8 Adobe Spark Poetry Activities for Chromebook & iPad Classrooms

Looking for poetry lesson ideas? I’m very excited to share the free Adobe Spark tools and eight poetry activities for students. Whether you’re in the middle of a poetry unit in your classroom, or introducing a topic like figurative language, technology tools can elevate and energize your next lesson. Earlier this year I shared a super […]

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Sharing Lessons, Resources & Ideas Through Video

How do share your favorite lesson ideas with colleagues? Videos make it easy to capture ideas and share them with other educators – both near and far. 30hands Storyteller gives teachers to power share best practices with fellow educators in quick clips. These videos are perfect for showing off classroom highlights, new lesson strategies and […]

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Make Better Student Placement Decisions with Class Composer

Last month I had the chance to connect with the team at Class Composer. They are a software service established by a former elementary school teacher in Colorado designed to help elementary schools create balanced classes efficiently and make better student placement decisions. Launched this year, Class Composer was designed to help elementary schools create positive learning environments and […]

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Schoolrunner Comprehensive Data Management System for Schools

Last month I had the chance to connect with the team at Schoolrunner, a comprehensive data management system for schools. They have developed a powerful tool designed to make it easier for educators to analyze data. Schoolrunner accomplishes a lot of goals from simplifying attendance to visualizing data. It takes all of the information you […]

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7 National Poetry Month Apps and Websites

It’s April! I can’t believe we’re already in the fourth month of the year, but that means it is National Poetry Month! If you’re looking for National Poetry Month apps and poetry websites you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list of favorite tools and resources you can use this month. In […]

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8 Ways to Check for Understanding with Nearpod

Technology tools can transform the way a check for understanding happens in the classroom. Nearpod is a favorite formative assessment tool that can be used to monitor student progress during a lesson while engaging students with interactive activities. Earlier this year I shared some of the ways Nearpod transformed my teaching in the classroom and […]

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ClassHook Helps Teachers Use Television Clips in Their Classroom

Long gone are the days of running to the VCR with a blank video tape to record a clip from a television program. There are now much easier ways to bring compelling content into your classroom and ClassHook is a tool that helps teachers accomplish that goal. Instead of searching through YouTube for perfect classroom television […]

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Education Podcast Spotlight: 10-Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis

I love podcasts! Last month I had the chance to talk with Vicki Davis on her new 10-Minute Teacher education podcast. Vicki is a fellow Edutopia blogger and we met a few years ago as part of this community. Vicki does amazing work and she just launched a new podcast aimed at giving educators actionable information in […]

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4 Ways Virtual Field Trips Can Enhance Social Studies Lessons

Are you ready to jump into a new social studies lesson? Virtual field trips can enhance social studies lessons by transporting students to new places, introducing them to new vocabulary words, helping students build background knowledge, and promoting discussions based on observations. When logistical challenges prevent the “real thing” a virtual field trip will definitely […]

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5 Ways to Use Buncee in the Library

Buncee is a wonderfully easy and fun way to create digital content in your school library. This web-based creation and presentation tool allows educators and students to create visuals for a wide variety of lessons. There are so many ways to use Buncee in the library as well as in classrooms. This Padlet shows off […]

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