Book Review: Amplify Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom

I just finished Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom by fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris.  This awesome read is full of great tips for integrating technology into your classroom.  It includes lesson ideas, anchor charts and tons of action items that make it a great choice for elementary school teachers […]

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Free Online Photo Editor from Canva

Canva is one of my favorite online tools and I’ve shared some of the reasons why I love it.  The free online photo editor from Canva is a great option for editing photos on a web browser.  With this Canva tool, users can upload photos and use a variety of editing options.  Canva makes it […]

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Scholastic Story Starters: Writing Prompts on the Web

Writing prompts are a great tool to get students’ excited about telling stories.  Young writers will love Scholastic Story Starters – a website that lets them spin the wheel to generate story ideas.  Designed for K-6 students, Scholastic Story Starters gives grade appropriate writing prompts for adventure, fantasy, and science fiction stories. Perfect for Chromebooks […]

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2015’s EdTech Trends in Review

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a fantastic time to look back on the big trends of 2015. Moving forward into a new year offers promises of continued innovation in the educational technology space. In classrooms across the country, educators are thinking about how to integrate technology into their instruction to engage students, […]

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3 Tools for Making Infographics: Websites & iOS Apps

Teachers ask students to demonstrate their understanding of a topic in many different ways.  Kids might show what they learned about an ecosystem by creating a movie or writing a report.  In other classes, students might be asked to give a presentation using visuals on PowerPoint slides or show off a three-dimensional diorama. Another option […]

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Super Teacher Worksheets: Online PDF Resource for Elementary Teachers

Super Teacher Worksheets is a website full of printable resources for elementary teachers.  It contains over 10,000 PDFs and their team adds new ones each week for kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms.  In addition to worksheets, they also have math games, early literacy mini-books, flashcards, reading comprehension articles and stories, and holiday crafts and puzzles. With Super Teacher […]

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MotionMagix Interactive Floor Games for Kids

MotionMagix is a super fun, interactive gaming experience for children.  At preschools, elementary schools and indoor play areas students can jump around and tap the wall as they work through a variety of interactive games.  MotionMagix uses a projector and special equipment to create an interactive floor.  It provides a space for students to play […]

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Shomi Links: Scannable Technology for Teachers

I’m a huge fan of scannable technology because it makes it easy for students to access material you’ve handpicked for them to view.  Shomi is a tool that lets users create a font based link reminiscent of a QR code.  Teachers can make Shomi links and students can scan with the Shomi app.  Because Shomi […]

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Unplag Plagiarism Detection Online Tool for Educators

Update: This tool is now called Unicheck – learn more in this updated post. Many schools have adopted plagiarism detectors and Unplag is an online tools for teachers and students designed to support academic integrity.  Unplag can help educators check papers for plagiarism with a transparent and personalized online tool.  It provides educators with real-time […]

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6 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for ELA Teachers

Twitter has become a powerful resource for teachers looking for ideas and inspiration. There are so many educational Twitter accounts and it can be hard to know where to start. English Language Arts teachers can use this list of Twitter accounts to learn about online resources, find lesson plans and connect with likeminded educators. It’s […]

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