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TCI Free Lesson: Getting Started and Getting to Know Each Other

We have reposted our popular start of the school year lessons.  This lesson is for teachers who want to start on that very first day by establishing procedures and protocols for a hands-on classroom.  Everything you need to teach this lesson – a presentation to use in class and all the handouts – are in […]

The Interactive Student Notebook

The interactive student notebook (ISN) has been around since the 1970s.  Like all great ideas, it is timeless.  Since ISNs are the heart of how students respond to TCI lessons, we have lots of tools that we use to teach how to create great notebooks in digital or print.  These tools may be webinars, a free lesson […]

Bring Science Alive! An Animated Introduction

TeachTCI Subscription Updates

When teachers returned from the recent winter break, they signed into their TeachTCI subscription and began using some great improvements…like a pacing and assignment calendar.  Teachers have greater control over scoring, customizing, and can take their online TCI experience to a whole new level.  Here, TCI’s Karen Johnson, walks through the improvements.  If you do […]

Friday Funnies: (Special Thanksgiving edition) Wild Turkey

From all of us at TCI, Happy Thanksgiving!

Student Subscription Scavenger Hunts

The idea of creating a scavenger hunt that students can use to familiarize themselves with their Student Subscriptions was suggested at a recent back-to-school webinar. We thought it was a super idea. We created an elementary, middle, and high school version that you can use as is or modify to your heart’s content. Elementary Scavenger […]

Text to Audio 3 Years Running!

I guess the fact-checking department budget at an unnamed publisher (which has like six names) is a little thin. While some might think they are the first to offer text to speech software for online social studies books, a little digging would have unearthed that TCI has had such a feature for three years running. […]

TCI Social Studies Classroom: Just like a favorite pair of jeans

Getting back in the middle school classroom is like putting on a favorite pair of jeans to me.  It’s comfortable and I know it fits me just right.  Yesterday gave me a wonderful opportunity to teach at Hopewell Junior School and 7th grade teacher Tracey Parks’ class.  Tracey had just finished teaching our lesson from History Alive! […]

The ISN: Consumables vs. 3Rings/Spirals/Composition Books

Dawn Smith and I had a chance to talk about what type of notebooks we like as teachers.  Hear 0ur coffee talk on whether consumables or having students create their own interactive student notebooks (ISN) is the better way to go.  The best part is, there is no one answer.  TCI gives you the tools […]

Interactive Timeline of Student Notebooks

I made the following interactive timeline for those attending the webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 7th (3:30 – 4:30 PST) on Getting Started with the ISN.  This interactive timeline was super-easy to make using the website, http://timetoast.com.  The site is free and allows you/students to create interactive timelines that can be viewed as linear or as […]

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