Category: Actively Learn

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Text Pairings/Knowledge Sets in Actively Learn

As you are wrapping up the school year this is a great time to think about what went well and next steps for the upcoming school year. I know, you are waiting for summer to arrive, but right now everything is fresh in your mind so it is a great time to reflect.  While you ...

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Small Groups and Editing in Actively Learn

Actively Learn is continuing to make their platform more user-friendly for teachers. Just announced this week are the ability to create small groups as well as the ability to edit previously uploaded Google Docs. First is the new small group function. Under “assignment settings” are two options: Reading settings and Small group settings. Both offer ...

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New Actively Learn Extra Help and Teacher Features

A beta version of suggested grading is now available. You can opt-in and it will suggest based on historical data of a similar question whether the answer is basic, proficient, etc. Whiteout is now able to block out videos and photos with “White Out Above.” An eraser will appear in teacher view while students won’t ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Flipping the Classroom and Actively Learn

Time has become a precious commodity for classroom teachers, so more and more, the classroom is being flipped to provide more hand’s on learning during class and less direct instruction. A flipped classroom in a science class might require students to review a video on the periodic table in EdPuzzle, read an article on Actively Learn, ...

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Engaged Readers with Actively Learn

As we strive to create active readers who can engage with a complex text, it is important that we develop a joy for reading at the same time. Reluctant readers will often disengage from the content, but Actively Learn blogger Dr. Natalie Saaris offers some practical tips in her blog post, “5 Ways to Make Rigorous Content Motivating to Students,” to ...

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Actively Learn: Where did their class go?

You have the perfect lesson prepared, most students are happily engaged and working, and then pops up a hand! “I can’t see the class.”  And you can’t find it either! It’s not you, their class likely did “disappear.” Perhaps they have disappeared from your roster of students or even more confusing, they are still showing on ...