NBC Learn K-12 is an online resource with thousands of videos that you and your students can use in classwork, homework, presentations and instruction. Thanks to a donation by the University of Phoenix and NBC News, Cave Creek Unified School District will have free access to this rich resource through December 31, 2013! It is available to every Teacher, Administrator, Student, and Parent in Cave Creek Unified School District. Attached below is a Welcome Letter and some other helpful resources. All NBC Learn resources are K-12 safe and appropriate, mapped to curriculum areas, and are correlated to Arizona as well as Common Core standards!
For access to NBC Learn click on the NBC Learn logo above. You can access NBC Learn through any school computer and create your own account. Once you're on the website, you will be able to search and browse collections like:
• Current Events (updated every day!)
• Social Studies
• English Language Arts
• Health & Wellness
• Performing & Visual Arts
• Math & Statistics
• Business & Financial Literacy
• The 2012 Presidential Election
and NBC Learn Original video collections like:
• Science of NFL Football
• Science of NHL Hockey
• Science of the Olympic Winter Games
• Chemistry Now: The Chemistry of Everyday Things
• Finishing the Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Movement
We hope you enjoy exploring NBC Learn K-12 this summer. For other helpful information, please visit: www.nbclearn.com/tools.
You can always ask questions and share your thoughts by contacting NBC Learn directly. Just click here to send us a message.
OR, scan this QR Code below with your hand held device. You can fill out the form on the go!
Free iPad App
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...You should try it!
With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photo imports, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.
Do you want to see how integrating technology aligns with the Common Core State Standards? Come to our summer fun learning to see those connections!
Project Based Learning Course--come and learn about how to engage your students even MORE!
AZ Teach 21 Course--come and learn together how the AZ Ed Tech standards already shine in your classroom!
The number one comment of the people who have taken the AZ Teach 21 Course is that it is totally validating and energizing! There are still several slots available. See the Tech Tip Tuesday from April 24(at the right) for more information, and to sign up.
CCUSD® Summer Fun!
SAVE THE DATE!
We are gearing up for a great summer of learning! Educational Services will be offering 2 classes this summer for teachers in CCUSD®.
1. Arizona Teach 21 Course- 30 hours, (4 days in class, and then one week to complete the project plan)
2.Project Based Learning Course- 15 hours, (2 days in class and then one week to complete the project plan)
You can earn a stipend OR lots of professional development hours. (either 30 or 15, depending on the class you take)
"Kerpoof's multimedia software is used by kids worldwide to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. The site is meant to be fun, but we're serious about its educational value. Elementary and middle school teachers can use Kerpoof in many ways to enhance classroom activities while meeting a range of educational standards." (From www.kerpoof.com overview)
Create free teacher accounts, and assist your students in writing, drawing and connection to many Academic and Common Core standards.
You get the link by emailing the movie to yourself. Students can email their projects to you, as well as through the teacher accounts. :) Way Cool!
WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into their innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level.
Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Their Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. This is a free resource, built and guided by teaches and free for everyone to use.
Here is the link to some great examples of video content you can find there:
Museum Box, is a FREE site that provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
Once you have been approved you can review their work. Log in to the Teachers Administration Area and either add pupil accounts (under Manage Users) or ask your pupils to sign up and select your school from the school list. Once this is done, when pupils submit boxes they will go to you for review and publication.
Hey There! Have you seen this incredible educational blog yet?? This blog has been named as one of the Best Blogs of 2012 by Education World.Education World!!! This blog was created and is maintained by our very own Heidi Befort, 4/5 Multi-Age teacher from Black Mountain Elementary School! We are so proud of Heidi, her vision and her generous site, where teachers can go and find resources, share resources, and learn!
Take some time to look at the site and see what you find. Below is an excerpt from Heidi's "About" section. Take a look at the goals of this site:
Globicate focuses on the following principles: 1) Geographical knowledge and understanding 2) Cultural awareness 3) Communication, collaboration, and connections with our global neighbors to work together to solve real-world issue 4) Shared responsibility to take care of our Earth and each other 5) Global kindness
Click on the link (here) and explore. You won't be disappointed!I know you will find something you can use TODAY in your classroom.
FREE Online Photo Editor NO Registration Required.
"iPiccy makes your photo awesome with many easy to use photo tools. Edit pictures, apply beautiful photo effects, add text and even paint! Enjoy free photo editing online and show your creativity with iPiccy editor!"
Are your students using photos for creating projects? Are you wondering how to help your students write text on photos that you can use in ANIMOTO, PhotoStory3, PowerPoint, or Blabberize projects?(see below for tutorials on ANIMOTO or Blabberize). How about making current photos look old using a sepia tone?
This program easily walks you though editing photos for project use or posting on the World Wide Web!
This is a VERY easy to use program that you and your students can use with out registration or email address.
Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
Making word clouds is fun, and it is much more fun with Tagxedo! With Tagxedo, you can:
make word clouds in real-time
customize font, theme, color, orientation, and shape
fine-tune with lots of options
save as images for printing and sharing
view your word clouds as thumbnails, and pick the one you want for further tweaking or saving
choose from many standard fonts
use custom fonts
constrain the word cloud to selected shapes (heart, star, animals, etc)
use images as custom shapes (e.g. a portrait, an animal silhouette)
Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use for Students
Excerpts from an article by: Heather Wolpert-Gawron from
Teachers are modeling and using technology in their classrooms all around CCUSD®. We know that the more we model, the more we can convey to the students our intent, the objectives and the desired outcomes. Here is the first part of a list of great and simple ways to model technology use in the classroom.
Here are the 20 ways according to Heather Wolpert-Gawron:
#1.Post a list of norms for online and offline behavior and keep it up. Refer to it. Make it a part of your classroom culture.
#2. Make your LCD projector and/or interactive whiteboard a daily part of how you teach lessons.
#3.Set up your technology in front of your students while talking them through the process. Eventually, create a "tech crew" made up of first period students that set up your technology during announcements in the morning. Maybe they come in a few minutes early. However you want to work it, ask the students to be involved.
#4. No matter if you have a one-computer or a 10-computer classroom, you can have resources available and open at all times using the computer as a station. Can't find the right word when you're modeling writing an essay? Walk over to the computer while you are talking to the students and use visualthesarus.com to find just the right word.
#5. Use a document camera for sharing student work.
#6.Skype with another teacher on campus in front of the classes. It's a fishbowl strategy of sorts that models video conferencing norms. Discuss the topic together. Share work in which you have pride. In no time, students will be able to videoconference with each other with similar poise.
#7.Take a photo of an interesting location with your cell phone, email it to yourself, and use it the next day to help teach a concept: descriptive writing about a setting, for example. Show students you are thinking of their learning even outside of the classroom. After all, learning shouldn't end at the bell.
#8.Be transparent with your Google searches. Use Google Advanced Search while on the LCD projector and use Think Aloud to share why you are using the keywords that you are using.
#9.Look at the law on copyright infringement together as a class. Revise some multiple choice reading comprehension questions to assess their understanding of this vital informational text. Voila! Test prep that applies to the real world!
#10.Present your lesson using a Powerpoint or a Prezi. Better yet, initially create it with input from the class so they can see how you assemble it. Now you're discussing content and methodology.
#11. Show an excerpt from a TED.com video to introduce a concept. Model how to navigate through the menus to find just the right video with the topic you seek.
#12. Use your interactive whiteboard in anyway that you know how. Even if you don't have it all under your belt just yet, use Think Aloud to babble about how to open files, save files, change colors and fonts, create slides, create a link, etc. as you move through your subject-matter lesson.
#13. Allow students to see how you organize your computer desktop. For any document you seek to open, make your search transparent so that they understand more and more the concept of file organization.
#14. Rather than having some photos of your own family stuck with magnets on your mini-fridge door, use a digital frame on your desk with scrolling pictures from your own collection. It just adds to the ambiance of a 21st century environment, which is the habitat in which the students live outside of school's walls.
#15. Model reflection by keeping a transparent blog related to your classroom's activities so that people know what's going on. Perhaps it's as simple as a sentence or two that sums up a lesson, but help students realize that thinking back embeds the lesson even further.
#16. Set up an email contact list of your students (if the student is old enough, help them set up a gmail account if they don't have an email account already). Send out a blast of a cool resource or two every now and then. Let them know when there's an interesting local museum exhibit or book signing. Send them a resource for a research paper they may not have heard of. Model how to use email.
#17. Use an excerpt from a class at iTunes U to help enhance a lesson or concept. Model how to navigate the site.
#18. Download Evernote to all of your devices so that as anything occurs to you (questions, eureka moments, resources discussed, etc.) you can whip out your smart phone, laptop, iPad, whatever, and model using the Cloud for ongoing note taking.
#19. Use technology in your offline vocabulary. Refer to "files" when talking about organizing different classroom resources. Ask students to share by also occasionally calling it "uploading" for the class. Use words like "collaboration" and "networks" when working in small groups. These are not just technological terms, they are 21st century terms, and should be embedded into your teaching.
#20. Model flexibility. Remember, whenever you use technology, things go wrong. Have a Plan B or at least model "water off a duck." It will be the most important lesson you can model because life, both online and off, requires us to shrug sometimes and simply move on.
Just like the icon suggests, why not make vocabulary practice fun!! Are you looking for a great way to assist students with words, syllables, word-builds, phonics, prefixes/suffixes, SAT practice, contractions, and tons more? Well, this site will offer you a ton of options for your students. Here are some ideas about how to use these great games.
1. Find one that matches your lesson for today, (i.e., prefixes or contractions), and post that link on your homework for today on your website. Students will click on it and then be taken right to that lesson/activity.
TenMarks is an online tool to use with 2nd through 12th grade students to differentiate your math instruction. With videos, and help tutorials, students can practice math concepts aligned with the Common Core Standards. Free for now, it is an alternative for practice, homework, and lab work. Check it out!
"TenMarks offers programs for grades 2 through high school and helps students gain deep conceptual understanding and build strong foundations in math. Our rigorous curriculum is aligned to Common Core and State Standards."
TenMarks Premium is the ideal solution to differentiated learning. With access to all TenMarks content, you can personalize the curriculum for every student based on their needs. You can also automate assignments and import your assessment results to create custom curriculums for each student, making that data actionable.
Docs Teach is an amazing web tool that helps to make History come to life. Each of the several activity-creation tools (See some samples below) helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians. Teachers simply find and insert primary sources into a customizableand very slick template in order to customize the activity to fit their unique students. This is one of those awesome sites that makes teaching easier and more fun while exciting the students and engaging them to learn at the same time. (Excerpt taken from The Super Book of Web Tools)
If you would like some assistance with this tool, don't hesitate to contact Nancy Pratt to assist you in integrating your current content into one of these awesome visual tools. (firstname.lastname@example.org or X2027)
Hi There! Do you want a way to collect ideas from your students, parents, or the community? AnswerGarden is a great way to do it.
You can: set up the question in 10 seconds, post it on your website, or email it to your parents, and collect the information. See the example below: Type in your response to the question:
If you do not see your words there right away, click the question link below:
Have you been wanting to make online flash cardsfor student use?? How about finding some sets that have ALREADY been created??
Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 9 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online.
Easy to use and available to any teacher, student or parent.
See an example from our own LMES 6th grade teacher:
This free site is a simple to use photo-editor. Simply upload a photo from your computer and create a photo creation sensation! From stamps to clipart, to animations, to cropping, red eye editing, (the list goes on) you can take an ordinary photo and make a masterpiece!
Use it with your studentsto assist them in design, theme, visual representations, illustrations, etc.
December 20 & January 10
Upcoming Training Opportunities for Spring Semester!! Don't wait! Sign up today!! You can earn up to 30 professional development hours (per class). Much of this training is at home in your jammies, (AZ Teach 21 and Project Based Learning).
First information session: January 23rd, from 4:00-5:00 in Room 26 at the Learning Center.
Pre-candidacy series of classes offered in CCUSD: Dates: Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, March 14, 28, April 11, 18. (All dates from 4:00-7:00 pm) (Worth 24 professional development hours)
Cohort 1: Jan. 30th and Feb. 20th, with classes online in Moodle in between.
Cohort 2: Feb. 27th and March 26th, with classes online in Moodle in between.
2 classes available:
Jan. 31: 4:00-5:30 Feb. 7: 4:00-5:30
January 18th and April 25th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, and online in Moodle in between.
4 classes available:
Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 6
Each day will offer times for Secondary teachers from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Elementary teachers from 4:15- 5:15 p.m.
ePortfolios for your students using your website through School Center
Have you wanted to post your students' work but have not known a good and easy way to do that? Some teachers are using their very own website through School Center to begin archiving work done by their students.
1. Sign into your School Center account and go to your Home Page. 2. Add a new page-Scrapbook page 3. Choose the Layout Tab at the top of the popup window. 4. Choose the Categorized Page, which is the middle option. 5. When you land on the page, Create your title. 6. As you begin creating your student pages, here is the method-1. Be in the Edit Mode. 2. Click "Add New Category" from the black menu bar at the top of the screen. 3. Type your first student's name into the bar. 4. Continue to "Add New Category" and type your students' names into the small window that pops up.
As you add these "categories" you are adding the pages one by one for your students to post their work.
If you have any questions or want some coaching on this please contact your Tech Cadre or Nancy Pratt at email@example.com.
Free Webquest Software that is easy to use and fresh and interesting. Great for all ages.
Here is what you can do with this site:
1. Browse hundreds of Webquests already completed on an entire list of topics and curriculum areas. You can use these on your SmartBoard whole group, or assign one that aligns with your curriculum! :)
FREE, online content through PBS.org, and ASU's Asset. Any grade level, any content area. This site is a partnership with several quality content providers. You will find 17,000 videos, interactives, lesson plans, documents, etc. for your use in the classroom many of which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Follow these steps:
1. Go to the site: az.pbslearningmedia.org 2. Signup/create an account by clicking on the Green Band, and the words: Sign up. 3. Once you sign up just begin to browse the content by subject, etc.
You can stream any of the content, and download any of the resources for free.
This free resource is one of the many through the website ReadWriteThink. This is an interactive site, where students can build a comic of any length and content. Follow the tutorials within the site to learn more about this awesome resource.
One of the best features of this site is the classroom connection lesson plans it has at every level. Once you click and reach the main page, scroll down a bit to see the green bar and tabs below. Click on the grade level you teach and see what ways other teachers have used this resource!
Wallwisher.com is a great website for use with all ages. It is a space where you can brainstorm, check for understanding, sort ideas, share thoughts and generally increase the engagement in your classroom. All you do is decide on a topic, create the wall, and share the link. VERY simple and robust at the same time.
**** Special Edition**** I've Benchmarked, Now What????
The Tech tip this week is a tip about what to do after you complete the benchmarks! You want to use the information to target at risk students, and strategically intervene with quality activities. Galileo is the place to do that, and will assist you with targeted assistance po by po.
Attached is a short video that walks you through where to go for your analysis, and how to assign the "dialogs" or assignments, and quizzes that are targeted not only for individual and small groups but also available for your entire class.
If you have ANY questions or would like help with your own classroom analysis, feel free to contact Nancy Pratt, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Danielle Evans, email@example.com. We are here to help!
This is an excellent tool for any teacher looking to inhance his/her practice using technology integration at any level. Any grade level, any content area, and any proficiencey level for your comfort zone.
What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix?
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.
What is in each cell?
Within each cell of the Matrix one will find two lessons plans with a short video of the lesson. Each lesson is designed to show the integration of technology in instruction and classrooms as well as the Arizona Educational Technology Standards.
Hey there! Want to try free educational social networking? Edmodo.com is an exceptional solution for maintaining a safe, controlled presence online with students of any age. Here is their goal:
"Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. We provide a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner."
This program is great for any age, and one major benefit is teaching best practice and digital citizenship in a real world, safe and social setting.
Students register by using a code the teachers give to them. No student email addresses needed.
The Kahn Academy is committed to quality instruction in tiny chunks. At ANY grade level, for Students, Parents, and Teachers.
How to use this site in your classroom:
Find the video that aligns with your lesson plan for today
Link the video to your website for home practice.
Show it in class.
Turn off the volumn and let students narrate the problems being solved.
This is a GREAT, FREE site for creative use of speeches, explainations, introductions, etc. You simply upload a picture (one you have on your computer, find on the internet or one you scan in) Then you make the mouth move as it talks.
You can use this in all subjects, especially Social Studies/History, Reading and literary character development, and science-conducting and reporting out of experiments. All levels enjoy this site. You do have to create an account, but since our students have access to email addresses through CCUSDAPPs, they can use those CCUSDAPPs emails. Just contact Nancy Pratt for more information on that! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can make little conversations with this program. Students can use this for: Character sketches, Scientific Process, Historical Characters, Math story problems, avatars can act out stories written by students, characters can tell directions. Teachers can use this for giving directions, explaining something, communicating something.
Uses: Any Grade level and Any content area. Used to make online, multi-media timelines. Use it for: timelines in history, story elements, the life of a book character, the life of a real historical figure, biographies, autobiographies, science experiements, etc.
Animoto: Free, online mashup video program ALL Subject areas will be enhanced by this tool. Use it for slide shows, vocabulary, art, characters, literature elements, battles in Social Studies, Scientific Method.
This site allows the user to create short stories that include visuals. The user can then share these stories with friends, classmates, and family. This could be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. Teachers can use it to present teaching materials. Students can use it to create stories to support their learning in any content area. This site would allow students to expand on their creative writing skills. This site is free and readily accessible to anyone with a computer and internet connection.
Have you ever created an online avatar? You can create a VOKI and introduce your favorite lesson, character, or just welcome your students back to class! Click on: VOKI.COM and click the "Create New" button, and start creating your very own talking character.
This site offers daily "wordles", from the website site wordle.net, where you can show it on your projector, and have students guess the topic. They can narrow down their conclusions based on the words provided.