Online Resource: The Library of Congress iBooks

I’ve shared some of my favorite resources for primary source documents and here is another fantastic site to check out.  The Library of Congress has dynamic, multi-touch books that are completely free for teachers.  The Student Discovery Sets cover topics including the Dust Bowl, The Constitution, and The Harlem Renaissance. These completely free iBooks are […]

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15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re conducting a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents. Each […]

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Inspire Students to Become Game Creators with Tynker

  Computer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school.  Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out!  It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects.  As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun […]

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SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of […]

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Chalkup Now Available for iPhones!

Last month I shared a fantastic course platform that has been used in K-12 and higher ed classrooms.  Chalkup makes it easy for students to collaborate, stay on task, and access course materials.  They have just released an app for iPhone users to make it simpler to keep tack of assignments and course expectations while they’re on […]

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Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2

You may have heard that one of the new features in iOS 8 is the opportunity to get a deal by purchasing a bundle of apps at once.  App companies have grouped some of their favorite apps into bundles so users can grab them all at a discount.  Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & […]

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Free App to Teach Fire Safety Skills

National Fire Prevention Week starts today and if you’re looking for an app to engage students with this important topic you’ll want to check out The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms.  This app from the National Fire Prevention Association teaches fire-safety school with a kid-friendly app.  Students can access the iOS or Android app and […]

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Using Scannable Technology to Reach Parents Year Round

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! The beginning of the school year is often a time when teachers stop and think about the best way to communicate with their students’ parents. We all know how important it is for caregivers to stay informed […]

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Drawp for School: A Collaborative Classroom Tool

Students of all ages need to learn to work together and there is a fantastic app that promotes collaboration in elementary school classrooms.  Drawp for School is a powerful app for tablets that works on both iPads and Android devices.  It’s easy-to-use and contains tons of great features for promoting a collaborative learning environment in your […]

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Storyline Online for Read Aloud Videos

Read alouds are such an important part of an elementary classroom’s literacy block.  If you’re looking for a new way to share stories with your students, or simply want a resource to share with parents, you have to check out Storyline Online.  Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos of well-known actors reading your […]

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