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Legend: An Exciting Visual Storytelling Platform

19 Aug

Full logo (black color) A new online platform is helping teachers use stories to make content meaningful and engaging for their students.  Visual storytelling is a powerful way for teachers looking to reach students as they introduce new topics and concepts.  Legend is a terrific website that makes it easy for teachers to use video, images, and text to transform the way they get content in the hands of their students.

This very easy-to-use visual storytelling tool was designed to be as simple as writing a blog post.  By dragging and dropping information into place, teachers can combine multimedia to create a space that contains quality information and engaging content – almost like a Landing_Page (1)virtual encyclopedia customized for their class.  Legend will be launching in the next few months but right now they are recruiting educators that want to try out their platform.

Learn more about how Legend works by visiting their website and signing up for the beta program!

SMART Exchange for Interactive Lessons

10 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.11.41 PMIf you are a teacher who uses an interactive whiteboard you’ll definitely want to explore SMART Exchange.  This website is a fantastic resource for teachers using SMART Notebook lessons.  It includes thousands of user-generated lessons, games and activities for students at all levels.  You can search by subject area or keyword to find lessons designed for using with a SMART Board.  After downloading a file you can customize it to meet the needs of your students!

Not using an interactive whiteboard?  Check out my lesson plans for mobile devices!

Healthy Recipes and Soccer Fun

22 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.26.27 PMEScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.26.17 PMat for Goals from the World Heart Federation is a fun app that is full of great information.  In addition to giving kids the chance to flick a soccer ball to score a goal, it has tons of extra features. Kids can read about famous soccer players from around the world and hear about their favorite foods and recipes.  Each player has a signature healthy dish they share that includes easy directions. A great extension activity during a unit on healthy eating!

Here’s some of my favorite lessons for exploring healthy choices with students:

LearnZillion for Common Core Math & ELA Videos

12 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.10 AM I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources this month (TED-Ed, Newsela, Met Museum, Readworks) and LearnZillion is another that is perfect for Math and English Language Arts teachers.  Whether you’re looking to teach to the Common Core State Standards or simply want quality material to share with your students, LearnZillion has plenty to choose from.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.29 AMYou can sign up for free and access video lessons and teacher guides for students in second grade through high school.  LearnZillion is a great resource for sharing videos on tough math concepts with families who are looking to support their children after school hours.

If you’re looking for Science and Social Studies lesson plans check out my TpT Store!

Knowmia Teach Pro: iPad Lesson Creation Tool

10 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 7.15.01 AMIf you are interested in creating video lessons using your iPad you’ll definitely want to check out Knowmia Teach Pro.  This powerful tool lets users make their own recordings using a virtual whiteboard to annotate images, draw pictures and add text to the screen.  In addition to capturing everything you write on the screen, Knowmia records your voice and a video of you speaking into the camera.  There are tons of tools for you to explore within the app.

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Knowmia Teach Pro gives you extra features and the ability to access your lessons from outside of Knowmia – you can save your recordings to the iPad Camera Roll or upload them directly to YouTube.  The pro version includes enhanced video quality and the power to record you moving through a website to model best practices for students.  Learn more by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!


Knowmia Teach Pro is 50% OFF between the dates of 6/10 – 6/13


Access Reading Passages and Lessons on Readworks

7 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 8.58.01 AMThere are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and should definitely be on your list.  This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level.  Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, is the place to go!


Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!




Curious Ruler – iPad Measurement 

24 May
imageBrand new from the team behind Oh No Fractions, Curious Ruler is fantastic app that helps students explore measurement.  I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the math classroom and this one definitely belongs on the list.  It asks you to choose from a selection of common objects to use as a reference tool for measuring other objects.  You can see in this picture how I used my iPhone as a reference to measure the length of my iPad case.  This very cool app is free for a limited time, so download it today!
Interested in teaching math with iPads, here are a few Common Core aligned lesson plans to check out!
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