14 Favorite Winter Books for Today’s Readers (Print + Digital!)

It’s getting a bit colder here in New Jersey, so I thought I’d take a moment to share a few favorite winter books. Although I’m heading to warmer climates this week to present at a conference in Arizona, this list of books for winter is great for any temperature. As you move through this list […]

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Plagiarism Check for Google Classroom with Unicheck

Are you using Google Classroom at your school? The folks at Unicheck have a new tool designed to check for plagiarism in Google Classroom. This tool acts as a plagiarism check for Google Classroom and now has full integration with this popular learning management system used in schools across the world. New Google Classroom Features […]

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6 Ways to Support Independent Readers with Digital Apps and Devices

What does independent reading look like inside your classroom? How are your students interacting with text outside of school hours? Mobile apps and digital devices can support independent readers who swipe through pages on a tablet or turn the pages of paperback. As students of all ages navigate a wild world of text, the technology […]

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Self-Paced Course for Educators: Writing Reboot EdTech for Student Writers

I am so excited to officially announce today that my new self-paced course Writing Reboot: EdTech for Student Writers Across Content Areas with Monica Burns, is open for enrollment! We’ve had a few educators take a sneak peak at the course earlier this fall but now my brand new, self-paced course is available for any educator […]

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14 Favorite Thanksgiving Books + Thanksgiving eBooks for Today’s Readers

In this round up of favorites I wanted to spotlight Thanksgiving books and Thanksgiving eBooks for your classroom including some digital and print options. Giving thanks and showing kindness aren’t topics limited to the month of November, but it’s a great time of year to share read alouds with students, refresh your classroom and school […]

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Free Webinar: Checking for Understanding During Cross-Curricular Reading Activities

What are your favorite strategies for checking for understanding in the reading classroom? I’m excited to partner with the folks at Kids Discover for a special webinar taking place next week! On Tuesday, October 31st, I’m hosting a webinar titled “Checking for Understanding During Cross-Curricular Reading Activities.” This totally free webinar is designed to give you strategies […]

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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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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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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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Inspiring Readers and Writers with Virtual Reality: Point of View Activity

Last week I spent time in North Carolina working with teachers who were preparing for an upcoming reading and writing unit. One of the main areas of focus for this particular ELA unit was point of view. From how characters in literature perceive a situation to the way writers express their own point of view, we discussed a handful of strategies for helping students tackle this area of focus for the upcoming unit. As our discussion moved to thinking about how digital tools could elevate and energize…

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