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Join us on Saturday, August 23rd, when our special guest will be Carlos Fernandez, creator/developer of a fantastic, free new backchannel tool for the classroom called 81DASH. Please join us to learn about 81DASH and the ways teachers are using it in their classrooms. We know you are going to be eager to start using it too! If you're already using it we hope you'll share your experiences either in the chat or on the microphone during the Q/A. Communication is vital in the 21st Century way of work and education is no exception. As the 81DASH team saw schools make the digital transitions, they knew that they needed to come up with a safe solution that would allow students access to communicate anytime, anywhere. But they also needed a solution that would keep students safe and give the teacher the opportunity to monitor and have full control of that chat environment. Although the chat feature is heart and soul of 81Dash, they believe that students need more than just a safe chat environment. They need a Dashboard that allows them to communicate, share files, take notes, and keep track of important tasks. 81Dash has been a tremendous passion project of theirs and is created by teachers for teachers. Follow 81DASH on Twitter and sign up on 81DASH

to start using it with your students. More information and session details are at If you're new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.

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Reading programs

Started by Joan McManaway in First Time Posting. Last reply by Trish Brokenshire yesterday. 2 Replies

What online reading programs are you using?  Does anyone specifically use Accelerated Reader? Continue

Tags: Reader, Accelerated, Reading

5 Interesting Books to Teach Money to the Kids

Started by Oscar Marin in Book Discussions. Last reply by Julie Hartman yesterday. 1 Reply

For most parents, getting their young children to read is a necessity. One traditional subject in children’s books that is starting to take on added significance is the concept of money. Vine child care center share…Continue

Tags: to, teach, kids, for, books

STEM ipad apps

Started by Julie Hartman in Success Stories. Last reply by Trish Brokenshire yesterday. 1 Reply

Some ideas for using the new mini iPads in my class this year. Anymore suggestions?…Continue

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Trish Brokenshire replied to Joan McManaway's discussion Reading programs
"I haven't used accelerated reader, but my district uses RAZ kids and Reading A to Z; both are worthwhile, on-line programs with leveled readers and lots of options for teachers, students, and parents alike."
Julie Hartman replied to Oscar Marin's discussion 5 Interesting Books to Teach Money to the Kids
"A Chair for My Mother is a great book for teaching many different topics. Students can write about one thing they would save coins to buy.  Some of my advanced students might be into The Lemonade War."
Trish Brokenshire commented on Linda Wong's blog post When should kids start learning about online safety?
"I plan to check these books out for my students. As you said it's important at any time. Thanks for the idea."
Julie Hartman replied to Trish Brokenshire's discussion Five Edmodo Activities for the First Day
"Also, number 1 would be a great way to start any content area. One thing I want to know about ___."
Trish Brokenshire replied to Julie Hartman's discussion STEM ipad apps
"I'm really excited to use the coin math app on our new iPads this year."
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Julie Hartman replied to Trish Brokenshire's discussion Five Edmodo Activities for the First Day
"I like # 3 since our students will be new to edmodo!"
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