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Engage Young Distance Learners With K-2 Read Aloud Videos by EL Education

Engage Young Distance Learners With K-2 Read Aloud Videos by EL Education

This week, we are excited to announce that Read Aloud Videos are now available within Kiddom as a supplement to the K-2 EL Education curriculum. Each video is aligned to its associated unit for easy access.

In this article, we'll cover:

  • Engaging Young Distance Learners
  • About the K-2 Read Aloud Videos by EL Education
  • What K-2 Read Aloud Videos Are Available?
  • Where to Find Your K-2 Read Aloud Videos in Kiddom

We've heard from many that distance learning is proving to be especially challenging for our youngest learners, so today we want to talk about some handy new features within Kiddom that can help bring your EL Education curriculum to life, even at a distance.

 

Zoom Out: What is EL Education?

Last year, Kiddom partnered with the curriculum publisher Open Up Resources to offer top-rated digital curriculum. EL Education is the creator behind one such top-rated curricula now available through the partnership.

This year, EL Education created a series of K-2 Read Aloud Videos in effort to help teachers engage young distance learners who are using their curriculum. You can read more about EL Education in last week's post on another supplemental feature to the EL Education curriculum. 

Engaging Young Distance Learners

Kiddom features many ways to keep younger learners engaged through blended, hybrid, or distance learning. In fact, we'll be releasing a guide next week to cover them all. But here we'll cover a few helpful tips to apply within context of the K-2 EL Education curriculum.

1. Audio Response. For young learners practicing sounds, you can pair a letter or word visual with an Audio Response activity, which will ask students to record audio for their answers. One music teacher on Twitter recently shared how he used Kiddom in his music class and loved hearing his students sing verses:

2. Multiple Choice with Visuals. For students who are learning their letters or learning how to count, teachers can create a Multiple Choice with Visuals activity. For this sort of activity, you can easily set up autograding so that students' reports are updated as soon as they complete their work. Or, if you'd rather not create the activities yourself, read on to learn about embedding activities from your favorite provider!

3. Streamline the Experience. Kiddom allows teachers to embed media within assignments so students and parents don't have to suffer from Too-Many-Tabs fatigue.

If you are using supplemental content that provides an embed code (YouTube, NearPod, etc.), you can enter that code into Kiddom for a streamlined experience for those accessing from their desktop:

4. New! K-2 Read Aloud Videos. And finally, a new way to engage young learners is through the new K-2 Read Aloud Videos, which you will find at the end of each Unit within your EL Education curriculum in Kiddom.

Students can follow along with the narrator by following the highlighted lines as they are being read.

About the K-2 Read Aloud Videos

Young learners can struggle with reading content during at-home lessons. As developing reading skills are often a key objective, the ability to read lessons should not stand in the way of learning lessons.

EL Education created this series of Read Aloud Videos to support K-2 teachers who are teaching remotely due to COVID-19. These videos were specifically created for Modules 1-3 of the Flex Curriculum, which can be directly translated to the non-flex version of the curriculum.

These key readings recorded in a natural human voice with a follow-along marker highlighting the line being read are available directly within Kiddom for teachers to assign – no finding, recording, uploading, or tweaking needed; teachers can simply assign the reading.

Which Read Aloud Videos are Available?

The following titles are available within the Unit level. You can access the video attached near the end of each designated Unit:

TitleGrade, Mod, Lessons
Have Fun Molly Lou MelonPenguin Random House title - not available in Kiddom
Lama Lama Time to SharePenguin Random House title - not available in Kiddom
Off to Class 
  • Grade 2, Module 1, Unit 2
  • Grade 2, Module 1, Unit 3
One Hot Summer Day
  • Grade K, Module 2, Unit 2
Stone Girl Bone Girl 
  • Grade 2, Module 2, Unit 1
Summer Sun Risin’ 
  • Grade 1, Module 2, Unit 1
The Important Book
  • Grade 2, Module 1, Unit 3
The Invisible BoyPenguin Random House title - not available in Kiddom
The Little Red Pen
  • Grade 1, Module 1, Unit 2
The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Grade 1, Module 1, Unit 2
  • Grade 1, Module 1, Unit 3
Tools
  • Grade 1, Module 1, Unit 1
Toys Galore
  • Grade K, Module 1, Unit 2
Weather Words and What they Mean
  • Grade K, Module 2, Unit 1
What Makes Day and Night
  • Grade 1, Module 2, Unit 2

Where to Find the Read Aloud Videos in Kiddom

The K-2 Read Aloud Videos are in the Unit level of your curriculum within Kiddom. As a reminder, the curriculum hierarchy in Kiddom is as follows:

Grades > Modules > Units > Lessons

The Read Aloud Videos will be located in a section near the very end of the Unit – as a reminder, not every Unit comes with a Read Aloud Video. The list above covers the Units that do, so we recommend checking the list for your Unit as Step One. If you are in a Unit that comes with the video, scroll to the bottom of the Unit, and you will see the Read Aloud Video in its own section, like so:

From there, you can assign to the entire class, a student group, a mastery group, or select students, after adding your own instruction and/or additional activities around the assignment, like so: 

And that's it for this edition of Kiddom's New Teacher Features! We hope you're just as excited about these videos as we are to share them with you. If you're interested in bringing Kiddom to your school or district, you can request a demo by clicking the big red button below.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one platform with integrated tools for communication.

 

Thinking about bringing Kiddom to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Supplemental ModEL Detroit Slides for EL Education K-8 Curriculum

Supplemental ModEL Detroit Slides for EL Education K-8 Curriculum

This week, we are excited to announce that the ModEL Detroit Slides are now available within Kiddom as a supplement to the EL Education curriculum. Each presentation is aligned to its associated lesson for easy access.

In this article, we'll cover:

  • What is EL Education, What Curriculum is Available in Kiddom, & What That Means
  • About the ModEL Slides Supplement by Detroit Public Schools
  • What the ModEL Detroit Slides Were Designed to Do
  • Where to Find Your EL Education Slides in Kiddom

To kick it off, we'll start from the beginning – if you're already using the EL Education digital curriculum in Kiddom, feel free to skip to the next section to get straight into the Model Detroit slides!

What is EL Education, What Curriculum is Available on Kiddom, & What That Means

Last year, Kiddom partnered with the curriculum publisher Open Up Resources to offer top-rated digital curriculum (read more here). EL Education is the creator behind one such top-rated curricula now available through the partnership.

The EL Education curriculum K-8, while allegedly challenging to adopt, works for its schools, in a way that only a PD(Professional Development)-packed, discourse-driven, student-centric curriculum can. Not only do they have a reputation for closing the gap effectively for the schools in their community, they also received a near-perfect score by EdReports.

And now, EL Education K-8 is digitally accessible on the Kiddom platform, so you can take it with you wherever you go – but it's much more than being portable.

Recently, at EL Education's virtual conference What Matters Most, Dr. Amy Whitener, who teaches at Ootlewah Elementary, shared how Kiddom has transformed the way her school uses EL Education curriculum. The pairing has enabled:

1) Greater Collaboration – "Kiddom has made collaboration a huge time saver. There are no books to carry around, there's no trying to connect across multiple books, we can plan whether people are in-person or virtual," says Dr. Whitener.

2) Flexibility – "The lesson plans can be modified, reused, and accessed by everyone. So if there are any changes that need to be made, it's so easy to share with them right there. We're just always on the same page using Kiddom."

3) Ease of Use – "It's not a PDF, it's all live documents, so if I need to go and change something, I change it. If I make something and my ELA team needs to add more, take away, change. It's so easy."

For those familiar with the EL Education curriculum, moving to Kiddom has been similarly well-received, however... one question we come across often is, "Does it come with the ModEL Detroit Slides?"

The much sought-after ModEL slides are especially helpful for teachers and schools in their first year or two of adopting the curriculum.

This week, we are excited to announce that yes, the ModEL Detroit Slides are now available in Kiddom, as a supplement to the EL Education curriculum.

About the ModEL Slides Supplement by Detroit Public Schools

Educators using the EL Education curriculum are often looking for simple visuals that can be used in class. The ModEL slides, developed by Detroit Public Schools, were created in response to this need.

Additionally, this year the DPSCD has modified the slides for effective pandemic era use. "They made it travel home beautifully, which is not what it was designed to do. So that took considerable ingenuity and plain hard work," says Meredith Liben, Senior Fellow at Student Achievement Partners.

It's important to note that the K-5 slides support the latest version of EL Education curriculum (2019), but the 6-8 slides support the original version. The newest version of EL Education (2019) is the curriculum available in Kiddom, so while the 6-8 supplements can still be used as guidance, they are not a direct resource for the latest version used.

As another reminder, these materials have not been sanctioned by or created by EL Education – they were created as supplements, and are labelled as such within Kiddom.

What the ModEL Detroit Slides Were Designed to Do

  • Support teachers in getting a handle on how to teach the core elements of EL Education for teachers or systems first learning how to use it. The slides arguably have utility through at least the first two years of implementation.
  • Provide clear guidance about What Matters Most in each ELA lesson K-8 of EL Education (remember: what was made for grades 6-8 was for EL 1.0/Willey. EL Education has now launched EL 2.0).
  • Provide clear guidance about What Matters Most in each Skills lesson K-2 of EL Education.
  • Help teachers understand how to prepare for teaching each lesson (the pre-slides before the student-facing slides).
  • Provide student-friendly, developmentally appropriate guidance directly to students as they are first learning EL Education.
  • Where EL Education offers a sometimes bewildering array of options to choose amongst (for example, with the English learner supports), offer an experienced user’s point of view on which supports or approaches align best to that particular lesson (i.e. a reduced amount of choices teachers have to sift through daily).
  • Allow for new-to-program teachers to ramp up fairly quickly to a new program.
  • Allow for continuation of student learning when a substitute is present. 

And now, they're loaded into Kiddom in alignment with the curriculum. They are currently included as attached presentations which teachers can use during virtual calls with students.

Where to Find the Supplemental ModEL Detroit Slides in Kiddom

The ModEL Detroit Slides are in the Lesson level of your curriculum within Kiddom, where you will most likely be planning your daily lessons. As a reminder, the curriculum hierarchy in Kiddom is as follows:

Grades > Modules > Units > Lessons

When you're in the lesson you are planning, simply scroll down until you see the slides in the Supplemental Materials section, like so:

From there, you can download the slides for use in a live session, or embed directly into Kiddom if you'd like your students to follow along from their Kiddom home screen.

We hope you're just as excited about these new ModEL Detroit Slides as we are to share them with you. If you're interested in bringing Kiddom to your school or district, you can request a demo by clicking the big red button below.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one platform with integrated tools for communication.

 

Thinking about bringing Kiddom to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Student Groups for Blended, Hybrid, and Distance Learning

Student Groups for Blended, Hybrid, and Distance Learning

This week, we are excited to announce a simple new way to do student groups for blended, hybrid, or distance Learning. Read on to learn about this exciting new feature in Kiddom for Schools & Districts.

In this article, we'll cover:

  • 5 Solutions for Student Groups in Any Learning Environment
  • Student Group Chat
  • Kiddom Live Student Group
  • Coming Soon for Student Groups

Student Groups in Any Learning Environment

There is a lot of information out there about how to do student groups for blended learning, station rotation groups in socially distanced classrooms, as well as remote learning student groups.

But what we want to show you today is how to do student groups in a way that transcends to any environment – this new feature will be especially helpful for hybrid classrooms or those experiencing a lot of students going in and out of quarantine, which can make it hard for both, students, and teachers, to keep track.

"Kiddom has been a game changer for us. It's such an easy transition from face-to-face to virtual without any content loss. There is minimal to no loss, because teachers and students are accessing the same material from the same place, without confusion. If school were to shut down tomorrow, we're ready. We could all pick up our computers and say "We're logging into Kiddom, and we'll be fine.""
- Dr. Amy Whitener, 5th grade literacy teacher, Ooltewah Elementary 

Dr. Amy Whitener spoke at the What Matters Most: EL Education Virtual Summit last week when she shared how her school is using Kiddom for both, in person and distance learning students.

Dr. Whitener's district (Hamilton County, TN) is using EL Education digital curriculum by Open Up Resources on the Kiddom for Schools & Districts platform. Because EL Education curriculum is very discourse-driven, it is important to have the ability to do student breakout groups, which can be challenging in the current pandemic.

But because teachers in her district are accessing their EL Education curriculum, building lessons and assignments, and communicating with students through the flexible Kiddom platform, they are able to overcome many challenges posed by the pandemic.

 

Five Solutions for Student Groups in Any Environment

When students access their expected assignments from home, or in school, they always see the same assignments from their Kiddom Timeline. Teachers can create assignments for student groups, whether at random, or by mastery level on a particular skill, which can all be accessed in the platform.

When a quarantined student needs to work from home, their teacher can simply edit the assignment for that one student, adjusting any in-class instruction for a home setting – for example, they might change "Read the excerpt aloud with a partner" to "Read the excerpt to yourself" – so there is little to no content loss or confusion for that student about what to do.

When a socially-distanced classroom needs to break out into student groups for some station rotation at a safe distance, students can log into Kiddom to see who else is in their group, and they can communicate through chat without leaving their desks, if needed.

If one student from an in-class student group is working from home, all is not lost! The student group activity can carry on as usual, and partners in the group will still be able to communicate with them in real time.

If you are wondering how to do student groups for full-remote classrooms, Kiddom's new distance learning tools give you many options to do so. Read on to learn about the features in detail.

1) Student Group Chat

Teachers using Kiddom for Schools and Districts can now create a student group chat by selecting students from the roster. Within a student group chat, the teacher and students will be able to hold discourse-driven discussions, share attachments, and even record audio and video directly from the platform.

2) Kiddom Live Student Groups

Teachers using the Kiddom Live upgrade will be able to start a virtual call with student groups at the click of a button. Students will be notified once a call has started and can easily join from their home screens.

3) Coming Soon for Student Groups

Currently, teachers can create assignments for student groups from all plans, the paid plan or the free app, by assigning work by mastery level group, or by selecting students' names when creating an assignment.

However, coming soon there will be an option for those using Kiddom for Schools and Districts to assign by the custom student group they created. They will also be able to customize the names of each student group.

There you have it!

We hope you're just as excited about these student group features as we are to share it with you. If you're interested in bringing Kiddom to your school or district, you can request a demo by clicking the big red button below.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one platform with integrated tools for communication.

 

Thinking about bringing Kiddom to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Teach Civic Responsibility With These Voting Resources for Students of All Ages

Teach Civic Responsibility With These Voting Resources for Students of All Ages

In one of the most crucial election seasons in recent history, teachers have expressed a need for quality resources to bring culturally-relevant lessons to young voters and voters-to-be. This week, we bring you just that, including a high school voter registration kit which we've partnered with HeadCount to create.

It's hard not to address politics in the classroom when you're in the final month of one of the most heated presidential elections this country has faced in recent history.

Which is why many teachers are opting, in the spirit of culturally relevant pedagogy, to teach students about their civic responsibilities, and how to vote locally during a time when the election is practically buzzing around our ears.

Keep reading to find fun and engaging prompts, thought-provoking playlists that can be used for blended or distance learning, and general election resources for students of every age.

 

Voting Registration Resources for High School Students

If your students are old enough to vote – or getting close, it's essential to teach them the things they need to vote responsibly.

A good place to start is by understanding why many young people don't vote – according to John Holbein, researcher and author of the book “Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action,” the low turnout of younger voters has more to do with a lack of skills and confidence, than a lackadaisical attitude towards politics.

"For young people, it’s just intimidating and kind of scary, especially for many of them growing up in households that don’t talk about politics and don’t hear about contemporary politics in their schools very much. The idea of being plunged into the deep end of voting was kind of intimidating," says Hobstein (EdWeek).

Luckily, organizations like HeadCount exist to gather all of the resources, deadlines, and planning tools to help students grasp a better understanding of how to vote. Which is why we partnered with them this year to create a High School Registration Digital Kit to equip teachers within the Kiddom community (and beyond!) with a helpful toolkit.

Find the High School Voter Registration Kit below, and keep reading for more resources to teach students of all ages all about voting.

Voting Playlists for K-12th Grade Students 

(Handy for Remote Learning)

If your students aren't old enough to vote yet, it's never too early to start teaching civic responsibility! Here are a number of playlists to instill an early understanding of the voting process, and to inspire young people to make their voices heard.

What are "playlists"? Useful for either blended or distance learning, Kiddom's "playlists" are themed collections of mixed media resources curated around a particular subject. You can find all of the resources in the following playlists within the Kiddom content library, as well as over 70,000 teaching resources searchable by standard, grade, subject, publisher, or content type.

Teachers can use the free Kiddom Classroom app to assign a handful of resources from these playlists to students to complete at their own pace, or simply keep the playlists in your Planner for future lesson planning.

Additional Voting Resources for K-12th Grade Students

Here are a number of external resources to instill an early understanding of the voting process, and to inspire young people to make their voices heard.

To teachers and parents who have become home-school teachers due to the pandemic:

The work you're doing right now is so important. We want to thank you for your perseverance during during such a difficult time. Did we miss any great voting resources you've come across? Have any great tips for how to teach voting and democracy from home? Let us know in the comments below and we'll add them to the article.

As always, happy teaching and learning!

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in a centralized hub. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Are you thinking about bringing digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Building Continuity of Learning in Any Scenario: The Kiddom Back to School 2020 Guide

Building Continuity of Learning in Any Scenario: The Kiddom Back to School 2020 Guide

With this guide, we hope to bring some inspiration during an unprecedented back-to-school season. Hear how various educators are building creative strategies and using Kiddom to prepare for distance learning, hybrid, or in-person blended learning. Get your free copy of the guide below.

There’s never been a back-to-school season quite like 2020. While some are still waiting to hear orders from their district, others are already wading into the brave new territory of hybrid schedules, socially-distanced K-12 students wearing masks, or full-time distance learning with high hopes that all goes smoother than last spring.

We created this resource to provide guidance to educators who are new to online instruction or trying to improve their practice in preparation for the year's uncertainties. What you’ll find:

Advice from Field Educators. As so much of this is uncharted territory, we wanted to collect guidance from real educators who are doing the work and have direct experience to share. Hear from an assistant principal whose city charter school (full-remote learning) is getting creative to build an engaged online support community. Learn how an instructional coach at a traditional district (hybrid learning) set up a scenario-proof curriculum and lesson plans for continuity of teaching and learning in any scenario. And read an essay authored by an engagement director at an adult high school (mostly remote learning) on how to continue Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and instructional coaching during distance learning.

Two Step-by-Step Guides. View the step-by-step processes for how an instructional coach built her scenario-proof curriculum and interactive lesson plans within Kiddom, as well as some helpful features to engage students remotely and streamline tools to alleviate teacher/parent fatigue. Note: All features mentioned in these guides are available in the free Kiddom app for teachers and students.

Tips & Encouragement. Above all else, this guide aims to help educators everywhere rebuild confidence in a brave new era. We know you’re great at what you do, and you can adapt to this new format! We hope you’ll find new ways to bring continuity of learning to your community through with the help of the free tools and tips found in this resource.

You can get your copy of the guide here: 

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in a centralized hub. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Are you thinking about bringing digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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