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Grading and Records
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Take a closer look at the updated Grading and Records. Learn about 5 useful class reports and how to find data for individual learning activities and assignments.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Activity & Assignment View
  2. Grading Writing
  3. Looking at five reports

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Creating and Managing Assignments

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Want to provide targeted practice? Creating assignments is the answer! Differentiate instruction by ensuring students are playing the learning activities you've chosen for them. Learn how our learning games tackle specific areas of literacy and learning levels.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Create assignments
  2. Grouping assignments
  3. Use presets for quick game sequences
  4. Viewing assignment activity
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Understanding List Visibility Settings

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

List visibility is a Premium feature that allows you to be strategic about which students can see your lists. Learn how this feature helps you differentiate instruction, create customized assignments, and share lists with other teachers.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Set list visibility settings
  2. Understand how list settings affect the student dashboard
  3. Create assignments with different list settings
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Create and Import Lists

After your students are in your account, it is time to import or create the word lists your students will use. Work smart and maximize your instruction by learning the basics of managing lists in your account.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Import list from 3 sources
  2. Create your own lists
  3. Use visibility to make lists available to students
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Managing Students

After you have added your students, grouping your students and tracking their usage are the next steps you should take when you get your Premium Membership to VocabularySpellingCity. This webinar covers the basics of managing your students, including how to check to see that they are using their VocabularySpellingCity accounts.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Adding Students
  2. Grouping Students
  3. Welcome Letters
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Understanding List Visibility Settings

List visibility is a Premium feature that allows you to be strategic about which students can see your lists. Learn how this feature helps you differentiate instruction, create customized assignments, and share lists with other teachers.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Set list visibility settings
  2. Understand how list settings affect the student dashboard
  3. Create assignments with different list settings
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Review Lists

Learn how to keep words in students' long-term memory by creating review lists. Review lists help provide the spaced and repeated practice students need to retain vocabulary. Use review lists to reinforce vocabulary retention, remediate challenging words, and differentiate instruction!

What You’ll Learn

  1. Create spaced and repeated practice with review lists
  2. Enhance your learning centers with review lists
  3. Generate and assign review lists for the whole class, groups or individuals
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Ideas for Using Student-Created lists

Encourage students to be accountable for their learning by letting them create their own lists. Get suggestions for using student-created lists in literature circles, for frequently misspelled words from students' writing and for self-study choices.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Enable and maximize student-created lists
  2. Understand the student and teacher dashboard views of student-created lists
  3. Import and share student-created lists
  4. Use student-created lists to achieve best practices in word study
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Assignments vs Free Game Choice

Should you always create assignments, or allow your students to choose their own learning games? In this webinar, we show you how to do both! Learn how to assign "must do's" and "may do's" and find printable versions of some learning activities.

What You’ll Learn

  1. When to assign specific learning games and when to allow free play
  2. Classroom management tips for incorporating VocabularySpellingCity in center rotations
  3. Tools for organizing choices in centers or for homework will be shared
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Game Sequences

Combine learning activities in specific order to provide strategic practice for students. This webinar will also show you how to save these sequences so they are easy to reassign in the future.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Create an assignment and order activities strategically
  2. Choose and edit presets
  3. Use games intentionally to tackle different areas of literacy
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Instructional Routines Part 1: Introducing Words

There is a ton of research examining best practices for strengthening vocabulary instruction, as well as the need for a systematic approach to teaching words. In this webinar, we summarize research findings and use them to help you develop a systematic approach to your word study instruction that will improve your students' literacy skills.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Understand the research behind best practices for word study
  2. Break down a sample 5-day instructional sequence for word study
  3. Examine sample activities for days 1 and 2 of the instructional sequence
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Instructional Routines Part 2: Deepening Knowledge with Words

As a continuation of Instructional Routines Part 1, we continue to examine the research behind best practices for vocabulary instruction, and help you use this research to develop a systematic approach to your instruction that will foster student success.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Dive deeper into best practices and research-proven methods
  2. Closely examine a sample 5-day instructional sequence for word study
  3. Explore sample activities for days 3, 4 and 5 of the instructional sequence
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Game Investigation: Study Tools

Teach students how to study vocabulary with these study games: FlashCards, Word Study, and Word Videos. Discover strategies for using these tools to help your class get the most out of their word study practice in either whole group, small group or independent accountable practice.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Maximize the benefits of the study games
  2. Facilitate whole group, small group and independent study time
  3. Implement research-proven methods for effective word study
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Game Investigation: Phonics

This webinar focuses on the features of our phonics games. Learn how to use phonics games for whole group and small group instruction and for independent accountable practice.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Game features that support phonics instruction
  2. Games that support encoding and decoding
  3. Activities students can use to review and self assess
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Game Investigation: Vocabulary

This webinar highlights our vocabulary games. See how games can be combined to provide multimodal practice, and be used to review and self-assess vocabulary.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Game features that support word retention
  2. Implement research-proven methods for improving vocabulary skills
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Game Investigation: Spelling

This webinar explores our spelling games. Learn about games that support fluency, decoding, encoding and word recognition.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Game features that support automaticity and word recognition
  2. Implement research-proven methods for improving fluency
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Closer Look at Sentence Writing

Not just a Sentence writing activity. Learn how this flexible learning tool can be used for so much more than sentence writing. Explore the built-in features that give students practice with synonyms, commas, analogies, and subject/verb agreement, just to name a few.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Create assignments that include Sentence Writing Practice
  2. Reinforce specific writing skills
  3. Strategically pair this feature with other learning games
  4. Edit, provide feedback and score your students' writing
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Closer Look at Paragraph Writing

The Paragraph Writing Practice learning activity stores student writing, making it easy for teachers to provide feedback and score student work. Learn how Paragraph Writing Practice can be used for different kinds of writing.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Create assignments that include Paragraph Writing Practice
  2. Strategically pair this feature with other learning games
  3. Give feedback, edit and score the writing
  4. Facilitate practice with different kinds of writing
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Closer Look at Sentence and Paragraph Writing

Learn how these flexible learning tools can be used for so much more than sentence and paragraph writing. Explore the built-in features that give students practice with synonyms, commas, analogies, sorting, and subject/verb agreement, just to name a few.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Learn creative alternatives for Sentence and Paragraph Writing
  2. Strategically pair these games with other learning games
  3. Provide feedback and score your students' writing
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Effective Instruction: From Phonics, To Fluency, To Reading Proficiency

Join Dr. Tim Rasinski for an in depth look at the importance of fluency and its impact on reading comprehension. Tim will share effective instructional practices that are fun for all and easy to implement in any classroom at any grade level.

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Restoring Key Aspects of Word Knowledge to Instruction and Assessment

When learning vocabulary, students need to start with the definition, and then move beyond it. Ph.D. Margaret McKeown has dedicated her career to developing more flexible, meaningful, and effective vocabulary strategies. In this webinar, join McKeown as she breaks down her top word learning and assessment techniques, offering practical strategies you can implement in your classroom right away.

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Automaticity in Word Learning Improves Comprehension

Creating multiple opportunities for students to practice new vocabulary words leads to retention. The more words students automatically recognize, the more cognitive space they have available for comprehension. Accomplish it all with meaningful practice.

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Reading Assessment Made Easy

Reading assessment does not have to be a drag. Assessment in reading is important if you want to track your students’ growth, identify areas of strength and concern in students’ reading, and help form plans for future instruction. In this webinar, literacy expert Dr. Rasinski, Ph.D, will share some quick and simple ways to assess the various components of reading skill. Join us and see how formative assessment done right can make a difference to you and your students.

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