Raving about Raz Kids!

Raz Kids is an amazing reading program to utilize within your classroom! Raz Kids is an online guided reading program that offers e-books, online reading quizzes, and downloadable stories. It is geared towards K-Grade 5 and has 29 different levels of reading difficulty, This tool can be utilized both in the classroom and at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcOMiudSAqM  

Check out the link above!

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The website is very user and kid friendly! Teachers, or parents, set up the students accounts. They can preset each account to the “just right” reading level for that student. Students log on, using picture codes so they don’t need to remember a wordy password. They can then choose from an abundance of different books that are all set the the level they are at.

Each student has a robot attached to their account. The more they read, the more options, they can to change and alter their robot. The students have the option to read them story themselves, have it read out loud, and then after they can do a comprehension quiz. The more they do, the more points they accumulate which means they can do more to their robot.

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Raz Kids offers lots of neat features. There is a button on their website called “Teachers Corner”, where it offers support in leveling, assessing, using the program and more. It has online running records where teachers can assess their student online. Teachers can also advance their student, or move their student, to a different level if they find their reading is ready for a change. Raz Kids is very easily accessable so students can read in class, at home, and on the go!

 

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Raz Kids is from the company Learning A-Z. This company also has programs, Science A-Z, Writing A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, and Reading A-Z.  I personally think the Science A-Z program looks the most worthwhile due to it combining science lessons and reading, two birds, one stone!!

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The only downfall of these programs would be the price. Each individual program costs around 100 dollars for a year membership. If you had funding or the money for these programs I would say they are, without a doubt, worth it.

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All the programs offer amazing resources and add additional ways to incorporate technology into your classroom that are engaging for your students!

 

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Raving about Raz Kids!

Raz Kids is an amazing reading program to utilize within your classroom! Raz Kids is an online guided reading program that offers e-books, online reading quizzes, and downloadable stories. It is geared towards K-Grade 5 and has 29 different levels of reading difficulty, This tool can be utilized both in the classroom and at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcOMiudSAqM  

Check out the link above!

razkids4

The website is very user and kid friendly! Teachers, or parents, set up the students accounts. They can preset each account to the “just right” reading level for that student. Students log on, using picture codes so they don’t need to remember a wordy password. They can then choose from an abundance of different books that are all set the the level they are at.

Each student has a robot attached to their account. The more they read, the more options, they can to change and alter their robot. The students have the option to read them story themselves, have it read out loud, and then after they can do a comprehension quiz. The more they do, the more points they accumulate which means they can do more to their robot.

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Raz Kids offers lots of neat features. There is a button on their website called “Teachers Corner”, where it offers support in leveling, assessing, using the program and more. It has online running records where teachers can assess their student online. Teachers can also advance their student, or move their student, to a different level if they find their reading is ready for a change. Raz Kids is very easily accessable so students can read in class, at home, and on the go!

 

tab1-screenshot

Raz Kids is from the company Learning A-Z. This company also has programs, Science A-Z, Writing A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, and Reading A-Z.  I personally think the Science A-Z program looks the most worthwhile due to it combining science lessons and reading, two birds, one stone!!

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 8.23.36 AM

 

The only downfall of these programs would be the price. Each individual program costs around 100 dollars for a year membership. If you had funding or the money for these programs I would say they are, without a doubt, worth it.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 8.29.27 AM

 

All the programs offer amazing resources and add additional ways to incorporate technology into your classroom that are engaging for your students!

 

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Noisy Classroom? Try this!

It is easy for noise levels to raise on a daily basis in classrooms. While I don’t have a magic trick to eliminate it all together, I do have a few ideas!

 

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First,

Copy and paste, www.bouncyballs.org  into a new tab and press Begin!

 

Once you press begin you will see a microphone in the right hand top corner. Turn that one and talk, scream, yell, or just sit quietly, whatever you’d like. The balls react to the noise they hear!

This is a great tool to use in the classroom to monitor noise level. You can have in on a computer, or SmartBoard for everyone to see. Let your students scream and be noisy, then have them be quiet. Maybe even ask one student to talk, then two, and so on, so they can see how the noise grows the more people talk. Show them how the balls work and how they react to even the smallest noise.

When it gets too noisy they can visually see they are being to noisy, which means less telling your class, “It’s too noisy in here”. You can even add in little challenges for your class like, “If we can get this done without any balls touching the top of the screen, ….. (fill in the blank)”.

This is a great, and simple, way to show students how loud they are being and how they can self-regulate themselves due to visually being able to see their contribution to the noise.

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Another great tool for monitoring noise level is the app, “Too Noisy”. This is very similar to the bouncy balls website but this one is for Ipads, or any device that can have apps. This is a “Lite” version that is free to use, or you can pay $3.99 for the Pro Version.

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Too Noisy shows you a dashboard that monitors the noise level within the room. It also has a Smily Face that changes from a happy face, to a scared or frightened look as the noise level rises. As the faces change so does the sky in the background. It starts with sunny and blue skys, to orange, to finally a dark, gray stormy sky.

This app also has settings where you can adjust so that it doesn’t rise as quickly. This is nice as you can control what sets off the speedometer. You can set it so minimal talking stays in the green and it only moves towards the red if it gets really loud.

The Pro version has a few extra features the Lite version does not. It has stars the class earns when they stay quiet that appear on the top of the screen. The app also has the feature where you can change the background picture, set alarms to alert the class when noise levels rise, and a screen cracking effect when they exceed the limit of noise past the red zone.

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I have also found when using these apps, the students tend to tell each other to be quiet because even if one person is talking the noise level rises.

These two noise level monitors have great reviews and students really seem to benefit from having the visual aid to see that not only is their teacher saying it is too noisy but so is the screen. These tools are simple, and easy additions to the classroom to help monitor noise!

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Teaching Second Language with Technology

Victoria and I worked together to find ways to incorporate Technology into teaching Second Language. Teaching a second language or teaching English Language learners can be tricky, or an area some are not as confident in. We found many resources and engaging ways to make teaching this more enjoyable for both you and your students.

Below is a link to a Google Doc where we discuss ways to implement it into your teaching.

Examples Include:

Apps

WhiteBoard Activites

Videos

Blogging

And more…

 

Check it out!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NO7Hs0_Y_hic5QbWu0V8IXM__A7lTcHUpKECrwPGVcI/edit?usp=sharing

 

(Victoria gave permission for this to be shared)


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Class Dojo

Class Dojo is the American version of Fresh Grade. It builds community within the classroom while keeping parents and students involved. Each student recieves an avatar and all the avatars show up on the front homepage.Screen-Shot-2015-08-12-at-2.32

The little green bubbles on the upper right hand corner are points that student has earned. The teacher is able to create how students are able to collect points, as they can add and create buttons. You can choose to keep it all positive or have negative buttons as well so students can earn points or have them deducted. 6773479

The add your own button gives you the ability to create your own buttons that apply to your class. Examples could be, “Cleaned classroom”, “Is ready to learn”, “Helped a friend”, etc. You can give one individual student a point, or there is a option to give the whole class the points. These points are tracked all year which helps for writing report cards. You can go back in and see what that child did really well with all year, where they got the most points, and also, where that child struggled. Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 7.51.23 PM

 

The amazing part of Class Dojo is parents are very connected! Everytime you give a student a point or deduct points, their parent or parents get a notification sent right to their phone. Parents can send you a message on Class Dojo commenting on the reward or deduction. Parents can also send a message to ask about what happened, or even send a message to even say that student will be away tomorrow.

Class Dojo also gives you the opportunity to post photos, and similar to the point system, as soon as the photo is posted the parent or parents of the child or children within the photo are notified and are able to comment.

The only downfall of Class Dojo is you need to have every parent sold on using this app or it becomes a hassle. If one childs parents are on board, you have to ensure you do not post any photos of that child. You can still have that child on the site and give them an avatar and points but you have to be cautious about what is posted, etc.

My exploration of Class Dojo is on going but from talking to my sponsor teacher, other teachers at my school, and seeing it being used I do see it as a very beneficial tool to use within the classroom. It helps with classroom management, building community, parent communication, writing report cards, and much more!

 

 

 

 


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Professional Development Day at Chase River Elementary

On October 6th, I joined the teachers from Chase River Elementary and Cinnabar Elementary to learn more about Google Apps. Three teachers from Quarterway Elementary came to speak about how they incorporate technology into the classroom and how they use Google Apps within their planning and teaching.

The start of the morning the three ladies from Quarterway introduced themselves and talked about how they began passionate about technology. We got to see how to incorporate various resources into our classrooms through activities using a variety of websites, apps, extentions, and resources. We looked at using:

Plickers, Flippity, Google Classoom, Google Keep, Google extensions (black menu), Class Dojo, Fresh Grade, Wiki Want, Read and Write, and a few others.

Through my Inquiry I will explore deeper into these resources to learn about how they can be incorporated into the classroom, their pros and cons, and how useful they are!

 

 

 

 


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