Monday, January 23, 2012

Easy CBM

  Are you looking for a quick and no hassle way to find math and literacy fluency measures?  Look no further than Easy CBM!  This site is free for teachers and literally has done all of the legwork for you.  All you need to do is create a free account, choose your grade level, and print the measures you like.
You can enter data online and the site will help you track your students progress and you can also move up or down grade (K-8) to differentiate the activities for your students.  There are HFW fluency measures, reading passages, comprehension activities, math fact fluency drills and much more!!!
Well worth the thirty seconds it takes to set up an account.  My advice would be to look the site over and brainstorm how you will organize the materials before launching off onto print mode.  Since everything has been done for you (scoring sheets included), this literally is a 60 second progress monitoring.  I know, we've heard that line before!  :) 
Take a moment and check out the site!  It is well worth it! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

ActivInspire, You Just Keep Getting Better and Better!

Just wanted to pass along a message I received a few minutes ago via ProComputing....make sure to update your ActivInspire software for your Promethean!  The newest version of software allows for direct embedding of HTML code.  This will support YouTube, Prezi, Glogster, Voki, Blabberize, and many other fabulous programs.
Remember, your Promethean Board is only as interactive as you make it!  Get out there and design!  I'm going to link to an article which will give you more information about how to make the best use of this update to your ActivInspire software.

12 On How to Use Promethean's Embed Option

Also, is anyone else going to the TCEA Conference in Austin this year?  If you are, make sure to look for my Instructional Technology Team from Commerce! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Math On The iPads

This week my class is beginning their discovery of multiplication. Our goal or "big idea" has been to discover the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication.
Some of my students are strong visual learners and have benefited from an app MathTappers: Multiples. Here are some action shots!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pinterest for Education

Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet?  I hope so!  There are so many teachers out there "pinning" wonderful ideas for you and your classroom.  I am proud to say that I belong to a progressive district that has begun "pinning" educational and technology resources for use in your classroom.  Interested in seeing more?  Excellent!  Follow Curriculum Tools on Pinterest to stay in the loop and look for us at the TCEA 2012 conference in Austin, Texas! 

Make sure to tell us "Cari sent me!"  :) 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Teachers With Apps

What a fantastic blog find!  I am so excited to read their informative reviews of current & available apps for use on your iPod or iPad!  Some of my favorite new apps are Puppet Pals and Oh No! Fractions!  Be sure to stop by the blog, Teachers With Apps and check our their recommendations!