If you don't like reinventing the wheel when it comes to lesson planning...NextLesson is for you!
The "About Us" link has this to say about their content...
NextLesson is the go-to place for Common Core projects, lessons and simulations. Our mission is teachers prepare students for the real world by offering engaging, rigorous and relevant content along with cool interactive instructional tools. Started by parents, guided by teachers, built for students. We hope to build a better tomorrow by working on one simple, driving question, "How can we prepare students for the real world?”
Grade level specific lessons can be found for ELA, Math, Science, and History. You can even search with their Common Core Browser for ELA, Math or Science Standards. A lot of them are free to download, others are purchased with "tickets".
You can access this resource through the direct link http://www.nextlesson.org
Technology for Special Education
As I've mentioned, I LOVE technology and there is no reason why my students wouldn't either. My students all have different learning difficulties and I have a hard time targeting all the missing skills without technology. This is why I really need to get some more technology in my classroom. We may not be a 1 to 1 district, yet... but I could make my classroom that way with the help of some very generous people!
PledgeCents is an organization (similar to DonorsChoose) that can help you accomplish your funding goals for your classroom. Most of us spend our own money for a lot of things, but technology is a bit much for our salary range! Why not check them out today to start your own "Cause" for your classroom.
Go to http://www.pledgecents.com
Here is a link to my cause if you are interested in donating or sharing with someone who may.
"Cramming" in the Technology Age
When I was in school, you had to make flashcards in order to study vocabulary... not anymore! My students have to learn "stems" in our district (latin roots, prefixes, etc.). I realized that a lot of my students don't even have the materials needed to make flashcards or support at home to help them study. I decided that I needed to help them study vocabulary, somehow.
This is when I found http://www.cram.com ! It's the easiest thing in the world to create flashcards! Even better, once you create the flashcards, you can practice by playing a couple of really cool games. My kids love it! If we have a few extra minutes at the end of class, we'll put it up on the SmartBoard and play as a group. Another bonus, they can get to them at home on a computer, tablet or cell phone. No more excuses! Saying I forgot my list at school isn't going to cut it anymore. Check it out. :)
I love Edmodo! I just started using it this school year and I have learned so much from the communities and groups of teachers who use it. I'm trying to convince other teachers to join, but they feel they have so much on their "plate" that it's not a priority. I understand the hesitation, but like Facebook, you have to decide what its purpose will be.
I like to use the Library as my mobile bookmarks for awesome educational websites. I also like to ask questions directly related to education that most people would be BORED with if I asked on Facebook. The communication tools and APPS available are SO worth trying it in your classroom!
My favorite APP right now is the ClassCharts, which is very similar to ClassDojo. Since I have middle school students, ClassDojo felt a little young for them. Being the end of the year and all, I needed something to motivate my students to keep up their good work. I was amazed that my kids actually want to earn points to beat their classmates...for what? An extra piece of candy, snack or a mechanical pencil? Okay, whatever works!
I could go on about Edmodo, but I'll leave it in your hands to try it out for yourselves. Go to http://www.edmodo.com and join today. Just so you know, I don't work for them in any way. I just love it that much!
If you already use it, find me. :) Pam
The Information Age
I've always loved sharing the things I find useful in my classroom, then I realized that some people like how their classroom runs... as is. This is why I decided to start my own blog. Part of me feels conceited to think anyone cares what I think, while the other part loves it when people share cool new things and triumphs with me. So, I figure this way, only the people who WANT to "hear" what I have to say will "hear" it. Here goes nothing!
I'm an Innovative Learning Coordinator in Berkeley County South Carolina and a Google Certified Trainer.