Free Animal Preservation Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources From We Are Teachers

The folks at We Are Teachers have released new animal preservation lesson plans, printables and teaching resources.  These totally free teaching tools are great choices for combining high interest topics with informational text, social studies, and science instruction.  Before leaving the classroom to focus on professional development trainings and writing about education technology, I taught in a […]

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Bring Computer Programming to Your School with Tynker

Computer programming is an essential skill for students working towards college and career readiness.  I’ve shared lots of coding apps for kids and Tynker is one of my favorites.  Tynker is a fantastic tool for educators that makes computer programming fun for students in grades 3-8.  Tynker helps students develop 21st century computational thinking and computer […]

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Classroom, Inc. Literacy Games with Real World Connections

Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit that makes literacy learning games and project-based activities connected to the real world.  Designed for middle school and early high school students, their content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in both reading and writing.  Classroom, Inc.’s newest game series “Read to Lead” integrates leadership skills such as critical thinking, decision making, and problem […]

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Playground Physics App from the New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science has a handful of apps for students including the Playground Physics app.  Designed for middle and high school students, Playground Physics helps users explore physics in the real world.  Students record a video of someone moving and tap points to trace a path of motion. With the Playground Physics app students can […]

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4 iPad Apps for Learning Letter Sounds

The iPad is a fantastic tool for supporting student learning.  It provides an opportunity for children to interact with content in a completely new way.  These letter sound apps focus on supporting students as they master the sounds that letters make.  Beyond naming and identifying each letter, the goal of these apps is to cultivate […]

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3 Apps to Explore Outer Space

With only a few more chapters to go in Andy Weir’s The Martian and the recent news of water on Mars, outer space has been on my mind more than usual.  If your students are curious about the moon, planets, or space travel, they’ll want to check out these fantastic outer space apps for the iPad.  Each […]

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News-O-Matic Now Available for Computers & Chromebooks

This month I’ve visited a handful of elementary schools looking to use iPads and Chromebooks effectively in English Language Arts instruction.  News-O-Matic has been one of my favorite iPad apps to share with elementary school teachers.  I’m excited to announce that News-O-Matic is now available on web browsers, making it perfect for Chromebook and laptop […]

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Drawp for School & The Four Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration & Creativity

Earlier this year I shared Drawp for School, an engaging tool for sharing and collaboration in tech-friendly classrooms.  It lets teachers send assignments to students and collect their finished product.  Kids can work together on interactive projects using Drawp for School on their tablet.  This tool is iPad, Android, Windows tablet, Chromebook and Mac friendly and can […]

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English Language Arts Media-Rich Curriculum from StudySync

StudySync® is a media-rich curriculum for middle and high school educators.  It uses the power of digital tools to offer a variety of media that speaks to the way students interact with the world.  It includes video introductions and modeling of topics as well as social media-like critical thinking exercises. Designed for students in grades 6-12, StudySync® provides an engaging core […]

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4 Digital Books that Read Aloud

Listening to a book read aloud has a powerful impact on readers of all ages.  Children can hear stories, connect illustrations to a narrative, build their vocabulary, and hear reading fluency modeled.  Sharing a favorite text in your classroom can take many forms.  Students can listen to a read aloud as a whole class, explore […]

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