Monday, December 15, 2014

Sharpen Students' Skills Over the Break!

Students are excited for the upcoming well-deserved break from daily school obligations, and you probably are too! But, how can you help them keep their skills sharp over winter break and even during inclement weather? Prepare kids for a successful next quarter or reinforce skills they've learned with these Classworks activities and resources. 

Digital Math Resources 
The Classworks Hundreds Grid can be accessed on a laptop or tablet at hundredsgrid.classworks.com. Use the print option for students without internet access. 
Try one of these activities:
  • Strengthen number sense by having students complete a hundreds grid mystery picture (see samples). 
  • For a challenge, make the numbers larger or turn them into addition and subtraction problems. Tip: Classworks Hundreds Grid goes to 1,000.
  • Have students highlight their multiplication facts (ex. highlight products of 2-blue, 3-yellow, 4-purple.)
    Tip: Differentiate with different facts for different learners. 
  • Have students use the Notepad Tool found in Student Resources to explain patterns they see or print the chart and write out the patterns they find.
Classworks Units of Instruction
  • Reinforce skills by assigning Classworks units for students to practice. Use the Practice Unit Launcher (PUL) to embed units into your LMS or web page. Or, simply email parents the links to work on with their kids. 
  • Introduce new skills you plan to teach using the PUL. 
Ruleville Elementary Classworks Projects
Cross-Curricular Projects 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Use What You Have To Maximize Math!

Finding it challenging to locate reliable resources to support rigorous math instruction? 

Join our interactive webinar to maximize your current resources to support the key shifts in mathematics instruction.

Leave with best practices, tools, and activities to enhance your students' mathematical development and promote conceptual understanding with:
  • Digital math tools
  • Projects to support real-world math application

"Tools like the number line help students to successfully complete the activities and assessments. I am excited to learn more about how I can further implement it in my teaching!"  
Christy Hackerott, 3rd Grade Teacher, Moundville Elementary

Using Existing Resources to Meet Your Math Standards
Thursday, December 11, 2014 

Register: 3:15 p.m. EST
Register: 6:00 p.m. EST

Get previous webinar recordings at classworks.com/traning/events. Plus, sign up for one of our upcoming 2015 Regional Meetings at classworks.com/training/regional-meetings


Friday, December 5, 2014

Beaming With Pride!



As another successful contest season ends, we want to thank you for showing us how you're using Classworks in your classrooms. Your creative videos and pictures brought smiles to our faces (and maybe a tear or two). We're inspired by how your students are benefiting from Classworks not only in your labs but in whole group and small group instruction, centers, and at home. 

A special congratulations to Moundville Elementary for having winners two months in a row—a Classworks first! 

Here are the November winners of a $200 Amazon gift card: 
  • Andrea Cobb, Joyner Elementary, MS
  • Ellie Yaeger, Moundville Elementary, AL
  • Katie Kellogg, Valley Elementary, AL
  • Tracy Preslar, Ansonville Elementary, NC
  • Wanda Carroll, Iva Elementary, SC 


Be sure to follow us on social media to get the latest information on our next contest and the upcoming regional meetings! 

  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sign Up Now For 2015 Regional Meetings!

Classworks is going on the road to bring an exciting professional learning opportunity to eight cities beginning in January 2015! These free, interactive sessions will help you maximize Classworks in and out of the classroom. Seats are limited so sign up now for the location near you!

Looking for ideas on using digital math tools or conducting close reads with Integrated Reading? Need help implementing a school incentive plan? Learn and share best practices with your colleagues on using Classworks to employ these strategies and more. 

The 2015 agenda will feature: 
  • What's New! 
  • Best Practices for Using Integrated Reading 
  • Emerging Trends - gamification, what's trending in ed tech 
  • New Concepts for Math Instruction - a sneak peek  

2015 Regional Meetings will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including lunch. Dates and locations are as follows:  

Keep up with the latest meeting information at 

*Please note you will receive an email confirmation from Classworks confirming your registration within seven business days. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Updated Functionality: December 2014

Student Resources

All student resources (notepad, dictionary, calculator, hundreds grid, and number line) will be enabled for all students over the next couple of weeks. This will allow students to utilize the tools while working in Classworks instruction without you having to manually enable them. In addition, all new students added into the manager will have the tools enabled by default. Based on the poll we launched in October, users overwhelmingly preferred the Student Resources to be enabled by default.



Staff Adoption Widget

This staff dashboard widget will slowly be populated over time to include log in data prior to the release of the widget. Once updated all customers will display stats dating back to the beginning of the school year. Some customers will have data from previous school years added as well.

Activity Name Hyperlink

Currently in the Teacher Module, clicking on the name of a unit launches the unit in the Practice Unit Launcher interface. Within the next couple of weeks, clicking on the name of an activity and clicking start will launch the activity in the Practice Unit Launcher interface as well.