Creating a Digital Classroom


Create a digital, 1:1 classroom with the Daring English Teacher and SMARTePlans.
The world of education is constantly changing and evolving. In fact, the one of the only constant of education is change itself. One of the biggest driving factors affecting the changes in education today is technology. Our students are part of a new generation – a generation that is constantly connected and surrounded with technology, and so it only makes sense to fully incorporate technology into our teaching practices. As educators, we are the ones who need to evolve and adapt our teaching practices in order to accommodate, foster, and expand our students’ use of technology. We need to create a learning environment that supports 21st century learning.The solution is pretty obvious: schools need to implement digital classrooms.

Create a digital, 1:1 classroom with the Daring English Teacher and SMARTePlans.What is a digital classroom?
A digital classroom is a classroom that is fully immersed in technology. Each students has access to an Internet connected device, whether it be a laptop, tablet, Chromebook, or other device, and the majority (or all of) the curriculum is delivered via an online, engaging, interactive platform.

Digital classrooms use online educational apps and websites to spark creativity and critical thinking. 

What are the benefits of going digital?
There are so many benefits when it comes to transforming a classroom into a digital classroom. In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages of going digital is that the possibilities of what you can do are endless. There are so many different websites, extensions, add-ons, and apps that teachers can use to enhance their teaching and connect with students. Digital classrooms prepare students for life in college and the real world by providing them with a technology-based education. Digital classrooms are also great for the environment because paper use is either eliminated or significantly reduced.

SMARTePlans are digital, interactive, Google-based resources for secondary English teachers.
Making the Switch to Digital
Once your school district decides to provide the technology to facilitate a digital classroom, there are several options to consider when making the switch. First and foremost, you will want to decide how to deliver the content of your class to your students. Personally, I am a big fan of Google Classroom.

Google Classroom is a blended learning platform that is entirely free for educators. It is a great tool that allows teachers to deliver content-rich lessons to students, make announcements to the class, share Google calendars with students, and facilitate collaborative work through the various Google apps with the use of Google Drive. And since Google makes it easy for a user to switch from one account to the next, it is that much more convenient. In addition to Google Classroom, there are also other online digital platforms that school are adopting. Some other digital-based blended learning platforms include Haiku learning and Edmodo.

After you (or your district) decide which platform to use, it is time to create your content, build your digital class, and inspire your students.

Students prefer engaging, visually-stimulating, interactive educational materials that require them to collaborate with their peers and use an inquiry-based approach. Simply typing a lesson in Google Docs every day is not enough for students of the 21st century, nor does this take full advantage of what the digital world has to offer.

I create all of my SMARTePlans lessons with 21st century students in mind. These digital, interactive lessons and teaching materials are designed specifically to use in a digital classroom. These lessons offer students with rich, high-quality, interactive lessons that can be delivered via Google Drive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft OneDrive. These interactive, digital English lessons provide students with the opportunity to type directly into graphic organizers, highlight text while annotating, drag and drop information into charts, and more.

While most of my SMARTePlans are geared for secondary ELA classrooms, I do have one SMARTePlans lesson that can be used in any secondary classroom: SMARTePlans Back to School Digital Activities. This resource includes more than 10 different, engaging and interactive activities that secondary students can complete during the first week of school. 


Introducing SMARTePlans

As the world of education advances into the digital era, teachers need high-quality, content-rich, digital, interactive lessons and educational materials that can be delivered over the Internet.

That is why I created SMARTePlans. SMARTePlans are English language arts lessons and activities designed for teachers who want to implement digital learning into their classrooms. These electronic lesson plans are engaging, rigorous, and fully-integrable into a Google classroom.

To get a free, first-hand look at what a SMARTePlans resource looks like, download my free, digital reading log available on my TeachersPayTeachers store. Click HERE for the resource. Students can use this resource to track their weekly reading throughout the entire school year. Students simply copy and paste new Google slides into their very own document on Google Drive and type in a summary of the pages they've read and a memorable quote. I like having students keep track of quotes as they read because it makes it easier to write essays about the reading later on. 

See more SMARTePlans HERE

The Literary League 12 Days of Giving Freebie Round Up & Sale

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Thanks so much
for the overwhelming response to the 
12 Days of Giving hosted by the Literary
League!  

To celebrate the
season and our favorite fellow teachers (that’s you!), we’re all having a sale
in our TpT shops today, Saturday, December 12th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 13th.  That’s right!  Pop over to each of our shops and
you’ll find all of our resources at 20% off!



The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate.

Oh, and if you
haven't entered for a chance to win the Teachers Pay Teacher gift card, you can
do so below. Today is the last day to enter!




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Just in case you
missed one of the featured freebies, click the links below.

The Creative
Classroom - 
Two Column Notes Organizer
Perfetto Writing
Room - 
SteadfastTin Soldier
Literary Sherri
- Winter Poems - 
Poetry Analysis
Mrs. Spangler in
the Middle - 
Christmas Zap Game
The Classroom
Sparrow - 
Holiday Essay Outline
2 Peas and a Dog
- 
Christmas Writing Prompts
Brain Waves
Instruction - 
Endof Year Reflection and Infographic
The Daring
English Teacher - 
WinterThemed Grammar Worksheets


From all of us
Literary Leaguers, wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!



The Literary League's 12 Days of Giving: Day 2




Welcome to Day 2 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We know that the holiday season is busy for both teachers and students. You want to make learning fun, yet still meaningful while attempting to channel some of your students' energy and excitement about the upcoming holidays and days off from school. Today you'll find two seasonal resources that will help you do just that.

From Room 213: Christmas Coffee House

The last few days before the holidays are difficult for everyone. The students don’t want to focus, but you need to keep teaching. You could resort to showing Elf again, or you could get their creative juices flowing while they practice important ELA skills like writing, speaking and listening. This freebie shows you how to turn your classroom into a coffee house and provides ideas for students to use when they write their poetry.

I love incorporating themed grammar exercises in my classroom. It is a fun way to get students to practice and master basic grammatical skills. There are four different worksheets in this download: pronoun identification, subject & predicate identification, subject verb agreement, and homophones. These Winter Themed Grammar Worksheets are great because they can be used throughout a few months in the year, they make a great last-minute sub plan, and they also can be used individually when you have about ten minutes left of class.

And if you haven't already, enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate below. The winner will be notified on December 13th.



Visit Brain Waves Instruction and Secondary Sara tomorrow for Day 3 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Look for a special surprise coming on Day 12!








The Literary League Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving for Secondary ELA Teachers

The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Literary Leaguers are in the
holiday spirit and we’re hosting 
12 Days of Giving!

We’re super excited to share
some of our favorite freebies (both seasonal and all-year-round resources) with
you and give you the chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift
certificate!  The 12 Days of Giving runs
Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 12th.






The Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas includes 12+ seasonal and year round freebies for secondary English Language Arts teachers and a giveaway for a TPT gift certificate. Enter December 1st - December 12th.

Here’s how it works…
Day 1 of Giving:  Enter to win
the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate at any of the participating Literary Leaguers’
blogs.




Days 2-11 of Giving:  Stop by each of these blogs for links to favorite English Language Arts freebies.  Hint:  Follow each of the blogs via email or Bloglovin' so that you don't miss out on the updates. You can even get the Bloglovin' app for your phone and read all your favorite bloggers in one feed!

Day 9 - Novelle

We have a
feeling that you’ll love the seasonal and all-year-round resources! 

Day 12 of Giving:  We have
something fun in the works for you on the 12th Day of Giving! Stop back at any of the participating blogs on December 12th to find out what we have in store for you!

Get started...

Enter to win the Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate below.   The winner will be notified on December 13th.



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