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Promote Collaboration with Free Lesson Plans from Cashtivity

18 Aug
Promote Collaboration with Free Lesson Plans from Cashtivity Earlier this summer I shared Cashtivity, an engaging platform for entrepreneurship education and project-based learning.  I’ve had the opportunity to contribute lesson plans to Cashtivity’s new Campus section of their website.  These lesson plans compliment the Cashtivity platform and were designed to help teachers integrate the business building tool into their school day.
Promote Collaboration with Free Lesson Plans from CashtivityOne lesson plan I’ve designed for Cashtivity is titled Brainstorming: Conversing and Collaborating About New Ideas.   In this lesson students will brainstorm a list of ideas, converse and collaborate with peers, and record and organize their ideas.  This lesson can be used when you’re getting started with Cashtivity and introducing core concepts to students.  Just like Cashtivity, these lesson plans are completely free.  They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Check out the lesson plans and learn more about Cashtivity by visiting their website!

Chromebook Users! Explain Everything Available for Back-to-School

15 Aug

Chromebook Users! Explain Everything Available for Back-to-School

One of my favorite mobile apps to share with tablet teachers is Explain Everything.  This powerful screencasting tool lets students record their thinking using audio, drawing and a variety of features.  When I present to teachers on digital storytelling, apps for content area instruction, and must-have tools for the math classroom, Explain Everything is always a favorite.  It is a dynamic choice for students and teachers and truly puts the task before the app.

Explain Everything is now available for Chromebooks and teachers and students can try it for free!  This is terrific option for schools that have chosen Chromebooks as their one-to-one device.  Explain Everything is also a great choice for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schools since it is now available on all major platforms.

Learn more about Explain Everything on Chromebooks by visiting their website!

WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Provide Feedback

14 Aug
WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate WriteLab is a powerful online tool built by writing teachers for students and other writing teachers. Students can upload or compose writing on any topic on WriteLab’s website and receive customized feedback. It offers immediate, neutral, non-judgmental and constructive responses to any writer’s prose. WriteLab helps students strengthen their writing while also providing a platform for peer collaboration and thoughtful teacher feedback.
WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate One thing that makes WriteLab stand out is how it focuses on decisions writers make rather than correcting grammatical errors.  It uses machine learning to teach its algorithms to learn from user’s choices as they revise and edit — not only offering customized responses, but also continuously improving the effectiveness of its feedback.  Teachers who use WriteLab in their classrooms can also access analytics illustrating how students have strengthened their writing across multiple drafts and essays.
Learn more by visiting WriteLab’s website!
If you’d like to work with WriteLab as a pilot classroom this school year contact:



Video Resources from OpenEd Online Library

13 Aug

Video Resources from OpenEd Online LibraryEarlier this year I shared OpenEd, an online educational resource library for K-12 students. OpenEd offers over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, instructional games and lesson plans for every Common Core Math and English/Language Arts Standard as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. The website has tons of videos to show students that can be used to hook students at the beginning of a lesson or to clarify concepts during a unit of study. This infographic shows off some relatively unknown video publishers with videos in OpenEd’s library.

OpenEd lets teachers assign quizzes and homework to  students and automatically grades them, recommending videos and assignments in real-time and personalized based on each student’s progress in learning each Common Core standard. The result is a personalized learning experience for every student.

Check out some of the videos OpenEd offers or learn more about its resources by visiting the OpenEd website!

iBooks Author Conference: October 8th & 9th – Nashville, TN

9 Aug

62b1f6_4e0998d9af314c3292529ccda46e930a.jpg_srz_p_292_292_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThis October 8-9th the iBooks Author Conference will be held in Nashville, TN to bring educators together who are excited about the power for this dynamic tool.  I’ve used iBooks Author for the past few years and have learned so much from fellow educators who have explored lots of ways to bring interactive iBooks into their classroom.  Here’s an article on 17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now that can give you some ideas of how it’s being used by teachers. Whether you’re an Apple Distinguished Educator, tech-savvy teacher, or just excited about iBooks Author you’ll want to check out the sessions being offered.

Learn more about the iBooks Author Conference by visiting their website or go straight to the registration link!

AirServer Tablet Mirroring: Collaboration, Interaction & Participation

8 Aug

AirServer Tablet Mirroring: Collaboration, Interaction & Participation AirServer is a fantastic mirroring tool that is perfect for tech-friendly classrooms.  Similar to an Apple TV, AirServer lets users mirror the screen of their mobile device on a computer.  That means when a computer is hooked up to a projector, everyone can see the screen of the mirrored mobile device.  AirServer uses a wireless connection to display the screen of a mobile device onto a computer – letting teachers and students show off their screen to the class.

AirServer Tablet Mirroring: Collaboration, Interaction & ParticipationIn educational settings, AirServer can be used to model how to navigate an app, share student work with the entire class, and promote discussion on course content.  It can increase whole class or small group collaboration as students come together to complete an assignment or explore a new skill.  AirServer works in one-to-one classrooms and BYOD environments with an assortment of devices.

Visit AirServer’s website or watch this video to learn more!

Personalized Digital Learning with Istation Math

6 Aug


Personalized Digital Learning with Istation Math Istation Math uses game-like formative assessments and an adaptive online curriculum to address the needs of individual students.  This digital learning platform can screen students in your class to identify the areas where they need extra help.  Through interactive lessons with guided and independent practice, students can work to master foundational math skills.  Using Istation’s Indicators of Progress assessment (known as ISIP), teachers can see an overall math proficiency score for each student.  This score reports their understanding across content, depth of thinking, and the amount of support a student needs for success.

Personalized Digital Learning with Istation MathIstation Math also provides personalized insights with real-time data and reporting.  It shows teachers where students are meeting individual, state, and Common Core standards, and pinpoints where they have room to grow.  Istation Math helps teachers support small and whole group instruction with downloadable teacher-directed lessons, supplemental digital tools, and interactive whiteboard resources.  Istation Math is available on desktops, laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks.

Learn more about Istation Math’s subscription-based app by visiting their website!

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