Classkick has developed many tools and materials specifically to assist professional development providers who deliver training services to educational professionals working in school settings. The purpose of these tools is to assist PD providers in their efforts to update the knowledge and skills about evidence-based practices of those working directly with children.
Top Tips for PD Providers
Our tips for professional development providers include many suggestions about how to use Classkick resources and online tools. Take advantage of all Classkick has to offer:
If you use one of our presentations to conduct a PD session, you will be eligible to receive a free month of Classkick Plus! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be conducting a PD session on classkick this school year!
These leveled Classkick presentations are built to use in face-to-face, hybrid, or online professional development sessions:
Show teachers how to navigate Classkick by using the steps in the presentation as a guide and by creating an assignment together as an in-service activity.
Show teachers the Guided Notes to use for notes; use them yourself to preview the presentation.
Model differentiated instruction by assigning different presentations and notes to different teachers based on grade level.
Let teachers know they should expect to spend 15-45 minutes creating an assignment; they can break it up or do it all at once. All of their work is automatically saved in Classkick. Challenge teachers to complete two assignments of their choice before the next training.
Remind teachers that Classkick resources are free and available 24/7.
Certification badges are available for a growing number of Classkick educators. After successfully completing four challenges, you will receive a badge verifying Classkick Certification and indicating the number of hours it typically takes users to complete Certification. In turn, this time can be applied toward your professional development hours. Visit the Classkick Certification page to get started.
Use the reflections from Classkick Certified Educators to hear more in depth thoughts on the concepts practiced throughout the professional development journey.
Explore the Classkick-vetted resources for each challenge.
Use one challenge with the whole group, then explore different challenges based on individual needs.
Explore Classkick videos on a variety of topics.
Hear stories of individuals using Classkick and see their students.
Use videos as a coaching tool to improve classroom practice.
Use this Planning Form to integrate Classkick in your PD events:
Brainstorm ways to apply the information to current situations within each participant's classroom.
See to it that participants leave the training with a plan of action based on their needs.
Foster cooperation among colleagues within districts (e.g., general educators, special educators, and related service providers).
Assign district level or school level needs to tailor professional development and align Classkick resources.
How to Use a Classkick Assignment
Classkick assignments are instructional materials, worksheets, assessments, and interactive whiteboards. They provide teachers with information about their students and the ability to provide feedback in real-time when the students indicate they need help or would like to be checked.
There are many different ways Classkick assignments can be used. Here are five types:
Challenge: Provide a realistic scenario relevant to current content concepts
Initial Thoughts: Create questions that allow students to explore and consider what they currently know about the content concepts
Perspectives & Resources: Present instructional information (e.g., text, movies, audio interviews, activities) to allow students to actively engage in learning the content
Wrap Up: Offer students a summary of the information presented in class, or ask students to create their own summary
Assessment: Use a Classkick assignment as an evaluation tool to offer students the opportunity to apply what they know and to evaluate what topics they need to study further
How to Create a Classkick Assignment
To begin, click on the "+" in the top right corner of the Assignments Dashboard. Learn more about how to create a Classkick Assignment by watching these short instructional videos:
We recommend that new Classkick teachers also reference other Classkick assignments to see more examples.
How to Use a Classkick Roster
Classkick rosters hold and organize students. When they are assigned to Classkick assignments, a six digit class code is created for students to log in. Rosters provide teachers with a way to differentiate which assignments students use, and which students collaborate with each other.
There are many different ways Classkick rosters can be used. Here are five examples:
One Roster for Each Period: Have all students login the first time and set Roster Locks, then use those rosters for future assignments
RTI/MTSS Groups: Create a second roster for your RTI/MTSS students and have an Interventionist work with them on assignments
Small Groups: Create rosters for five to six students that collaborate with each other on assignments by answering raised hands within their group
Multiple Students Collaborating: Create one roster for the class, but have multiple students sign in together (for example, as "Group 1," "Group 2," "Group 3," or "Abby and Pike," "Clarke and Bellamy," "Octavia and Lincoln") and students work through the assignment together
How to Create a Classkick Roster
To begin, click on the "+" in the top right corner of the Rosters Dashboard. Learn more about how to create a Classkick Roster by watching these short instructional videos:
Extend your PD presentation by model cooperative learning in your inservice by grouping teachers to work through a PD bundle together.
Use PD bundles to problem solve real-life classroom challenges.
Discuss how PD bundles can be used in Professional Learning Communities.
Once you have concluded your PD, please provide teachers and educators with this After PD Guide with Key Teaching Practices that are enhanced when using Classkick.
When teachers have a chance to revisit Classkick after a PD session, they often wonder where and how they should get started. Without your guidance, they may be unsure of how to proceed. With this After PD Guide, teachers and educators will have seven Key Teaching Practices to reference and how they can be accomplished using Classkick.