CURRICULUMbytes Issue 4

"Providing easy-to-use resources for your classroom"

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Website Spotlight

iPad Apps for School

Created by writer, researcher, speaker and former social studies and language arts teacher Richard Byrne, iPad Apps for School was created to offer practicing teachers an incredible array of apps for use in your classroom. You can subscribe to the website for ongoing updates, visit the archives for historical posts and even offer suggestions for his site. Click here to visit the site.

Additionally, his blog, Free Technology for Teachers, hosts an expanded library of technology integration practices, applications, articles and guides to help you become a leader in transforming your classroom. Click here for access to his blog.

pH Changes Induced by Carbon Dioxide

Students in Mr. Gonczarow's science class are learning through discovery as they study the impact that carbon has on our atmosphere and water. Using their iPads and recently purchased Lab Quest devices, students record, tabulate, graph and submit data gathered during the experiments.

App of the Week

Skaffl - Classroom Workflow

Skaffl is a free iPad app designed to help you distribute, collect, and grade assignments. In the app you can create classrooms that your students join through a class code and then distribute assignments and hand-outs to your students. Assignments can be created in the app or you can attach items created outside of the Skafll app. Your students can submit work through the app and then you can grade your students’ assignments directly within the app. Assignments that aren’t going to be graded (a rough draft of an essay, for example) can be annotated by you to provide students with feedback. This app could be a good solution for teachers who want a simple way to distribute and collect assignments without wading through a myriad of extra features that they won’t use. You can download the app from iTunes.

Did You Know

Richard Byrne also hosts a "Practical EdTech" site (from that includes his PD webinars for teachers - everything from creating Jeopardy-style games in Google sheets to using Remind (formerly Remind 101) to send text messages to your students and their parents. The archive on his page has hundreds of informational videos to inform instructional practice. (NOTE: It appears that the majority of his videos center on using Google applications in the classroom, so you would need to sign up for a free Google account.) Click here to access the many resources on that page.
"The Bully Project" Documentary

A must-see, tragic but enlightening look at bullying in America's schools.

Additional Resources

Tech PD - Flipping the Classroom with Sarah Margeson

Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 3:30pm

6425 U.S. 231

Crawfordsville, IN

HS Library

Tech PD - PowerSchool with Amber King

Thursday, Jan. 8th 2015 at 3:30pm

6425 U.S. 231

Crawfordsville, IN

HS Library Lab

Tech PD - Twitter Chat with Dr. Greiner and Anne Lesko

Tuesday, Jan. 13th 2015 at 3:30pm

6425 U.S. 231

Crawfordsville, IN

HS Library

mClass Reading 3D MOY Assessment

Wednesday, Jan. 7th 2015 at 8am to Wednesday, Feb. 4th 2015 at 3pm

This is an online event.

Grades K-2

SRI Assessment #2

Monday, Jan. 12th 2015 at 8am to Friday, Jan. 30th 2015 at 3pm

This is an online event.

Grades 7-12