Instructional Technology Newsletter

Newsletter Volume I Issue II (5-8)

Compass + STAR Integration

Renaissance Learning™ and Compass Learning® have joined forces to automate the process of creating differentiated learning paths. We are excited about the ability to now link individual assessment results to digital learning solutions.


Renaissance Learning™ STAR™ assessments and Compass Learning pinpoint each student’s areas of need and automatically generate an individualized learning path to facilitate personalized learning. The Compass Learning/Renaissance Learning partnership leverages a “test translator” to feed STAR assessment data directly into the Compass Learning management system, where it is automatically translated into scale score-aligned personalized learning paths to help students bridge gaps and make faster progress towards mastery of standards-aligned objectives.


At the end of the FSSD benchmark period, the Renaissance Learning™ STAR™ scores will automatically be transferred to Compass using the test translator, creating your students' learning paths. This is an outstanding opportunity to provide differentiated practice for your students! Any current assignments will remain.
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Middle School Spotlight

Our spotlight this quarter features our new McGraw-Hill Social Studies digital text in action. Sixth graders in Krista Helton's Social Studies class are benefitting from the interactive features provided in this resource. Students are accessing digital assignments, using the interactive atlas, and viewing video clips specifically for individual lessons. Students simply login with the same username and password: FSSD + their student ID number (Ex: FSSD1234567). The textbook is available anywhere with internet access at this website:http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do There is also a McGraw-Hill app for iPads or tablets making it available if internet access is not available.

EXCITING WEB RESOURCES

Visit the live binder link to view web resources which will provide engaging and interactive tools for lessons in your classroom. Included in the resources you will find options for using formative assessments, blogging, class websites, animations and more.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1591027

Discovery Education

Involve your students and parents in everyday science activities, including virtual labs, videos, innovation exploration, and fun science experiments. Check out the link below and share with your students and families.

http://scienceofeverydaylife.discoveryeducation.com/students/?campaign=com_sspt_soel

Professional Learning at your Leisure

View the following archived webinar from Discovery Education highlighting the use of Discovery Education Board Builder.

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Events/view/?eventGuid=F89A2260-0F33-47D1-B135-F85387C3D708