Grudge Ball

This is a game that your students will love!  It is called Grudge Ball and is better suited for upper elementary to high school.  It is not very techy, but very engaging.  Here is an overview of how the game works.  I used “Explain Everything” as my whiteboard in the tutorial which is also a great tech tool if you need a digital whiteboard in which students can collaborate.  Here is a Grudge Ball template that you can open on your Cleartouch Easinote software ready to go for the game.  

Tech Tip Tuesday- Rewordify.com

Rewordify is a free tool that allows you to take any text and simplify it to different reading levels.  Watch the video to learn how to use Rewordify.  This is a great tool to help differentiate reading and build vocabulary for every student. Click here for a written quick start guide.

Tech Tip Tuesday- Blooket.com

November, 16th, 2021

Gamification in the Classroom: Today’s Featured Game is Blooket.com. What a great way to boost engagement and motivation while reviewing material, formative checks, vocab and fact skills, etc…!  Gamification in the classroom is a refreshing approach for students to have deliberate practice (effect size .79) and feedback (effect size .70). 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday

11/02/21 Edition

Canvas Tips and Tricks:

Does your dashboard have courses in it that you don’t want to see?  You can hide courses so you only see the courses you want to see. 

Click on courses in left side menu bar.  Then click all courses (toward the bottom of your list of courses).  Then you star the ones that you want to see in your dashboard.  Unstar the ones that you want to hide. 

General Computer Skills: Bookmarking

Is your bookmark bar out of control?  Watch this 2 minute video for ideas on how to organize your bookmarks.

Templates/Graphic Organizers/ Websites

It is difficult, sometimes, for students to give each other feedback constructively. Try this Glows and Grows Peer Review/ Peer Edit Template that gives students a guide/focus when peer reviewing another student’s writing.

Instructional Tech Coaching Opportunity

Do you want to learn how to set up differentiation or choice paths for your students in Canvas by using Mastery Paths?  Invite me in and I can show you how to set that up in Canvas.

More Feedback for Greater Learning

Quick tools for formative assessment, teacher clarity and questioning resources, and more professional learning posted!

Formative Assessment Ideas

Are you looking for quick tools for formative assessment? Here are a few ideas!

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Teacher Clarity & Questioning Resources

Are you interested in any of these resources? Fill out this quick request by November 4th and they’ll get ordered for you!

  • The Teacher Clarity Playbook: A hands-on guide to creating learning intentions and success criteria for organized, effective instruction.
  • The Success Criteria Playbook: A hands-on guide to making learning visible and measurable.
  • Questioning Sequences in the Classroom: Ask targeted questions to enhance students reasoning skills and increase rigor in classrooms. Use a four-phase questioning sequence to help students make claims, build sound arguments, and provide evidence to support their points.
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Professional Learning

Looking for credits? New credit opportunities were posted to our Professional Learning page.

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