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Online Resources

Available Online Resources

Ebackpack         

  • An online management service
  • Powerschool classes are synced to eBackpack (thus your classes are already setup)
  • Teachers create digital assignments that students complete and then turn in via eBackpack
  • Teachers create assessments that students take online
  • Assessments are automatically graded AND synced to Gradebook (really!)
  • Your files (assignments, assessments, etc.) are saved in eBackpack from year to year
  • eBackpack and Google Drive work well together
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

Google Classroom

  • Free management system that works seamlessly with Google Drive apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing, etc.)
  • Teachers create classes and students join classes
  • Teachers create and push out assignments to students
  • Teachers can view, edit, or make a copy of a file to push out to students
  • Students turn in assignments
  • All classes and assignments are automatically organized for teachers and students!
  • Teachers can view, interact, and conference with students digitally in real-time (while the students are working)
  • Teachers can grade assignments and students receive the grade through Classroom (does not sync with Gradebook)
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

Newsela

  • Teachers and students have accounts
  • Teachers create classes that students join
  • Current events/news articles
  • Articles available at 5 reading levels
  • Quizzes and writing prompts for each article
  • Highlighting text online (you can do ACE with this tool!)
  • Pre-made text sets (articles grouped together on a particular topic)
  • Teacher assigns articles to classes
  • Teacher views individual and class results
  • Teachers can track student and class progress against Common Core Standards
  • Annotations on articles - you can do ACE with this!
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

IXL Math and Language Arts

  • Math and Language Arts program that provides unlimited practice
  • Teachers have accounts and create classes
  • Teachers track student progress and have access to student reports-good for progress monitoring
  • Common core standards aligned
  • Supports all grades levels in math and language arts
  • Can be used as an intervention and support tool, extra credit from home, practice for students who finish classwork early, etc.
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

BrainPop

  • Engaging and student-friendly videos to supplement content and curriculum (science, history, math, etc.)
  • Teachers have accounts and create classes to track student progress
  • Students have accounts and can join teacher classes
  • Teachers track student completion of videos, quizzes (scored by the program), activities related to videos
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

Google Drive

  • Online storage of files-Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing, etc.
  • Provides Google Apps
  • A forum for student collaboration
  • Teachers and students can share files
  • Teachers can view, interact, and conference with students digitally in real-time (while the students are working)
  • Available at school and home (with Internet connection)

 

 

Video Creation & Instructional Video

 

Guiding Thought: As you go through these resources, think about how you can incorporate videos into your lessons/curriculum or how students can create videos to show critical thinking, learning, or understanding.

10 Sites for Educational Documentaries

Video Creation in the Classroom – Tools & Tips (slideshow)

5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students

Designing and Developing Video Projects

Student Blogging

 

Guiding Thought: As you go through these resources, think about how you can incorporate blogs and/or wikis into your curriculum and what it would look like in your classroom. What outcome would you like to receive from integrating blogs and/or wikis?

6 Old and New Strategies to Teach Writing Skills

What Does Blogging Do Exactly?

Ideas For Integrating a Student Blog Into Your Curriculum

Fresh Ideas For Classroom Blogging

Blogging With Middle Schoolers: Frontloading and First Steps

Video: Blogs in Plain English

Edublogs

Blogger

Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages