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Happy Fall Everyone!
Fall can also be a time during which you have to push yourself a little harder as we really get into the crux of the school year and its responsibilities. If you don't feel like you have the same pizzazz that you did the first few days of school, I would like to take a moment to encourage you "FALL Back In Love with Teaching." Although the theme of her article revolves around Valentine's Day, the subject matter is very fitting for any time of the year. Read these encouraging words from the 2009 NC Teacher of the Year and National TOY finalist, Cindi Rigsee: Click here to read "Fall Back in Love with Teaching".
Keep up the Great Work!
Your colleagues have some great ideas and as always, I am more than willing to help you transform those lessons. Together, we can!
Web 2.0 and Tablet Tidbits
LearnZillion app is here!
Students should now all have access to the LearnZillion app on their tablets. LearnZillion is an open, cloud-based curriculum available online. It's free to sign up for teachers and students. Students will need to sign up for an account to access the services.
There are quite a few great CCSS-aligned resources you can tap into with LearnZillion's free tier of services such as:
- Math lessons (grades 2-12)
- Close reading lessons--informational and literary (grades 2-12)
- Writing lessons (grades 3-12)
If your school has purchased the premium tier, you are also able to:
- Further customize lessons for your students
- Integrate fully with LMS's such as Canvas and Edmodo
- Capture data from ready-made performance tasks
It's a great resource for foundational teaching and learning. Kiser Tigers will receive their student account information very soon.
If you already use this tool check out their NEW FEATURES here!
Hidden Gems of the Tablet: Getting the Most Out of your Tablet
Did you know that through Browser, there is a way to save webpages for offline reading?
This information and more was shared in presentation that I've had the chance to share with some of you. It covers nothing brand new about the tablets, but it does go deeper into some of functions of commonly used apps.
Click here to view the pdf version of the presentation and feel free to save it for reference. As always, please let me know if you have questions or need clarification.
App Requests vs. Shortcut Apps
Shortcut Apps: If you frequently use a website as a grade level (i.e. Ten Mark, Think Through Math, NewsELA), those websites can be turned into a shortcut app! This saves time and errors from typing in lengthy web addresses. Think of this as your browser's favorites. If there is a tool that is used on a wide-spread bases, please email me the weblink so we can add it to the student tablets. Web 2.0 tools do not need to go the app approval process.