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.

Informational Research: A Curated Approach with Padlet and Book Creator

Are you looking for a simple way to curate research materials for your students and scaffold the process of independent research? Using Padlet to Organize Informational Text Resources Consider using Padlet as a tool to organize resources for your students. By linking to informational databases, videos, articles, and other resources, Padlet offers the right balance ...

Celebrate Hour of Code

It’s Computer Science Education Week! This movement, especially the Hour of Code Event, is a way to introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and engaging way. What is Hour of Code? Check out this introductory video for more information: Computational thinking integrates well with social-emotional learning and skills such as problem-solving, ...

The Ed Tech Library is Back!

After a brief hiatus, the Ed Tech Library is ready to lend out innovative tools to our teachers! The district’s Instructional Technology Specialists are available to support teachers in the classroom, from planning to implementation. Breakout EDU kits, Ozobots, Makey Makey, and BlueBots are available for teachers to check-out one week at a time and include ...

Teach Digital Citizenship Creatively

Looking for an engaging way to teach your elementary students about digital citizenship? Look no further! Our friends at Common Sense Education have created three digital books on Book Creator’s platform that brings their curriculum to life. These books can be viewed online by clicking here! No account required. Read on for information about how ...

Optimizing your Clever Teacher Page

As we kick off the new school year, teachers are busy creating classroom communities, as well as organizing and orienting students to both their physical space and their digital space. Clever is one key aspect of our digital spaces, helping students and families find the resources and information that they need quickly and efficiently.   Below are ...

Access to Books and Learning During Hybrid and Remote Learning: Highlighting our Teacher-Librarians

As School Library Month draws to a close, it’s an opportune time to highlight the behind-the-scenes work that our teacher-librarians have been doing to ensure that students have access to books and literacy experiences, despite distanced learning. Learn more about School Library Month here. Curbside checkout (or an “outside library”) is a term that our Issaquah teacher-librarians have coined for the process of ...

Celebrate School Library Month!

“The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors…” – Libba Bray A talented librarian serves as a cornerstone of ...

Adding Multiple Voice Files to Seesaw: A Powerful Student Support

As educators, we know the power of including audio and visual scaffolds for students. Seesaw is one of our core tools that makes this process simple. As many teachers have found, there is the ability to record captions on a Seesaw canvas page (appears at the bottom of the page), as well as record an audio file ...

Virtual Field Trips with Flipgrid

Are you looking to liven up your virtual teaching with different experiences? Consider integrating virtual field trips into your instruction, with the possibility for students to respond, collaborate, and wonder. Flipgrid has you covered! Why Flipgrid for Virtual Field Trips? Many of the topics compile various links, information, and videos so that you don’t need ...

Seesaw Updates, Oh My!

Teachers have spoken, and Seesaw has listened – get excited for some great updates! These features require a Seesaw app update (if you are using the app) for both students and families. If you are using the browser version, these features will be automatically updated and you are likely able to see them already. So… ...