Category: Tool Bits

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 ...

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 ...

Using Seesaw to Showcase Student Learning During Conferences

Hey, Elementary Teachers.  You may not want to hear this yet, but… CONFERENCES ARE COMING! It will be here before you know it and you may be trying to think of some ways to show parents all the great things your students have learned so far since the beginning of the school year. Last year, ...

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Microsoft Inclusive Math Tools

One Note (Class Notebook) offers several inclusive features to support student learning including  Math Tools. This inclusive feature allows students to solve math problems, see how the problem was solved, graph the problem, and interact with the graph. They can also create their own practice quiz, use the Immersive Reader tool to read the problem aloud, ...

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Student Goals using Actively Learn

As teachers, we are intentional with the use of data to help us support our students. We can find data points in various ways, even in Actively Learn regarding our students reading. But what if we made our students responsible for their own data? Students can easily create reading goals using their own data in ...

Turnitin.com Originality Checker Now Available Within Teams

Woot! You can now have Teams check for plagiarism using Turnitin.com’s powerful originality checker. Read below to find out how. How To Use Turnitin’s Originality Checker In Teams Open teams and click into the Assignments tab. Enter all of your normal information (Title, instructions, etc.) and then scroll to the bottom of the card. There ...

Inspiration for Your Innovation

Did you know that Flipgrid has “Innovation Leads” that provide inspiration and support for using Flipgrid in classrooms? These Innovation Leads have compiled Integration Docs that have links to documents that are organized by grade band and content area. Once in the document, there are typically three lessons created for each level and/or topic. If ...

Seesaw Gets Drafty

Seesaw seems to always be looking for ways to help students show their learning.  They are also really good at listening to feedback from teachers, students, and parents when they have ideas for improving an already awesome tool. One of the most often requested feature over the last few years is Drafts.  This featuer would ...

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Actively Learn Professional Learning

When using Actively Learn, our first thought is our students learning, but did you know that Actively Learn has Professional Learning opportunities as well? Under “Professional Learning,” you can select several different topics that can help increase your Actively Learn teaching skills such as Activate Thinking, Support Thinking, and Reveal Thinking. Within each of these ...

You Can Now Add Files From Any of Your Teams In Teams Assignments

Making, distributing and collecting assignments in Teams is easy-peasy. However, it hasn’t been super easy to pull files you’ve created in a different team and pull them into an assignment. Prior to a new feature rolled out today, you had to go and create a copy of the file and move it to the team ...