Why I’m Super Excited About Instagram for Teachers

I’m not sure about you, but sometimes it takes me a little while to jump on the bandwagon or try something new. For the past few years, I’ve used Instagram personally to share vacation photos and holiday pictures. But after a great conversation at FETC last month, I decided it was time to get in […]

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Online Course for Educators: Designing and Leading Engaging OER Ecosystems

Are you using open educational resources in your school? Interested in learning more about this innovative approach for connecting students with high-quality resources? I had the chance to hear Andrew Marcinek speak about this topic at the Indiana Connected Educators annual conference last year. He is an expert on the subject of open educational resources. […]

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Micro-Credentials to Support English Learners from Digital Promise

Last year I had the chance to dive into Digital Promise’s micro-credential program. If you haven’t seen their online platform before, these on-demand, micro-credentials let educators jump into course content. You can work through the material at their own pace and on their own time. I love professional learning that is customizable and ready when […]

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Interactive Reading Lessons with Nearpod

How do students participate in your reading lessons? Over the past few years, I continue to be impressed at the power of Nearpod. It’s a presentation and formative assessment tool that is perfect for interactive reading lessons. As a classroom teacher I used Nearpod with my fifth-grade students. As a professional development facilitator, I now […]

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Big Announcement: Adobe Spark Free for Students of All Ages

A few years ago I was searching for free, easy-to-use creation tools for students that were compatible with multiple devices. I was getting ready to lead a workshop for teachers on writing in the digital world, and I knew there would be a mix of devices in the session. I came across two awesome, free […]

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Piano Chords and Scales App for iPad Musicians

How can a mobile app support music students? Well, the folks who created Piano Chords and Scales app shared this mobile tool for students with me a few weeks ago. It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to read music. Although I love a good carpool karaoke, I wouldn’t consider myself super musical. They’ve created […]

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Instantly Access Learning Resources with ClassLink for Classrooms

How easy is it for you and your students to access learning resources? Having instant access to the learning tools you use each day is essential for both students and teachers. Making this happen can be a challenge. Earlier this month I had the chance to connect with the folks at ClassLink. They gave me […]

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5 Reasons Book Choice is Essential for Today’s Readers

What does it mean to honor book choice in your classroom? As students spend time sorting through bins in a classroom library, scrolling through a list of ebooks on their tablet or asking a librarian, teacher or friend for recommendations, students can choose books that pique their interest. Book choice is essential for today’s reader. […]

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Sharing Student Work with Spark Page Digital Bulletin Boards

If we haven’t met before, you might not know that I barely qualify for the 5’2″ listed on my driver’s license. So I’ve spent many early mornings, lunch periods and afternoons standing on a chair with a stapler in my hand trying to reach the very top of a bulletin board without slipping. To share […]

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Guided Reading Course: Self-Paced PD from LitLife

Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure to work with two fantastic organizations: LitLife and Participate. If you haven’t heard of LitLife before, they are a professional development organization. LitLife is focused on providing literacy support to educators and students throughout the world. They offer all sorts of professional learning opportunities for schools […]

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