Currently, my go-to online resources for the classroom are:
I’m head-over-heels in love with Newsela. The site re-writes online articles from credible news sources on current or relevant issues, and even allows teachers to choose the lexile level (complexity) at which their students read the article. More recently, they’ve added the ability to assign readings to created classes, annotate the text, and create or access text sets (paired readings). This website has totally changed the way I teach nonfiction.
Socrative is a site where students can take a teacher-created quiz. It tracks student data and will e-mail you a report reflecting class/student tests results once everyone has finished answering and you have ended the session. Socrative requires a little frontloading in creating the test, but it eliminates the time spent grading every test by hand. And that, my friends, is a blessing for time-crunched teachers.
Everyone on my 8th grade team uses Google Classroom to post assignments, announcements, and other important things like daily notes. What’s really nice about it is that you can create multiple classes and post different things to each class, or “select all.” Because it’s supported by Google, you can attach or upload any document you create through Google Docs to the site.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . .
Using technologies that haven’t been invented . . .
In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
-Richard Riley, Former Secretary of Education
*The above picture was taken at the amazing library at Fort Lupton Middle School!