Weekly Buzz

What's buzzing at Franklin in tech this week

Classroom Spotlight

Mystery Hangout at Sandycreek

On Tuesday the 25th, it was Amanda Hess and her kindergarten students turn to participate in a Mystery Skype with our new kindergarten friends from Northfield Community School in Northfield, New Jersey. Amanda's students had a great time asking and answering questions to try and figure out where our friends were located. Amanda's students guessed the state name quickly because one of them had been to Atlantic City before and remembered that it was in New Jersey. Great job detectives! Mystery solved! Thanks once again to Kevin Jarrett for organizing this great opportunity year after year! Kevin is a K-5 computer technology teacher at Northfield Community School. We are always looking for opportunities to connect our students. If you are interested in connecting your students with Kevin's through a Google Hangout, please just ask and we will make it happen!

Shifting to Flipped Instruction

There is still LOTS of space left if you would like to attend the Flip Your Instruction - Make it Happen meeting being held on Wednesday, April 2 at the middle school after student dismissal. Please RSVP using the space below.

Flip Your Instruction - Make It Happen

Wednesday, April 2nd, 3:30pm

246 Pone Ln

Franklin, PA

This will be the first meeting of Franklin's pioneer flipping instruction group. Meeting will be held at the middle school immediately following student dismissal.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Classroom Collaboration

If you have an activity planned, would like assistance with one, or would like some ideas, please feel free to contact me using the Tech Training Form, emailing me at zacherle@fasd.k12.pa.us or calling me at 432-2121 ext. 142. I would love to hear from you!

What We Learned

Major CCSS News for Khan Academy

Over the last few years, Sal Khan’s free Khan Academy website has become a go-to resource for teaching and learning math skills. During the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs, Calif., on March 22, Khan announced a major expansion of the website that will help prepare students for Common Core math testing. “While the standards may be common, we know that students are not—they each have their own learning journey,” Khan said. “This is why we are committed to personalized learning that lets students practice what they most need help on, at their own pace, at absolutely no cost.” Khan Academy now includes thousands of new, interactive math problems fully aligned to every Common Core math standard in grades K-12. Created and reviewed by 40 math educators, these exercises focus on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and real-world applications of math. Khan Academy users can search for exercises that address each strand within the standards by grade level. Every single problem for every single standard is accompanied by a step-by-step solution created specifically for that problem. What’s more, Khan unveiled new grade-level “missions” aligned with the Common Core, to help students work through these exercises at their own pace. Each student will get his or her own learning dashboard that uses state-of-the-art, adaptive software to identify learning gaps and show progress. Students also will receive badges, energy points, and avatars as they complete each mission. To make sure the materials are rigorous and fully aligned to the Common Core, Khan enlisted the help of several organizations involved in the design and assessment of the new standards, including Illustrative Mathematics and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. “Khan Academy has helped to make the Common Core math standards come to life in my classroom,” said Shelby Harris, a seventh grade teacher in Kuna, Idaho, who piloted the new content, in a press release. “It is my go-to resource when lesson planning, and my students are more prepared than ever.” To help teachers prepare their students for the Common Core, Khan Academy is offering several new teacher resources as well, Khan said. For example, teachers can use a new Common Core Map to quickly find math exercises by standard and assign them to students. They also can use real-time reports to track each student’s progress toward meeting the Common Core standards at any time throughout the year and identify which students might need more attention.

Looking Ahead

Check for updates each week so that you don't miss out!


On Saturday, April 5 edcampPGH is happening from approximately 8:30am - 5:00ish at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh. edcampPHG is a form of unconfence designed specifically for teachers and their needs. What makes edcampPGH an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, edcampPGH has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in the front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don't have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people want to talk about. Check out more details at the edcampPGH site by clicking here. I am definitely going to this FREE and LAID BACK event. If you want to join me, let me know and we can ride down together.

Upcoming PD Webinars

Twitter Chat of the Month

Participating in Twitter chats is a great way to build up your PLN (Professional Learning Network). Create an account and start building! The chat I am highlighting this month can be found under #flipclass . On Monday nights teachers and administrators gather for #flipclass at 8pm Eastern Standard Time. This chat lasts until 9pm. Exchange ideas, resources and best practices with enthusiastic educators participating in the flipped classroom movement. At the time and date, go to Twitter and search for #flipclass. The fun part is developing virtual friendships with folks from all over the globe.

CCSS Resources

PD Pad

There are so many great resources out there, it is difficult to narrow it down to three each week. In a way to get you as many resources as possible, I have created a website to send new resources to daily. If you would like to receive these new resources to support your needs in the classroom, please go to the the site and sign up for updates to be sent directly to your email. You will only receive a daily email if I bookmark a new resource. No new resource, no email for you. I highly recommend that you sign up to receive the latest and greatest resources! Visit the PD Pad and sign up today!

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