7 Tech Tips for Your Next Read Aloud

Reading aloud to children is an essential part of the school day. Experiencing stories as a whole class or in a small group can help students learn essential reading skills. Educators who read aloud to children understand the importance of modeling thinking, providing opportunities to talk about books, and encouraging students to respond to reading […]

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Explore Plant Life with NAMOO 3D Simulations

NAMOO – Wonders of Plant Life is a new iPad app that offers an opportunity to explore the life of plants. With this app students can access interactive 3D simulations and educational content. NAMOO lets kids work their way through nine chapters to learn about a range of plant life topics. Students can explore roots, root tips, leaf anatomy, […]

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5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Is the school year winding down? Do you need a reboot to help get through a challenging month? Teacher inspiration can come from many places. From the smile on a student’s face, to a great conversation with parents, to an episode of a favorite television show that provides an idea for the next day’s lesson, […]

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Harnessing the Power of YouTube in the Classroom

There are amazing ways to elevate and energize instruction through using technology tools. One resource that’s popular with students of all ages — from the youngest to the oldest — is the video hosting website YouTube. YouTube lets anyone with a free account upload videos. Many organizations post collections of videos on this site, which is […]

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Camp Newsela Summer Reading Club for Current Events

Incorporating high-interest, current events articles into your classroom instruction is easy with Newsela. But what about out-of-school hours? How can you keep students engaged with informational text during the summer? The team behind this fantastic website has launched Camp Newsela to promote summer reading. Beginning Monday, June 13th and running through the end of August, Newsela educators will […]

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5 Sketchnoting Apps for Teachers & Students

Don’t consider yourself an artist? Sketchnoting is more than just doodling and drawing. It’s a way to make connections and keep track of learning visually. There are lots of digital tools to help make this happen in your classroom. I recently heard Chrissy Romano speak at the Evolving Educator’s Tomorrow’s Classroom Today Conference about how […]

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11 Ways to Use Dry Erase Tape in Your Classroom

What will they think of next? Keeping technology tools and other resources in your classroom organized can be a struggle. When I came across this awesome product a few weeks ago I knew I had to share ideas for using Dry Erase Tape in your classroom. From labeling and organization of both techy and traditional tools […]

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Nature Maestro Environmental Apps: Explore Earth’s Biomes

My last years in the classroom were at an environmental stewardship magnet school. I love digital tools that give students an opportunity to learn about biomes and animals. The Nature Maestro series of environmental apps introduce students to Earth’s biomes and animals through immersive audio and visual explorations. This series features Costa Rican rainforests and Glacier […]

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Teach Empathy Skills: Interactive Graphic Novel from RedRover

Teach empathy skills with this interactive iPad and Android app from RedRover. The team at RedRover has launched a new app for mobile devices geared towards elementary school students. The Restricted Adventures of Raja is a graphic novel app that gives students the chance to interact with the story and learn empathy skills. In this story students […]

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RefME Plus Released: Cite as you write in MS Word

The folks at RefME have just released RefME Plus! As a doctoral student, I know how important it is to make sure you are using a citation tool to stay organized as you write. This citation tool now lets you write the bibliography a report, research paper, you name it – without leaving Microsoft Word. […]

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