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 Review of Apps

In a sea of apps and resources, Common Sense has led the way in curating and recommending different electronic resources for use in classrooms and outside of school. One of the wonderful things about technology is that it is constantly evolving. This can also be daunting, and at times, scary. In the spirit of being ...

Exploring Classkick’s Assignment Library

In addition to providing interesting templates for teachers to use in designing many different assignments/tasks, Classkick has an Assignment Library where other teachers have uploaded sample assignments (if you’re familiar with Seesaw, it functions similarly to the “activity library”). This is an amazing resource if you are looking for templates, assignments that already match your ...

Common Sense Education: A Curation of Digital Resources

Do you want to integrate more technology into your teaching, but aren’t sure where to find new resources? Common Sense, an incredible resource for teaching digital citizenship, also supports teachers in finding quality digital resources to support curriculum across content areas. In a “top picks” section, Common Sense outlines curated lists of instructional tech tools. ...

Teacher Feature: Classkick with Michelle Moon’s Class

For our first “teacher feature” of this school year, I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Moon’s fourth grade class at Discovery Elementary to see how her students are using Classkick to demonstrate their mathematical thinking! In math workshop, students are in three differentiated stations: one group works on Classkick/Zearn using iPads independently, a second ...

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 ...