Category: Actively Learn

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...