new content is constantly available.  If you, as a parent, or an educator, are concerned about whether or not content is appropriate for your child or students, consult Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media gets to the heart of what parents ... Read More »

PicCollage for the Littles

PicCollage is a creation app that is used frequently in my Kindergarten classroom. I feel it is important to give our children a voice and choice in their education. PicCollage allows me to do just that. After a short lesson with all of my kiddos, they were PicCollage Pros! PicCollage allows you to import photos from your Camera Roll. Students ... Read More »

Haiku Deck Allows Fast and Friendly Way To Build Presentations

Haiku Deck (from the makers of Padlet) bring a presentation tool to teachers and students.  Their format is one that attempts to make gorgeous presentations very quickly.  With Haiku Deck it’s possible to avoid a lot of the typical formatting issues and “clipart-quality” images.  In fact, a subscription includes over 40 million royalty-free images.  It works with iPad, iPhone, Chromebooks ... Read More »

Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet

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NCDPI is offering a free MOOClet to interested educators.  Check out some quick facts below! 6 Weeks (20 hours)course Credits:  2 CEUs Maximum registration: 250 Minimum registration 100 Please note that this participant-driven course is structured for active, collaborative learners who are self-driven, motivated, flexible and enjoy sharing information and resources. Description: Course focuses on using digital tools and strategies ... Read More »

Digital Readworks

Readworks has now created lexile leveled passages for students to read and complete questions. These passages are common core based and you can select, then assign passages for the student to complete digitally. The students are engaged and love reading about different topics. Check out digital.readworks.org. Read More »

Assistive Technology Provides Support for ALL Students

Assistive technology supports all students.

            Do you have a student in your classroom who needs some additional supports to be successful? The use of assistive technology (AT) may be an easy way to meet that need. IDEA defines assistive technology as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that ... Read More »

Google Doc Tip – You will want to check this out!

Watch this quick video clip of how to add a customized background behind any Google doc you create while using Google Chrome.  Add a picture of a beautiful tree, landscape, your pet, etc. so you no longer have to look at the plain screen behind each sheet while you are working in Google Docs.  You will utilize the Google Chrome ... Read More »

Seesaw – Student Driven Student Portfolios

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My first grade students at Shuford love using Seesaw in the classroom!  Seesaw is a great tool for students, teachers and parents. It is also very user friendly!  Seesaw allows students to independently document their learning.  Teachers can easily view student work and give feedback and parents can sign up  to see their child’s work and videos!  My parents are ... Read More »