At our monthly #ClasskickChat Twitter chat, we discuss relevant topics and challenges that teachers and educators face. Check out these recaps to learn a thing or two from our community. Join the conversation on Twitter every first Tuesday at 5pm Central and stay updated on weekly topics and discussion questions via our Facebook community. (Click here to add #ClasskickChat to your calendar)
#ClasskickChat: Making Classkick More Interactive
Guest Moderator: Sarah Rivera @PHS_STEM
March 7, 2017 - We’ve all sat through our share of boring classes. It’s mind-numbing to be forced to listen to dry content that’s delivered (or worse, read) at us, rather than discussed with us. On the flip side, as the teacher, it’s unnerving to be looking out at a sea of faces who look like they’d rather be somewhere else. We can only hope for a dynamic, engaged crowd of students who interact with us and with each other. But that interaction doesn’t come by accident – it’s up to the teacher to frame their Classkick assignment to encourage audience participation.
Let's chat on March 7th about best practices for making Classkick more interactive for our students.
#ClasskickChat: Digital Citizenship
Guest Moderator: Garrett O'Dell @odellsclasshaps
February 7, 2017 - Digital Citizenship helps our students know how to use technology appropriately and acts as a way to prepare students for a society full of technology.
The topic of digital citizenship is gaining momentum in the United States and around the world. Let's chat on February 7th about best practices for helping students interact responsibly in our technology-based classrooms.
#ClasskickChat: Classkick in 2017
Guest Moderator: Joe Merrill @MrMerrillsClass
January 3, 2017 - Kicking off the new year in style, we'll recap 2016 and brainstorm all the fabulous ideas we have for using Classkick in our classrooms in 2017. What has Classkick looked like in the past? What might it look like in the future?
#ClasskickChat: Now with 72% more Classkick
Guest Moderator: Thomas Martin @tmnerd
December 6, 2016 - Let's chat about your favorite features, your Classkick wins, that one time Classkick didn't work for you, and what you would like to see in the future! As we conclude 2016, we'd like to reflect on how far Classkick has come and what we can continue to do to improve in 2017.
Join us to reflect on the last year of Classkick and all the great things to come!
#ClasskickChat Recap: How can we make sure that students are informed about what's going on around the world?
November 1, 2016 - You may have seen 50 Ways to Teach with Current Events from The New York Times or 25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events from Education World, but whether you are teaching social studies or geometry, your students are likely walking in asking questions and talking about the world around them.
#ClasskickChat Recap: To Get More Feedback, Act More Coachable
October 4, 2016 - It's hard to say who dreads critical feedback more: the person giving it or the person receiving it. As the receiver (usually our students, or the teachers we are coaching), it can be uncomfortable and stressful to hear that you are not performing well. And the teacher or coach, knowing this, fears that the receiver may not react productively and therefore is likely to postpone sharing their views.
#ClasskickChat Recap: Back-to-School Resources
September 6, 2016 - Find resources to help you, your students, and your colleagues begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning. Are there certain videos, lesson plans, activities, or other resources that you use to reduce stress, promote healthy eating, and complete homework? Share them with the Classkick community!
#ClasskickChat Recap: Courageous Edventures
Guest Moderator: Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera
August 2, 2016 - The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow on their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This book charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown - and discover their own version of classroom innovation.
#ClasskickChat Recap: Education Resources/PDs to Explore in the Summer
Guest Moderator: Laura Litton @LauraLitton
July 5, 2016 - Let’s chat about educational resources and professional development sessions that you have heard of, attended, or always wished for. What’s the best thing you’d like to give to colleagues and educators? Share with people all over the world!
#ClasskickChat Recap: How should iPads be used in the Classroom?
Guest Moderator: Jenny Day @jenny_b_day
June 7, 2016 - The iPad is a great tool for education. But what are the best ways to use (and NOT to use) the iPads in the Classroom? How can they be used to help students learn better and help us teacher better? What can you do with iPads that you cannot do with other tools? For example, iPads are extremely mobile (unlike desktop computers). How can we take advantage of this?
#ClasskickChat Recap: Managing iPads in the Classroom
Guest Moderator: Heather Johnson @grade3greatness
May 3, 2016 - iPads are a great tool to encourage continual sharing and collaboration in the classroom. But there are so many details that are crucial to help an iPad classroom run as smoothly as possible to let teachers focus on the learning, not the technology. For example, the iPad was designed for personal use, not by multiple students in a school setting. There’s no mechanism to distinguish one student from the next, and the amount of passwords students have to remember to login to apps must be managed in some way.