Transform Independent Reading with MoxieReader Blended Literacy Program

MoxieReader is a blended literacy program for school and home that digitizes and personalizes independent reading. It features book scanning and tracking, leveled book recommendations, and motivation to read through personalized reading plans. Independent reading is an important part of a child’s day and this tool helps children…

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Blended Learning Program Lexia Reading Core5 for Fundamental Literacy Skills

Are you using a blended learning program in your classroom? Lexia Reading Core5 is a research-based program for students in PreK through fifth grade that is friendly for schools with lots of different types of technology. It provides norm-referenced data for teachers to help make instructional decisions for individual students. Instead of taking a test, the activities students […]

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5 Ways Nearpod Transformed My Teaching

Nearpod is a favorite tool that I used in my classroom as a one-to-one iPad teacher and now use all the time in my professional development workshops. I love how Nearpod makes any lesson interactive and engaging while giving teachers actionable formative assessment data. Since Nearpod is an absolute favorite so I thought I’d take […]

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11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

Last week I made my third trip to Nebraska for the Nebraska State Reading Conference. It was so much fun meeting new teachers and sharing plenty of my favorites technology tools for reading. You might have seen the picture of the tiny plane that took me to Kearney, NE in the graphic of this post. […]

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6 Quick Classroom Activities for YouTube’s Discovery News Science Videos

Do you use YouTube clips in your classroom? When it comes to navigating YouTube the task might feel daunting. The content on this video hosting site ranges greatly – both in quality and subject matter. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Discovery News. Many companies and traditional television channels have carved out a space […]

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Education Book Spotlight: #HackingPBL by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Interested in project based learning? You will definitely want to check out the new book in the Hacking Learning series, Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom. Authors Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy share their experiences as former classroom teachers and current administrators. This book is packed with actionable, ready to […]

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5 Independent Reading Apps and Websites (with a Bookmarking Tip!)

Do your students have access to quality, digital texts? Students with digital devices in their hands should know where to go to access digital texts. There are many websites and apps where students can go to find high-interest, leveled content to read. I love tools that let students skim and search for short passages of […]

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10 FREE Book Creator Webinars for Teachers

This year I’ve had the chance to team up with the awesome folks at Book Creator! This app is one I use with educators all across the country. When I visit schools to talk to teachers about reaching all of their students, creating dynamic learning experiences, and connecting students to authentic audiences, I love sharing […]

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3 Tech Tips for Parent Newsletters

How do you share information with families during the school year? Parent newsletters are a great way to keep parents in the loop about what is happening in your classroom. A newsletter can include classroom stories, details about upcoming events, and suggestions for how families can support their children’s academic growth at home. Technology tools can make it […]

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iPad Teacher Hack: Close Reading Passages from iBooks

If you’ve ever searched online for close reading passages, you know it can be hard to find high-quality short texts to share with students. You might try a website like Learnzillion or ReadWorks to grab short passage, but what if you want an excerpt from a longer book? There is an iPad teacher hack that […]

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