Category: Core Tools

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 ...

Differentiating Instruction & Feedback through Classkick

Classkick allows students to receive work, complete, and turn in assignments completely online. Using the free app, students work at their own pace and get help instantly without interrupting the flow or having students wait for the teacher to assist them. Students access the Classkick assignments through a simple code. One elementary teacher who uses ...

Common Sense Education Celebrates Media Literacy Week

This week is Media Literacy Week! One of our core tools, Common Sense Education, has always has equipped educators with the tools that they need to support students in understanding how to navigate the digital world. As such, Common Sense Education has information and resources for teachers on how to teach media literacy effectively. They’ve published ...

Using Zearn to Differentiate Math

Zearn is an online, K-5 math program based on Eureka Math that can be used to provide differentiated instructional support and student practice in the classroom and/or at home.  Students access Zearn via Clever. With Zearn, students work on a computer to complete independent digital lessons that include fluency practice, an interactive concept development mini lesson and a take on the exit ticket ...

Technology as an Access Point for ELL Students

Common Sense Education continues to be a key resource in teaching digital citizenship to students (our focus throughout October), but did you know that the resources it offers are more comprehensive than that? As we move into November at the end of next week, we transition our focus from “Digital Citizenship” to “Creative Communicator” – ...

Classkick: Giving Feedback in Real Time

Classkick is an app that shows teachers what students are doing in real time, allowing them to receive help instantly and for teachers to offer immediate support to students. Within Classkick, there are also options to share assignments with your team – making collaboration a breeze. What is Classkick? In Classkick, you can view your ...

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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 ...