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Class Website 101

Class Website 101


Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!
Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.

The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!

Reasons Why You Need a Class Website

In no particular order, these are 6 reasons why you need a class website:
1. Have everything in one place
2. Easy access to information for students and parents
3. Can replace a Learning Management System
4. Full control over your content
5. Set up each lesson once and then benefit from that effort for years!
6. Students develop digital literacy with regular use
This GIF is you after you've build your class website!

Picking a Website Builder Platform

There are some great website building platforms out there and you can use any one you like. I build mine in Weebly because I like the ease of the click and drag interface. Each lesson I build has some basic components that are the same, so using the features in weebly I am able to copy a page and then just change out a few elements for each lesson. 
If you need help with building a weebly website, I have a set of tutorials for teachers:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Class-Website-with-Weebly-Tutorials-3277862
Other platforms to consider include Google Sites, Wix, and Wordpress. There isn't a wrong choice here, it just depends on your comfort level with getting started. Weebly is by far the most user friendly website builder I've ever used.  

Things to Include in Your Class Website

Here are some things every class website needs:
1. Pages. Lots and lots of pages makes it more organized and accessible. Scrolling for days to find today's content is not student-friendly. You'll need a page for each lesson, a page for early finisher links, a page for your contact info, a page for announcements, etc.
Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!

2. Lesson Pages (see more on this in the next section)
3. Early Finisher links. This example  is what I use for grades 3-5 in the computer lab:
Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!

4. Your contact information possibly with an embedded form so that parents can submit it without needing to open their email app. 
5. Syllabus or information about your class like schedules and expectations. Consider making this page password protected so that the info couldn't get into the wrong hands.

How to Use Your Class Website Like a Learning Management System

Possibly my favorite part of having a class website for the past 7+ years is that I don't need a separate learning management system. I use a modified flipped classroom approach, which means that students watch instructional videos I made from their own computers instead of me standing in front of the class to give instruction. Check out this blog post if you need guidance for making instructional videos.

Here are the steps for creating a class website that can be used like a learning management system:
1. Set up each lesson on its own page. You'll thank yourself later if you take the time to do this. My class website has over 200 pages accessible from the main menu (teaching technology to grades k-5 means 40 weeks of lessons per grade level).

2. On each lesson page, include the instructions with text and video, link to the files for the students to use, and a way for them to turn it back in. Depending on the website builder you choose, there are options to have students upload a file. You can also use a tool like Padlet or a Google Form for students to upload assignments.
Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!

Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!

Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!
You can password protect the lesson pages if you have any files you've purchased from TpT that you want to pass to your students. Passwords keeps the files secure and keeps you out of DMCA trouble.
3. Create a space for announcements. Usually on the homepage. This is the area you'll plan to update regularly. The rest of the pages need to be built and then only maintained if plans change. Otherwise they are kind of like set it and forget it.

How to Use Your Class Website During School

One of the best parts of having a class website is using it!

Set up assignments that students access during the school day. It could be at centers or as an individual assignment. With everything set up on the lesson page, students can get right to work and then you can facilitate the lesson.

Walk around and help students individually as needed instead of lecturing from the front of the classroom! It is a game changer for your energy level and for student engagement.

Next year when you get to the same assignment, the work is already done! If you were using a learning management system you'd have to copy and paste the info for the assignment over again the next time. With a class website you can just double check that the links and files still work and you're good to go.

So, what do you think? Could you see yourself using a class website in this way? I'd love to see your site when you build it!

Do you have a class website yet? If you do, is it aimed mostly at parents or students? I would like to challenge you to change the way you think of class websites and move toward using yours like a Learning Management System.     The benefits are numerous, but the most important one is all of the time it will save you. Let me show you!


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4th Grade Digital ELA Activities

4th Grade Digital ELA Activities


If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

What is a Digital Resource Library?

In my Google Drive I have folders with the language and reading activities. I'm calling it a digital resource library because all of the resources are digital, and they are arranged for you to be able to quickly choose which topic you want to look at and use. 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

All you have to do is make a copy of each file in the folder (there's a google extension that makes this really easy) and then they are yours to use with your students.

Are they Common Core Aligned?

Yes, I used the common core standards as a guide when creating these activities and graphic organizers. There is an alignment guide in each folder. That being said, there are no CCSS indicators in the actual google slides files, so if you don't use the CCSS you can still use these activities. 

Along with this topic, they also don't have 4th grade anywhere on them except in the file title. If you rename it you can use it as differentiation for any grade level student(s). 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

Do I have to have Google Classroom to use this?

No! The folders are on my Google Drive, but the actual activities are in Google Slides, which can easily be downloaded as a PowerPoint file and it doesn't lose any functionality. All you have to take care of is a way to share the files with your students. Sure, Google Classroom makes it a bit easier to share a file, but there are plenty of other ways. You can even upload them to a password protected page on your class website, or into a learning management system like Schoology or Sharepoint in order for your students to access the files. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 

So these are like Interactive Notebooks, but Digital?

Yes, exactly! The Language activities have click and drag, typing, and related online games. The Reading activities are graphic organizers that can be used with ANY text. The best part is that each file has an anchor chart so you could even assign these as homework and the parents would be able to help based on the anchor charts! 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

So, do you think your students would like to complete their ELA work digitally?

Pin this post to get back to later:
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.


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1st Grade Software Lessons for the Computer Lab

1st Grade Software Lessons for the Computer Lab


1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs. 
These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab. The skills build on each other throughout this unit so it is important to do the lessons in order. Each set of 12 weeks are all on the same topic, so students can take a deep dive into the content and the tech skills.

Weeks 1-12: Farm Animals

Week 1
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Drag and Drop
Week 2
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Font Size
Week 3
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Type Labels
Week 4
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Patterns
Week 5
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Type Names
Week 6
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Sorting
Week 7
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Fix the Text
Week 8
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Font Colors
Week 9
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Chart
Week 10
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Line Graph
Week 11
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Bar Graph
Week 12
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Pie Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 13-24: Bugs

Week 13
PRESENTATION
Bugs Drag and Drop
Week 14
PRESENTATION
Bugs Type Labels
Week 15
PRESENTATION
Bugs Copy and Paste
Week 16
PRESENTATION
Bugs Design the Presentation
Week 17
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Type Names
Week 18
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Sorting
Week 19
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Fix the Text
Week 20
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Font and Colors
Week 21
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Chart
Week 22
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Scatter Graph
Week 23
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Column Graph
Week 24
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Line Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 25-36: Keyboards and Typing

Week 25
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Drag and Drop
Week 26
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Type Letters
Week 27
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Change Fonts
Week 28
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Phonics Drag and Drop
Week 29
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Type Sight Words
Week 30
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Change Fonts
Week 31
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Fix the Text
Week 32
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Keys Sorting Drag and Drop
Week 33
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Chart
Week 34
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Line Graph
Week 35
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Column Graph
Week 36
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Choice Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
What is included:
4 weeks of lessons for each type of software
  • Word / Docs / Pages
  • PowerPoint / Slides / Keynote
  • Excel / Sheets / Numbers
Customizable for whatever software version you have
Editable Lesson Plans:
•Mini lesson
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson components
•Exit Ticket Questions
•Space for reflection
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Editable Daily Messages:
•Lesson Title
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson Question
•Space for you to add screenshots of your software program
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Student Templates Provided
•Templates will convert to any version of software programs, but are provided in Office 365
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Student Exit Ticket:
•Formative assessment questions provided as an editable Google Form to use with every lesson
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

TEACHING TIPS

1. These lessons are the main activity for a class. I recommend planning a warm up activity (like 10 minutes of typing) and early finisher activities (here are sites you can use). You’re likely going to have some students complete the lesson in 5-10 minutes and others that will still be working when you say time is up.
2. In the lesson plans you’ll see me talk about screencasts you could make. If you’ve never made them before, check out this blog post to learn more about it. Screencasts are a game changer!
3. You may upload the student templates to a learning management system or password protected page of your own website. As long as the files aren’t available publicly on the web then you’re following the terms of use. If you need ideas for how to share files with students, read this blog post.
4. The assessment can be thought of as exit tickets and is optional. It will be helpful if technology is a graded subject and should be used to inform your instruction.
If you’re new to teaching technology and curious about grading these skills, read this blog post.

WHO NEEDS THESE TECHNOLOGY LESSONS?

These software lessons are perfect for technology teachers, classroom teachers, media specialists, STEM teachers, or homeschool parents who want their students to know how to use technology to create content. By mastering these software programs, students will feel comfortable doing anything you ask them to do with it.

HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM?

The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system. The content in these software lessons does not overlap with the k5tech.net curriculum at all so you can use both.


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Buy 1st Grade Software Lessons on TpT

Buy 1st Grade Software Lessons on K5tech.net

1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

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5th Grade Digital ELA Activities

5th Grade Digital ELA Activities


If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

What is a Digital Resource Library?

In my Google Drive I have folders with the language and reading activities. I'm calling it a digital resource library because all of the resources are digital, and they are arranged for you to be able to quickly choose which topic you want to look at and use. 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

All you have to do is make a copy of each file in the folder (there's a google extension that makes this really easy) and then they are yours to use with your students.

Are they Common Core Aligned?

Yes, I used the common core standards as a guide when creating these activities and graphic organizers. There is an alignment guide in each folder. That being said, there are no CCSS indicators in the actual google slides files, so if you don't use the CCSS you can still use these activities. 

Along with this topic, they also don't have 5th grade anywhere on them except in the file title. If you rename it you can use it as differentiation for any grade level student(s). 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

Do I have to have Google Classroom to use this?

No! The folders are on my Google Drive, but the actual activities are in Google Slides, which can easily be downloaded as a PowerPoint file and it doesn't lose any functionality. All you have to take care of is a way to share the files with your students. Sure, Google Classroom makes it a bit easier to share a file, but there are plenty of other ways. You can even upload them to a password protected page on your class website, or into a learning management system like Schoology or Sharepoint in order for your students to access the files. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 

So these are like Interactive Notebooks, but Digital?

Yes, exactly! The Language activities have click and drag, typing, and related online games. The Reading activities are graphic organizers that can be used with ANY text. The best part is that each file has an anchor chart so you could even assign these as homework and the parents would be able to help based on the anchor charts! 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

So, do you think your students would like to complete their ELA work digitally?

Pin this post to get back to later:
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

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Brittany Washburn
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