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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Disney’s Moana joins Hour of Code

This year Disney’s Moana joins Hour of Code with a drag and drop visual tutorial great for ages 8 and up. The self-paced tutorial does require some reading, and is available in 23 languages. The introductory video sets the stage and challenges participants to help Moana and her team discover the new world of coding, and to help ...

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Five Ways to Summarize Student Learning

We all know it is important to take time and summarize student’s learning at the end of a lesson, but if your classroom is like many the time runs short and you scramble to fit it in…or put it off for later. Here are five fantastic tools that help students summarize their learning you will ...

  Link to Hour of Code ISD Connect Group:  http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/intranet/technology/educational-technology/hour-of-code/  December 10th Code.org Workshop on PD Place: https://issaquah.pdplace.com/index.phppage=course/class_detail.php&zk_class_p=3932&search=1   

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Happy Halloween and Creepy Coding

Do you have a Code Studio whiz kid in your class? If so, they may enjoy the new spooky Special Levels. Just in time for Halloween! Click here to try it out for yourself! There is a bit of math involved with this puzzle, students should know area of a circle or be ready to ...

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GradeCam Go on Atomic Learning

There is a new video series on Atomic Learning for Issaquah teachers to learn how to print and scan district common assessments and create their own assignments in the revamped GradeCam Go. The videos include an overview which includes a summary of new features, how to navigate GradeCam Go, printing and scanning forms, and how ...

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K-5 Computer Science Fundamentals from Code.org

Code.org believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science, and that the reasons are far more varied than simply having a strong resume. Critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity help students excel at problem-solving in all subject areas, no matter what their age. Teachers interested in learning more may sign up for ...

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App Price Drops by Apple Sliced

Looking to get some apps and don’t want to spend any money? Allow me share my favorite way to get the best deal possible! App Price Drops is an app and companion website that  that alerts you when a paid app changes price or becomes FREE. The site values price transparency and tracks app prices over time. They ...

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Read Write Think

Read Write Think is a site brought to you by the International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, on the website you will find free evidence based and classroom tested lesson plans that coordinate with the mobile apps, student interactives, and printouts.  You may search for materials based on grade level ...

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Character Lab

Character Lab funds and supports research from academics and educators to build a growing body of evidence for character.  Teachers interested in short videos, free printable classroom posters, and tips for teaching character skills necessary for school success should check out Character Lab. The non-profit is made up of a small team of researchers, designers, and educators and have three ...

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Interactive U.S. News Map

  The Georgia Tech Research Institute and University of Georgia’s eHistory Initiative have made it easier to search for primary source documents  and to observe news trends over time. Type in a keyword or term and click the play button to see sources populate from the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers archives. Each small dot takes you directly ...