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If you're getting pushback from your active learning strategies, read this!

I know we all feel some frustration from students experiencing a new approach to learning, especially at this time of year.  This is impetus to stick with your active learning approach!
Check out this great Science News article from Harvard University : 
More learning in 'active learning' classrooms, but students don't know it
"Deep learning is hard work. The effort involved in active learning can be misinterpreted as a sign of poor learning," said Louis Deslauriers, Director of Science Teaching and Learning. "On the other hand, a superstar lecturer can explain things in such a way as to make students feel like they are learning more than they actually are."


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Learn how to get started

7 Tips for Getting Started with ScoutlierScoutlier is fully integrated for Google Classroom, but hang in there if you're not a Classroom teacher. At the end of September, we will open platform access to all Google sign in with assignment codes for easier sharing with any classroom.
Download printable pdf 
Create your Google Classroom account and create a class. You can skip this step if you already use Google Classroom! Go to Scoutlier and click the button to sign inCreate a new assignment, or make a copy of a library assignment! Find the Design Bank of templates or the crowd-sourced Sharing Library for some easy ways to get your class started!Launch your assignment! Edit an assignment to challenge your students and click "Assign Now" buttonHave your students join the assignment. Students sign in to scoutlier.com or access your assignment through Google Classroom Teach using Scoutlier! Get a live view of student progress and understanding on the Dashboard and the assignmen…

Great Google Chrome Plugins

Support all learners with some easy-to-add Chrome Extensions 
Scoutlier gives you flexibility to creating assignments that ask for all types of responses.  That way, you can design your activity for a wide range of abilities and give every student a voice.

Try Google Chrome extensions like Read Aloud for text-to-speech capability or a Translator and dictionary to make yours assignments more accessible, especially for SPED and ELL.

Edutopia has some student recommendations to check out too, here:
10 Student Tested Chrome Extentions - Edutopia


It's Getting Easier

We are opening up Scoutlier to all Google teachers, not just Google Classroom users!

Soon, you will be able to share assignments with your students via a code, much like many of our  favorite edtech tools: Kahoot, Desmos, FlipGrid, and others.

You won't have to onboard students or sync Google Classrooms, but you certainly still can use the full Google Classroom integration if you'd like to have a record of student outcomes and grading and commenting capabilities.

It’s 2019. So why do 21st-century skills still matter?

We hear more and more about how important 21st-century skills are for all learners as they prepare for future careers.  At Scoutlier, we're especially interested in helping provide tools and support teachers in gathering evidence of learning and improving student outcomes as they practice the 21st-century learning skills, or 4C's in a repetitive and consistent way.  From Empowering Students with 21st Century Skills - Getting Smart:  ". . . At a time when our civic life feels strained, we want our learners to enter the world with an understanding of what it takes to be a good citizen—one who can be civically engaged, critically thinking, digitally literate, globally aware, and an effective communicator."