Grade 5 TechSpot Flyer

Tricks & Tools for Immediate Classroom Implementation

Volume I | Issue 4 | 02.05.2015


Create, Engage, and Assess.
With Nearpod it’s easy. Really easy.

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How can matter change?

Click HERE to add "How can matter change?" to your Nearpod library if you already have an account established. If you do not have a Nearpod account, and want to check out an example lesson, click the title below.
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Want more Nearpod lessons?

See below for a lesson dedicated to each of the simple machines. Click the link below each image to be taken to the lesson. If you want to learn more about Nearpod and schedule a time to talk shop, let us know!
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In our experience, Paper Blogging is the most effective tool for initially teaching students about blogging. Students’ first blog posts are done on a piece of paper and hung around the classroom for all to see. The students then use Post-Its to “comment” on each other’s blogs. After the students have completed the activity, conversations about writing a compelling blog post can begin.

Want to give it a try with your students?

Click HERE to find some lesson ideas in introducing blogging to your students with paper blogs. You will need to be logged-in to your CUSD95 Google Drive account to view the document.
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Seesaw: the learning journal

Seesaw is a free iPad app through which students can create a portfolio to document the things they have learned. Students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they've learned, or by shooting a short video to record something they have learned. Students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document.

Seesaw allows parents to create accounts through which they can see the work of their children. As a teacher you can send notifications to parents when their children make a new Seesaw submission.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal in 90 Seconds
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This activity is a great way to let students get creative in their response to a book. It allows you not only to assess student comprehension of the text as a whole, but also their attention to details such as imagery, symbolism and themes. I have also used this activity to familiarize students with using Creative Commons licensed media, helping to promote principled use of material on the Internet and academic honesty.

Want to try book trailers in your classroom?

Click HERE to check out some great lesson ideas including templates and additional resources for your instruction. You'll need to log-in to your Google Drive account to access the document.