Category: Tool Bits

Classkick: Simple, Effective Strategies

With so many interesting technology tools to choose from, I often find real-life examples helpful. For that reason, I look for specific teaching strategies when attempting to tackle a new idea. Speaking of which, this is why the Bits & Pieces is working to highlight more of our own ISD teachers using tech in engaging ...

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Poetry Month & Actively Learn

  April showers bring May flowers and a celebration of poetry Create or appreciate, April poetry month is in full bloom Actively Learn casts rays of sunshine on inspirational poets Questions to ponder, notes to guide, abundant styles Lyric Narrative Descriptive Elegy Epic A poem to appreciate singularly or in a set By grade level ...

Move Your Desktop to the Cloud

So I’ve been living in the cloud (digitally speaking) for over a decade now but I’m still saving a lot of things locally to my desktop. These are mostly things I’m working on or haven’t decided where to put. Most of the time this works well for me and when I’m ready to work on ...

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Using Actively Learn For Classroom Research

Primary sources, secondary sources, and the ability to create and collaborate are reasons why Actively Learn is a great space to encourage classroom research.  Teachers can assign primary sources to their classes and work through note-taking using the “highlight and take a note” option. Questions can be embedded (many are already included), but teachers can modify ...

Create Assignments In Teams

Teams is great for collaboration and makes it super easy to get students working together on something. However, it is also great for creating work that students can complete individually. Using the Assignments features in Teams is easy and is baked into any Classes Teams you’ve created. You can upload documents created in Word, Excel ...

Common Sense Education: Exciting Updates Coming this Fall!

Last month, our ed tech team attended the NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education) Conference, where several sessions were offered around digital citizenship topics. As our digital world continues to evolve, Common Sense Education has done due diligence in ensuring that their curriculum and resources keep up with these important shifts. At NCCE, I attended ...

Create New Files Right From OneDrive

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering where your documents or files are saved? If so, you should try making new documents right in OneDrive online. They make it easy and it has the benefit of storing that file in whatever folder you are looking at in OneDrive. It’s so easy, that you just may want ...

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Actively Learn Features Make Learning Interactive & Differentiated

Calling all Science teachers, what is new in Actively Learn – PhET!  PhET is a series of interactive simulations that includes virtual science experiments, demonstrations, and visualizations for math and science. It not only integrates into PowerPoint as an add-in, but it is now available in Actively Learn. Currently, five of the PhET simulations are available and include Energy Skatepark, Forces ...

Research, Technology, & Diversity: Teacher Feature with Julie Hembree

To help fully integrate and celebrate the diversity of her school, teacher-librarian Julie Hembree at Cougar Ridge Elementary is utilizing technology, research, and literacy in an interesting and student-centered way! Cougar Ridge had purchased 120 flags from around the world, which hang proudly and prominently around the school. Julie wanted to move a celebration of ...

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Teacher Feature: Readers Workshop & Actively Learn

Actively Learn once again is being featured from a PCMS classroom, this time Erin Kwok, who used it for 8th grade Readers Workshop. Groups were able to choose from a variety of novels and then were asked to participate in their discussion using Actively Learn. One group, who chose the novel The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, were able ...