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One thing that has always been in the forefront of our minds at 19Pencils is to make the lives of teachers easier. We figure you guys have it tough enough what with all the finger pointing, test chaos, etc. As part of our effort to help you more easily navigate and share the web with your students we’ve recently expanded the functionality for what we call assignments.
An assignment could be anything really, the spelling words for the week, a number of math problems, or anything else that you wish your students to complete. An assignment really is just an easy way to provide a task for students and to easily reference websites for that task in the same easy to use way as other links you’ve already saved with 19Pencils.
To create an assignment simply log into your 19Pencils account, click “My Dashboard” on the top of the web page and then click “My Assignments“. If you haven’t created any assignments before you will see a description of how to create them and what they are for. Click the “New Assignment” link.
Next you can create a title for your assignment, let’s say you were creating a research assignment for your students on lions and bears. You could simply title the assignment “Research on Lions and Bears”. Next you can enter a description for this assignment. Perhaps you had specific requests for your students. You can enter a description for the assignment, such as “Please research the habitats of lions and bears. Write a brief paragraph about the information you found.”
Note that you can format your description to include bold fonts, colors and even bullets if you needed to provide that information to your students. Once you are happy with your title and description click “Save Assignment“. Note that you can always go back and edit it at anytime.
But wait! What about the Assignment Resources section?
Good question, I’m glad you asked. Resources that you add when searching, or from your “My Favorites” will show here. Read on to add website resources to your new assignment.
Now that you’ve created your assignment you can add web resources for your students for easy access with the assignment. To start click the “Add Content” tab and enter a search for “habitat of lions and bears”. Roll your mouse over the “add to…” link for one of the items found that you would like to include with your assignment as shown below.
Your selected resource will now be conveniently part of your new assignment making it easy for your students. To see the new assignment and it’s added web resource visit your class page. You will see a new “Assignments” tab with an entry that resembles the one below.
You will see your assignment title and the date you created it. Clicking on the assignment will open it, revealing your description and the resource you included.
You can easily add more resources to this assignment, or remove resources by visiting your “My Assignments” tab in your dashboard. The web is chock full of great resources for you and your class. We hope this helps you to easily present it all to your students.
Students, get some rest! (See infographic below:)
Another great post from Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post that helps us understand what 21st century science and experience are revealing:
Basic Facts Come Before Deep Learning
This one translates roughly as, “Students must do the boring stuff before they can do the interesting stuff.” Or, “Students must memorize before they can be allowed to think.” In truth, students are most likely to achieve long-term mastery of basic facts in the context of engaging, student-directed learning.
Rigorous Education Means a Teacher Talking
Teachers have knowledge to impart, but durable learning is more likely when students talk, create, and integrate knowledge into meaningful projects. The art of a teacher is to construct ways for students to discover.
Covering It Means Teaching It
Teachers are often seduced by the idea that if they talk about a concept in class, they have taught it. At best, students get tentative ideas that will be quickly forgotten if not reinforced by a student-centered activity.
Teaching to Student Interests Means Dumbing It Down
If we could somehow see inside a student’s brain, its circuitry would correspond to its knowledge. Since new learning always builds on what is already in the brain, teachers must relate classroom teaching to what students already know. Teachers who fail to do so, whether due to ignorance or in pursuit of a false idea of rigor, are running afoul of a biological reality.
Acceleration Means Rigor
Some schools accelerate strong students so that they can cover more material. Schools in the Independent Curriculum Group are more likely to ask such students to delve deeper into important topics. Deep knowledge lays a stronger foundation for later learning.
A Quiet Classroom Means Good Learning
Students sitting quietly may simply be zoned out — if not immediately, then within 15 minutes. A loud classroom, if properly controlled, includes the voices of many students who are actively engaged.
Traditional Schooling Prepares Students for Life
Listening to teachers and studying for tests has little to do with life in the world of work. People in the work world create, manage, evaluate, communicate, and collaborate.
Occasionally we like to post articles about other companies who are doing valuable educational work:
VocabularySpellingCity is an educational website where teachers can register for free, then enter and save word lists that their students can then use to play a variety of interactive learning games. They can even take spelling tests directly on the site! All of VocabularySpellingCity’s games and activities are compatible with interactive whiteboards. Students’ favorite games include HangMouse, Unscramble, and Word Search. The Teacher Resources section includes a variety of word lists and content, including Dolch-Sight Words, Math and Science Vocabulary, lessons on Compound Words and Analogies and much more. All lists in Teacher Resources can be used to play all 25 VocabularySpellingCity games and activities.
VocabularySpellingCity also offers a paid Premium Membership. Premium Members have access to our Premium games and our vocabulary content (definitions, synonyms, antonyms and parts of speech). They also have the ability to group students and lists and to create customized assignments for differentiated instruction. Students are given their own login information, and all activities and tests completed while logged in (at school or at home) are automatically recorded for their teacher. Premium Membership pricing for classrooms starts at $49.99 per year for up to 25 students. Additional licenses may be purchased at $1.95 each. School and district pricing is also available.
When you register at 19Pencils and enter the grade you teach we will send you weekly emails with grade-specific appropriate web resources that were added by our community of teachers & librarians. Here’s an example that we sent to Sixth Grade teachers: