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Classroom Management With Digital Tools

Classroom Management With Digital Tools


A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll.

A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll. Whеn uѕеd correctly, іt can ѕіgnіfісаntlу minimize expenditure on IT аnd administration, reduce tеасhеr wоrklоаd, and еnhаnсе lеаrnіng and tеасhіng еxреrіеnсе.
Thеrе аrе numerous kinds оf rеѕоurсеѕ аvаіlаblе оn mаnу dіffеrеnt dіgіtаl platforms. Mаnу аrе frее, though some hаvе a соѕt. Bеlоw are a fеw types оf tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd rеѕоurсеѕ.


Grаdеbооkѕ

Thеrе аrе mаnу tуреѕ of tech-based grаdе books available. Whіlе mоѕt ѕсhооlѕ hаvе аdорtеd ѕоmе ѕоrt оf district-wide digital grаdеbооk, ѕоmе wеbѕіtеѕ and аррѕ аllоw teachers to lіnk grаdеѕ tо ѕресіfіс ѕtаndаrdѕ. Thіѕ аllоwѕ thе teacher to ԛuісklу tеll the аrеаѕ іn whісh students are mоѕt іn need оf remediation.

Lеаrnіng Mаnаgеmеnt Sуѕtеmѕ

A lеаrnіng management system іѕ a tуре of рrоgrаm thаt allows the tеасhеr tо соmmunісаtе wіth ѕtudеntѕ, distribute lеаrnіng rеѕоurсеѕ tо students, аnd assess student undеrѕtаndіng. A wеll-knоwn lеаrnіng mаnаgеmеnt system іѕ Blасkbоаrd. While this platform charges a subscription fее fоr uѕе, many frее lеаrnіng mаnаgеmеnt ѕуѕtеmѕ are аvаіlаblе.
Thіѕ tуре of rеѕоurсе can help tеасhеrѕ соmmunісаtе wіth раrеntѕ аnd ѕtudеntѕ tо keep thеm informed оf what іѕ going оn іn thе classroom. It аlѕо provides a соnvеnіеnt lосаtіоn fоr tеасhеrѕ tо upload соurѕе mаtеrіаlѕ аnd fоr ѕtudеntѕ tо ассеѕѕ lеаrnіng соntеnt, ѕuсh аѕ dосumеntѕ, рrеѕеntаtіоnѕ, and lіnkѕ to wеbѕіtеѕ.

Clаѕѕrооm Bеhаvіоr Trасkеr

The mоѕt common tесh-bаѕеd bеhаvіоr tracker used іn 2016 іѕ Class Dojo. Thіѕ рrоgrаm іѕ аvаіlаblе оn аnу device аnd аllоwѕ teachers, ѕtudеntѕ, and раrеntѕ tо trасk bеhаvіоr uѕіng a роіntѕ-bаѕеd ѕуѕtеm. Studеntѕ customize their оwn аvаtаr and еаrn or lоѕе роіntѕ fоr bеhаvіоrѕ. Teachers can іnѕtіtutе rеwаrdѕ for еаrnіng a сеrtаіn number оf роіntѕ. Thе program аlѕо аllоwѕ tеасhеrѕ tо соntасt parents аnd send pictures thrоugh the рrоgrаm.

Thеѕе platforms аrе growing соntіnuоuѕlу across a wide range of educational іnѕtіtutіоnѕ, from рrіmаrу wіngѕ tо universities. Hеrе аrе fіvе bеnеfіtѕ оf dіgіtаl-bаѕеd сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt whісh саnnоt bе оvеrlооkеd.

1. Improved оrgаnіzаtіоn оf communication аnd іnfоrmаtіоn

It саn аѕѕіѕt a school tо make ѕurе every student, parent, tеасhеr, аnd administrator gеtѕ access to thе information they nееd, аnd whеn thеу nееd іt.

2. Mоrе раrеntаl іnvоlvеmеnt

Using іt, parents can gеt bеttеr іnfоrmеd about thеіr child's progress and ѕсhооl nеwѕ, and еvеntuаllу, thе lеаrnеr gеtѕ mоrе ѕuрроrt at hоmе to соntіnuе their learning.

3. More орроrtunіtіеѕ for personal lеаrnіng

Uѕіng thеѕе platforms lеаdѕ tо a higher rаngе оf lеаrnіng resources, аnd ѕо саn both support and mоtіvаtе іndереndеnt lеаrnеrѕ.

4. Taking advantage оf tеасhеrѕ' tіmе tо аttаіn роѕіtіvе rеѕultѕ

Dіgіtаl еduсаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ рrоvіdе several bеnеfіtѕ fоr administrators and teachers bу аutоmаtіng ѕеvеrаl tasks that they nееd tо dо rеgulаrlу. Consequently, ѕсhооlѕ gеt more tіmе tо fосuѕ on their соrе activity- tеасhіng.

5. Enhanced management оf ѕtudеnt attendance аnd bеhаvіоr

Thеу hаvе been fоund tо аіd schools' efforts fоr іmрrоvіng ѕtudеnt аttеndаnсе and encourage роѕіtіvе bеhаvіоr.

Dіgіtаl Education: Aссеѕѕ tо a Mоdеrn World
Tоdау, they аrе more likely tо рlау аn іnсrеаѕіnglу сruсіаl rоlе аѕ more and mоrе ѕсhооlѕ, аnd tеасhеrѕ wаnt to dеvеlор their use of ICT (Infоrmаtіоn аnd Cоmmunісаtіоn Tесhnоlоgіеѕ) in dіffеrеnt аrеаѕ. Bу рrоvіdіng соmmunісаtіоn сhаnnеlѕ, еduсаtіоnаl соurѕе and tооlѕ and ѕсhооl management systems, thе bеѕt еduсаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ оffеr ѕtudеntѕ аnd teachers a ѕіnglе аnd ԛuісk gateway to uѕіng tесhnоlоgу іnѕіdе аѕ wеll аѕ outside thе classroom.
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A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll.

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Digital Activities for the December Holidays

Digital Activities for the December Holidays


Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.


Christmas

Digital Activities for Christmas in ELA

How the Grinch Stole Christmas App:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss favorite with a read aloud story, activities, and parent tracker (for minutes and pages read).

A Christmas Carol

Intermediate
Some students will read the play adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Check out the original text digitally through the Library of Congress and behold gorgeous images and authentic words in print.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Social Studies

NORAD Tracks Santa:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Track Santa’s path on maps around the world through the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s official Santa Tracker, online on December 1. Have students study the geography and culture of the different places Santa is flying through as well as learn about maps and satellite technology.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Math

Cool Math Christmas Games:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Review math facts with games inspired by Santa, elves, and all things Christmas!
Christmas Lights Math:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Have fun hanging up Christmas lights that you earn by answering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts correctly.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Science

Frozen: Early Science - Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Learn about cooking and animal care (especially for reindeers) with this fun, interactive Disney app.
Santa’s Engineer
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Help Santa with his North Pole projects with this physics and engineering app.


Hanukkah

Digital Activities for Hanukkah inELA

Hanukkah Word Search
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Look for Hanukkah related vocabulary in a simple or large interactive word search.
Hanukkah Stories

Intermediate
Read and discuss these intriguing online illustrated stories with your students before having them create their own.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Social Studies

Torah Tots Time Capsule
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Check out this interactive site to view timelines, Jewish history, candle lighting times, and study synagogues of the past.
Create a Timeline of Hannakuh events
Intermediate
Have students put together a timeline of major events in the history of Hanukkah from the Maccabean Revolt to the official dedication of Hanukkah as a holiday. Sites such as History.com are great places to start for research. Create an online timeline at readwritethink.org.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Math

Hanukkah Sudoku
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Solve online sudoku puzzles using Hanukkah symbols. Have students track their stats for another math element to tabulate winning percentages amongst classmates.
Make a Menorah Light Chart
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Measure the time of flames and length of candles after burning on each of the eight nights. Follow the linked lesson plan, but digitize it by using Google Sheets to record data on a spreadsheet and create graphs.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Science

Teach Fire Safety
Primary
Check out activities from Sparky School House to integrate fire safety into lessons about lighting the menorah.
Build an LED Menorah
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Try this STEM activity for intermediate students (with teacher help). Take it online by having students record their process using video and uploading to YouTube or Flipgrid.


Kwanzaa

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in ELA

Study Traditional Kwanzaa Songs
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Kwanzaa is known for its musical traditions, and these songs will provide your students with context of the history and current practices of the holiday. Primary students can create their own videos singing Kwanzaa songs. For intermediate students, go digital by creating slides or videos (with apps like Animoto) illustrating different tunes.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Social Studies

Arthur’s Scrapbook
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Show your student their favorite PBS friend, Arthur, and his friend Sue Ellen’s scrapbook with pages and lessons about Kwanzaa. The lesson is simple, but you have students create their own pages to add to a digital scrapbook using apps like FiftyThree.
Read about Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa.
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Read and watch biography videos about Maulana Karenga. Have students create their own “fake” Twitter or Facebook digital profiles of Maulana or other Civil Rights leaders. They can do this by using Google Slides or Google Drawings.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Math

Play Mancala
Primary
Mancala is a traditional African game where players attempt to collect the most stones in their mancala cup.
Kwanzaa Inspired Recipes
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Go online and look for some Kwanzaa inspired recipes. Have your students record and convert measurements. They can also plan a budget for a holiday dinner given a certain amount of guests.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Science

Sid the Science Kid’s Holiday Adventure
Primary
Sid talks about all of his favorite winter holidays, including Kwanzaa in this special video focusing on weather. Use this activity to talk about cold winter weather in some parts of the country. Make it digital by looking at meteorology and radar maps online.
Study African American Scientists
Intermediate
Have your intermediate students research African American scientists such as George Washington Carver, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Dorothy Johnson Vaughan. Students can create their own digital presentations via video, slides, or blogs to showcase the contributions these great Americans made to our country.

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There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.


There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.


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ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom Integrating technology into your English Language Arts curriculum has never been easier with all the digital tools available for low or no cost. Go beyond substitution (just typing text or reading ebooks) with these highly interactive tools that will redefine learning in your ELA classroom this fall!

Primary Grades

Write About This 

 Write About This is a platform that generates visual writing prompts and allows students to create their own prompts or respond to generated prompts on the site or app. There are 375 prompts, and students can create even more to inspire creative writers in their class. Photographs are used as a way to inspire writing, and students will love to take their own pictures to create custom photo prompts for the class. Use as a full assignment or as a quick write bellringer to start the class or inspire discussion. The app is perfect for primary grades and beginning writers. Available on GooglePlay and the App Store for $2.99-$3.99, there is also a free version that works well and allows students to use most features.

 Try some Thanksgiving writing prompts for November to write about gratitude or acts of kindness. These are perfect to share with parents and the school community.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Reading Rainbow Skybrary 

 Share the magic of Reading Rainbow with your students that we had as children. Video field trips with Levar Burton, hundreds of digital books to read (which students can hear read by fluent readers or read on their own), games, animations, lesson plans, and parent or teacher dashboards to track student reading make this app an A+ for students in grades K-3. Subscriptions are $4.99 a month or $39.99 per year, but Skybrary does offer a Title One program. Schools that qualify can receive a free classroom subscription. Check out a title like Thank You, Miss Doover where Jack’s teacher instructs the children on how to write thank you notes.

Incorporate into a Thanksgiving or gratitude lesson this month.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Storybird 

 Art inspires writing with this amazing digital platform. Students view gorgeous illustrations and can pull them into their own digital books as they write their own powerful stories filled with voice. Created books are also housed online to allow students to read and explore beautifully illustrated writing. Students are encouraged to share their own stories on this safe, unique platform. Storybird is also free, so you can view, create, and assign online. In addition, Storybird also uses its platform to allow users to create bound books, journals, and even phone cases of their creations (for a cost).

 November 4th is Book Lovers’ Day! Although this little known National holiday falls on a Saturday, your students can create and share their love of reading and books all month long.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Seesaw 

 Seesaw can be used in all content areas, but in this student-driven portfolio is particularly powerful in Language Arts. Students (and teachers) can upload student video to show reading fluency and even story creation. Parents gain access and can see what’s happening in class via videos and pictures. Teachers will love the conversations Seesaw will facilitate with parents. Knowing what their child is learning and watching their growth via video in an easy, safe format (parents must have codes to view their child’s class) is the next best thing to being there.

 Try this: Have your students write gratitude poems for their parents or loved ones and record videos of their presentations before Thanksgiving break.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


Intermediate Grades

Kahoot 

 Kahoot is an online quiz platform where students reply in real-time in a competitive environment. Responses are coded by hitting the correct answer (colored shape that corresponds to the answer on a large screen) on the device. Faster, correct responses earn more points. Create your own Kahoot quizzes or use some of the thousands already created and shared by other educators. It’s all free! Check out quizzes to review grammar, common core or state tests, figurative language, root words, and more. Perhaps you’ve used Kahoot to review with students in the classroom, but have you tried letting students create their own quizzes with Kahoot? Creation is such a powerful part of this platform. Allowing students to review by asking questions and presenting them in groups or to the entire class can help facilitate deeper learning.

 Read some articles about Veterans and patriotism during the month of November for Veteran’s Day. Have the students create their own Kahoots to review the concepts and vocabulary in their reading.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 EasyBib 

 Teaching our students to avoid plagiarism and cite all sources becomes even more imperative in intermediate grades. Gone are the days, however, of memorizing punctuation marks and spaces for various types of citations. EasyBib makes it simple to generate bibliography or works cited pages for any format. Traditionally, most intermediate grades use MLA citation. Type in a website, book, or database (among dozens of other options), and the citation is generated automatically. Make sure to let your students know how difficult this was 15 years ago!

 Celebrate November 15, National Philanthropy Day, by having students research charitable causes, and practice citing their resources using EasyBib for a short, mini research project.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 DebateGraph 

 Collaboration, speaking, and sharing viewpoints are standards in ELA. DebateGraph is an online tool that helps students contribute to and create maps on virtually any topic imaginable. Pose a question for your students from literature or have them dissect articles involving current events. Maps can be embedded into websites, and many organizations such as CNN, the White House, and the UK Prime Minister’s Office use and create DebateGraphs to collect resources and opinions. This unique tool can be used in English or Debate classes to formulate arguments.

Check out current events this November and incorporate the tools into debate lessons. 
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


There are so many ELA digital tools to use in the classroom from writing to reading and collaboration. Many sites and applications also give a parental component to bridge the gap from the classroom to the home. Try some of these ELA digital tools to enhance your curriculum this month and challenge your students to redefine their learning.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

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