6 Quick Classroom Activities for YouTube’s Discovery News Science Videos

Do you use YouTube clips in your classroom? When it comes to navigating YouTube the task might feel daunting. The content on this video hosting site ranges greatly – both in quality and subject matter. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Discovery News. Many companies and traditional television channels have carved out a space…

#FormativeTech Spotlight: Check for Understanding with Today’s Meet Backchannel Tool

There are lots of great formative assessment tools available for digital devices including today’s spotlight tool Today’s Meet. How do you check for understanding in your classroom? I use the phrase #FormativeTech when talking about technology tools that can be used to check for understanding (aka formative assessment). Today’s Meet is a great example of…

SMART Response 2 Formative Assessment Tool for Classrooms

How do you check for understanding in your classroom? It’s so important to gauge student understanding in the midst of a lesson. The folks at SMART Technologies have a special formative assessment tool to help teachers check for understanding as part of their Learning Suite. You might be familiar with SMART’s popular interactive whiteboards. As a teacher…

9 Presidents’ Day Apps and Websites

Presidents’ Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for resources to bring into your classroom there are plenty of apps and websites for President’s Day. You might use the resources on this list to give students space to explore their interests around a certain president or time period or reinforce a social studies…

How-To Compose Your Own Score for Spark Video with GarageBand

If your students create movies for a culminating project you’ll love how easy it is to combine two of my very favorite digital tools! I’ve shared lots of reasons why I love Adobe Spark Video. It’s free, easy to use, and works on iPads, iPhones, Chromebooks, or any computer with a web browser. With this…

6 Science Biographies for Young Readers (in digital and print!)

Looking for great science biographies for your classroom? Whether you are working with print books or digital texts, there are plenty of great options for young readers. In earlier posts I’ve shared some of my favorite tools for digital reading responses including Spark Video and PicCollage. You can check out a list of nine favorite…