TED Talks

TED Talks are wonderful for adults and high school students, but I use them with my fifth graders – most often in small groups to extend guided reading or book club discussions. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks they are worth checking out! Speakers are given 5 to 20 minutes to wow an audience […]

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Read Alouds and Short Text Recorder

There are some teacher tools that have changed my instruction immensely and this is one of them! QuickVoice allows you to record your voice and I use it for read alouds and test prep throughout the school year.  You can record your own voice reading a short text or picture book and play it back […]

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SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad

Educreations is a fantastic iPad app that simulates the SMARTBoard touch screen experience. You will use a regular projector and projector screen – I’m often projecting onto my SMARTBoard even though my iPad isn’t connected to it. This app allows you to use your iPad screen as a blank canvas to write on while recording […]

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Current Events in the Classroom

Content can come alive in the classroom when you connect instruction to current events. Students of all ages like to feel like they have a grasp on what’s happening in the world around them and there is always a way to make curriculum-to-world connections. NBC Nightly News has an app that features up to the minute video clips on events of the […]

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