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Play a Game to Gain Access to Your Search

Gain Access to Search

If you haven’t already, play a little game to unlock access to your search bar on UClass while also brushing up on how to use basic platform features! Simply click your blocked search bar to start the game. Once you finish following Milton through the steps of creating a lesson unit you will gain access to your search.

Just play once and you’ll be good to go! If you haven’t already tried it, log in and start playing!

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How UClass is the Cake to Google Drive’s Frosting

We often get many of the same inquiries about UClass. As a result, we decided to devote a blog column to answering those questions! Today we debut Ask Milton, our brand-spanking-new FAQ-centered series, and we’re kickstarting it with this light-shedding question:

Compared to Google Drive, what makes UClass different?

While both fundamentally function as file management platforms, UClass.io is geared to serve K-12 educators, establishing district-wide resource-sharing networks. Here are a few key points of difference that set us apart and confirm that, together, we make the sweetest pairing in EdTech:

Tag-optimized search: Users “tag” files with keywords and standards so that locating relevant files is quick and effortless. Unlike in Google Drive, UClass.io tags and advanced search options allow users to pin-point files by category. Users can narrow search results by source, grade level, and subject or openly sift through categorized lesson plans, formative assessments, and other types of files.

Administrator surveyance: The UClass.io platform augments teacher-administrator communication with administrative folders. Administrators can select teachers by grade-level and subject to directly share folders with. Superintendents are also able to monitor resource activity and use district analytics to optimize ROI.

Administrator Shared Folders

Cross-platform integration: UClass.io works in congruence with Google Apps for Education, allowing direct Google Drive file import. Instead of stopping in multiple places (e.g. like Google Drive, your computer, and textbooks) to find your resources, UClass consolidates that experience into a singular hub.

For a better grasp of the differences, refer to the following chart: UClass.io v. Google Drive

We are proud to be taking Google Drive to the next by integrating it into our comprehensive curriculum building system. UClass.io and Google Drive are complementary systems, so who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

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If you have a question regarding UClass or curriculum planning, leave us a comment or #AskMilton with a tweet to @UClassEd!

4 Differentiation Tips You Need to Know

4 Differentiation Tips
#8 | This concludes our blog series wherein we deconstructed our master resource rubric and broke down all of the components of an authentic Common Core lesson. Check out parts 123456, 7, and 8 of the series.

The following post was written by guest blogger, Johns Hopkins University instructor, and former high school ELA teacher, Joanna Guldin-Noll, from Maryland.

If you’re like most teachers, you’ve heard the terms “accommodation,” “modification,” and “differentiation” at professional development and faculty meetings more times than you’d care to count.

When most of us think about differentiating, we think about mandatory accommodations and modifications. However, differentiation simply means that you are giving students various ways to access and process material.

In my classroom, differentiation looks different daily: we act, work in groups and pairs, use technology, debate, read many types of texts from various authors, listen to (and critique) music, create, and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. I try to make sure that my students are doing something different—either through process or assessment—every day.

Differentiated Forms of Content

Here are four steps to get you on the road to differentiating like the rockstar teacher that you are:

Meet the Law

If you have students with IEPs, be cognizant of the stipulations of their IEPs and 504 plans and the laws of your state. You are responsible for implementing their plans and documenting your efforts. Know what specific accommodations and modifications are needed and write them into your lesson so that you execute them consistently.

Give Enrichment Opportunities

In my five years as an urban high school teacher, I rarely saw gifted and talented students challenged systemically. Often, due to testing requirements and curriculum guidelines, high-performing students were not challenged in their individual classrooms, either. Don’t forget to include your top students in differentiating. How? Try projects that incorporate creativity and critical thinking, alternative reading lists, and Socratic seminars.

Create a Bridge

In almost every lesson, there’s a spot where students will get stuck. When one student gets side-tracked, others will follow suit! Anticipate it and then devise a strategy. Is the text difficult for your reluctant readers? Chunking the text with a partner can alleviate stress and improve comprehension. Worried that students don’t have the background knowledge needed? A KWL chart will help them activate group knowledge. You know your students—think strategically about their abilities as your plan your lesson.

 Be Resourceful

As a former inner city school teacher, I know exactly what it’s like to work with an empty budget and still be expected to produce results. I used DonorsChoose to fund more than $9,000 of field trips and equipment for my room to help provide differentiated instruction. If your school’s filter blocks YouTube, use YTD for a free, safe way to convert videos to files. (And videos are a great way to differentiate for your visual and auditory learners!)

What can you add to this list of resources and ideas? Your experience is invaluable and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

 

Joanna Guldin-NollJoanna Guldin-Noll
Former High School ELA Teacher, Baltimore, Maryland
UClass Teacher Board Member
@JoMyGosh

@JoMyGosh

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UClass features the “Crisis in Syria World Forum” Lesson

As a result of the events occurring in Syria, UClass is featuring the “Crisis in Syria World Forum” Lesson, and we are inviting your class to participate over the next few weeks. Created by one of our very own UClass teachers Ms. Robin Lerosen, the lesson challenges our global community to unite in reflection on what can be done to resolve this crisis. 

Students will follow 4 simple steps to complete this lesson:
  1. Read the included articles and/or view the multimedia links.
  2. Engage in discussion with classmates, family and friends about the recent events surrounding Syria.
  3. Write an editorial for a newspaper on what should be done about the crisis in Syria. Suggested length: at least one paragraph.
  4. Post to UClass and comment on the editorials of other students around the world.
Students will write an editorial for a newspaper about what should be done about the crisis in Syria. Teachers, engage your class in this riveting discussion by doing the following:
  1. Go onto UClass and see the featured lesson at the top of the Lesson page.
  2. Press the Assign button to edit any piece of the lesson you wish and to distribute it to your students.
  3. Your students will see the lesson when they land on your classroom page and be able to upload their work from there.
The deadline for this featured lesson will be Friday, October 18th. The winning class will be featured on our blog and receive a set of our celebrated UClass pencils. We look forward to seeing your classrooms join in this important dialogue.

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3 ways UClass makes the Common Core easy

SALEtember is all about the Common Core and saving you time in your planning. UClass brings you handcrafted lessons, created by teachers like you, built directly out of Common Core standards.

If that doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, then here’s what you should know:

  1. Every lesson comes fully equipped with lesson plans, worksheets, assessments and multimedia links.
  2. You can tweak lessons to suit your style, distribute assignments to your students on the platform and grade their work upon completion.
  3. For a limited time only, it’s buy 1 and get 2 free!

Sound too good to be true? Then, take a look for yourself…

Students will analyze various setting descriptions to find the most effective one, and then practice writing their own. Students will analyze The Peaceful Revolution through news articles and web resources to discover the important role the people of Leipzig played to bring about the end of the DDR.  Students will solve put together situations with number bonds by counting on from one embedded number or part to 9. Students will also create all expressions for each total.  

We’ve got lessons for your every Common Core need. Choose from our vast collection of resources, so that you can focus on the what matters most — teaching. Hurry! Sale ends September 30. 

UClass presenting at Global STEMx Conference

Tomorrow September 19, the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference will kick off online. This virtual event will gather educators from around the world to focus on topics and initiatives surrounding the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

UClass founders Zak Ringelstein and Leah Schrader will lead a dynamic session on how to Cut Your STEMx Planning in Half. The presentation will begin at 2pm PST, and you will have the opportunity to learn how apps like UClass are putting the best STEM resources at your fingertips — and helping you cut your planning time significantly.

The conference is free, online and happening around-the-clock from September 19-21. Join their session to share and learn about fantastic ways you can adopt STEMx tools and methodologies in your classroom and at your school.

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Guess how much time is left to get free lessons…

With fewer than 2 weeks of SALEtember left, UClass is bringing you a huge serving of Common Core lessons and topping it off with a global community of teachers and students. Follow these 3 easy steps to whet your planning appetite:

  1. Log onto UClass.
  2. Click on the apple icon at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Buy 1 lesson and get 2 more free!

Here’s a small lesson sampler to get you started. Download all 3 for the price of 1!

Students will apply understanding of creating effective designs and principles of engineering. Students will discuss the best possible sources for studying history.  Students will create collection and unit models to match landmark fraction amounts.

There’s plenty more. Just browse our menu of high quality lessons created by expert teachers around the world. Get them while they’re hot! Sale ends September 30, 2013.

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