3 Reasons to Check Out News-O-Matic this School Year

An understanding of current events is essential for students of all ages. As you work to bring news stories to life for elementary school students you’ll want to check out News-O-Matic. I shared News-O-Matic and it’s bilingual content earlier this year (News-O-Matic). What I love about this tool is how it quickly and easily it puts […]

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Education Book Spotlight: Courageous Edventures by Jennie Magiera

Earlier this year I had the chance to get a sneak peek at Jennie Magiera’s new book Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation. This is a fantastic read for teachers at all stages in their career. Jennie is a fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and Corwin Author. If you’ve haven’t had the chance to hear her […]

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Education Podcast Spotlight: TeacherCast with Jeffrey Bradbury

Podcasts have totally transformed the way I learn about new things, explore new topics and gather information about the world. There are a handful of fantastic education podcast choices and I want to spotlight TeacherCast with Jeffrey Bradbury. I had the opportunity to share my book Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable […]

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iPad Teacher Hack: Close Reading Passages from iBooks

If you’ve ever searched online for close reading passages, you know it can be hard to find high-quality short texts to share with students. You might try a website like Learnzillion or ReadWorks to grab short passage, but what if you want an excerpt from a longer book? There is an iPad teacher hack that […]

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Create a Read Aloud Backchannel in Your Classroom

This week I had to opportunity to work with teachers in North Carolina on behalf of the awesome folks at LitLife. The teachers at this school were definitely excited to introduce technology tools into their everyday lessons. One of the tips I shared with teachers is the power of a backchannel during literacy instruction — […]

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New Resource for the First Time Computer Science Teacher

Teachers want to bring coding into their classrooms but there are roadblocks that can get in the way. It takes time to learn computer programming. For teachers who are brand new to computer science this is time you just don’t have in your busy schedules. Coding can be expensive to learn and it might be cost prohibitive to hire new […]

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7 Tips for Managing the Internet in Your Classroom

Managing classroom Internet can be a challenge for teachers. If you’re looking to have more control over the Internet in your classroom there are different ways to keep students in check throughout the school day. Having access to the Internet is a must for teachers preparing students to navigate the world outside of their classroom. Here […]

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How-To Create a Class Newsletter with Spark Page

I’m a huge fan of the totally free Adobe Spark tools! If you saw me speak at iPadpalooza events in Texas, Minnesota or Oklahoma this summer you heard be raving about this fantastic creation tool for students on iPads and students working on computers and Chromebooks. Spark Page is a terrific tool for creating newsletters. […]

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7 Election Lesson Ideas & Resources for Teachers from PBS

I’ve always believed that one of the roles of educators is to help their students become well-informed, curious, and active citizens. The election lesson ideas and resources from PBS LearningMedia can make it easier to bring current events into your classroom. On their Election Central website you’ll find lots of great tools to use this school […]

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Everyone Can Code: Free Lessons & Resources from Apple

There are so many exciting things happening at Apple Education! In addition to the Apple Teacher program I shared with readers earlier this fall, Apple has announced the Everyone Can Code initiative which includes lots of free resources for teachers. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and former one-to-one iPad teacher, I’m proud to be connected […]

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