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First Aid App for iPads from the American Red Cross

31 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.41.46 AM screen480x480-3The American Red Cross has a handful of apps on weather safety for iPad users looking to plan and prepare for natural disasters.  They also have a great iPad app to help students of any age stay safe.  With First Aid children can learn about different ways to act in situations that require first aid.  There are photographs, informational text, and diagrams to help students understand the best steps to take in an emergency.  First Aid includes extra features including the ability to switch from English to Spanish and a quiz to check for understanding.

Learn more by visiting the Apple App Store!

Mark Your Calendars! Spring and Summer PD

29 Mar
Happy Spring!This year I’ve had the opportunity to travel across the country to visit schools and talk to teachers about thoughtful ways to integrate technology into their instruction.  From California to New York, Utah to Nebraska, Tennessee to Texas, I’ve met passionate teachers who are looking to energize their lessons and engage their students using technology tools.
I have just updated my calendar with more webinars, regional, national, and international events!  I am also in the process of scheduling workshops and speaking engagements through the end of 2015.
If you are interested in booking professional development for your school, district, or organization I will happily share more information about these services.  Simply send email an email to and we can get the ball rolling!
Have a happy, healthy, and productive spring!
Best wishes,

Creating Augmented Reality Triggers with Canva

24 Mar
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Tap on this image to enlarge it on your screen. Then scan it with the Blippar app.

Canva is a favorite app and web tool for creating classroom posters.  It is an easy to use graphic design tool that turns users into creators of amazing content.  At LitWorld this past year we’ve used Canva to make posters for interactive library spaces.  The posters alone are visually pleasing but not exactly interactive.

To make our library posters interactive we’ve turned them into augmented reality triggers.  First, I uploaded them to Blippar – a fantastic augmented reality creation tool.  Then, I layered virtual content on top of the poster like video links to songs and book recommendations.  Once the free Blippar app was loaded on every device in the library, families could scan to see augmented reality content bounce off of the page.

Combining the power of Blippar and Canva is one way to energize your library spaces!


Kahoot for Interactive Learning Activities

21 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.23.07 PMKahoot is a fantastic free tool that can be a game changer in BYOD or one-to-one classrooms.  This interactive platform lets teachers create quizzes that students answer on their device.  There are no individual logins required, all students need to do is enter the pin number of your Kahoot room, add a nickname, and start answering questions.  All questions are projected on your screen and students tap on the color and icon that matches the correct answer.

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.23.28 PMThis interactive tool is great for kicking off a lesson, providing a snapshot of student understanding, and making sure that everyone is engaged in the lesson.  Whether your elementary schoolers or fellow teachers are participating,
everyone will have a super fun time.

Visit their website to learn more!

RefMe for Citation Help

20 Mar

screen480x480Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.28.36 AMRefMe is a great iPad app for helping students understand different types of citations.  Creating work cited pages or bibliographies is an important skill that students need to develop as they move through the K-12 space into higher education.  RefMe is a great tool to introduce to students the different citation styles and where they can go to get extra support.  It’s a nice way for them to check their own work when creating citations for a research paper or report.

RefMe is a free iPad app that also works with the web version.  Check it out on the Apple App Store!

KONGcart Bundle and Blended Learning

15 Mar


2013-12-06-02.11.49This year I’ve shared some of the reasons why the KONGcart bundle is a great option for tech-friendly classrooms.  As more and more teachers explore blended learning models they are looking for classroom solutions for lowering the cost of implementation.  In a blended learning model educators combine face-to-face learning experiences with tech-based instruction.  Teachers can focus time and energy on personalized instruction.


Schools thinking about the best way to utilize resources in a a blended learning model should check out the KONGcart bundle.  It included a Casio LED projector, Anchor Audio speakers with a wireless mic, and can even be shared between classrooms.  The products in the bundle have a long shelf life that will eliminate the extra costs associated with replacing old hardware.  It can even be used in small group instruction since it is so mobile.

Learn more about the KONGcart bundle by visiting their website!



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Creature Caretaker for Critical Thinking

14 Mar

IMG_9607Happy Pi Day! GlassLab is an innovative company that has developed a new game that helps build students’ critical thinking and proportional reasoning skills.  With Creature Caretaker students receive instruction and feedback on finding unit rates and using proportional reasoning to keep their creatures happy. Designed for grades 5-8, Creature Caretaker can also be played by younger students ready for a challenge, or older students in need of review.

IMG_9650GlassLab is hosting a field study and they are looking for teachers and students to participate.  Students must be in grades 5-8, have a basic understanding of multiplication and division, commit 2.5-3.5 hours over a half dozen session, and available April 6-17, 2015.  The only technology they need is a Chrome browser on PCs or Macs (computers or laptops).

If you and your students are interested in participating, please send them your info as soon as possible to reserve a spot in the field study!

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