Friday, January 30, 2015

Rave Reviews Are In!

"We are in the very early stages of implementation in our district. Our previous resource was more of a drill resource. I see Classworks as more of an instructional tool after today's session. I was also able to learn how other districts at my table are using Classworks."
Vanessa Wynn
Bibb County School District

This is just one of the many rave reviews we received about our first 2015 Classworks Regional Meeting! It was great to see so many of our Georgia educators talking about the latest education trends and sharing how you're using Classworks to tackle them. Of course, one of the highlights for us is seeing the excited faces as we show the new things we have in store with Classworks. 

There are still six Classworks Regional Meetings left! Looking forward to seeing you at one of them! 



P.S. If you attended our Atlanta Regional Meeting don't forget to take our survey!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sneak Peak -- Support for Your Math Challenges!

Conceptual understanding, productive struggle, applied problem solving -- sound familiar? Sure they are the current math buzz words, but shifting the way you teach math to address these may present real challenges. It's an authentic change in the way math is taught which impacts the type of resources you need to support your students. 

At the Classworks Regional Meetings get a sneak peek into activities currently in development to support you with the math changes. You'll be the first to see our development efforts designed to help you promote conceptual understanding and engage students with productive struggle leading to mastery. 

Speaking of math, here's a little challenge and reward for you.  Bring a completed Classworks Hundreds Grid mystery picture  (or create your own picture) to the Regional Meeting and you'll get a $5 Starbucks gift card. 



P.S. Get the latest information on the Classworks Regional Meetings at classworks.com/training/regional-meetings

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sync, Flip, Blend -- But How?

Have you heard of sync learning? Flipped classrooms and blended learning? Likely, you're hearing these terms more and more as new classroom technology brings learning models that stray from the traditional. These can sound great in theory; but how do you take these ideas and implement them in your classroom? Let's explore one of these learning models: Sync learning.

Learn 
With sync learning, the teacher guides and facilitates the main lesson topic, while students interact with that content in their own way. Students may work on their differentiated assignment on a laptop, tablet, desktop computer, or using printed materials. 

Apply 
A teacher may have a Classworks Integrated Reading passage on the interactive whiteboard. One student can be identifying unknown words with the dictionary tool, another might be answering questions and explaining their thinking using the notes tool, while a third is answering the open response question, and using the highlighter to go back in the passage to identify evidence. The teacher can circulate, using the teacher review functionality to monitor and respond to individual students, and then pull them back to the central sync point to clarify or address a common misconception.

Review 
Hear more about sync learning and other new learning models at one of the Classworks 2015 Regional Meetings.   


P.S. This week we talk about sync learning, but stay tuned for more on flipped classrooms and other learning models in upcoming posts. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's Trending in 2015?

Happy New Year! What do you think 2015 will hold for education technology? Are you preparing to tackle any new trends this year or still trying to implement old ones? 

2014 saw a marked increase in the rise of technology purchased and used for new learning models such as blended learning, flipped classrooms, and gamification. 
Digital citizenship became the buzzword as educators strive to prepare students for 21st century college and career. Did you incorporate any of these in your classrooms this year? 

These trends will likely continue to develop but in the ever-changing education world new ones are sure to evolve in 2015. Discuss what's trending up and down in 2015 at one of the upcoming Classworks Regional Meetings. During the session, What's Trending, you will be able to collaborate with other educators on what's keeping you up at night. Leave with best practices on how to tackle these and other educational trends.