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To learn more about the pilot, click here.
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!
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.
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.
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?
We figured it was time to give our UClass.io homepage a bit of a make-over, so we redesigned it with new colors and new messaging. The updated site is loaded up with graphics and crafted to more accurately mimic the style of our platform. So go ahead, check it out and let us know what you think.
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.
Here are four steps to get you on the road to differentiating like the rockstar teacher that you are:
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.
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.
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!
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3: How to not be a bad teacher
4: Get your lessons diving deep in cognitive rigor
5. Help! I Lost All of My Students!
6. How to Give Students a Voice
7. How To Be Your Students’ Favorite
8. 4 Differentiation Tips You Need to Know
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.
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:
Sound too good to be true? Then, take a look for yourself…
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.
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:
Here’s a small lesson sampler to get you started. Download all 3 for the price of 1!
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.