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Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started

Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started | Education | Scoop.it
Designer and organizational strategist Melanie Kahl suggests a six-step process to rethink and remake your classroom for more inspiring and more effective learning.
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Using Facebook and Tumblr to Engage Students – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Using Facebook and Tumblr to Engage Students – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education | Scoop.it
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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | Education | Scoop.it
This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning





Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.


Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 





Keep a Class Blog


Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.


Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     


Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!


Use a Messaging Service


Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.


Set Up a Class Social Media Account


If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.


Make Parents Feel Welcome


Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2014 7:03 AM

Use of social media is important, but the key is good choices and uses. One so-called expert, who spent little time in the classroom, suggests Twitter is a great tool to report learning results to parents. It has never been clear how 140 characters will accomplish that. It is important to use social media and other tools artfully.

 

The key takeaway is letting parents know the classroom environment is welcoming. I took it a step further and invited parents into classroom and provided meaningful ways for them to engage when there.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Great ideas!

Colette Cole-Saner's curator insight, August 4, 2014 9:53 AM

For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

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Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work

Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work | Education | Scoop.it
Ron Berger, Chief Program Officer of the Expeditionary Learning schools, opens his portfolio of student work to demonstrate the immediate and longterm benefits of deeper learning.

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Common Core State Standards: High School

Visit English and math classrooms who have already begun to adapt to the new Common Core standards. See what changes teachers are making in their practice to...
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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever | Education | Scoop.it
Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.
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Best Teaching Practices to Engage Your Students

Student engagement and mobile learning

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Teachers, here's why you should start using infographics

Teachers, here's why you should start using infographics | Education | Scoop.it
I wanted to share my research findings and hopefully inspire more creativity in the classroom. Teachers, here's why you should start using infographics.

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More conversation regarding usability of infographics

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A snakes and ladders glide around some interesting websites

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Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment

Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment | Education | Scoop.it
This list of EDSITEment resources includes lessons, websites, interactives, and featured articles aligned to the ELA, Common Core State Standards text exemplars. The CCSS exemplars are sample texts intended to guide educators as they thoughtfully select fiction and nonfiction texts to use as vehicles for teaching the Common Core. EDSITEment resources help unlock those authors’ stories, dramatic works, poetry, and informational texts. The list of exemplars with aligned EDSITEment resources is divided by grade levels: 6 – 8; 9 – 10; and 11 – College and Career Readiness.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 19, 2014 10:12 AM

Some good resources here for anyone who will be using the Appendix B text exemplars. They look a little less...dowdy with the supplementary info provided by EDSITEment.

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Technology Rules! …literally

Technology Rules! …literally | Education | Scoop.it
Post written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who tweets regularly at GreenLightLT






Before the school-year begins, you need to establish clear guidelines for technology in your classroom.
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Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios - ReadWriteThink

Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios - ReadWriteThink | Education | Scoop.it
Students publish their work in an electronic portfolio, which enables them to respond to each other’s content online.
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