Category: Announcements

KidCitizen: Explore Primary Sources with Technology!

Monday is a national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are you looking for ways to celebrate history with your students in ways that promote inquiry-based learning? KidCitizen offers opportunities for elementary students to explore primary source documents and make connections to their own lives by seeing, thinking, and wondering. In partnership with images ...

Seesaw Adds The “Send Back” Feature For Teachers.

(Edit:  This feature will actually not be available until January 22, 2020) Seesaw recently rolled out a new feature that finally allows teachers to send a student’s post back to them to re-edit if needed.  This has been a feature request for some time and is finally here!  But… there is a catch. First, this feature ...

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Activate, Support, and Reveal student thinking with Actively Learn

Actively Learn strives to support students becoming stronger readers and increasing their higher-level thinking skills. They suggest the ASR framework to help engage student thinking. When creating your assignment, adding the learning objective activates student thinking by supplying them with a focus. Then scaffolding with notes or media can support their thinking around complex ideas.  ...

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 ...

Collaboration with #GridPals

ISTE’s Global Collaborator Standard calls for students to broaden their perspectives by working with others at the local and global level. This means leveraging digital tools and resources to connect with others across their school, community, and world. Technology is a perfect platform for fostering relationships beyond the classroom walls… think of it as having ...

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” ...

Hour of Code: Step by Step

Step 1: Choose a tutorial from Code.org and sign up on their website. Step 2: Plan your technology needs. Hour of Code tutorials work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have. Make sure to test tutorials on student computers or devices ...

Adobe Spark: Unleash Creativity and Capture Student Learning

Adobe Spark is an online and mobile app that allows users to create videos, graphics, and web pages with ease. Issaquah students and staff have FREE Education accounts for Adobe Spark, which were set-up for us by our IT department. To access your teacher or student account, choose the school account option and log in with ...

Flipgrid + Immersive Reader = Access for All!

  Flipgrid is taking on the ISTE standard of “Empowered Learner” to an entirely new level, by incorporating Microsoft’s Immersive Reader tool. This way, not only are students encouraged to use their voices to post their own videos, but there are built-in supports for them to listen to the initial prompt. By incorporating Immersive Reader ...