Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital

It’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and […]

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Try bContext to Create and Share Lessons

bContext is a lesson creation tool for iPads that gives teachers the power to customize their instruction for students.  Teachers can record and annotate over a background or presentation they have created.  bContext gives teachers access to tools like adding pictures or shapes and changing fonts or colors, all while they record their voice and […]

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Popplet: Graphic Organizer for iPads and Web Browsers

Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report.  Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more.  Popplet is a terrific app for iOS d evices that is also available on web browsers.  Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text […]

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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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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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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 collaborative classroom tool 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 […]

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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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Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU Online Platform

ChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free. Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the […]

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