Class Dojo Portfolios

It has been over two years since we wrote this blog post about Class Dojo!  Within that time, Class Dojo has made some significant updates to their program yet it has remained a free service to educators! The blog post this week is being written to share the power of digital portfolios and to provide a resource that can be used by all of our learners to stay connected with their families. The Class Dojo portfolio resource is a great tool that can be used by all learners in TK-8 simply by taking and posting pictures of work to an activity that the teacher creates!

Digital portfolios have the power to share work and keep an ongoing online record of student achievements and work. When using the Class Dojo portfolios, students can add work during school hours or even from home. Teachers would simply need to create an activity and have students upload a picture or screenshot of the activity…imagine how much easier this would make collecting homework!

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This week, I was talking with a teacher who began using Class Dojo Portfolios in her classroom. While we were talking, one of the grade two students chimed in and was so excited about the screenshot of her Imagine Math Facts which she would be sharing on her Class Dojo portfolio! How empowering is it when parents can see the learning objectives actually being done by their students in real-time?? How empowering is it for our students to be able to share their work with more than their teacher and their fellow classmates? How will access to student portfolios change the conversations parents have at home – instead of asking about what students learned that day, the conversation now becomes a focus on how student work was completed instead of what!

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STEM Weekly Announcements 11.4.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Chavez, Ms. Vazquez, Mrs. Macelod, and Mrs. Hernandez for committing and following through as they helped to administer the ELPAC pilot assessment to 100 students over the last two weeks!
  • Shout out to our DI teachers and Vanessa Macias, Irazu Noguez, Sulay Villanueva, Laura Macias, Leticia Carachure, Judith Alvarez, and Laura Arriaga (DI Parents) for committing and following through in helping to put together the Dia de los Muertos altar!
  • Shout out to Ms. Blanco, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Olocco, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Calvadores, Ms. Silva, Ms. Cody, Ms. Young, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Boolen, Mr. Fraser, Ms. Rivaldi, Ms. Quezada and Dr. Motsinger for planning our Fall Festival for our students, parents, and community.

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📸Pictures:(1) Dia De Los Muertos Altar (2) Middle School students playing the drums in Mr. Pandis music class (3) Feaster Soft Ball Team

Additional Information:

  • Staff Picture: Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 2019/2020 staff picture! We know how tough it is to get everyone together especially with tutoring and other after school commitments!
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  • Daylight Savings Time: The clocks went back an hour this weekend! This means that your classroom clocks may be off by an hour. If this is the case, here are instructions describing how to change the time:
    • Hold the “set” button down until the display flashes
    • Click “set” until you see the hour, then click the plus button until it gets to the hour you need
    • Click “set” until you see the minute, then click the plus button until it gets to the minutes you need
    • Click “set” until your display shows DST, make sure this is turned off
  •  Incentive Tickets: We have seen some super creative ways to carry your incentive tickets around! Some teachers are placing them in plastic bags and pinning them to their keychain, other teachers have found a hard plastic case and attached that to their keyring! We hope that you are enjoying celebrating the success of our learners with these incentive cards!
  • iPad Updates: This weekend, your iPad devices should have been updated to the newest iOS. Please remember that this means your students will have access to “dark mode.” Exciting news though, with the update, we are able to disable private browsing mode!! 🙂
  • CVESD Student Page: If your student is having issues logging onto the single sign-on apps, please have them use the “Office 365” link as circled below:

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.11.19 – Veterans Day
  • 11.12.19 – ELAC Committee Meeting – Math Strategies for Parents
  • 11.13.19 – ILT Session #2 Training (Leads Out)

VAPA Weekly Announcements 11.4.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Chavez, Ms. Vazquez, Mrs. Macelod, and Mrs. Hernandez for committing and following through as they helped to administer the ELPAC pilot assessment to 100 students over the last two weeks!
  • Shout out to our DI teachers and Vanessa Macias, Irazu Noguez, Sulay Villanueva, Laura Macias, Leticia Carachure, Judith Alvarez, and Laura Arriaga (DI Parents) for committing and following through in helping to put together the Dia de los Muertos altar!
  • Shout out to Ms. Blanco, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Olocco, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Calvadores, Ms. Silva, Ms. Cody, Ms. Young, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Boolen, Mr. Fraser, Ms. Rivaldi, Ms. Quezada and Dr. Motsinger for planning our Fall Festival for our students, parents, and community.

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📸Pictures:(1) Dia De Los Muertos Altar (2) Middle School students playing the drums in Mr. Pandis music class (3) Feaster Soft Ball Team

Additional Information:

  • Staff Picture: Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 2019/2020 staff picture! We know how tough it is to get everyone together especially with tutoring and other after school commitments!
    • Staff Picture 2019.png
  • Daylight Savings Time: The clocks went back an hour this weekend! This means that your classroom clocks may be off by an hour. If this is the case, here are instructions describing how to change the time:
    • Hold the “set” button down until the display flashes
    • Click “set” until you see the hour, then click the plus button until it gets to the hour you need
    • Click “set” until you see the minute, then click the plus button until it gets to the minutes you need
    • Click “set” until your display shows DST, make sure this is turned off
  •  Incentive Tickets: We have seen some super creative ways to carry your incentive tickets around! Some teachers are placing them in plastic bags and pinning them to their keychain, other teachers have found a hard plastic case and attached that to their keyring! We hope that you are enjoying celebrating the success of our learners with these incentive cards!
  • iPad Updates: This weekend, your iPad devices should have been updated to the newest iOS. Please remember that this means your students will have access to “dark mode.” Exciting news though, with the update, we are able to disable private browsing mode!! 🙂
  • CVESD Student Page: If your student is having issues logging onto the single sign-on apps, please have them use the “Office 365” link as circled below:

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.11.19 – Veterans Day
  • 11.12.19 – ELAC Committee Meeting – Math Strategies for Parents
  • 11.13.19 – ILT Session #2 Training (Leads Out)

STEM Weekly Announcements 10.28.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to the Student and Teacher Motivation Committee for keeping all staff and every student in mind and organizing an outstanding Red Ribbon Spirit Week, which included a door decorating contest which runs through October 31st!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Macleod, Mrs. Hernandez and Dr. Sleiman for having a growth mindset as they worked with every grade level team on campus during their extended planning day to prep and customize Eureka Math lessons!

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📸Pictures:(1) Red Ribbon Week!! (2) Cooking during electives utilizing the Sage Garden Grant Lessons!

Additional Information:

  • Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment will be available until 11/12019. To update your benefits, see the information in the envelope that was placed in your box earlier this month.
    • Open Enrollment Website: https://www.afenroll.com/Enroll/login.aspx?ts=637074249677212231
    • Login Information:
      • Username: Employee ID Number (can be found on your paystub) or your social security number
      • Password: Last four of your social security number and the last two of your birth year (for example, if your SSN is 123-45-6789 and you were born in 1980, your password would be 678980).
  • Imagine Math Weekly Emails: You can opt-in for weekly reports to be sent to your email. These reports will show how much time your students are spending on Imagine Math each week!
    • Login to Imagine Math
    • Go to “Usage” under “Reports”
    • At the top right corner of the screen, turn on “Subscribe to Weekly Emails”
  • Imagine Math Facts: If you have set up your Imagine Math Facts so that students must complete each category in a certain order (ie Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division), they must complete the post-test with 90% accuracy before they are able to move to the next level.
  • SmartyAnts: The issues we were seeing with SmartyAnts and the updated iOS 13 have been resolved! You can update your classroom devices as you see fit, or you can email Heather and ask her to update all of your student devices.
  • Updating iPad Devices: When devices are updated to iOS 13 and up, there is a mode called “Dark Mode” that turns everything that was a lighter color into a dark grey color. Please be aware that when students are in dark mode, it is much harder to tell when they are searching on a private browser. The private browsing search bar is black and the standard browsing is a dark grey color. Please have a conversation with your students about leaving their devices on standard browsing mode.
  • Headphones with PTO: K-2 teachers were recently provided with a class set of headphones. If you have a student who has mistreated their headphones and they are no longer working, we do have extra pairs available for purchase in the ASB store for $5/each.
    • Send the student to the ASB store after school with $5
    • They will get a receipt to bring to the media center
    • They will be given a new set of headphones
  • Locking Doors: Our classrooms are full of valuable items including our own personal items like wallets and purses. Please make sure that if you are not in your room that your door is closed and locked. We also want to make sure that students are only in classrooms when there is a teacher present, by locking your door when you are not in your classroom, students will know not to enter.
  • iPad Devices on Sale for Staff on 10/30: Immediately following our staff picture, iPad2 devices will be on sale in the Media Center. We will be selling to the community during the Fall Family Festival on 10/31.
  • On the Blog this Week: Read all about using social media in the classroom and learn how the benefits of sharing your amazing work! Read the entire post by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/FCSSocialMediainClassrooms

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: RSP & Counseling **

Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.5.19 Onsight Clinic

VAPA Weekly Announcements 10.28.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to the Student and Teacher Motivation Committee for keeping all staff and every student in mind and organizing an outstanding Red Ribbon Spirit Week, which included a door decorating contest which runs through October 31st!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Macleod, Mrs. Hernandez and Dr. Sleiman for having a growth mindset as they worked with every grade level team on campus during their extended planning day to prep and customize Eureka Math lessons!

Screen Shot 2019-10-28 at 7.53.39 AM.png

📸Pictures:(1) Red Ribbon Week!! (2) Cooking during electives utilizing the Sage Garden Grant Lessons!

Additional Information:

  • Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment will be available until 11/12019. To update your benefits, see the information in the envelope that was placed in your box earlier this month.
    • Open Enrollment Website: https://www.afenroll.com/Enroll/login.aspx?ts=637074249677212231
    • Login Information:
      • Username: Employee ID Number (can be found on your paystub) or your social security number
      • Password: Last four of your social security number and the last two of your birth year (for example, if your SSN is 123-45-6789 and you were born in 1980, your password would be 678980).
  • Imagine Math Weekly Emails: You can opt-in for weekly reports to be sent to your email. These reports will show how much time your students are spending on Imagine Math each week!
    • Login to Imagine Math
    • Go to “Usage” under “Reports”
    • At the top right corner of the screen, turn on “Subscribe to Weekly Emails”
  • Imagine Math Facts: If you have set up your Imagine Math Facts so that students must complete each category in a certain order (ie Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division), they must complete the post-test with 90% accuracy before they are able to move to the next level.
  • SmartyAnts: The issues we were seeing with SmartyAnts and the updated iOS 13 have been resolved! You can update your classroom devices as you see fit, or you can email Heather and ask her to update all of your student devices.
  • Updating iPad Devices: When devices are updated to iOS 13 and up, there is a mode called “Dark Mode” that turns everything that was a lighter color into a dark grey color. Please be aware that when students are in dark mode, it is much harder to tell when they are searching on a private browser. The private browsing search bar is black and the standard browsing is a dark grey color. Please have a conversation with your students about leaving their devices on standard browsing mode.
  • Headphones with PTO: K-2 teachers were recently provided with a class set of headphones. If you have a student who has mistreated their headphones and they are no longer working, we do have extra pairs available for purchase in the ASB store for $5/each.
    • Send the student to the ASB store after school with $5
    • They will get a receipt to bring to the media center
    • They will be given a new set of headphones
  • Locking Doors: Our classrooms are full of valuable items including our own personal items like wallets and purses. Please make sure that if you are not in your room that your door is closed and locked. We also want to make sure that students are only in classrooms when there is a teacher present, by locking your door when you are not in your classroom, students will know not to enter.
  • iPad Devices on Sale for Staff on 10/30: Immediately following our staff picture, iPad2 devices will be on sale in the Media Center. We will be selling to the community during the Fall Family Festival on 10/31.
  • On the Blog this Week: Read all about using social media in the classroom and learn how the benefits of sharing your amazing work! Read the entire post by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/FCSSocialMediainClassrooms

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: RSP & Counseling **

Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.5.19 Onsight Clinic

Tech Tips for Teachers

With so much of what we do being reliant on technology, there are little tips and tricks that we can do in order to make our daily lives a bit easier! Now, these tips and tricks only work if we actually know about them. So, by starting to think about what parts of using technology annoy or bother us, we can work together to find solutions that will be beneficial to not only ourselves but our students as well!

Below are some things that I have noticed that annoy me when using technology and I have included fixes to get rid of those minor annoyances…

When You are Using Your iPad Camera as a Doc Cam and the Auto Focus Makes the Image Blurry

A lot of our teachers use the Apple TV to reflect from the iPad as a document camera. This particular problem drives me absolutely crazy because every time your hand goes under the camera, it blurs the image that is being reflected on the TV. To fix this:

  1. Open the camera app
  2. Hold down on the screen until you see “AE/AF LOCK” in yellow at the top of the screen
  3. The screen will stay focused on the paper and will not refocus when you write

When it Takes Forever to Access Commonly Used Websites

This is one of those things that just seems to take forever some days! The solution is to save these websites to your home screen by:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Go the website you want to access
  3. Click the icon at the top right that has an up arrow
  4. Choose “Add to Home Screen”
  5. Check the title and click “Add”

When Students Cannot Recall Their Single Sign-On Information

AH! The frustration of getting our students used to their usernames and password! Especially when they are in the primary grades, we may spend hours each day helping students login. This, while necessary, does take away from our academic time. So, why not save the login information to the student device. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open the settings (grey gears)
  2. Scroll down to “Passwords and Accounts”
  3. Click “Website & App Passwords”
  4. Click the + button
  5. Enter website link, user name and password
  6. Press “Done”
  7. Turn on “AutoFill Passwords”

Clearing the Cache or Browser History

Sometimes we get an error when we try to login to the sites on the CVESD student page. When this happens, the first thing to try is clearing out the browser history. You can do this by following these instructions:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click the book icon at the top left corner of the screen
  3. Click the clock icon Select “Clear”
  4. Choose “All Time”
  5. Quit Safari by scrolling up from the bottom and swiping up

Making QR Codes

A lot of times, we use different websites or even self-created Google Docs or Google Slides. When you are sharing these with your students, you can make QR codes to help students access the sites more quickly.

How to Make a QR Code:

  1. Copy the link to the website you want a QR code for
  2. Use a website like this one https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/ 
  3. Paste the URL
  4. Download or take a screenshot of the QR code that the website has created

How to Use a QR Code:

  1. Open the camera app on your iPad or iPhone
  2. Align the QR code (you do not need to take a picture of it)
  3. A message will show at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the link
  5. The webpage will open

As you work more and more with technology, you will see that there are little tricks that make using technology way easier! The first step is always to think…”I don’t like how ____ is happening.” The second step is to figure a way to make whatever is in that blank better. I always go to Google first and usually someone has already figured out a fix for whatever it is that is annoying me! If you would like more tech tips and tricks for teachers, check out the PDF, Tech Tips for Teachers.

Digital Citizenship

One of the things that we talk about a lot at the beginning of the school year is digital citizenship. Digital citizenship refers to how our learners use their devices and develop their online reputations through posts and virtual interactions as opposed to in person. I see interactions taking place on different forms of social media and a lot of times, it is clear who has an understanding of how even virtual conversations can impact others.

To me, digital citizenship refers to the following:

  • How is the content I am creating benefiting the site I am sharing on?
  • Is the content I am consuming reputable and credible? (see Website Credibility for an activity to do with your students)
  • Would I believe the content I am reading if I heard it in person?
  • Would I say the content I am writing if the person were right next to me?
  • How am I building my digital footprint?

These questions can be separated into two categories: consumption and creation.

Consumption

This week, I was talking with a family member of one of our students. She was sharing with me that her child believed that everything that was shared on a certain YouTube channel was factual because it looked real and it seemed like something that might be plausible. Through a conversation that analyzed each event in the video and considering how everything would unfold off-line or in reality, they were able to come to the conclusion that the video was in fact made up or extremely exaggerated.

With this story in mind, it is great to remember that digital citizenship is more than just being appropriate online, it is also about knowing what information you are consuming. The attached lesson, Website Credibility, is a fun exercise to get students thinking before they cite random websites or go on believing in jackalopes. In general, are students able to recognize inaccurate or flawed information when they see it online?  How do we decipher fact and fiction when reading online information?

Through a lesson on website credibility, students will start to understand that not everything they read online is true just because they see it on a screen. Instead, they should analyze the source and think critically about how plausible everything being said really is.

Creation

Creation with technology is always a goal because it shows me that students can do more than simply understand what they are consuming; they can take their knowledge further and apply it to a product they make (blog, website, photograph, video, KeyNote, art project…).

Students are even creating when they are using our programs, like Imagine Math, to chat online with teachers. This means that they should be considerate of the words they are using and they should stay aware of how the person on the other side of the screen may feel when they see what is being created.

I would encourage students to use empathy as they are creating their online content whether it is a public YouTube video or a private chat with an online teacher, students should stay considerate of how their impact is going to affect the people seeing it. Holding these conversations and getting learners in the mindset of visualizing the person on the other side of the screen can help us make sure that our learners see the potential positive power of the content they create.


In general, the bulk of digital citizenship comes down to critical thinking and empathy – is the information being shared and viewed credible and is it going to make the internet or site a more positive place?

These ideas are great conversations to have with our students as they use their devices to connect with each other and to connect with online teachers. It is a great opportunity to help our learners develop positive online communication and social skills while they are still learning because, in doing so, we can help them feel empathy and understand how their words, even when sent from the other side of a screen still impact others.

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