Monthly Archives: April 2015

Make them READY for fall!

Summer… means warm days, lots of water, sand, beaches, ice cream and popsicles, vacations and adventures.  For our kids, summer means FUN!

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School will stop for Summer… Learning never, ever should!  Help stop Summer Learning Loss!

Over 80% of teachers say “students forget or lose skills, knowledge or grade level equivalency through the summer break months.”  — “the first few weeks of in review or re-teaching skills students had previously learned.”

Educational experts say that just 15 minutes a day, will help children start the upcoming year with skill and confidence.

Over 70% of teachers say “students that practice skills over the summer tend to have a more successful fall semester”  and  90% state that “if kids keep learning over the summer, they will be more successful in the long run!”

So how can this be done?  What can a teachers, administrators and schools do in the last few weeks of the year to encourage continued learning throughout the summer?  You can start by introducing parents to the fun summer materials by experienced publishers.

Here are a several series available from our top selling publishers that you can use to encourage parents to keep their children learning.  Workbooks and lessons that will make learning fun!

Carson-Dellosa, whom you’ve selected as one your favorites and our this weeks Featured Publisher has several series geared toward keeping students learning fresh all the while making it fun and filled with adventure.

Summer Quest by Carson-Dellosa at DedicatedTeacher.com

 

Summer Link, Math & Reading by Carson-Dellosa at DedicatedTeacher.com

And the top selling series, Summer Bridge with over 40 products in this series

Summer Worksheets by Carson-Dellosa at DedicatedTeacher.com

But there is not only resources from Carson-Dellosa, how about workbooks priced as low as $6.99 from On The Mark Press.

Summer titles by On The Mark Press at DedicatedTeacher.com

Not wanting a workbook?  How about keeping learning fresh with fun and interesting novels.

Magic Wagon titles from DedicatedTeacher.com
Check out these titles and much more with novels and stories for students grades K – 12
Orca Book Publishers at DedicatedTeacher.com
Check out all Orca Book Publishers titles, for grades K – 12, Staff & Parents

Now is the time to start talking to parents about working with their students throughout the summer.  They don’t have to be locked up in the house all summer… but they can spend a few minutes each day keeping their knowledge and skill fresh!

Check out all this titles and much much more at DedicatedTeacher.com

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Top Publishers-2015 Quarter 1

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These are your favorite Dedicated Teacher Publishers for the first quarter of 2015

1. Carson-Dellosa Publishing —-Top Selling Titles

2. Teacher Created Resources -Top Selling Titles

3. Evan Moor Educational Publishers-Top Selling Titles

4. On The Mark Press-Top Selling Titles

5. Scholastic-Top Selling Titles

6. Prestwick House-Top Selling Titles

7. BMI Educational Educational Services-Top Selling Titles

8. Shell Education-Top Selling Titles

9. Chalkboard Publishing-Top Selling Titles

10. Saddleback Educational Publishing-Top Selling Titles

See why these publishers are YOUR favorites.  *If you click on the name, you will see their newest products.

Stay tuned for Quarter 2 lists!

Using Apple Devices with DedicatedTeacher.com

Technology has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Much of that innovation has come with the introduction of the smart phone, bringing functionality literally to the palm of your hand. While the smartphone can be a useful tool for teachers, tablet’s have had a much greater impact in the classroom.

More and more appreciate the convenience and versatility of the digital resources, it can be a challenge keeping up with this ever changing technology.

Here are DedicatedTeacher.com, we are dedicated to assist you through this process. On our blog this week, we focus on Apple Devices. How to access our store, download and open our high quality educational resources. Helping you get the most from your device!

We are often asked, ‘Can I use my mobile device at your eStore?” The answer is YES, Absolutely!  

DDT-iPad-2Our eStore is always open for business! Our quality educational materials are always available whether you are sitting on the couch in your own home or on the go. You can still visit our site and purchase products from any mobile device, including Apple’s iPhone or iPad!

So with that down, let’s go over how to work with our resources on your Apple Device.

How do I view samples and download books with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
There are several applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch available in the App Store. We have heard positive feedback about Good.iWare’s GoodReader or Adobe Reader but there are several dozen programs available. Our instructions only cover the use of iBooks, a free download from the Apple App Store.

How do I purchase and download products on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
To purchase and download products, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Apple App store and download the free version of iBooks®.Unknown
  2. Using Safari (the standard browser in the iPad and iPhone OS), visit our eStore, log in and add items to your cart, and complete your purchase as you normally would.
  3. After completing your purchase, you will be directed to your smart receipt. Click on “Download Item Now” to view the item in Safari. You are now able to view the book through your browser.

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How do I open products on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Today we will cover instructions for the latest operating system, which is iOS8. (They instructions will also work for iOS7 devices) and will use the free app iBooks®

To download and view products for future use:

1. Once you’ve clicked the “Download Item Now”, Safari will automatically open.

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2. Tap on the pdf document to display another menu bar below the top toolbar (menu bar will disappear after a few seconds, just tap again and it will return)

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3. Tap “Open in iBooks” (or item 5)

4. Your document will now open in iBooks, giving you full access to the document. (*see ‘Extra tip” below for some tips for viewing your ebook inside iBooks)

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5. Or: you can tap on “Open in…” and select the iBooks app by tapping on it.  (you may need to scroll through the visible apps)

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Or to open in another app of your choice:
1. Select ” Open in…” and select the app of your choice.  (again, you may need to scroll through the visible apps to find the one you want)

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Extra tip:  How to work with your eBook purchase inside iBooks®

1. Tap on the eBook cover as shown on the bookshelf in iBooks®
2. Your eBook will open

Swipe: Use the “swipe” motion to manually maneuver through pages
Pinch & Zoom: use pinch & zoom motion to zoom in and out of the page to get a closer look.

iBooks Features:

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  1. Library: will take you back to your bookshelf
  2. Chapter icon: If you purchased a pdf, this will open showing you all the pages.  If you purchased a ePub, it will give you the table of contents.
  3. Share icon: will give you the option to print your eBook.  (see below for more information)
  4. Brightness: allows you to change the brightness of the screen
  5. Hourglass/search: allows you to search for text through the document.
  6. Bookmark: allows you to bookmark a page
  7. Page Guide: this allows you to tap to jump to different pages inside your eBook.

Should I back up my purchases if I download them primarily to my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?

Yes, we HIGHLY recommend that you save a copy of your purchase for back up purposes whether you download them on your Apple Device or computer.  If you download and use your purchase primarily on your Apple Device, you can save a copy in several different ways, but here are a few suggestions.

  1. Save a copy on your computer.  You can either download it from the eStore directly to your computer or transfer the file from your Apple Device to your computer (information below)
  2. Save a copy to online file storage/transfer services, such as DropBox or Google Drive.

How do I transfer eBooks from my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to my computer?
If you have completed your purchase on your Apple mobile device and would like to transfer it to your computer, we have a couple of suggestions.

  1. Use the “Open in…” option inside Safari (see above instructions) to select apps such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  Both these apps can be used to store your purchase and then transfer them to your computer.
  2. Some apps, such as GoodReader and Adobe Reader offer options for transferring your files.  See your app help menu for detailed instructions.

There are additional ways to complete this process, as stated these are just a few.

How do I transfer my collection of eBooks from my computer to my iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch?
Placing eBooks onto your Apple Device from your computer allows you to have your eBooks with you for easy reference, wherever you are. To transfer your purchases over to your mobile device, we have a few suggestions.

  1. You can email it to yourself. (be sure to use an email address that you access on your Apple Device)
    1. In the email, tap on the file and it will open.
    2. Tap on the “Share icon” in the upper right corner.
    3. There you will be able to open the file in iBooks or any other app you would like.
  2. You can use online file storage/transfer services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
  3. If you are a Mac user and you have a computer and Apple Device enabled with AirDrop, you can also use this service.

There are additional ways to complete this process, as stated these are just a few.

Do Enhanced eBooks also work on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Yes! Enhanced eBooks from our store are also PDFs, so just follow the same instructions to transfer them to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. There are a variety of apps on the market that may or may not take full advantage of the Enhanced ebook features.

Will ePub files work on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
Yes! In fact, ePub files generally allow for optimized viewing on your Apple mobile device. Some of our ePub files also contain a “Read Aloud” function – to activate this on your Apple mobile device, simply open your ePub file, click on the speaker icon in the top right hand corner, and select the “Start Reading” button. *You can use the same instructions that we give for pdf’s to open ePub files on your Apple Device.

Can I print my eBooks from my iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
With the latest version of Apple iOS (for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch), you are able to print from your Apple mobile device to a select number of local printers through AirPrint. The list of AirPrint compatible printers is changing regularly; to see if your printer is AirPrint compatible, please visit “AirPrint Basics” located in the Support section of Apple’s website.

These are the most common questions that we’ve been asked by iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users.  If you have additional questions that we do not cover in this blog post or you would like instructions on how to use other mobile devices please see our FAQs page. You can also contact our customer service department and they will be happy to assist you in whatever way that they can.

Be sure to check back often as we will be offering more tips, sharing updates as the iOS for Apple Device changes and grows and covering other mobile devices.

Top selling titles for March 2015

These are the top selling titles for March 2015

1. Singapore Math Challenge (Frank Schaffer Publications) (Grades 2 – 8)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Get ready to take the Math Challenge! Singapore Math Challenge will provide students grades 2-8 with skill-building practice based on the leading math program in the world, Singapore Math! Common Core Standards accelerate math expectations for all students, creating a need for challenging supplementary math practice. Singapore Math Challenge is the ideal solution, with problems, puzzles, and brainteasers that strengthen mathematical thinking. Step-by-step strategies are clearly explained for solving problems at varied levels of difficulty. A complete, worked solution is also provided for each problem.

Retail: $9.99 Our price: $9.49

2. Pre-Algebra, The 100+ Series, Common Core Edition (Grades 6 – 8)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

The 100+ Series, Pre-Algebra, offers in-depth practice and review for challenging middle school math topics such as ratios and proportions; rational numbers; and expressions and equations. Common Core State Standards have raised expectations for math learning, and many students in grades 6–8 are studying more accelerated math at younger ages. As a result, parents and students today have an increased need for at-home math support. The 100+ Series provides the solution with titles that include over 100 targeted practice activities for learning algebra, geometry, and other advanced math topics. It also features over 100 reproducible, subject specific, practice pages to support standards-based instruction.

Retail: $8.99 Our price: $8.54

3. Math Practice, Kelley Wingate Series (Grades K – 5)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Kelley Wingate’s Math Practice for grades K – 5 is designed to help students master basic math skills through focused math practice. Practice pages will be leveled in order to target each student’s individual needs for support. Some pages will provide clear, step-by-step examples. The basic skills covered include more complex multiplication and division, equivalence, addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions, properties of geometric figures, and a comprehensive selection of other fourth grade math skills. Read more…

Retail: $11.99 Our price: $11.39

4. Spectrum Math Word Problems (Grades 2 – 8)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Spectrum Word Problems includes practice for essential math skills, such as real world applications, multi-step word problems, fractions, decimals, geometry, preparing for algebra and much more. Spectrum® Word Problems supplement to classroom work and proficiency test preparation. The series provides examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems. It features practice with word problems that are an essential part of the Common Core State Standards. Word problem practice is provided for essential math skills, such as fractions, decimals, percents, metric and customary measurement, graphs and probability, and preparing for algebra and more.

Retail: $6.99 Our price: $6.64

5. Common Core Connections: Math (Grades K – 8)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Common Core Connections: Math is the perfect tool for helping fifth grade students master Common Core math skills. The Common Core Standards for Math in fifth grade focus on three main areas: fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and developing an understanding of multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals, and understanding volume. This resource provides focused practice pages for targeting and reinforcing these and other fifth grade math skills while helping students connect comprehension with knowledge and application. Read more…

Retail: $6.99 Our price: $6.64

6. Mathematics: Drill and Practice (Grades 1 – 6)
by Hayes School Publishing

Skill and problem solving activities with equal emphasis on skill and concept development. Ideal supplement for any current text. Adding and subtracting large numbers, multiplying, dividing, decimals, measurements, fractions, time, finding areas, finding volumes, multiplying and dividing fractions, solid shapes, and more.

Retail: $5.95 Our price: $5.65

7. Writing Lessons (Write from the Start! Series) (Grades 3 – 6)
by Teacher Created Resources

Teach students different types of writing, including narratives, poems, reports, explanations, and more. Sample texts and a variety of activities help guide students and give them practice in writing similar types of text. Additional activities for grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling are also included.

 

Regular Retail: $11.99 Our Price: $11.39
Enhanced Retail: $16.99 Our Price: $16.14


8. Student Workbook/Study Guide: Chains (Grades 5 – 7)
by BMI Educational Services

Containing numerous literary activities such as worksheets and vocabulary games, this Student Workbook/Study Guide is integral to benefiting students with the skills they need to prepare for state standardized tests. Lesson plans can easily be organized from an array of reproducible exercises shaped to enhance critical thinking skills and analytical competency.

Regular Retail: $16.95 Our Price: $16.10
Enhanced Retail: $21.95 Our Price: $20.85

9. Student Workbook/Study Guide: The Book Thief (Grades 6 – 8)
by BMI Educational Services

This Student Workbook/Study Guide consists of a variety of reproducible literary activities, such as vocabulary games and worksheets, in anticipation of state standardized tests. This collection of exercises will help amplify students’ analytical aptitude and critical thinking skills, and are easily incorporated into your pre-existing lesson plans.

Regular Retail: $16.95 Our Price: $16.10
Enhanced Retail: $21.95 Our Price: $20.85

10. Spotlight on Space (Grades 4-5)
by Highlights for Children

These 3 nonfiction articles from Highlights™ magazine are a terrific way for students to explore outer space, from the Moon to distant galaxies and in between. Basic discussions about distance, diameter and mass provide ample opportunities for relating science and math to real life.

Retail: $1.99 Our price: $1.89

Honorable mention section goes too:

Wolf Rider: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based)
by Novel Units
Retail: $9.99 Our Price: $9.49

True Tales from Space (Grades 6-8)
by Highlights for Children
Retail: $3.89 Our Price: $3.69

New Products for March 2015

New Products introduced in March 2015

ABDO Publishing Company – 184 new titles

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Titles on the armed forces, presidents, transportation, archeology, sea life & much more..

On The Mark Press – 16 new titles

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Improve reading comprehension in these new series, Just for Girls, Just for Boys and more…

Carson-Dellosa Publishing – 44 new titles

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Charlesbridge – 24 new titles

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New fictional stories for your students and much more.

Crabtree Publishing Company – 34 new titles

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Plus new titles in their Word Wizard Book series, How do insects series and much more…

Magic Wagon – 32 new titles

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New editions to their Magic Readers series, Snakes, Buffaloes, Deer, Dolphins and more.

Updated titles by publishers:

(this updates can be price changes, updates to the content or more)

Magnifico- updated 20 titles

April NO Fool’n Sale

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To celebrate April Fools Day we are having a massive sale on all of our great educational materials. The more you buy, the more you save! If you spend over $10 you will save a total of 10%, over $35 and save a total of 15%, and over $75 and get a whopping total of 25% off your entire order. All you have to do to get the discount is to use the code AFD2015 in your shopping cart.

You can use the code as many times as you would like but hurry, the saving ends April 7th!

The more you shop the more you save.  Buy everyday if you wish, you still save!  No Fool’n

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