Harnessing the Power of YouTube in the Classroom

There are amazing ways to elevate and energize instruction through using technology tools. One resource that’s popular with students of all ages — from the youngest to the oldest — is the video hosting website YouTube. YouTube lets anyone with a free account upload videos. Many organizations post collections of videos on this site, which is…

Camp Newsela Summer Reading Club for Current Events

Incorporating high-interest, current events articles into your classroom instruction is easy with Newsela. But what about out-of-school hours? How can you keep students engaged with informational text during the summer? The team behind this fantastic website has launched Camp Newsela to promote summer reading. Beginning Monday, June 13th and running through the end of August, Newsela educators will…

Nature Maestro Environmental Apps: Explore Earth’s Biomes

My last years in the classroom were at an environmental stewardship magnet school. I love digital tools that give students an opportunity to learn about biomes and animals. The Nature Maestro series of environmental apps introduce students to Earth’s biomes and animals through immersive audio and visual explorations. This series features Costa Rican rainforests and Glacier…