By this time everyone has started school and gotten off to a great start. However, Isaac has hampered my coastal friends somewhat. This too shall pass.
It has been awhile since I have written to everyone. With several conferences and all during summer break, there was just not a good time to send any tips and hints. However, I have a few now. So, buckle up and hang on! Here we go!
First, you as teachers have a luxury that I hope you will take advantage of using when helping students in Blackboard. Bless their hearts, but they can change their passwords and then forget what they entered for the password. Instead of waiting on us here at the RCU to reset that password, you can do this and NOT slow down your instructional process and time. Here are the steps for resetting passwords.
- Inside your course, go to the Control Panel.
- Click the Users and Groups options.
- In the drop-down menu for Users and Groups, choose Users.
- Search for your student by their MSIS number (username).
- When their name appears, click the down arrow that appears to the right of their name. Your mouse pointer needs to be at the end of their name to see the arrow.
- In the drop-down menu for the student, click Change User’s Password.
- Enter the MSIS number in Password and Verify Password boxes.
- Click Submit.
These steps will reset the password for students. They can continue working, and you can continue teaching. I hope this helps you.
Check out this cool website. It is called 19 Pencils. At this site, you have the ability to access hundreds of resources to use in the classroom. There are videos here as well! This site even allows you to publish content for your students to access. It does not require your students to have an email account to access the materials either! http://www.19pencils.com
Many of you will find the Fuel the Brain site interesting. It has printables, games, interactives, teacher guides, and more available. This site helps students develop or reinforce math, science, and language arts skills. It is elementary looking but is still engaging and helpful for students. http://www.fuelthebrain.com/
Check out PhyFun. This is a physics based website with many different games to assist with learning physics concepts. It targets all grade levels. Let me leave this one saying, one of them kicked my behind. I did not realize how much I had forgotten regarding physics until I tried it. Whew! http://www.phyfun.com/
A link that I would like everyone to visit is http://www.techlearning.com/article/video-tutorial-technology-in-the-common-core-state-standards/52862 because there is a two-minute video on technology in the Common Core State Standards. It is to the point and explains how technology is infused even in the language arts arena. We all are aware the Common Core is here, and we must be ready to help our students be successful when full implementation occurs. Hopefully, this video will help inspire you to spread your wings just a little to investigate Common Core even more.
A final item that I wish to impart is one from ASCD and EduCore. These are FREE tools for implementing the Common Core. This is a project being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are literacy tools and math tools. http://educore.ascd.org/
Again, enjoy your long weekend and do not show up to work on Monday. Enjoy some rest!
- Targeted ASCD Books, Institutes Released to Strengthen Common Core Implementation Nationwide (eschoolnews.com)
- How to keep your users safe (clef.io)
- Peer-to-peer mentoring improves math skills at Charlotte elementary school (charlotte.news14.com)
- A Math Teacher on Common Core Standards (dianeravitch.net)
- Take advantage of all that the new EduCore tool has to offer (smartbrief.com)