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Top 5 Teacher Recommended Websites for Fall

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The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in the hands of teachers everywhere.  It’s fall, and for teachers it’s the beginning of a new school year.  A time to spruce up the classroom and experiment with new strategies.  Here at The Teacher’s Academy, we’ve been searching the web for new, inspiring ways to help celebrate the fall season in the classroom.  We’ve compiled some tried and true fall ideas from teachers from all over the country who are generous enough to share their ideas for free! Take a moment and check out some of the best ideas from around the web to see if there are any that you can implement in your classroom today.

1.   Pinterest

Of course Pinterest is a go-to site for teachers looking for new (free!) ideas.  At the

Teacher’s Academy Pinterest page, we have an entire board devoted to September ideas!  We’re always in search of new ways to help teach those classroom rules and routines, as well as ways to learn about our new students.  Amy at milkandcookiesblog.com has a great getting-to-know youactivity.  Trace each student’s head for a silhouette, and let them fill the space with all of the things they love.  It’s a great way to find out what your students like, and it’s an activity they’re excited about.  Bonus: it can be used as an art piece to hang for Back to School Night that parents will enjoy too!

2.   Storyit.com

Story It is a website designed to make creative writing easier for students and more convenient for teachers.  One of the many features of Story It are story starters where students can log-on, choose their story starter, and either print or start typing.  Story It offers a few great fall themed story starters.  There is a Thanksgiving story starter where students write about an adventure they have on their way to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving dinner.  Students can get creative, and teachers have access to themed story starters any time of the year.

3.   InstructionalTechTalk.com

If you are using Google Apps for Education in your classroom, the folks at Instrumental Tech Talk have put together a step-by-step guide for Getting Started with Google

Classroom.  The easy to follow instructions will walk you through how to set up GAFE for you GAFE newbies.  If you’ve been hesitant to explore all of the features of GAFE, the experts at Instructional Tech Talk will give you the confidence you need to get started.   Interested in learning more about all of the features Google Apps for Education offer?  Check out one of our Google for Educators courses and discover all the ways GAFE can streamline your administrative responsibilities.

4.   LemonLimeAdvenures.com

Because STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is one of the hot educational topics right now, teachers are always on the lookout for affordable, exciting STEM projects.  Lemon Lime Adventures has a great fall STEM project that can be used in just

about any elementary classroom – and it only requires two materials!  Just provide your students with candy sugar pumpkins and toothpicks and instruct them to build a tower or object.  Students can make them as complex or straightforward as they want.  Students will love the freedom they have while learning basic principles of engineering and building.

5.   Bitstrips.com

This app allows you to create comics using an avatar of your own design.  Students will love creating their own avatars and customizing comics for presentations, e-chats or just for fun.   Teachers can also get in on the fun by creating avatars and comics to use in their own presentations.  Even better, it’s free!  Warning: you may find yourself investing more time than you planned creating your avatar and comics, as I learned while researching this app. If you’re interested in learning more about BitStrip, StoryIt, or other great educational websites, check out our course at The Teacher’s Academy – Website Review for Teachers 2015.  Here you can learn about great websites and get professional development credits while doing it!

Hopefully these websites will ease your transition into fall and the new school year.  Check us out at The Teacher’s Academy for all of your professional development needs!

The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado

 The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado

How it all began…

In 2012, a group of established teachers formed a company in Pennsylvania called Act 48CO pic Academy in honor of a law that requires all staff to maintain a high level of professional development. Act 48 Academy struck a chord for many teachers, and these services were needed outside of PA. Hence, The Teacher’s Academy was born.

We help teachers across the country…

Since then, we have been providing an affordable, convenient way for teachers to maintain their professional licenses.  In 2013, we expanded into our neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Delaware. We’ve become approved providers for the state of Texas and Oregon.  We will remain Act 48 Academy in Pennsylvania, but our nationally recognized company, The Teacher’s Academy, reaches across the nation to support all teachers.  And now, we are excited to announce that The Teacher’s Academy is part of the educational landscape of Colorado.   We are proud to share the same vision for preparing generations of students for successful careers.

Professional development should be relevant and useful!

Preparing students for employment in an ever-changing global market must begin with our teachers.   As educators in the new millennium, we are bombarded with an incredible amount of information on best teaching practices from a variety of different sources.  Sifting through all of this information in order to keep up with highly skilled and tech savvy students can be a bit overwhelming.   We are all teachers at The Teacher’s Academy, and we understand the need to navigate time constraints, develop high-level thinkers and adhere to demanding standards.  For those reasons and more, we have created courses that contain projects for teachers to use in class and utilize resources from reputable education companies. We foster and spark next generation ideas for achieving best practices in education.   Our courses are aligned with Colorado’s superior professional development standards and can be completed at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.

 Professional development doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming (anymore)!

The Teacher’s Academy has considered the financial burden placed on school districts and, more specifically, teachers.   To keep costs low, we have created an efficient system of reviewing projects and then distributing your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form within 5 – 7 business days.  Our process is faster and less expensive than community colleges or other private companies.

There are no administrative or extra costs for materials because everything you need to complete the course is emailed immediately.   We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions.

 How we can help busy Colorado teachers…

According to the Colorado Department of Education, a valid license may be renewed every five years with an equivalent of six-semester hours of credit from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university, which may include up to 90 clock hours of professional development (in-services, workshops, being on a committee, etc.) earned during the validity of your professional license.

 One semester credit hour equals fifteen contact hours.  The courses at The Teacher’s Academy are written in 3, 6, 15 and 18-hour increments.  This allows teachers to choose from a variety of educational experiences and gain an abundance of educational resources while earning their 90 clock hours.

The Colorado Department of Education allows a variety of acceptable activities for professional development.  The Teacher’s Academy would fall under the Workshops or Academies section of the Accepted Renewal Activities document.  Upon completion of the course, Colorado teachers will receive a signed Certificate of Completion along with a Feedback Form that state the contact hours earned and skills mastered.  These forms are sent as a PDF file, via email, and can be submitted for earned “ongoing” professional development hours.

Once you try it, you will keep coming back for more!

The Teacher’s Academy is proud to say we have a large percentage of returning clients for several reasons.  Clients know they are getting high quality PD because the materials are current and the projects are relevant.

The format for every class they take is similar.  In other words, once you take one course, you will notice that the course layout, terminology, and submitting protocol for all TTA courses are exactly the same. Our goal is to make the process as easy and fun as possible!

Once you pay for the course, it is yours to keep forever!  Often times, teachers refer back to the course for websites or activities ideas, long after they’ve completed the course.  Teachers can share the educational resources, activity ideas for students and cutting edge strategies with other teachers or administrators.  Even students like to see what their teachers are learning!

Another feature teachers appreciate is the ability to complete their PD requirements from home.  We really like the idea of working from home and we want to share that experience with as many teachers as possible.  So now there is no reason to get in the car and drive to a workshop or college campus.  Stay at home and enjoy a few hours of learning at your own pace, creating your own materials and expect your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form in a few days.

We are honored to bring our services to the excellent teachers of Colorado!  Check out some of our most popular courses:

Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom – 18 Hours, $89.99

Blended Learning – 15 Hours, $79.99

Computers the VERY basics for the PC – 15 hours, $79.99

Microsoft Word for Educators – 15 hours, $79.99

2015 Science Website and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Pre-K Websites and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

Check out The Teacher’s Academy website for a listing of all of our courses and information on the education requirements for Colorado teachers on the Colorado web page.

Enjoy teachers!