Sharing Resources with Your Students, Families & Teaching Partners
With a quick Google search, you have access to a wealth of tools and resources for your classroom. Organizing these resources, not to mention effectively putting them to use, can be overwhelming for even the most experienced educator. Many platforms are available to help teachers, students, and families wrangle all of these great online activities and games. My grade-level team and I chose Blendspace. Blendspace is a free web-based platform that can be easily shared with students and families – no student login or personal information is required. Let’s walk through the steps required to set up a Blendspace lesson:
- Go to tes.com/lessons and sign up! The sign-up page will look like this:
Click on “I’m a teacher,” then type in your first and last name and your email address, and create a password.
- The next step is creating the “lessons.” Click on “+ New Lesson”
and this will pop up:
- Enter your lesson title or the major focus of the resources you will be sharing. For example, one Blendspace lesson I created focused on multi-digit addition and subtraction, so that’s how I titled it.
- Open up a new window to the Bridges Educator Site, go to the Resources tab, and open the resources you’d like to use.
- Click on the chosen activity/game. Then copy the URLs for each activity and paste them in the TES Resources Search box on Blendspace. Click the magnifying glass to search. In the grayed bar along the right side, you’ll need to choose the source you want to search – generally that will be TES, Google, or the web. If you don’t find the activity in one, then try another and it will show up.
- The activity will pop up in the results column. Drag and drop it to one of the cubes. Remember you can always add more rows and cubes if needed.
- When you’re finished, go through the resources just to be sure they are all available and working in Blendspace.
- Click “Share” then copy the “Lesson Link” or URL for the newly created lesson, and share it with your students, your families, and your colleagues. You could share through Google Classroom, Schoology, email, or any other communication tool your school uses.
- Click on my link to try it out!
That’s it! You have now created an easy-to-use platform and shared resources available to you through The Math Learning Center! Share the workload with your colleagues by splitting up the resources and creating different Blendspace lessons that you share through the lesson links. Happy resourcing!
Lori Bluemel is a curriculum specialist for MLC.