Spiral Tip! How to test an EdTech app before you unleash it in class

Sometimes, checking out an EdTech app in a live environment is not an option. Especially when you've got a room full of students to manage and need to focus as many precious minutes as you can on teaching your lesson. If you're thinking about using Spiral and have been worried about losing lesson time or…

Mini Infographic on Growth Mindset and Grit

I'm a huge fan of reading, and I've finally gotten round to reading Angela Duckworth's book: Grit. In Grit, Angela shows, by indications from her research with teachers, that passion and perseverance are much better predictors of success than other traditional measurements like IQ. In my personal life, I'm surrounded by teachers and youth psychologists who couldn't…

RSS K12! A List of RSS Feeds for K12 Educators

RSS K12! As a I often get asked how I manage to stay on top of the latest trends in teaching and am able to keep in contact with so many thought leaders in education. My secret: subscribe to as many teacher blogs as possible. I call this list my "RSS K12!" Instead of checking…

Exit Ticket – The easy, low-stakes formative assessment method

Ever teach a lesson and think students understood the learning objectives only to find when they hand in the work that they didn’t quite get it? If you said yes, then you should give an exit ticket a try as an easy and low-stakes formative assessment method.   For those unfamiliar with the term, an…

Spiral’s New Chrome Extension Creates Video Lessons in Seconds

Thank you so much for being a part of our mission to become the best free formative assessment tool! We made a Chrome Extension that makes it even easier to start teaching with Clip. This means you can now create lessons straight from any educational video on YouTube. How it works: Install our plugin, then…

24 ‘Must-Teach’ Poems

We recently discovered an article by WeAreTeachers that listed out 24 must-teach poems for Middle School and High School. So I thought I'd take it one step further by turning these poems into Spiral Discuss activities and making a convenient Symbaloo WebMix for them. You can click on the image, or link, below to check…

Spiral Education – Free EdTech for Teachers

Spiral Education - Free EdTech for Teachers from Spiral

Five lessons researchers learned about low-income students’ struggles in higher ed

Read the entire article here: https://twitter.com/chronicle/status/772435298743492608 Here are the 5 key points: 1. The way the federal government measures students’ financial need is misleading. 2. Low-income children are supporting their parents, grandparents, and even siblings, all while being unable to buy their books. 3. A significant fraction of students are going without sufficient food or housing. 4. Working…

Getting Started With Clip – Turning any video into a formative assessment

With Clip from Spiral, teachers can turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. When a Clip is running, teachers can provide instant feedback and see how the class is performing. Essentially, Clip allows teachers to discover curriculum relevant videos on Youtube, then play them in a safe environment where students can…

3rd Grade Teacher Has A Different Secret Handshake With Every Student

Inspiring! 3rd Grade Teacher Has A Different Secret Handshake With Every Student

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