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Practicing vocabulary with Flocabulary

Flocabulary is a great way to teach your students the vocabulary that goes with the standards you are teaching. The students listen to a song video that has the vocabulary words. The students then practice with vocabulary cards, read and respond to a passage and take a quiz on the words. The students love it and I can assign them ... Read More »

CheckMark Extension in Google Docs Can Transform Grading

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CheckMark is a new an extension developed to help make it easier for teachers to provide feedback to students in Google Docs. Just add the extension, highlight an area for feedback, and select one of the numerous comments. These comments include common errors such as capitalization, verb tense, rephrasing, and subject/verb agreement. According to Byrne (2017),  “This extension will save teachers ... Read More »

ClassroomScreen – A One Stop Management Tool

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There are many digital tools that help teachers keep their classrooms organized and well-managed.  For example during a single lesson, teachers may want to digitally display a timer, noise monitor, and some written directions on the screen to help students with self-pacing.  Instead of having to resize several different windows which include these different tools, classroomscreen.com allows teachers to open ... Read More »

NEW Seesaw Activities

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If you recently updated the Seesaw app you may have noticed a new feature when you select the add button. This feature is called activities! This feature allows teachers to easily create and share activities for students to complete in Seesaw without dealing with the workarounds such as copy and edit. Seesaw has also provided an activities library that you ... Read More »

Visual Vocabulary with Quizlet Diagrams!

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Quizlet.com is an online tool that provides a variety of ways that students can enhance their vocabulary knowledge for any course.  Recently, Quizlet Live was released and offers students the ability to collaborate and compete in teams while learning vocabulary.  The latest tool Quizlet has to offer is Quizlet Diagrams!  This Quizlet function allows for terms and definitions to now ... Read More »

Flipgrid Fever!

Flipgrid is a video response platform and the PERFECT tool to capture student learning and growth in your classroom. Flipgrid helps students become stronger communicators and involved digital citizens.   Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3!   Create a Grid– A grid is your classroom or community of learners. Name it after your class and set the security settings. Only ... Read More »

Mantra Lingua PENpal Empowers All Students to Verbalize

PENpal student at Conover School

Mrs. Eileen Cangemi and Mrs. Rebecca Schaeffer of Conover School set out to fulfill a goal of providing all students, regardless of their disability, the ability to have access to read and verbalize their wants, needs, likes, dislikes and access the curriculum more innovatively and independently.  Through an Innovative Grant, they were able to obtain a Mantra Lingua PENpal. PENpal ... Read More »

BLOOMZ – A Great Way to Communicate!

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At Shuford Elementary we are reaching more parents by communicating through Bloomz.  During a summer PTO planning session, parents expressed that it was too hard to keep up with all of the different ways teachers were communicating with them.  As a school we discussed and voted on one way that our entire staff would communicate with parents.  We chose Bloomz. ... Read More »

Come Learn about Seesaw on September 26th

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Are you interested in learning more about increasing student accountability in stations, centers, or on independent work?  Would you like to have a tool where your students can create video reflections and portfolios of their work for your class?  We have a session for you!   Shuford Elementary’s own Tech Team member and Seesaw Ambassador Jessica Fitzgerald will be leading a PD session on Seesaw, ... Read More »

Read. Actively Learn

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Do your students need to work on close reading skills or practice being an engaged reader? Check out read.activelylearn.com! When using Actively Learn, students will attain a deeper understanding of a text by establishing meaning, analyzing the text, and applying prior and current knowledge. Teachers activate thinking by modeling close reading, asking higher-order questions, facilitating discussion, and encouraging students to ... Read More »