Books that Take You Places

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jul 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists

Please BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to School

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jul 13, 2016 10:13:35 AM

One to one initiatives are no longer a futuristic thought. Many schools have successfully implemented programs that have a ratio of one computer for each student. These programs alleviate computer lab scheduling and ensure that students have immediate access to information. But what if your school lacks money to support a one to one program? There are many schools that would love to try a 1:1 initiative, but lack the funds to fully support such an effort. So what are schools doing?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Integration Ideas, Technology, Success Stories

Professional Development: It's What Teachers Do (in the Summer)!

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jul 7, 2016 11:16:16 AM

What most people think teachers do during the summer months…sit by the pool; read or relax, without a care in the world.

What teachers actually do…attend workshops, find “cheap” school supplies, plan lessons, read books for our classrooms and find a little “me” time during the summer.

Before you know it, we have whittled away our summer vacation. Was it really a vacation?

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Differentiation

Using eBooks to Support Themed Lessons

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jun 29, 2016 11:47:23 AM

How do you know you are using the best possible resources? There are a lot of books available in print and electronic formats to choose from. Today, we will learn about the acronym RADCAB. This evaluation tool will help you to determine the best learning materials for any themed lesson. So, let's get started...

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Integration Ideas

Ohio District Uses Big Universe to Introduce Technology in K-4 Schools

Posted by Big Universe on Jun 14, 2016 10:56:26 AM

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, three fourth grade teachers started an enterprising new path in their careers. Kristen Fudale, Nancy Marquette, and Jenifer Maddox all applied and were accepted to be Academic Technology Integration Specialists (ATIS) for Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, a new position for the district.

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Topics: Success Stories

Supporting successful 1:1 implementation

Posted by Big Universe on Jun 14, 2016 10:56:04 AM

When Lance Yoder considered becoming the District Technology Peer Coach for Indiana's East Noble School Corporation, he knew he could make a difference. Yoder's fourth-grade students already used technology every day. So, he felt he would be able to help other teachers integrate technology in their classrooms as East Noble rolled out its ambitious district-wide 1-to-1 implementation. Fast-forward, now in their second year using three different devices (depending upon grade level), East Noble's 1-to-1 program is a success. One key to their success is Big Universe. Students and teachers are able to utilize Big Universe's vast array of digital fiction and non-fiction content on all three devices. The combination of access to technology and content enables students to learn in an interactive and engaging way. Teachers are able to monitor, track and individualize the learning. Put all that together and you start thinking it's not just a story to remember, it's one for the books.

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Topics: Success Stories

Creating a culture of reading

Posted by Big Universe on Jun 14, 2016 10:55:47 AM

As a high-achieving school, McKenzie Elementary School has a problem most districts dream about: how to show improvement when test scores are already better than state averages. “We have always had 5s in achievement, but struggled to improve our growth score,” says Carol Nanney, the librarian at McKenzie. “This year, our growth score in literature increased from a 1 to a 3. Big Universe has sparked excitement in our students.”

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Topics: Success Stories

How to Boost Your Students’ Confidence

Posted by Jilayne S on May 6, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Teachers are bound to have one or two students in their classes that seem to lack the confidence they need to attack a challenging problem or assignment. These students, who are most often very capable of completing the task, have underlying reasons for their seemingly unwillingness to try: the fear of failure, helplessness learned by having adults always willing to do things for them, lack of persistence confused with laziness. Whatever the reason, teachers need some strategies to help pull these students out of this pattern and allow them to see success, which, in turn, can build their confidence. The following is a list of strategies you can use to boost confidence and persistence in your struggling students.

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The Benefits of Using eBooks in your Classroom

Posted by Jessica N. on May 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Today’s kids are used to having access to access to their devices 24/ home, on the bus, at school, and everywhere in between. When they want to learn something new, they reach for these devices to do an internet search or to communicate on social media about that topic. They are hard-wired to be comfortable in a digital environment and they look to it as their first and most meaningful learning tool. Consider these benefits of incorporating eBooks into your classroom:

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5 Tips for Using Tablets in the Classroom

Posted by Shelley H. on May 2, 2016 12:50:15 PM

More and more schools are making iPads and other types of tablets available for classroom use. Whether it is through one-to-one technology, iPad carts available for teachers to check out or through allowing students to bring their own devices (BYOD), tablets are a tool that many teachers have found useful in the classroom. They enhance the teacher’s ability to monitor and assess student learning, they help personalize student learning and they allow for easy collaboration between students. If you are still wondering how to best utilize this tool in your classroom, here are some tips for using iPads in your classroom.

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Thank you for taking the time to read the Big Universe blog. We hope that you find the information of value as you create a reading culture within your classrooms and schools. If you would you like more information regarding how you can utilize the Big Universe cloud-based literacy solution in your school, please contact one of our Literacy Consultants to learn more.

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