Tuesday, September 1, 2015

iDoceo Tips and Tricks - Setting Up Your Schedule

You can find Part One: Setting Up Classes HERE and Part Two: Entering Students HERE.

Now that you have your classes and students entered you need to begin setting up the planner. The best way to proceed is to enter the time lines of your school day. Click on the "Schedule" tab and select "Time lines" to do this.

This menu will allow you to add the start times for your various subjects. I don't necessarily adhere to the formal times that denote our period changes, but rather the start and end times of the subjects I'll be teaching. The only time slots that I've chosen colors for are our recess breaks. The rest I didn't bother with as I don't use this particular schedule view too often.

Now you're ready to set up your calendar, coming up next in this series of blog posts! Look for the Bloglovin button or email subscription under the "Stay In Touch" header near the top of my page to follow my blog and be sure to receive the next posts in this series!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

iDoceo 4 Tips and Tricks - Entering Students

If you missed Part One: Setting Up Classes, you can find it HERE.

Once your classes are set up, entering students is an easy task! Click on the first subject in your list and the app will take you directly to the Gradebook tab for that subject.

When you click the + to begin entering your students, you'll see a dialogue box like this one:

Here, you can enter as much or as little information as you wish on each of your students. I begin by entering each child's first and last name, and place their grade in the "Group" field since I teach a split class.

Once all of your students are entered, click the wrench symbol in the top left corner, then select "Students". You may choose to sort your students by last name or first name, and if you teach a split class like I do you can choose to have the students grouped by grade THEN sorted alphabetically. Play around with this. (Student names have been blurred out to protect privacy!)

Now, here's the best part. Once you have the student data configured for your first class, you can simply copy this group of students to all the other subjects (classes) you teach with these same kids!

Still under the "Students" menu found by clicking the wrench icon, select "All" in the bottom right corner of the dialogue box, then tap "Copy".

You will be prompted to select which of your classes you'd like to copy this group of students to:

You will have to do this for each class/subject you would like this group of students in, but it is MUCH simpler than entering each student individually!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

iDoceo 4 Tips and Tricks - Setting Up Classes

If you're anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with technology. I LOVE that it can make my life easier, but sometimes the learning curve when starting out with a new program or device can be a turn-off. One of the best finds I've made since purchasing my iPad is iDoceo. I am in no way affiliated with the company that created it, nor am I being compensated in any way for these posts, I'm just interested in helping other teachers make their job a tiny bit easier.

Getting Started

Begin by clicking the gear in the top-left corner and tapping "Working Mode" to ensure you are working in full-size mode. I don't see too much of a difference between it and the compact mode, but my tutorials will be based on the full-size mode.

Select the "Classes" tab at the top and click "Add" to create your classes. When I first started working with iDoceo 3 this was where I encountered my difficulties. When I think of "My Class" I think of the group of students I'm working with, rather than the subjects I'm teaching. You should be creating classes for each of your subject areas.

If you teach one subject to multiple classes, be sure to create a separate "Class" for each of them! You can also create folders under the "Add" tab, making it easier to manage multiple groups of students.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Resistance Is Futile So You Might As Well Be Ready!

I love this!! While I have a little longer than August 31st (P.A. Day on September 3rd and classes begin on the 8th), it is still approaching more quickly than I'd like!

The sign, however, is right... resistance IS futile, so we'd better just embrace it! Why not make the most of this with an EXTRA DAY TO SAVE?!

Yes, Teachers Pay Teachers has extended the Love Back to School Sale with this one-day-only BOOST!

Here are some of my picks for you:

Back to School

Literacy Centers, Open House Gift Tag FREEBIE, We're Ready to Shine Gift Tags, Getting to Know You SCOOT, Name Tags (a variety of colors available!)

Language Arts


Other Goodies

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your time with me, and wish you a wonderful new school year!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Strategies for Reaching Disengaged Students

I'm very excited to be guest blogging for Emily Liscom at Education to the Core today! Click the image to head over and check it out!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Scooting" Into a New School Year

Heading back to school can be a stressful time for little people. As excited as they are to see old friends, children are faced with many unknowns. Where will my classroom be? Who is my teacher? Is she nice? Does she give a lot of homework? Will I get to sit beside my friends?

Icebreakers are an extremely useful way to get students talking and learning about one another. The perfect way to build community in your classroom, icebreakers come in all forms and are perfect for all age levels.

In some classrooms, like my own, there are rarely new students arriving from out of the area, so most of the kids already know each other. In cases like this, students need to be guided into digging a little deeper and making connections with students they may not have before.

I've decided that a fun way to do this in my classroom is by getting them up and moving in a structured way by combining the fun and movement of a SCOOT game with all the meaning of a traditional icebreaker activity! I have mentioned this activity in a previous post, but really wanted to explain just what it is.

You are free to run the activity any way you wish. I prefer to spread the SCOOT cards all around the classroom - on the desks, the floor, shelves - so students are moving the entire time. They should move individually around the room, heading to a new card each time and waiting quietly for a partner to join them. Students should be encouraged to meet with every other student in the room before catching someone for a second time. 

You may wish to structure this more, with a teacher-directed rotation. It is totally up to you!

I'd love to hear what sorts of icebreaker activities you use in your classroom! Leave me a comment below!