CommonLit Online Resource for Fiction and Nonfiction Passages-min

CommonLit Online Resource for Fiction and Nonfiction Passages

Searching for fiction or nonfiction passages is a challenge when you’re looking for that just-right short text. CommonLit is a website full of leveled passages for students in fifth through twelfth grade. It organizes texts into collections to make it easy for teachers to find a passage to share with their students. When you visit ComminLit’s website you’ll find different collections to explore. These collections are organized by themes including: Power & Greed,… Read Article →


11 Must-Have Tech Resources for Parents

As a classroom teacher, parents often came to me looking for mobile apps, websites and resources to help their children grow as students. This list can be shared with families at a back-to-school night or open house. You might choose a few of these ideas to share on a monthly newsletter or simply forward this blog post to families. Here are a few of my favorite tech resources for parents!… Read Article →

TRAIN Classroom Management Data Collection Tool-min

TRAIN Classroom Management Data Collection Tool

Are you collecting useful data? The numbers and information we have access to on each student rarely tells the whole picture. The folks at TRAIN (Teachers Reporting Any Incidents and Needs) have created an app to help educators collect school-wide data on classroom management data challenges. Teachers can enter reports on students behavior in seconds – and address urgent issues right away. With TRAIN educators can provide more consistent feedback about their students to… Read Article →

Live Butterflies Augmented Reality Experience-min

Live Butterflies Augmented Reality Experience

Sometimes augmented reality can feel like a gimmick. It’s just like any type of technology – it should address specific learning objectives and connect to long-term goals for students. On first look, the Live Butterflies augmented reality app might feel like a simple AR experience. What I love about this app and many other augmented reality favorites is how it can engage students with interactive learning experiences. Live Butterflies is an app… Read Article →

10 Favorite Educational YouTube Channels

10 Favorite Educational YouTube Channels

YouTube is a powerful resource for teaching and learning – if you know where to look. This list of must-watch educational YouTube channels are perfect for finding  video clips to share with students in class or in a flipped learning environment. As opposed to an individual video, channels are created by individuals and organizations and are full of related content. You’ll also find resources for educators to help boost content knowledge and introduce teaching… Read Article →

5 Totally FREE Teacher Tools from the Library of Congress-min

5 Totally FREE Teacher Tools from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a fantastic resource for teachers and students. Their web-based collections, interactive ebooks, and mobile apps are perfect for classrooms studying United States history. Students can swipe through the ebooks on their tablets, access fables on their smartphone or examine primary source documents hosted on the web. Finding resources online can be tough but these free resources from the Library of Congress can connect students to people… Read Article →

Get Parents More Involved in Your Classroom with SimplyCircle-min

Get Parents More Involved in Your Classroom with SimplyCircle

You may have seen my list of 6 Tools for Communicating with Parents featured earlier this week (link below!). Here’s another to add to your list: SimplyCircle is an online parent communication portal for classrooms, schools, and parent groups. It is private, secure, and easy to use. It has both free and paid plans. The free plan lets you create a free private website for your classroom: You can share updates… Read Article →

Solar System App from Touchpress: Explore the Universe

Solar System App from Touchpress: Explore the Universe

Want to take a field trip to outer space? Intergalactic travel is still out of reach for most teachers scheduling school year field trips. If you are looking to introduce students to the solar system or take their study to the next level, you’ll want to check out the Solar System App from Touchpress. This fantastic app presents lots of useful information and easy to read graphics all about the… Read Article →

Virtual Reality Discovery Channel App - Virtual Field Trips for iOS & Google

Virtual Reality Discovery Channel App – Virtual Field Trips for iOS & Google

The concept of virtual reality in education has grown wildly in the past few months – and it is more affordable than you may imagine. A smartphone a carefully folded piece of cardboard (aka Google Cardboard) can transport students to the depths of an ocean or the middle of the wilderness. The Discovery Channel now offers a powerful virtual reality experience. With the Virtual Reality Discovery Channel app you can… Read Article →

History of the Olympics-min

History of the Olympics: Assignments from Edcite

It’s time for Round 2 of the Edcite Olympic Games series! In this round, they have shared some truly engaging formative assessments about the history of the Olympics. In case you’re not familiar with Edcite, it is a free platform that offers an extensive library full of teacher-created assignments. The assignments use technology-enhanced question types, videos, audio, and more. Try one of these formative assessments today and look for more… Read Article →