Category: Announcements

Canvas Grading Periods for HS Semesters

Grading periods are back! We explored using them when our secondary courses were yearlong in the 2020-2021 school year, but we have brought them back to our high school semesters in the form of quarter grading periods. Why did we do this? One of the questions that arose often this past year was how a ...

Clever Cleanup for the 2022-2023 School Year (Plus a New Feature!)

As we begin a new school year, everyone is busy setting up classrooms and preparing for students – and this includes the digital space of our classroom! In Issaquah, we use Clever at the elementary level to function as a teacher web presence, a place to curate resources, and a single sign-on. This post will ...

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 ...

Digital Citizenship Week

October 18th to October 22nd is Digital Citizenship Week and Common Sense Media is ready to share! With the use of technology and student’s experience on digital platforms, digital citizenship is more important than ever. Common Sense Media has provided digital citizenship curriculum for many year for teachers of all levels- Elementary, Middle or High ...

Set Up for Success: Elementary Edition

September in an elementary classroom is a whirlwind to welcome students, adjust to a physical classroom, build community, teach and review procedures and protocols, distribute technology and this year, complete new assessments (physical and digital). Teachers and students have accomplished so much in just a month! Way to go! For the month of October, some ...

Actively Learn tool bit logo

The New Look of Actively Learn & Canvas Integration

Actively Learn got a facelift and has some key differences in how it will interact with Canvas, so Actively Learn users keep on reading! Changes to be aware of You will still create your assignment in Actively Learn, but you will need to add it to Canvas as an external tool assignment yourself. Once you ...

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 ...