Month: October 2013

Science and Technical Subjects Desk Guides

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Sometimes you just need a hard copy! Attached are Common Core Standard Desk Guides for Science and Technical Subjects 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. All twenty standards are presented in an easy to read two-page format. They are perfect for a quick reference or even to laminate and keep by your desk!

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Ed Tech: Digital Resource Trainers

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Have you met your building’s Digital Resource Trainer (DRT)? They are great resources for everything Web 2.0!

imageThe District’s DRT and CTI teams have been collaborating this fall to help better support teachers with the Idaho Core Standards and educational technology. As part of the ISEE grant, our teams are working to provide resources for 21st Century Learners.

Each month our DRT and CTI team will focus on one technology tool that teachers can use in their classrooms now. In November, DRTs will be showing teachers how to use Google Drive and Google Form to schedule conferences and record contact information.

Is there a Web 2.0 tool that you love? Let your DRT know and it might just make our list for future trainings. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Studies Common Core Desk Guides

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Sometimes you just need a hard copy! Attached are Common Core Standard Desk Guides for Social Studies 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. All twenty standards are presented in an easy to read two-page format. They are perfect for a quick reference or even to laminate and keep by your desk!

Look for the Science/Technical Subjects Desk Guides tomorrow.

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ELA: Informational Book Talks With StoryTown

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Looking for a more intentional way to use your red, green, and blue StoryTown readers? Try an Informational Book Talk!

CardThird grade students in Julie McCoy’s classroom at West Ridge Elementary have been busy  talking about books! Every Monday morning students meet in small groups to read their red, green, and blue StoryTown non-fiction readers before working together to answer comprehension questions. Sounds like a traditional classroom activity, right? But not so. These Informational Book Talks have a twist! Students use the same seven questions based on the Idaho Core Standards to explore each week’s text.

Students examine the text for evidence, use context clues to learn new vocabulary, identify author’s purpose through text features and structures and connect ideas throughout their reading. Students are quickly becoming more and more familiar with new academic language and are able to practice their speaking and listening skills while engaging in group discussions.

Feel free to try the Book Talk Cards in your own small groups or as a whole class. The cards can be printed to 3X5 cards and then laminated for student use. I have only created cards for third grade at the moment, but if you are interested in cards and talking prompts for a different grade level please email me and we can work together to examine the Idaho Core Reading Standards and create grade-level appropriate prompts. I’m also available to model the Book Talk Cards in your classroom or with your grade level team.Jennifer Signature

Ed Tech: QR Codes & Student Writing

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Looking for a way to try out QR Codes? Check out this bulletin board!

QR Bulletin BoardDigital Resource Trainer Jessica Lamb used QR Codes and Show Me to create visual audio recordings of her second graders’ personal narratives. Students were able to publish their work using both traditional and digital methods and anyone with a smart phone or tablet can listen to students sharing their narratives. Stop by Mullan Trail Elementary to see these QR codes at work! Jennifer Signature

Google Forms: A Tool for You

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Looking for a quick data collection tool? How about a way to make a quick assessment, survey, or log? Google forms might be a tool for you!

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What is a Google Form? A Google Form is an easy to use data collection tool that is free from Google. Google forms allows you to easily create a visually appealing user-friendly form in a matter of minutes! After your recipients complete your form, your data is organized into a spreadsheet and digital summary for your review! You can create questions in multiple formats and types as well as sort the data that has been collected!

Uses: You can use Google forms in a variety of ways including: scheduling, small assessments, parent or student data collection, logs, surveys. Your building DRTs will present some ways they can be used your schools soon!

You can start today at https://drive.google.com/‎.

For assistance, contact your building DRT or one of the CTIS (secondary-Kelly West kwest@sd273.com or elementary-Jennifer Olsen jolsen@sd273.com).

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Schoolmaster: Posting Grades

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Today I spent the morning with PFMS posting grades in the new web version of Schoolmaster! Later this week I will be at PFHS and NVHS. If you missed your schools session, attached are all of the how-to forms. As always feel free to e-mail me with questions.

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Post Grades in Schoolmaster-Adding Comments 10 Steps to Post Grades By Editing an Existing Calculation 10 Steps to Post Grades By Creating a New Calculation E-mailing From Schoolmaster