Evaluation & Assessment Newsletter Feb 2016 Issue 2

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Professional Learning

2/23 - Increasing Student Engagement

3/1 - Teacher Workday (No PL)

3/8 - Protocols

3/15 - Parent Conference Week (No PL)

**Register in PDExpress for PL116246 to receive credit if you attended the 2/2/16 PL on SLDS. The registration window will close on this Friday 2/26.

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Additional Professional Learning Opportunity

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) - Registration will take place soon. This is your last chance to attend....don't miss out!

Let me know if you are interested.


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New Mission Statement for HJMS

If you have not voted for the new mission statement for HJMS, please do so using the link below. Polls will close on Friday, 2/26. https://poll.fm/5jbq8
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Digital Differentiation!

I participated in an online chat via Education Week (www.edweek.org) titled "Bringing Digital Differentiation to All Subjects."

Summary: Two experts offer advice on how educators in different subjects can get the most out of the digital tools and curricula.

Focus: Getting teachers to recognize technology is not the focus, but teaching and using technology as a tool is the focus. How the technology is used is important. Choose and become familiar with a few that offer ease of accessibility, scaffolding, and meet the learning objectives.

Several apps and websites, mostly SS and ELA, were presented that can be used to differentiate content, process, and product. IF YOU HAVE ANY YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE DO!


Newsela - an innovative way to build reading comprehension. Offer the same content to students at different Lexile levels.

http://www.newseum.org/ - An interactive museum of news and journalism. This is a physical location in D.C., but there are lots of resources on-line.

DOCS Teach - also an app for iPad. Thousands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives.

Library of Congress - offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

http://ushistoryeducatorblog.blogspot.com/ - a webpage written by high school teachers for those who teach US History. Online content and technology you can use in the classroom.

http://usgovteducatorsblog.blogspot.com/ - a webpage written by high school teachers for those who teach US and comparative government. Online content and technology you can use in the classroom.

http://economicsteachersblog.blogspot.com/ - created by two high school teachers of economics to help ourselves and other similar content teachers teach both the content and integrate technology into the classroom.

http://worldhistoryeducatorsblog.blogspot.com/ - webpage written by high school teachers for those who teach world history and want to find online content as well as technology that you can use in the classroom.


Curriculet: Curriculet revolutionizes how teachers create, assign, and track literacy curriculum. Traditionally, preparing curriculum for an entire novel and getting it into the hands of your students would take hours or even days. Curriculet cuts this process down to minutes. With five simple clicks of the mouse, students can have an e-book with a layer of Common Core aligned questions, quizzes, videos, images, and text annotations in their hands.

Explain Everything - Explain Everything is a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard app being used by over 2 million students, teachers, leaders, and learners around the world. Engage and get inspired. Watch other people's explanations, videos, and projects made in Explain Everything

Notability - Combine handwriting, photos and typing to bring your projects to life.

iMovie and iBook Author - iBooks Author is a free download from the Mac App Store, designed to be as approachable as a word processor–giving anyone with a yen to publish an interactive book the same tool used by major publishers of textbooks and other titles.