I’ve had the opportunity to look at this program that is owned by Edmentum called Study Island. http://www.studyisland.com/tour The beauty that I find in this program is the Online Standards Mastery Program. This simple tool is aligned and specifically written to the Florida FCAT and Common Core standards, presented in an online test-like fashion. Although the school that I teach at doesn’t apply to these standards as we are a private college preparatory school, we have the ability to create customized test for our various classes. This allows us to create placements exams for new students as well as create practice exams for students in a majority of our classes even the AP classes. Another key point about this program is that a school is able to not only track their curriculum standards but also get real-time results and track students, teachers and the school as a whole in terms of data. This really helps the school to get a “picture” of how they are doing as well as their students. Being able to specifically design this to fit the needs of our school and have the data and information to track the curriculum as well as the progress of the teachers and students is an asset to any school.
Are you looking for a way to engage the students in your classroom?
Or possible engage the people who are attending a presentation you’re giving…
Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system that can be used at schools or businesses.
I introduced this response system to the teachers at my school and they loved using it with their students, either as an interactive way to quiz the reading for the night before or also as a way to see how well student know the content prior to a quiz or testing.
Simply go to
and sign up for an account.
I’m pretty sure everyone out there has watched a TED talk or two and really enjoyed them.. the beauty of TED-Ed is that you’re able to build a lesson around a TED talk, YouTube video or TED-Ed original.
What is TedEd?
When you make these TED-Ed lesson you’re able to search from various categories or even create you own lesson.
You’re able to create any lesson based on your subject of choice. There are so many resources on how to create your own lesson that this site is a great tool to get students into a discussion on topics.
This past week we discussed PlanBook an application from the Mac App store as well as the iPad App that goes along with it. The next few days I’ll be posting tutorials on how to setup your classroom schedule and lesson plans using this technology tool.
Some of the various highlights with using this App are:
Choose Your Schedule
Planbook can accommodate schedules where you teach the same thing each day, your classes change each day but repeat weekly and rotating schedules (up to a 14 day rotation). This will accommodate our Lower School with a 6 day rotating schedule as well as our Upper School with an 8 day rotating schedule.
Write your Lesson Plans
Planbook gives you 6 customizable fields to hold your lesson plans. You can show and hide the fields you want to use, and name them whatever you want.
Attach Files and Links
Planbook lets you attach any file on your computer directly to a lesson plan. You can also attach web links. Stop searching through folders or file cabinets and have the files you need right where you want them.
Print/Email your Plans
Planbook makes it easy to share your plans with your administrator, other teachers or students via print or emailed PDFs. You can choose a weeks’ lesson plans, specify a range of dates, a unit or all your lessons that have been tagged with a keyword. You control what gets printed. This also makes things easier if you were to get sick and have a sub at the last minute.
Adjust your Schedule
When the weather gets rough (or any of the 100s of things happen that can affect your best laid plans), Planbook lets you quickly bump or pull back lessons to adjust your plans. Planbook also lets you make non school days to reflect holidays, in-services, weather days – whatever comes your way.
Reuse your Plans
Next term, or next year, don’t recreate all your hard work. You can export courses (or units) from your Planbook file and import them into a new one. If your classes stay the same, simply migrate the entire file to a new start date and have all your plans shift to the new term.
Share Plans on the Web
All Planbook licenses come with the free use of PlanbookConnect, a service I’ve created that syncs the plans you’ve entered and builds web pages for your students, parents or colleagues. Planbook can also publish HTML pages to a local folder or FTP server. If after watching the tutorials, and after downloading the trial, please contact Michael O’Brien for your license number.
Even those in schools with the strictest schedules will sometimes need to adjust their schedule to accommodate changes. Planbook lets you convert one type of day to another (an A day to a B day) or even create (and reuse) custom schedules (such as an assembly schedule or half-day schedule).
Sync to iCal
With a few simple mouse clicks, you can have all your lesson plan information synced directly to iCal calendars of your choice. Then, you can access your plans anyplace you can see your iCal calendars.
Planbook lets you define (or import) your curriculum standards into your data file. You can then easily track which lessons covered which standard using a simple checkbox.
So you’ve decided to learn some technology tools to integrate into your current class curriculum.
This first Cycle that we’re going to start will run from June 1, 2013 till July 1, 2013. The second cycle will not begin until July 8, 2013 and last until July 31, 2013. This will give you optimal choices and flexibility to learn some new technology tools at your own pace.
Below is a flow chart that gives you an idea as to how the first cycle will run. The dates are rough estimates if you would choose to pace yourself throughout the month.
I have also included a reference guide for you to save to your computer, which give you a quick guide to some tutorials on the major tools that we will be learning.
Click the link below to download for your computer.
When you are ready to start scheduling your trainings, shoot me an email or call me and we’ll get started!
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