TheClassroomQ- Asking For Help Has Never Been Easier

When teachers incorporate technology into their classroom using 1:1 Chromebooks, iPads, or a computer lab, often times the greatest challenge is provide assistance and help to each student without the cacophony of student’s chirping your name “MR REED MR REED MR REED!” asking for help at the exact same time. TheClassroomQ helps solves that problem by providing a virtual handraising tool where students can line up online and wait patiently while you are helping other students all from their own desk.

Screenshot 2017-08-27 at 3.47.55 PMScreenshot 2017-08-27 at 4.01.20 PMClassroomq.com  was founded by a pair of teachers who experienced a problem and decided to solve it which is AWESOME! They decided to create a website where you can create a virtual help queue where students will be able to ask for help with a click of a BIG RED button,

The teacher will have an updated list on their computer or smart phone of students who need help in the order that they clicked the Big Red BUTTON! Students can also add a “comment” note which can be read by the teacher when helping each ticket.

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Once the teacher assists the student, they can click off their name on the teacher portal and move on to the next student in the list. Oftentimes, it is the simplest digital tools that can make the biggest impact in the classroom.

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TheClassroomQ is a free service with a Pro upgrade available.

In the free version, number of students able to join a queue is 10 (Pro version is unlimited queue)

  • Pro version can be upgraded for $19.99 for one year and offers the following:
    •  The ability to see who has joined your class session in a list to the right as participants.
    • Provides how many times a student has asked for help
    • At end of the session, you can download a csv file of the data from the session.
  • School Version also offers the ability to set up multiple teachers on one account.

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Kyle, one of the cofounders offered a special 50% promo code for a year upgrade to the PRO account. This reduces the price down to $9.99 for the year. Once you sign into your free account, click on Account tab and upgrade your account. Enter the promo code “mrreedteach” for a 50% discount for the year PRO membership.

Let me know how you use TheClassroomQ in your classroom, computer lab, or workplace. I think this website has a lot of the potential for future updates, development, and would making an outstanding Apple Watch app for teachers (Something that is completely missing as of right now)

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RocketSpelling.com – A spelling practice website

Screenshot 2017-08-07 at 8.30.31 PMThis week’s new edtech tool is a website called Rocket Spelling. Rocket Spelling www.rocketspelling.com was designed to provide K-5 students with a different way to practice their spelling words in a digital format. I found this site on r/edtech on Reddit and was enticed by the concept of digital spelling practice.

Rocket Spelling provides digital practice of over 1200 words in a variety of vowel patterns including short and long vowel. The student’s game play involves practice of a specific skill with multiple choices given looking for the student to choose the best one. One feature that I really like is that the audio read aloud of the word which also includes the word in the sentence. This will be especially helpful for my ELL students in their literacy rotation blocks. The lessons are self guided and provide repeated feedback for words that students spell or choose incorrectly.

Rocket Spelling is currently providing a free one year trial for 2017-2018 school year for teachers who sign up on www.rocketspelling.com and use the promo code “rocketlaunch”. The benefits of an upgraded account will allow you to create a class of students with individual usernames and passwords in order to monitor individual student usage, progress, and trackable data to guide future small group or individual instruction. Rocket Spelling will allow you to differentiate spelling practice for students at different ELA levels.    Rocket Spelling also maintains student’s interest through their excellent graphics,  points, awards and badges system which provides incentives within the game play.

I am personally going to use it as a part of our ELA rotational blocks for students who want to work on their spelling or phonics skills rather than a worksheet or word sort. Also this site can be given out to students to use at home for “homework” practice.

Once again you can sign up for a free one year trial at www.rocketspelling.com and use the promo code “rocketlaunch”.

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I think it has lots of potential in the classroom as well as at home use. How are you going to use it in your classroom? Do you have any ideas to improve engagement and mastery while using the site? Comment below.