World Read Aloud Day – March 4, 2015

This Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day! On the first Wednesday in March each year readers from around the world come together to share their favorite stories.  Started by LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day or WRAD is an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to come together for a read aloud.  You […]

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Beacon Line Array Sound System for Your Classroom

Earlier this month I shared the KONGcart Bundle which can be used in classrooms to manage a variety of technology challenges.  Teachers can move around the room without feeling tethered to their computer cart. One of the companion to this bundle is the Beacon Line Array.  This sound system is perfect for using with sound effects, […]

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Increase Parent Engagement By Sharing Student Learning With Seesaw

Seesaw is an iPad app that captures student work making it easy to share with teachers and families.  With this app students can snap a picture of their work, record their voice and quickly show off what they have learned.  As more and more people use their phones to keep track of what is going on in […]

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Science4Us on the Web and App Store

Science4Us is a web-based science curriculum for students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  It teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are offline experiments and hands-on projects. Teachers have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help prepare and […]

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TinyTap’s New Challenge Mode

TinyTap is a fantastic free app for tablets that has a new Challenge Mode.  Just like your students’ favorite games and quizzes it includes leaderboards, time limits, and lives.  They have a demo game to try and a collection of trivia games on their site that can inspire teachers as they create activities for students. In Challenge Mode, TinyTap users […]

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7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

I’ve shared some of the reasons why I think News-O-Matic is a great choice for integrating informational text into your everyday instruction.  Not only is nonfiction reading an important skill, but students can learn how to become informed citizens by interacting with news stories on a daily basis.  News-O-Matic has developed a list of different […]

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Create Learning Maps with Edynco

Edynco is an online tool for creating learning maps.  A learning map is a version of a mind map specially designed for teachers and students.  Learning maps can include several elements (called nodes) including: title, instruction/summary and an attached resource, which can be a website, quiz, video, audio, PDF, image or document. Nodes are placed on […]

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iBook and App: Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

The National Archives has lots of great resources for students including DocsTeach and Today’s Document.  They have a new iBook and iPad app called Congress Creates the Bill of Rights that is now available.  Both of these free resources include content that helps students understand the legislative process.  They include primary source documents and interactive features […]

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Transform Class Communication with TocoMail

Tocomail is a great tool for teachers and students that I first shared last year.  It is a communication tool that gives students the opportunity to message their classmates and teacher in a closed network that is tightly monitored.  With TocoMail teachers can created a “walled garden” of class communication using computers and tablets.  Students will get […]

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Flip Your Classroom in Minutes with Standard Planner

Earlier this year I shared Standards Planner, a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows users to search through thousands of free resources.  Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material to make a plan for instruction.  Standards Planner users can align their plans to all 50 state and national standards including the Common Core. […]

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