Did you know that we have access to a BrainPOP feature called My BrainPOP? My BrainPOP simplifies teachers' and students' ability to keep track of learning.
When students use My BrainPOP they can...
When you Tweet using #MWESchool, you're sharing the story of the amazing things you're doing at here at Errickson. In addition, you can also earn #MWE Twitter badges! Visit #MWESchool Twitter Awards to learn more about the badges you can earn throughout the year. If you don't already have a Twiiter account, you'll want to start here, where you'll learn how to set up and account and learn about the basics of Twitter. I'll introduce a new Twitter badge every month... What badges would you like to earn?
Zing is an online learning platform with thousands of FREE fiction and nonfiction eBooks. Many books feature interactive elements and assessments that provides data for the teachers. All 3-5 teachers have the upgrade paid accounts, while K-2 teacher have access to the free version. Click here to learn more and start reading with your class today.
Wixie is back for grades 1-4 and is easier to use than ever with single sign on from the Chromebooks! Explore the Wixie tutorial, try it with your students, and you'll find that they love it!
As you explore Wixie, ask yourself these questions:
1. How can Wixie be used to meet the curriculum goals?
2. How can Wixie be used to individualize student learning?
3. How will Wixie help me as a teacher?
The procedure for unblocking YouTube videos has changed. In past years, when you needed to have YouTube videos unblocked, you'd visit the staff tab on the FTS homepage. From now on, you'll visit mwestech.com and click on the link to the right (I attached a picture that shows exactly where you'll find this) to make the request. It is your responsibility to view the entire video to make sure that it is appropriate. You never know what someone has uploaded toYouTube, so it's always a good idea to watch the video from beginning to end. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'd be happy to help.
Ever wonder what all of the keys on your Chromebook do? I found this great "thinglink... that shows what every keys does and how to use shortcuts. Check it out below.
LearnBop is an interactive learning program for K-12 mathematics that responds to a student's answers like a tutor would. Teachers assign "bops," which are interactive activities that focus on specific math concepts. When a student is struggling with a concept, LearnBop will give the student additional assistance to help the student master the skills. Data on student performance is recorded, and teachers may access the data in their dashboards to gather information on where their students' knowledge gaps lie. In addition to assigning bops, teachers may give assessments and assign interventions. Click here to access tutorials and learn how to get started.
The 100th day of school is just around the corner! Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your celebration.
We teach digital citizenship and tell students to be responsible online, but unless students are given a model, it's difficult to for them to understand what that means. A classroom blog gives students the opportunity to practice responsible use of social media.
Students love seeing their work online and a classroom blog gives them the opportunity to share their work with you and others. Classroom blogs topics can range from traditional ELA assignments to science and social studies topics, to current events, and more! There are many options for setting up a blog, but I recommend the kid-friendly website, kidblog.org. This site allows you to password protect your page so only those you invite can read and comment on your posts.
Once you get your blog going, the possibilities are endless! Connect with a class in another state or country and give your students a global audience... Invite parents to view the blog so they can keep up with what's going on in the classroom and view their children's growth... Use your blog during reading so your students can respond and talk about their books... No matter what you do, students will enjoy a new way to practice reading and writing in a 21st century setting.