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Putting it Into Words

Words are a powerful thing.  Words allow students to preview, review, and make connections.  This year, through the various activities, Amanda Griffin’s 8th-grade science, social studies, and Advisory Time students have done a lot with words.  Of the many tools they’ve utilized, her students highly recommend  Tagxedo is  a website that can be used to turn words into powerful word images–“word ... Read More »

Kelly Cannon Receives Khan Academy Grant to Purchase Chromebooks

The Morgridge Family Foundation teamed up with Khan Academy to offer a technology grant with the purpose of increasing the access students have to Khan Academy. In order to receive the grant, each applicant needed to be teacher of math or computer programming, have experience using Khan Academy, and have the technology purchased and implemented within 45 days from receiving ... Read More »

Revitalizing Exit Tickets with Digital Tools

If you’re a proficient technology integrator, you know that using technology in lessons for technology’s sake is not effective — when decisions about tech are made in the lesson planning process before decisions about instruction, the outcomes sometimes suffer at the mercy of the tool.  Good lessons should be designed and only augmented with tech tools to improve the instructional ... Read More »

Digging Into the Canvas Guides

Recently, Newton-Conover City Schools adopted Canvas by Instructure as its new Learning Management System.  Canvas is an Open-Source LMS that is designed to consolidate instruction and materials, grading, feedback, due dates, and web tools, all into one place.  Canvas was selected to become a district-wide LMS with the help of a fantastic LMS Selection Team composed of teachers across the district. ... Read More »

Jamie Frye Highlighted in NCDPI Home Base / RttT Biweekly Message

Jamie Frye, NCHS English teacher, was highlighted today by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding his use of Schoolnet assessments in a standards-based classroom.  Read the DPI article below. “The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is collaborating with teachers across the state to share ways our state’s teachers are using Home Base’s Instructional Improvement system, Schoolnet, in their daily ... Read More »

Chief Academic Officer Serves on Digital Learning Plan Advisory

Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, has been selected to serve on the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Plan Human Capacity Advisory as a representative for district and school leaders that have demonstrated progress in transitioning schools to digital learning.  The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, business leaders and other partners from ... Read More »

NCMS Embraces STEM Focus for 2015-16 School Year

Did you know that currently in Catawba County, there are over 3,000 vacant jobs in manufacturing available, but workers are not skilled to fill the positions?  These jobs range anywhere from $14-$28 per hour – that’s $28,000 – $60,000 per year.  Many of these jobs do not require a four-year degree.  Careers have changed, and student needs have changed as ... Read More »

Check out these 36 Digital Formative Assessment Tools

Kathy Dyer shares 36 great digital formative assessment tools for your classroom.  Click here to access her list. Read More »

Read the Fine Print! Tweet Beam Bills Unknowing Professionals

This year, the NCCS instituted the NCCS Tool/App Approval List.  Although the process may have felt overwhelming at times, last week, we received a startling reminder of just why this document and process are so important.  Educational organizations across North Carolina began receiving bills from Tweet Beam last week.  The correspondence from Tweet Beam accused these agencies of using the ... Read More »

Get started with Blended Learning…. TODAY!

I recently attended a Blended Learning Workshop in Wilkesboro, NC. During this session, we explored the pieces and parts of the Blended Learning process. Before I tell you how SIMPLE it is to get Blended Learning started in your classroom, let’s make sure you are clear on the basics of Blended Learning. Blended Learning integrates face-to-face instruction with technology-based learning. There are 6 ... Read More »