Communicating with parents via text message is a convenient way to reach them. We can use the tool Remind to help send out class announcements via text message without using our personal phone number. Let's take look at how to get started with Remind.
1. Create an account at www.remind.com.
2. Select “Create a Class” on the left sidebar and name your class.
3. Enter the parent names and phone numbers that wish to receive text updates from you. The parent will receive a text message notifying them that they have been enrolled in your class with instructions on how to opt out if they wish.
4. Choose “Messages” on the left side and click the small icon with a pencil to compose a new message to your class. Choose one of the 4 options, compose a message, and push send. It’s that easy!
For explanations and tutorials of more in depth options available from Remind, visit their support section here.
QR codes can be a great way to quickly allow students to get to a particular website you’d like to share. You will need two things to create and use QR codes. The first is student devices capable of using a QR Code reader, such as an iPad, iPhone, or Android tablet. My favorite QR scanner is “QR Code Reader” by Scan, Inc., although any code reader should work. Next is a QR code generator, my favorite to use is qrstuff.com.
Now, let’s make our code. First, find the URL (address) of the website you like to share, in this case I want to share a YouTube video on adding and subtracting fractions with my students. I will take the URL and copy it by highlighting it, right clicking, and selecting copy.
Next, go to qrstuff.com. Right-click in the “Website URL” text bar and select paste.
Last, can change the color of my code if desired (optional), then click “Download QR Code” to save my QR Code as a picture file.
That’s it! My code is done, I can now print it off or put the image file into a Smart Notebook file- whatever I’d like. However you choose to display the code, your students will simply now take their device, open the QR reader app you’ve selected on the device, scan the code, and your YouTube video will open and play.
YouTube is an invaluable resource for students of all ages. However, when sharing YouTube videos with students to watch independently, sometimes inappropriate or unwanted videos will appear in the recommended videos on the sidebar or at the end of the video, as shown below. There is a trick that will allow you to remove these from the YouTube videos you wish to share with your students.
Below the video, click on the “Share” option.
Select “Embed”, then “Show More” to reveal more options for your video.
Uncheck the “Show suggested videos when the video finishes” checkbox. After this, a new address will be created for your video in the bar at the top. Copy everything that appears inside the quotation marks directly after “src=”. Lastly, paste and share this link to your students using Schoology, a QR code, etc., or save that link for to play to the whole class with the projector. When viewed from this link, there will be no recommended videos or other distractions from YouTube.
Try out this tip when sharing a YouTube video with students for a safer experience.
The Bedtime Math app, launched in 2012, spurs family math talk by sending parents daily word problems prefaced by a paragraph of story – about everything from subway-riding dogs to galactic travel – illustrated with a photo or video.
At the June meeting, the Board of Education of Sullivan County BOCES appointed Dola Deloff as the director of Instructional Support Services. She replaces Marki Claire-O'Rourke who had been serving as the interim director since last October.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Deloff served at SCBOCES as its School Improvement ELA Specialist. Visiting county districts or remaining in-house at the BOCES administration building on Wierk Avenue in Liberty, Deloff delivered professional development to teachers and administrators on a variety of topics. In her new role, the director will oversee the department, leading a staff of full-time specialists and part-time consultants as they conduct high quality professional development opportunities throughout the county for component districts. Other services under the ISS umbrella include Distance Learning, Arts in Education, PBIS, and Library support. The department will work closely with component districts to develop useful and relevant professional development opportunities, including in-district workshops, BOCES-based workshops, superintendent conference days, and district requested events.
Dr. Deloff has been an educator for over 29 years. She taught high school English and was also an assistant principal. The director also teaches online college courses. "Because my position gives me limited opportunities to teach," Deloff said, "I adjunct so that I can keep a foot in the classroom." Deloff earned her BA in English from Penn State, her MS in Secondary Education, MA in English, and CAS in Educational Leadership from SUNY Oswego, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. For her dissertation, she studied the implementation of educational policies and the roles of teacher leaders and trust during the implementation process.
At the helm of ISS, Deloff strives to continue to build relationships with component districts to meet their goals. "The work of ISS has a direct impact on instruction and students," Deloff said, "and ultimately, the students of Sullivan County are our greatest concern."
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"Funny, how when a student gets a math problem wrong we sit down beside them and help them see how to get it right. But when a student misbehaves, loses their temper, and lashes out, we punish and often separate them from ourselves and our community. In the restorative approach, when things go sideways with a student’s social emotional learning, we sit down beside them and help them get it right—just like in Math."
From Mindful Schools.org
Adolescent Birth Rate Drops Across all Racial Groups, Annual Report Shows
The teen birth rate dropped for another consecutive year, continuing a long-term decline in teen pregnancy, according to the most recent yearly report on the status of America's children and youth.
According to the 2016 edition of America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, in 2014, the adolescent birth rate was 11 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 years, down from 12 per 1,000 in 2013. Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent birth rates also have declined, although substantial differences persist.
The annual report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 23 federal agencies that collect, analyze and report data on conditions and trends related to child and family well-being. The report tracks 41 indicators of child well-being, using statistics from federal researchers and highlights these indicators by race and ethnicity.
This year's report is the 18th in an ongoing series and presents key indicators of children's well-being in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.
In the behavior domain, the percentages of 10th- and 12th-graders in all racial and ethnic groups who binge drink—have five or more alcoholic beverages in a row on a single occasion—were the lowest in 2015 since the survey began tracking this statistic in 1980. Among 12th-graders, Hispanic and white non-Hispanic students reported binge drinking at twice the rate of black non-Hispanic students.
In the education domain, overall math scores declined slightly for fourth and eighth graders. However, some progress has been made in narrowing the achievement gap or the differences in average scores for different racial and ethnic groups. For example, the difference in math scores for white and black fourth graders has narrowed from 32 points in 1990 to 24 points in 2015.
Other statistics in the 2016 report include:
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