Otus Standards-Based Gradebook for Student Assignments

Earlier this fall I shared Otus, a student performance platform that acts as is a hybrid of three EdTech toolsets popular in classrooms. Otus is a learning management system, assessment management tool, and data warehouse. They also have a special gradebook built to help teachers connect the standards to student assignments. A traditional gradebook doesn’t […]

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How To Tell Your School’s Story with Adobe Spark Branding

As a classroom teacher I worked in a magnet school in New York City. One of our goals as a magnet school was to “attract” new students and show off the great work happening in our building. This was early on in the days of Twitter and blogging for me – and the way schools […]

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Education Book Spotlight: Disruptive Classroom Technologies by Sonny Magana

There are a handful of frameworks for thinking about technology integration in the classroom. You’ve probably spent some time examining SAMR and TPACK during discussions on how to make the most of digital tools at your school. In his new book Disruptive Classroom Technologies, educational technologist Sonny Magana introduces the T3 Framework, designed to help […]

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5 Favorite Print and Digital Halloween Books for Today’s Readers

Are you ready for Halloween? Finding the perfect Halloween books can be a challenge – regardless of the devices you and your students use as readers. I’ve collected a handful of print and digital Halloween books to share with students, colleagues and families. How can you use this list? Choose one or two to introduce […]

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Live Event: Ask Me Anything Let’s Chat About #TasksBeforeApps

So this just happened… I wrote a new book! Over the last few months I have been all across this country talking to teachers, administrators and students about the ways they are leveraging digital tools to elevate learning in the classroom. For some people technology is aiding in learning and for others it is distracting. […]

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TypeDojo Typing Test Website to Practice Keyboarding Skills

The team at TypeDojo has created a typing test website to gives users of any age a space to practice keyboarding skills. This website is simple, straightforward and gets right to the point. If you are looking for a space to measure words per minute, this is definitely a quick tool for getting…

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Online Course from Evolving Educators: Getting Started with Twitter

the blog 140 Twitter Tips for Educators: Get Connected, Grow Your Professional Learning Network, and Reinvigorate Your Career by Billy Krakower, Brad Currie and Scott Rocco of Evolving Educators. Billy, Brad and Scott are the founders of #satchat and experts on using Twitter to develop a strong PLN. Check out their book here. Now this team has developed an online course all about…

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VocabularySpellingCity: Vocabulary Instruction to Help Reading Comprehension

Have you heard of VocabularySpelling City? This vocabulary instruction tool is designed to help boost reading comprehension for students. The team behind VocabularySpelling City designed this tool to break the “test on Friday, new words on Monday” vocabulary instruction cycle and increase vocabulary retention with multimodal exposures to words over time…

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National Fire Prevention Week and NFPA Educational Resources

Did you know? October is Fire Prevention Month and next week marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week (October 8th – 14th). As you prepare to incorporate Fire Prevention Week and Month into your classroom, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has lots of resources including a brand new app and lots more…

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Because Learning! Hands-on STEM Program with Kits, Curriculum & Teacher Guides

A few weeks ago I had the chance to chat with the team behind Because Learning! Media. They provide a hands-on STEM program for teachers and parents that includes standards-mapped curriculum, teacher guides, hands-on kits, and curated units. I love STEM resources for education that include a simple set up to get started and plenty of support materials so you can jump…

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