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Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your Classroom

28 Jul

Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your Classroom Entrepreneurship education provides students with an introduction to skills that can be applied in the real world.  By engaging in tasks that connect to their everyday life, students will see a purpose for the math instruction, group work, and presentation skills that are woven throughout K-12 curriculum.  Cashtivity is a fantastic, free online tool for teachers looking to energize their instruction.  This online tool provides a platform for students to run their own business.

Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your ClassroomWith Cashtivity students will brainstorm their own product ideas, collaborate with a small group to make decisions, and learn how to determine prices and monitor demand.  The Cashtivity tool provides an online space for students to come together.  Students can work as teams to see their entrepreneurial vision come to life while applying cross-curricular skills to their project.  Cashtivity provides the resources you need to bring entrepreneurship education to your classroom.

Visit Cashtivity’s website to learn more!

Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

26 Jul

Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video ConnectionLots of teachers use Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime to connect with other classrooms, guest speakers or special guests.  Kindoma Storytime is a very cool app that educators and families can use to connect readers.  With this iPad app two users can connect their screen and read stories together.  Complete with a webcam and built in library of books, Kindoma lets two readers connect their screen and share a story together.
Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

This app could be used in the classroom to connect book buddies from near or far.  Students can engage in choral reading, partner reading or just follow along as a story is read aloud to them.  It’s also a great app to recommend to families looking to make the most of mobile devices at home while incorporating a read aloud into their everyday routine.

Check out Kindoma Storytime’s website to learn more about this powerful iPad app!

4 Website Resources: Zoos and Animal Spaces

25 Jul

4 Website Resources: Zoos and Online Animal SpacesHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

There are tons of fantastic online resources that can bring animals from around the world into your classroom.  Many zoos and organizations have web cams that let kids watch animals in action. Others have websites full of information on the different animals under a zoologist’s care.  Here are some great website resources that give teachers and students access to zoos and other online animal spaces.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo’s website includes pages on different animals and video clips.  Students can read about Giant Pandas and Koalas or watch video clips on leopards and lemurs.  There are also live cams that take students into…

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Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice

23 Jul

Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding PracticeI’ve shared some of my favorite apps to teach coding skills and if you’re looking to add to your own list definitely take a look at Swifty.  This iOS app includes quick tutorials to introduce users to the Swift programing language.  From the basics to more complex tasks, this app can help students build a foundation for understanding Swift.

Swifty is free to download and lets users unlock all chapters for $3.99.  It is packed with over 200 tutorials and is a great place for students to start learning how to code.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Swifty!

4 Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words

15 Jul

4Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more!

A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career. Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and demonstrate understanding, including domain-specific vocabulary words when reading, writing, speaking and listening about a particular topic.

Many web tools can help to support students as they expand their vocabulary, particularly students who benefit from audio and visual support. Combining traditional vocabulary practice with web tools is a great way to motivate students of any age — especially those who are more inclined to use web tools as part of their study routine.


With Quizlet, teachers and students can easily create flashcard decks and word lists for their own use or to share with others. As students assign definitions to each word, the site searches through…

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Language Arts Activities in the Science Classroom with Science4Us

8 Jul

Language Arts Activities in the Science Classroom with Science4UsCross-curricular experiences are essential for students of all ages.  We know from real world experience that science and literacy can go hand in hand. In addition to providing a complete K-2 science curriculum that meets Next Generation Science Standards, Science4Us integrates language arts activities that help children practice a number of literacy skills such as: understanding of the relationship and meanings of words and the ability to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.

By using science content to help students practice literacy skills, Science4Us is also able to give literacy an authentic context and help deepen understanding.  Through both online and printable activities, as well as integrated language arts, Science4Us can help make the most of your in the classroom or homeschooling day.

Visit their website to sign-up for a 60-day trial this summer to see Science4Us in action!

Book Creator App FREE for Windows Tablets

2 Jul

Book Creator App FREE for Windows Tablets Book Creator App FREE for Windows TabletsBook Creator is one of my favorite apps for students.  I shared it at two poster sessions at ISTE this week (links to math session & writing session) and heard lots of stories from teachers using it in their classrooms.  This powerful mobile app is now available for Windows tablets and is completely free for a limited time.

If you’ve used Book Creator on iOS devices or Android tablets you know that it’s a dynamic creation tool. Teachers working with students of all age levels love the audio features, layering of images, easy text editor, and recent update with shapes and talk bubbles.

Check out lots of ideas for using Book Creator in your classroom by visiting their website!

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