Category Archives: Lesson Plans for K-2 Digital Curriculum

Science4Us is a K-2 standards-based, digital science program.  It is based on the 5E inquiry-based instructional model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.  Teachers can decide how to deliver material.  This program is flexible enough for whole group lesson, small groups or one on one instruction.  It includes embedded teacher support such as teacher guides and videos. Science4Us was developed by the creators of Vocabulary Spelling City. It has an iPad app that… Read Article →

Standards Planner Teams Up With Clever

Standards Planner, an online teacher and district content organizer I shared earlier this year, is now partnering with Clever to bridge the gap between instruction and ease of use. With Clever’s Instant Login, districts and teachers can quickly jump into building and organizing their content with one click. …. If you are a district administrator looking to push the blended learning or flipped classroom model, you can easily get your teachers… Read Article →

CartoonSmart Video Tutorials and Guides

CartoonSmart is a great resource for students and educators looking for video tutorials on Art, iOS development, HTML5 and more.  As one of the first video-learning sites on the web they’ve embraced the interest in mobile app development and have tons of tools for teachers and their classes.  Their lessons can be streamed online or downloaded to watch offline – a great option for students with multiple tools and different learning environments…. Read Article →

Standards Planner Online Tool For Teachers

Standards Planner is a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows them to search through thousands of free resources such as Khan Academy, CK12 Flexbooks, and even their own Google Drive.  Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material.  With Standards Planner users can align their plans to all 50 state and national standards including the Common Core.  It even lets teachers collaborate with colleagues to build… Read Article →

Online Resource: ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink is a fantastic online resource for K-12 teachers.  It includes access to English Language Arts lessons and activities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Teachers can search by theme, lesson objective, and grade level as they look for the perfect idea to bring back to their students. ReadWriteThink also has resources for professional development and afterschool programs.  There are also real teacher stories and a new section with videos.  Visit… Read Article →

Lesson Ideas for iPad Apps from Apple Education

Apple Education has a series of fantastic iBooks that provide ideas and inspiration for using iPads in the classroom.  They focus on popular apps that you may have already used with students.  You’ll find ideas for collaboration, content creations and so much more.  Apple Education has iBooks all about Explain Everything, Hopscotch, SketchBook Express, StopMotion Studio and Puppet Pals HD.  These iBooks are completely free and can be downloaded to… Read Article →

Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

Buncee for Edu is‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.   Just choose your photos,… Read Article →

Online Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources for informational text and current events and here is another website to check out.  Smithsonian Tween Tribune has a collection of articles perfect for elementary and middle school students.  You can easily access sports stories, national news, and more on their site.  With a free login teachers can find Lexile levels for each articles in addition to lesson plans and quiz questions for students…. Read Article →

Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

ChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free. Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment… Read Article →

Shadow Puppet is iOS 8 Compatible!

Shadow Puppet is one of my favorite digital storytelling apps and they have big news related to the launch of iOS 8.  Their iPad app, Shadow Puppet Edu is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus.  They’ve added a few new iOS 8 specific features like the ability to save to iCloud Drive and photo browsing that mirrors the Photos app. … Shadow Puppet EDU has lots of educational… Read Article →