I am happy to link up with i teach 1:1 for Tune into Technology. I wrote an earlier post, but I was on last weeks topic which was I-Pads. ( It has been one of those days and probably why I needed comfort food earlier this evening. See my previous post.) Anyway, back to the topic! Our district provides us with class websites, but I am not sure what the program is called. I am thinking about using Schoolrack.(I have posted about this before.) I plan to use this website to communicate with parents about homework, upcoming events, and what is happening in the classroom. It is free to use with the option to pay a monthly fee for password protection. However, I do not plan to put anything specific about students or use their names on the website. So, I think it will be okay without a password. Thoughts??
Also, I like to use portaportal which I think someone else posted about. I like to use it for links to practice pages as well as for links to tests. I create tests on Google Docs for the students to access then they can take the test on a laptop or an I-Pad. They think this is a fun way to take a test!
I also use Google Docs for my Anecdotal Reading Records. I made forms based on what our district is looking for with different types of readers such as Transitional, Intermediate, Advanced, etc. As they are reading I can quickly check off my observations and type in the next steps. Then, it puts it into a spreadsheet that I can have handy for parent conferences and to use when I am looking at forming groups. (I really like this because I dislike managing paper!) We are also moving to Standards Based grading, so I am hoping to create some forms on Google Docs for descriptive feedback on formative assessments. That is a work in progress.
I am sure there are other websites I use, but this is the third time I have written this post due to computer issues. So, I think this is enough for now! :)