CTS members have been immersed in learning the Ruby programming language on the Treehouse platform for the past few weeks. Today Troy, Ozzy, and Aaron got the chance to meet-up with Chris Nelson of Gaslight to discuss Ruby and other topics surrounding the IT field.
There is no better way than text sets to broaden a student’s perspective while at the same time deepening their understanding of a topic.
Newsela provides a searchable library of current, relevant text sets across the curricula which can be narrowed down and even altered by reading level. As a result, students at different levels can be reading about and discussing the same topic. Newsela releases new text sets daily and allows for teachers to create their own that are available to users as well. There is a feature called binder which allows teachers to create classes, make assignments, and access quizzes. All of which is part of their free suite of products.
Now that WHS is in a 1:1 learning environment we encourage you to check out Newsela as a resource for you and your students. Already using Newsela? Please give us feedback in the comments below and let us know how you use it in your classroom.
Newsela Review from Edsurge
Newsela Review from TeachersFirst
Sharing Google files with other students and teachers has made collaboration here at WHS the norm. Now Google allows us to assign Action Items to collaborators in the comments section of Google files. Give it a try and let us know if you find this tool useful.
- Open a Google file.
- Highlight the text, images, cells, or slides you want to comment on.
- To add a comment, go to the format toolbar and click Comment .
- Type your comment.
- Somewhere in your comment, add the email address, with @ or + in front of it, of the person you want to assign it to.
- Click the box next to “Assign to [name].”
- Click Assign. The person you assigned the action item to will get an email.
Teachers – Now more than ever there is an expectation to communicate with not only our students but their parents in a timely and detailed manner. Communicating with the parents and guardians of your students just got easier with Google Classroom’s Guardian Email Summaries. Don Sutton just turned on our access to this important feature so you can now use it.
Simply go to the ‘students’ tab in Classroom and then turn on Guardian Email Summaries on the left-hand side. You will then “Invite Guardians” by adding the email addresses or adding from your contacts. Parents/guardians will have the option to see a daily or weekly summary of posts from your classroom. This will also allow you to email the guardian directly from Google Classroom.
Try it out tonight as you meet with parents at Report Card Fair. As always give us feedback so we know if this becomes an effective way of communicating with your parents.
Today in the Learning Commons we explored Historical Fiction with Ms. Moore’s Honors English 2 students.
Historical Fiction includes any books set in the past. Students seem drawn to this genre especially when it comes to stories that they can relate to in their own lives. Students realize that some of the same issues, struggles, and even solutions they face today were also present in the past.
We also took some time to evaluate how to select a book based on reading and interest level. Students evaluated books and rated them based on how interested they would be in reading the book. They then had the opportunity to check out a book to use with an independent reading assignment for 2nd quarter.
To look for Historical Fiction books in our library use the following link (while at school): http://destiny
When printing tests, quizzes, IEPS, or other sensitive materials consider using the Secure Print Feature on our copiers.
This seems to work best when you use the ‘ctrl-shift-p’ command to print.
- Choose destination printer and click preferences
- Change Job Type to ‘Secure Print‘
- Enter a code – click ok then print.
- When you get to the printer push Job Status button. Then click Secure Print, select your print job and release it with the code.
Thanks Matt Geggie for reminding me of this handy feature.
Printing is now working from the chromebooks. The directions are easier to show than to tell so please follow this link for the instructions.