Black History Month: Learning Resources (2017)

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Educators,

I recently attended the unveiling of a historical marker commemorating the importance of a Rosenwald School in Albemarle’s rural Cobham community. Over 5,000 Rosenwald schools were built in the early 20th century by the first president of Sears, Julius Rosenwald, who along with community members built these schools to support the education of African American students across the South. Continue reading

Powerful Accessibility Tool Now Available for All Students & Educators

Snap&ReadAll ACPS educators and students now have access to a powerful accessibility tool called Snap&Read, which is designed to help learners of all ages better access content and organize ideas. Snap&Read is accessible as a Chrome internet browser extension or desktop app and provides on-demand read aloud support for students to engage with any text that they encounter, whether on a website (in any browser), in a PDF, or even part of a picture or illustration. Continue reading

Black History Month Resources (2016)

February is Black History MonthEvery February, America and Virginia observe Black History Month, celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural and political development of America. The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with Black History Month resources that support the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

5 Alternative Ways to Use Kahoot! in the Classroom

Kahoot!A game of Kahoot! is typically initiated by educators as a way to gain rich insights about their classroom, through formative assessment or reviews. However, there are loads of alternative ways to play Kahoot! to capture the hearts and minds of learners—with a focus on mastery and helping learners realize their deepest potential. Kahoot! Journal reports »

Digital Learning Resources: Walking Inside Your Photographs

VFH LogoNew digital learning resources from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offer access to history resources for kids and teachers to consume and even create. Tour the ruins at Pompeii, “walk” through Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, upload a 360-degree photo and place audio clips into the virtual space, and more! Check out these new tools »

Ways of Making Thinking & Learning Visible

Math Student ThinkingSo much of students’ learning happens within the privacy of their own minds, at one specific moment in time. What are some ways of making that thinking and learning visible, both in the immediate and over time?

Check out this “tip sheet” from Brilliant or Insane that highlights six ways to make student learning visible, including the use of photos, audio, video, and sketchbooks to document moments of learning. Additionally, the site Show What You Know with Media highlights 12 different media resources that students could use as products of their learning, including definitions, workflows and examples.

Library of Congress Offers Teacher Resources

Library of CongressTeachers: Senator Mark Warner wants to bring to your attention an important resource that is currently available to all teachers across Virginia. As you may know, the Library of Congress, located in Washington, D.C., is accessible worldwide through its website and offers an amazing array of educational resources for teachers and students. Continue reading

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators

Digital Storytelling“Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills.”

Check out 15 digital storytelling tools on David James’ Social Learning blog.

Just Launched: New ACPS Digital Citizen Website!

digital citizenshipAre you looking to provide your students with meaningful and age appropriate learning experiences about how to use technology safely and responsibly? Would you like a great resource to recommend to parents and guardians when they ask questions about how to best facilitate their children’s interaction with digital media and use of technology outside of school? Access our division’s new Digital Citizenship website and find answers to these questions and more. Continue reading