Category: Core Tools

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 ...

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 ...

Global Collaboration with Common Sense Education

  Our February and March ISTE focus is on Global Collaborator! This standard calls students to collaborate both locally (within their own classroom context), as well as beyond. Using technology to access and share information, students will learn from diverse perspectives and work on complex problems with peers. In response to this ISTE standard, Common ...

Using Classkick for Professional Development

Hopefully you are all enjoying a restful break! Over the next several days, you will likely start to get back into the swing and routine of things. As we prepare to return to school, you might find it helpful to know about simple, easily-accessible resources that you can use to enhance your practice with your ...

Common Sense Education’s Review of Apps

In a sea of apps and resources, Common Sense has led the way in curating and recommending different electronic resources for use in classrooms and outside of school. One of the wonderful things about technology is that it is constantly evolving. This can also be daunting, and at times, scary. In the spirit of being ...

Exploring Classkick’s Assignment Library

In addition to providing interesting templates for teachers to use in designing many different assignments/tasks, Classkick has an Assignment Library where other teachers have uploaded sample assignments (if you’re familiar with Seesaw, it functions similarly to the “activity library”). This is an amazing resource if you are looking for templates, assignments that already match your ...

Common Sense Education: A Curation of Digital Resources

Do you want to integrate more technology into your teaching, but aren’t sure where to find new resources? Common Sense, an incredible resource for teaching digital citizenship, also supports teachers in finding quality digital resources to support curriculum across content areas. In a “top picks” section, Common Sense outlines curated lists of instructional tech tools. ...

Teacher Feature: Classkick with Michelle Moon’s Class

For our first “teacher feature” of this school year, I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Moon’s fourth grade class at Discovery Elementary to see how her students are using Classkick to demonstrate their mathematical thinking! In math workshop, students are in three differentiated stations: one group works on Classkick/Zearn using iPads independently, a second ...

Common Sense Education’s Professional Development Library

Common Sense Education is known for their extensive resources for classroom teachers, but did you know that it also has an entire professional development side? Included in this bank of resources are short educator videos, longer webinars, a professional development blog, and case studies of districts that have found success with Common Sense Education. Offering ...

Using Seesaw to Differentiate in Math

Here is another way to offer differentiated opportunities for your students during math while incorporating technology at the same time! Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio where students can create, reflect, share, and collaborate to “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings and text. Seesaw and Eureka Math Ideas: Fluency – Have students record themselves ...