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Classroom Clickers: Response System for Polling Students

Engage your classroom with polls, exit tickets, after-class reminders, and more — delivered to each student on their own phone or tablet. It's a new generation of classroom clicker. Run classroom-wide polls using text messages. Give personalized feedback to individuals or groups. Broadcast updates and info to parents and students. ClassPager works on any device, including iPod Touch.All phone numbers are hidden, so you can use it safely.

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100+ Motivational Techniques to Take Learning to the Next Level Getting students motivated to learn can be hard no matter what grade level you teach. Sometimes it’s because students find the material boring or useless, or sometimes because they are simply there because they are required to be and not because they have any interest in the subject matter at hand. There are some things you can do, however, to help boost your students’ interest in whatever it is that you’re teaching. Here are 100 or so suggestions of ways that you can make your classes more engaging and encourage your students to work harder at learning. General How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Thankfully, with the Common Core standards exemplifying the 4Cs -- Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (through the use of interdisciplinary writing) -- we are looking at a more fluid future in testing formats. As long as the format itself is aligned with real-world skills, a meaningful assessment does not need to be lockstep with a particular structure any more.

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ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. Fun Marketing Idea Classroom ideas shared by teachers throughout the nation. (Watch for a new ideas every other week throughout the year.) Always Selling

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Some Very Good Apps and Tools for A Better Classroom Management February, 2016Below is a collection of some very good apps and tools to help teachers with classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. Web Tools Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Socrative is simple to set up and there are a variety of options for you to use.

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