Fire Prevention Week Lessons & Resources from NFPA

We’re right in the middle of Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15, 2016) and I wanted to share some useful, tech-friendly resources for teachers. The National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org have put together a host of fantastic resources for teachers. You’ll absolutely love the practical and fun information on the Spark School House website that is […]

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Project-Based Learning with Drawp for School Student Tool

Drawp for School is one of my favorite tools for teachers and students. It’s a workflow management platform with powerful design tools for kids. Children can draw, paint, add text, and include photos and voice recordings in their creations. Drawp gives students opportunities for immediate collaboration and includes multiple ways for students and teachers to give feedback on […]

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The BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camp: A New Opportunity for Writing Teachers

Even though your school year is just starting to get off the ground it’s never too soon to start thinking about next summer, and the folks at BoomWriter are providing a great reason to do so! BoomWriter lets elementary, middle, and high school teachers conduct engaging nonfiction, fiction, and vocabulary development group-writing activities in almost […]

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Turnitin Feedback Studio: Commenting & Teacher Feedback App

Providing students with timely, meaningful feedback is essential in all classrooms. I’m a big fan of tools that make formative assessment more efficient for teachers and more useful for students, like this commenting and feedback app from Turnitin. The folks at Turnitin have released the Feedback Studio iPad app so teachers and students can connect […]

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Teach the Elections with ThinkCERCA Resources and Tips

This week I had the chance to check out ThinkCERCA’s special Teach the Elections tips and resources for teachers. The team at ThinkCERCA believes as strongly as I do that students need to be well-informed, critical thinkers. ThinkCERCA is an online literacy platform for teaching critical thinking through argumentative writing. They’ve developed a set of resources to help […]

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3 Reasons to Check Out News-O-Matic this School Year

An understanding of current events is essential for students of all ages. As you work to bring news stories to life for elementary school students you’ll want to check out News-O-Matic. I shared News-O-Matic and it’s bilingual content earlier this year (News-O-Matic). What I love about this tool is how it quickly and easily it puts […]

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Education Book Spotlight: Courageous Edventures by Jennie Magiera

Earlier this year I had the chance to get a sneak peek at Jennie Magiera’s new book Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation. This is a fantastic read for teachers at all stages in their career. Jennie is a fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and Corwin Author. If you’ve haven’t had the chance to hear her […]

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Education Podcast Spotlight: TeacherCast with Jeffrey Bradbury

Podcasts have totally transformed the way I learn about new things, explore new topics and gather information about the world. There are a handful of fantastic education podcast choices and I want to spotlight TeacherCast with Jeffrey Bradbury. I had the opportunity to share my book Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable […]

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iPad Teacher Hack: Close Reading Passages from iBooks

If you’ve ever searched online for close reading passages, you know it can be hard to find high-quality short texts to share with students. You might try a website like Learnzillion or ReadWorks to grab short passage, but what if you want an excerpt from a longer book? There is an iPad teacher hack that […]

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Create a Read Aloud Backchannel in Your Classroom

This week I had to opportunity to work with teachers in North Carolina on behalf of the awesome folks at LitLife. The teachers at this school were definitely excited to introduce technology tools into their everyday lessons. One of the tips I shared with teachers is the power of a backchannel during literacy instruction — […]

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