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…

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…

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…

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…

News-O-Matic: Bilingual Current Events for BYOD Classrooms

Looking for bilingual current events article for you ELA or Social Studies classroom? You’ll want to check out the news articles from the team at News-O-Matic. Every single News-O-Matic article is in both English and Spanish. A native Spanish speaker translates each story before it’s published — complete with an audio voice recording. Users can toggle between…

mysimpleshow: Create your own explainer video for free!

Easy and free tools can transform teaching and learning in your classroom – that’s why I’m super excited about mysimpleshow. This new video tool is web-based and teachers and students can use it to make their own animated explainer video. It’s perfect for creating explainer videos that show students how to complete a task, or…

How-To Use News-O-Matic in the ELA Classroom

Finding high-quality, informational text can be challenge for English Language Arts teachers – especially if you want to hold your students’ attention. The team at News-O-Matic shares five new articles each weekday that introduce students to current events topics. These articles are perfect for elementary school classrooms. Not only is the content age appropriate, but…

Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms: Collaborative Activities for Kids

Placing devices in the hands of students can transform their experience in the classroom. Easily accessible content consumption and content creation tools change the way that we think about helping students meet learning goals. As a former 1:1 iPad teacher, my thinking about technology integration has changed over the past several years. Moving up the…