FREE Virginia Standards of Learning Mobile App



Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!

How many times have you been in a situation and needed to quickly look up information about the Standards of Learning (SOLs)?  Maybe you have been sitting in a faculty meeting, writing lesson plans, or want to look up the SOLs from the previous grade level to see what your students should have already been taught.  For example, I know Math SOL 5.8 has to do with measurement (customary and metric) and asks students to find area, perimeter, and volume.   But, I cannot remember the exact specifications for all five substrands from year-to-year.  I cannot tell you how much time I have wasted during my Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) or my lesson planning, waiting for the Virginia Department of Education website to load so that I can look up something having to do with the SOLs

But, recently I found a FREE app that has helped save time; ‘The Virginia Standards of Learning’ app created by Mastery Connect!  The app is pretty basic but puts all the Virginia SOLs at your fingertips, easily accessible whenever they are needed.  The app was first released in June 2014 but the developers are regularly releasing updates to keep it running smoothly and up to date with the latest standards.  Currently, the app is available for Apple and Android devices, although you need a device with iOS 7.0 or later if it is downloaded on an Apple device.
   
Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!The app is very simple and easy to use.  Upon opening, you can select one of the four main content areas to examine; mathematics, language arts, history/social studies, or science.  A feature that I really like is the search bar because it allows you to look up every SOL that has to do with a certain skill at one time.  For example, I teach 5th grade and I like to have an idea of what my students should already know and what they will learn in 6th grade.  So, if I wanted to see what my students should have learned about fractions in grades K-4 and what they will learn about fractions in 6th grade, all I have to do is type ‘fractions’ into the search bar.  Every SOL that has anything to do with fractions will appear.
   
If you look up the SOLs by content area, rather than using the search bar, the SOLs will then be broken down by grade level and then specific SOL.  By tapping on the specific strand, you will be able to see the entire SOL.

Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!
   
The one downside to the Virginia Standards of Learning app is it does not include the framework.  But, there is a place where you can type in notes and ideas with each strand.  The app will save those notes so that you can access those anytime.

Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!

Ready to download The Virginia Standards of Learning app to your mobile device!?  Just type 'Virginia Standards of Learning' into the search bar in your app store.  It should be the first app to appear and it can be downloaded for FREE!
   
The Virginia Standards of Learning app is particularly helpful during faculty meetings, PLCs, and lesson planning. Don’t forget, the revised math and social studies SOLs will be going into effect this fall.  That means we will all be referencing the SOLs a little more frequently, as we adjust to changes.  I am sure the developers will be updating the app with those revisions over the summer.  I also recommend making parents aware of this app.  Providing them with easy access to the SOLs means it is more likely they will actually take the time to know what their child is expected to ascertain throughout the year and will help them achieve those goals.
   
I hope everyone is enjoying the final weeks with students as testing wraps and we head into summer.  Remember, to take a few days to relax and enjoy yourself before you begin planning for the 2016-2017 school year!       
Here is a great review of the 'Virginia Standards of Learning' mobile app!  Learn how to download the app for FREE, operate the app to cut down on planning time, and how to make parents more aware of what their child is learning using the app.  This free app puts the Virginia Standards of Learning right at your fingertips!
 
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Slices of My Year

Looking for an End of the Year Activity? Have your students complete this "Slices of My Year" Craftivity!
 You can visit the Teaching Oasis or download it at this link Slices of My Year.

Top 5 Creation Apps

Hi everyone!  This is Sherri from The Techie Chick.  It's almost time for school to be out for the summer... Yippee!  Time to spend with family and relax by the pool or at the beach and, like many of you, I can't wait!  Summer break is a great time to rejuvenate and gear up for the new school year.  It's also a perfect time to find, play, and become familiar with new apps.  As the tech specialist for my schools, I love using apps with students which allow them to be CREATIVE!  Below is a list of my Top 5 Creation Apps and a few ideas on how to use them for any subject area.  You can even app smash them together!
These easy to use creation apps are my Top 5 for creating with the iPad or tablet.  Get ideas here on how to use them in your class.

#1 PicCollage


This is one of my favorites because of its versatility!  It is also easy to use and students pick up how to create with it quickly.  With this app, students make digital posters by adding text, photos, web images, stickers and backgrounds.  You can arrange them "freestyle" or by using a premade layout. You can even search for pictures from within the app.  I recently used this app with a 2nd grade class studying weather.  Students each created 4 poster on thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards.  Each poster contained a title, their name 2-3 pictures and information about that type of weather.  They also created a Wild Weather title page.  We printed the posters and each student made their own booklet.  They loved it!

Check out the examples below for ideas. 
And you can see MORE examples and ideas {HERE}!




#2 ChatterPix Kids

Bring your pictures to life with the app ChatterPix Kids!  This is an awesome app with endless possibilities.  Your students will LOVE it.  With this app all you have to do is add a picture, record your voice and the app will create a movie that looks like the picture is talking!  I have used this with famous Americans and Black History Month. Students drew a portrait of their famous person and then created a recording in the first person.  "I am George Washington..."  It is SO cute!
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Other ideas?  Find a picture of the Sphinx and have it talk about Ancient Egypt.  Maybe the Great Wall can tell about China or a cube can explain 3-D shapes.  A frog can tell you about its life cycle... the possibilities are endless!  Click {HERE} for more ideas and instructions on using this app.

#3 Skitch

Skitch is the perfect app for labeling, filling in the blanks or highlighting text.  All you need is a picture.  Then you can add text, arrows, highlighting, lines, shapes, symbols and emojis.  You can even blur part of a picture.  Some ideas for this app include completing a form or diagram (great for Venn diagrams) or labeling a map or drawing (parts of a plant, planets in the solar system, parts of a cell, etc.).  Check out my regions of Virginia below.
This is also a great app for app smashing.  I have used this with drawing and "make a scene" apps where students create a picture, save it to the camera roll, and then label it.  In the following example we used the Make a Scene: Farmyard app and then labeled it in Skitch.


#4 TeleStory 

Another favorite is TeleStory... Be a STAR!  In this app you will star in your own movie.  There are 4 different types of movies students can create - The News (which includes weather and a reviewer/critic), Star Adventure, Eye Spy, and The Band.  Be a news reporter, travel into outer space, be a detective or part of a rock band.  I've used this app with several grade levels from 2nd through 6th graders and the ALL loved it.  Second graders were news reporters interviewing and reporting on famous Americans.  Fifth graders did biography news reports and sixth graders created videos using lots of figurative language for a PBL unit.  Students could interview a character from a book, create a book review, be a weather forecaster, travel to space to talk about the planets, be a detective for scientific investigation write a poem and perform it as a rock band, and on and on!  Check out these cute news videos {HERE}!

#5 Shadow Puppet Edu


Make a digital storytelling audio book/video using Shadow Puppet Edu!  It's so easy to use... choose pictures from your camera roll or search within the app to become the "pages" of your book.  Add text to each page if you'd like and background music.  Then begin your recording.  When finished, share or save your video to the camera roll.  This is great for fluency practice or to explain a math skill.  Students can use pictures they find online, take pics with the camera, draw their own and use the camera to capture them or use a drawing app to create pictures for their book.  Create a book about 2-D shapes, animals of the rain forest, a place they are studying, a fictional story they have written... you get the idea. Take a look at this cute video on the white tailed deer.

I hope at least one of these apps have sparked your creative imagination!  Have fun exploring.

It's in the bag!

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful HeatherAre you at that point where your kids are just bored with sorting words? Do you need a hands on way to keep those bored students engaged? Well, today's post will be just what you need. My students have loved making these books, and I know yours will too!
Looking for new ways to engage your students? Try these bag books for a hands on approach. This post explains how they're made and used.

It's in the bag!

Using simple paper lunch bags you can create meaningful study guides for your students (I also call them bag books).  Your creativity is your limit!  I find this activity most helpful in small differentiated groups.  In my first grade classroom I currently use these bag books to make sight words, sentence knowledge, and word families.  My students cannot wait to add to their bags.  These bag books are kept inside student pencil boxes and used multiple times daily.

Supplies:

You won't need much to make bag books!  For each student I use 3 paper bags.  You can buy already designed bags, white paper bags, or the original brown paper bags.  Grab your hole punch, some string, yarn, or ribbon, and decor!  I use leftover name tag labels, stickers, and markers.  3x5 cards will be used inside the bag (so make sure you have some handy for later). 

How To

You can be creative here but this is how I make my bag books.  Using three bags, alternate the way the open end faces each time you place one on top of the other.  Fold all three bags in half (creating the book shape) and make a crease.  Take your hole punch and place a hole at the top and bottom of the book's spine (on the crease).  Now students can decorate their own bag by choosing colorful string to bind the book.  The book is ready to be personalized. 
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How to Make a Bag Book Video

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How You Use the Bag Book

Sight Words

On a chosen page of the book bag I have my students write "sight words".  We discuss that there are words that we each have to work on and know quickly to make us awesome readers.  I choose three words at a time and the student is allowed to pick two that they are having difficulty with.  They write these words themselves on 3x5 cards.  If they need a picture clue they can draw it on the other side of the card.  These store beautifully inside the pocket made from folding the bag.  As students master their words we add more (and send the others home to continue to practice). 

Word Families

This is my absolute favorite way to teach word families!  Before I present the books to the students I cut the bottom bag flap.  In the picture above I cut four times to create five small tabs that can be flipped back to reveal a letter.  In preparation I also write the word family boldly on the left.  When the students come to small group we have a conversation about rhyming words and the word family that we are working on.  The students that were working on the "at" family chose the words cat, fat, rat, mat, and bat.  Other students were working on the "ip" family and they wanted to use the words hip, rip, sip, lip, and ship.  Students are then guided to write the beginning letter (c for cat) and draw a picture to match.  When they are working with this activity the illustration gives them assistance in remembering the word family words.

Sentence Knowledge

 How many times do we make an anchor chart teaching editing skills that go completely ignored?  This is a fun and engaging way to have students actively pay attention to sentence structure.  Your students will need to pay attention to capital letters, punctuation, and spacing.  The above pictures show that you can manipulate and differentiate to fit any student's needs.  For my present class I use the center pictures.  The headings remind them that sentences should "start with an upper case" and "end with .!?" (punctuation).  They write an example on the page and draw arrows from the rule to the portion of the sentence where it is shown (above top right).  Inside the pocket (created by the bag) we keep editing sentences we have been working on.

Adjectives and More!

It's fun to use a bag book for parts of speech.  The example to the left is used for adjectives.  They could write their name and draw their picture (or add a school picture).  Inside the flap they can describe themselves.  Think about the possibilities........ students could describe the regions of Virginia, states of matter, list proper nouns!

What will you do?

This is an inexpensive way to get students excited about work!  A pack of 100 bags can be found at any dollar store.  Think ahead and ask parents for a pack on your supply list.

So.... how will you use a bag book?  Please share your ideas and let everyone know what is working for you?  How many pages will you try?  What grade(s) do you teach?  The sky is the limit with these bag books and I'm so thrilled to hear how you choose to create and implement!  Have fun.... because it's in the bag!!!






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Looking for new ways to engage your students? Try these bag books for a hands on approach for teaching sight words and word families. This post explains how they're made and used.