Category: Actively Learn

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher Feature: Actively Learn with Heidi Fielden 

One of our secondary school Ed Tech programs is the Digital Learning Workshop. This January, we were able to host one at Pacific Cascade Middle School where we had the pleasure of visiting Heidi Fielden’s 7th grade English Language Arts classroom to observe how she incorporates Actively Learn as both a collaborative classroom discussion as well ...

Book Club & Literature Circles with Actively Learn

A common ELA classroom practice is literature circles, but management can be tricky and it is hard to determine if all students are working to their best ability or participating equally. Actively Learn takes the guesswork out of the equation since students will need to respond to the Q&A and actively work with their group ...

Jigsaw with Actively Learn

One of the best parts of Actively Learn is the flexibility in assigning material to your students. You can choose to assign to individual students, small groups, or the whole class. This is a great feature to utilize for your next Jigsaw activity. First, decide which articles you’d like to use or if you need ...

Supporting ELL Students with Actively Learn

Ready to help your English Language Learners take the next step to independent reading, use Actively Learn’s embedded features to help support language development. Define and translate features are great for identifying new vocabulary. The define feature allows your ELL student to take the first step in decoding the word by seeing it used in other sentences and hear it spoken ...

What’s New to Actively Learn

Features:  Have you logged into Actively Learn lately? There were some interface changes as of August including an updated Workspace, a search feature for navigating your content and the Actively Learn content, importing options including Google Docs and PDFs, a new options menu (three dots) for editing and updating current assignments, as well as the ability ...

Actively Learn for Visual and Hearing Accommodations

As teachers, we are often looking for technology to help us address the individual needs of our students or that offer easy to use support strategies for students with accommodations. Actively Learn can support students in a variety of ways. Students can choose specific sections of a text to have read aloud or even use ...

Close Read with Actively Learn

Here is a new way to use Actively Learn to develop complex Close Reading skills. First, duplicate an assignment. Then on each version, embed different notes and questions to support each round of reading. On round one, students can look for words they do not understand and define them as you read the text with ...

Actively Learn as an Adaptive Technology

How the Use of Actively Learn Can Help Differentiate Instruction and Assist Students with Learning Disabilities  Teachers are asked to differentiate their instruction to respond to the needs and differences represented by the student population in their classroom. Time constraints and large classroom sizes make the implementation of differentiated instruction very difficult, especially when considering that general education teachers are asked ...