Video of the Week: 3 tips for great formative assessment

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Unlock the full potential of formative assessment in your classroom! Check out these tips for how to use formative assessment apps and games such as Kahoot, Socrative, Plickers, and Poll Everywhere to check for understanding and encourage student self-assessment. For more, visit this collection of formative assessment resources.

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Video of the Week: Make it easy for students and parents to sign up with Seesaw

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Here’s a super simple way to get students and parents signed up with Seesaw. It’s best to get parents signed up right off the bat, at the beginning of the year, and luckily Seesaw makes this easy. With this tip you can make Seesaw–and/or any other platform you use — parents’ go-to place for class updates. You’ll be able to document students’ work and share feedback all year long, keeping parents in-the-know and involved. For more classroom management tips and tricks, visit this collection of resources to help make day-to-day teaching and learning run smoothly.

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Video of the Week: Simple ways teachers can protect student data privacy

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Privacy can be a complex, intimidating topic. But there are some steps any teacher can take to better protect their students’ data when using online tools. Make these simple privacy and security checks a habit whenever you visit a website or use it with your students. For more tips for protecting student privacy, check out Common Sense Education’s resources on the topic.

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Video of the Week: 3 ways to help students build empathy using technology

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Can your students build empathy skills even while using technology? Yes! In fact, exercises that help students build empathy in digital spaces are a crucial part of positive social and emotional learning. Plus, using empathy skills online is integral for helping kids become responsible digital citizens. Here are three ways teachers can give students practice using empathy online — just like they would in face-to-face situations. For more, check out the article, We All Teach SEL: Empathy Activities for Students.

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Video of the Week: Protecting your students’ privacy on social media

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Social media can pose risks to students’ privacy, but these risks can be managed with informed, intentional use. There’s also a huge upside: Teachers can use social media to share best practices, provide an authentic audience for students’ work, cultivate and model digital citizenship among their students, and build more connected school communities. For a more comprehensive guidance, check out the blog article: Protecting Student Privacy — Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers.

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Video of the Week: 5 essential media literacy questions for kids

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: All media comes with an author, and an agenda. Whether in the classroom or at home, help kids think critically about any media they view with critical questions that dig below the surface. Use these five essential questions as a springboard, and help kids dig deeper with even more critical questions of their own. For more media literacy resources, visit Common Sense Education’s News and Media Literacy Toolkit.

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Video of the Week: Making group work a win for your students

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Collaboration is essential to students’ learning. Having kids work together promotes cooperation, builds social-emotional skills, and gets them engaged in active learning. Group work, on the other hand, tends to come with challenges. Some students feel like they do all the work, others feel left out, motivation wanes, and assignments seem to get cobbled together. So, what makes for better group work? Learn more about managing group work in our collection, Give Every Student a Stake in Group Work

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Video of the Week: Discover the learning in ANY game

Ed. note: Video of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to watch the video at Common Sense Education.

Video Description: Every game has potential for learning. Consider the educational value in some of the more popular, entertainment-focused games that your students (and you!) already enjoy at home. Of course, not all games are school-appropriate, but you can approach any game from an educational perspective. Think of games as experiences rather than instruction–as field trips, not textbooks. It’s a perspective that’s as valuable for students as it is for teachers. To learn more about using games in the classroom, visit our collection, Find the Learning in Any Game.

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