Critical Thinking Resources from Mentoring Minds

Critical thinking is an essential skill for students both across grade levels and content areas. Mentoring Minds, a national publisher of critical thinking resources for K-12. They offer educators curriculum solutions in print and digital formats. These integrate best practices for supplementary instruction, learning and assessment across a range of subject areas. Critical Thinking Resources Last […]

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10 Apps and Online Museum Resources for Students

Finding the time and resources for on-the-ground field trips can be a challenge.  You want to make sure you have all of the resources your students need anytime of the school year. Whether your students are visiting the museum, or you just want to find the very best resources for them to explore in your […]

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Tocomail Online Communication Tool for Kids

Tocomail provides fun and safe online communication tool for kids. Kids can use Tocomail to send messages to family members and friends, and it is great as classroom communication service. Since I first wrote about Tocomail, there are a lot of new options to share. This includes single click audio and video messaging, texting, and updated […]

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Tiggly Words: An Interactive iPad Toy for Young Learners

I’m a huge fan of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Math an interactive toy that can be used with special iPad apps to build foundational skills.  The folks behind this awesome product have just released Tiggly Words to help children master foundational literacy skills. Tiggly Words includes five colorful smart vowel toys that students can place on their iPad […]

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Webinar Recap: Use Gamification in the Classroom

I recently hosted a webinar with Greg Toppo from USA Today. He wrote the book The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.  He discussed the power of gamification in the classroom and shared lots of terrific resources. Gamification in the Classroom Greg spoke about the idea of “hard fun.” Gaming is often […]

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Storytelling With Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is incredibly exciting for educators and students of all ages. In the past few years, mobile devices have found an essential place in the classroom. If you’ve used smartphones and tablets as instructional tools, you know how powerful these devices can be in the hands of students. Will this also be true for […]

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FluentU to Help Students Learn a New Language

Do your students want to learn a new language? If you are a language teacher you’ll want to check out FluentU. FluentU helps you teach a language with music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. It’s a fast and effective way to incorporate authentic content and cultural immersion into your language learning lessons. As a web based […]

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PowerUp WHAT WORKS Free Resource Library

PowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities are now available in the OpenEd free resource library. OpenEd is the creator of the world’s largest online collection of standards-aligned resources that I shared earlier this year.  PowerUp provides customizable materials. There are also lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more. These can enhance […]

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Todo Math iPad App for Your Classroom

Todo Math is a fantastic math iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content. […]

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i-Skool Learning in Motion on Mobile Devices

I’ve shared lots of reasons why I’m a fan of QR codes.  i-Skool is a project that incorporates scannable technology and puts learning in motion.  Its goal is to enhance brain activity. This can happen by getting kids on their feet as they practice cognitive skills.  Teachers create a quiz with an item connected to […]

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