Thursday, September 22, 2016

Principal Spotlight: You're 1:1... Now What?

You’re in the process of implementing a 1:1 device initiative. What should you consider to achieve maximum effectiveness in the classroom?

After year one, the comment heard most from teachers is a desire for more training. How to best use this technology in the classroom is a common question. That support can make the difference between devices being used every day and only being pulled out for the most rudimentary tasks. 


What kind of professional development is needed for successful adoption?

Teacher training, high-quality digital content, and security are all important factors addressed in our latest whitepaper, You’re 1:1… Now What?



Already using Classworks with your technology but want to do more? Classworks Digital Learning Grant is now accepting teacher applications: classworks.com/digital-learning-grant/.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Real-time Chat, ACT Aspire, and More Math Coming Soon!

We're excited that you're excited for Classworks new back-to-school enhancements! But wait, there's more coming in November!

Classworks Live Chat
To enhance your Classworks experience, we're launching Classworks Live Chat. Online chat gives you fast and convenient answers from product experts.

ACT Aspire Integration
In November, Classworks will fully integrate ACT Aspire’s Interim and Summative assessment results to deliver Individualized Learning Paths (ILPs) for students based on that data.

Full Standards Coverage with Applied Mathematics
Brand new Applied Mathematics activities will be available to ensure full standards coverage!

Ongoing online trainings, blog posts, customer support, and your implementation manager are available for help. Check out the online trainings we've done so far! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Now Accepting Digital Learning Grant Applications!

Apply now for Classworks Digital Learning Grant! For a second year, Classworks is awarding three teachers $2,500 each to use for classroom technology. 

Tell us how you are using Classworks Integrated Reading and Applied Math in the classroom today, and what kind of innovation you have planned with the grant. Whether it's a blended learning initiative or expanding the ability to group students to work on digital math activities–share your plans with us! 

The application window is open now through December 16. To be eligible to apply for the grant, you must be a current Classworks user. Apply for the grant, see previous winning entries and application and award rules at classworks.com/digital-learning-grant



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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Use Data and Digital Instruction to Differentiate

Use the Renaissance STAR 360 Instructional Planning Report paired with Classworks Applied Math to effectively group students.

The instructional report sorts students based on their assessment scores, allowing teachers to easily group students in the classroom. Classworks differentiated activities offer a perfect mechanism to effectively match groups of students with the right instructional content.

Each activity consists of three problems addressing the same grade-level standard at varying levels of difficulty, as well as a critique and precision activity.

You might use the report this way:

Group 1: Students with the highest scaled score range
  • Assign the Expanding level activity
  • Expanding problem is always open-ended
  • Students are prompted to solve the problem and explain their thought process using a variety of methods (text, drawing, audio recording)
Group 2: Students with mid-range scaled scores
  • Assign the Meeting level activity
  • Meeting problem is multiple choice
  • Students have access to digital tools to explain their thinking
Group 3: Students with the lowest scaled score range
  • Assign the Progressing level activity
  • Progressing problem is multiple choice
  • Includes “friendlier” numbers and more visual support
The Investigative problem would be appropriate for independent work for the highest range group, partner work for the mid-range group, and small-group teacher-directed for the lowest range group.

How are the problems differentiated?
  • Magnitude of numbers
  • Visual supports provided
  • Number of steps required to solve
  • Level of mathematical thinking that is expected
Here’s a sample plan!

See it in action: Meeting | Investigative