All posts by Aly Rumberger

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist who is passionate about digital citizenship, multimodal literacies, and exploring school library media centers as instructional spaces. I'm thrilled to be part of such an innovative district that is working to support students in becoming global and equity-minded young citizens. You can reach me at: rumbergera@issaquah.wednet.edu and (425) 837-7138.

Common Sense Education’s Professional Development Library

Common Sense Education is known for their extensive resources for classroom teachers, but did you know that it also has an entire professional development side? Included in this bank of resources are short educator videos, longer webinars, a professional development blog, and case studies of districts that have found success with Common Sense Education. Offering ...

Do You Widget?

Classroom Screen is a simple, accessible, and (hopefully) useful tool to keep in your back pocket. It is a website where you can have all of your widgets on one screen and manipulate them with ease. You don’t need an account, login, or anything other than a browser to use Classroom Screen. One downside is ...

Differentiating Instruction & Feedback through Classkick

Classkick allows students to receive work, complete, and turn in assignments completely online. Using the free app, students work at their own pace and get help instantly without interrupting the flow or having students wait for the teacher to assist them. Students access the Classkick assignments through a simple code. One elementary teacher who uses ...

Common Sense Education Celebrates Media Literacy Week

This week is Media Literacy Week! One of our core tools, Common Sense Education, has always has equipped educators with the tools that they need to support students in understanding how to navigate the digital world. As such, Common Sense Education has information and resources for teachers on how to teach media literacy effectively. They’ve published ...

It’s Media Literacy Week!

November 5th-9th is dedicated to highlighting the importance of media literacy. Organized by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the week is designed to coordinate events across the country to bring awareness to the importance of media literacy education. What is media literacy? Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate ...

Flipgrid: Technology & the Writing Workshop

Last week, new elementary teachers attended a writing professional development day with Matt Glover as part of an ongoing residency within ISD. As with most professional development days, important learning occurred, as well as conversations about how this learning could be extended. How can we build on our experiences in meaningful ways, even between professional ...

Technology as an Access Point for ELL Students

Common Sense Education continues to be a key resource in teaching digital citizenship to students (our focus throughout October), but did you know that the resources it offers are more comprehensive than that? As we move into November at the end of next week, we transition our focus from “Digital Citizenship” to “Creative Communicator” – ...

It’s Digital Citizenship Week!

This is a perfect opportunity to reinvigorate and celebrate your school’s commitment to digital citizenship in an increasingly online world. As technology continues to be fully integrated into the lives of our students (both inside and outside of school), equipping them with the tools to be confident, safe, and respectful online is more important than ...

Classkick: Giving Feedback in Real Time

Classkick is an app that shows teachers what students are doing in real time, allowing them to receive help instantly and for teachers to offer immediate support to students. Within Classkick, there are also options to share assignments with your team – making collaboration a breeze. What is Classkick? In Classkick, you can view your ...

Common Sense Education & Digital Citizenship

One of Issaquah School District’s core tools, Common Sense Education, is being continually developed in efforts to address the growing presence of social media and news media in the lives of students. One of the new priorities of Common Sense Education is to help students understand that they are not just responsible for themselves online, ...