All posts by Valerie Buck

Valerie is an Instructional Technology Specialist in a public-school system with 10 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school classrooms. Teaching middle school math earned her Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator in 2014. Today she provides professional development to teachers with an emphasis on ISTE EdTech standards, digital citizenship, and computational thinking that is integrated into core curriculum. Contact her at buckv@issaquah.wednet.edu

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PD Opportunity: Reimagine Your Course Online

Issaquah School District’s secondary Science, ELA, and GLAD Specialists have collaborated on a summer PD opportunity for teachers who would like to dig into best-practices for putting course materials into an online platform. Are you: wondering how to cultivate a sense of community in a remote setting? pondering ways to make online learning more engaging? ...

Your Clever Teacher Page

Clever is the one-stop-shop for our elementary students to access apps and programs used in their classrooms. Customizing your Teacher Page will simplify the experience for our students will help organize their work. Every teacher has two teacher pages already created, one is only visible for just the teacher which is a great place to ...

Book Creator

Want to make books for your students to read? Book Creator is an online or iOS program that you may use to create your own stories. Here is one I created on keeping our laptops clean and safe. Each teacher gets 1 library with 40 books for free when you sign in at app.bookcreator.com, Issaquah ...

Teacher Announcements in the Clever Portal (K-5)

Add a teacher announcement to your Clever page with a new feature that is available now! Open Clever and select the teacher page that you want to add a message to, then click the create teacher announcement button. Craft your message for the day or week that you want to send to students and then ...

Flipgrid Shorts and Wakelet

A common frustration from my colleagues in Issaquah and from many global educators on the Facebook and Twitter groups that I belong is how to put all of the instructional stuff together in a neat little package. How can I put all these great Ed Tech tools in one spot for my students, and perhaps, ...

BrainPOP- It’s Come A Long Way Baby

When I was in the classroom,  I used BrainPOP videos mostly as sub plans. The videos were an easy way to give my students a solid review of what we had already learned in class. It was simple, kids liked it, and the 10 question quiz kept them accountable for paying attention in my absence. ...

K-5 Code.org Workshops

Did you students love their experience with Hour of Code? Are you ready to learn more? Join the over 80,000 teachers who have participated in the CS Fundamentals workshops. The majority of attendees say, ‘It’s the best professional development I’ve ever attended.’ In fact, 98% of attendees would recommend it to other teachers. Teachers are ...

Need STEM Clock Hours? Here are a few options for you!

Ambitious Science Teaching book study through CCS.  This book is filled with bite-sized teaching moves that support student learning not only in science, but in other content areas as well.  Sign up by December 12 for the class beginning January 16. Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student book study through CCS or ISD.  This book shows ...

Text Compression: Hour of Code (secondary students)

Looking for an Hour of Code activity that will engage your secondary students? Try this lesson from Code.org that integrates music, texting, and saving time. Students will use the Text Compression Widget to compress segments of English text by looking for patterns and substituting symbols for larger patterns of text. The Hour of Code activity ...

2019 Dance Party Spoilers

Are you ready for the Hour of Code? I know I am, and here are a few spoilers you can share with your students this week! New Songs “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry “High Hopes” ...