How To Make This School Year Unforgettable

What does it mean to be unforgettable? As educators, many of us can look back and point to a teacher who is truly unforgettable. We can use adjectives to describe their passion and demeanor. We smile when we think to a memorable moment with that special person. For teachers who don’t have someone unforgettable that […]

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Share Student Work with a Spark and Seesaw Combo

This month I traveled to Arizona for my second year as a featured speaker at the OELAS Conference. It was lots of fun presenting on blended learning, formative assessment, and digital tools for readers. During the blended learning session, I shared a favorite app smash with two of my go-to digital tools. Now you might […]

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Cyber Robotics Coding Competition featuring CoderZ

I don’t know about you, but coding has been on my mind this month. Through my visits to schools and conversations with educators, I know it’s not just me. Educators everywhere are really excited about the way computer science can play a part in the classroom. Well, the folks at Intelitek reached out to me […]

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2018 Teacher Gifts: Favorites for Holiday Shopping

It’s almost halfway through December, and I’m ready to share a new gift guide for you to explore. Earlier this season I reached out to a handful of my favorite educators and authors. They helped create the list you can see in the blog post linked here with their recommendations. As I worked to put […]

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Spark Your Students’ Creativity with These Reading Activities

At a conference in Arizona this week, I shared favorite online resources for readers. Although I highlighted popular content consumption tools for readers, like EPIC!, Newsela, and Scholastic News, I also focused on creation in the reading classroom. Readers can access news articles, blog posts, videos and ebooks easier than ever. It’s wild to think […]

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25 Reasons to Use TED-Ed in Your Classroom

How do roller coasters affect your body? Why don’t poisonous animals poison themselves? These are the type of questions tackled with the amazing TED-Ed videos for students and teachers! If you’ve ever watched a TED talk before you’re familiar with the power of those short videos, focused on a single idea. An expert walks to […]

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Tech Resources for Your Next Science Experiment

Can an iPad help out with a science experiment? What role does a Chromebook play in the science classroom? Well, this month I hosted a webinar for SimpleK12 that tackled these questions. And I wanted to share all of the favorites from the webinar with you too! Of course, regular readers of the blog are […]

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Why Every Teacher Needs a PLN and How to Get One

Do you have a PLN? I try my best to avoid using too many acronyms in my conversations. I also try to avoid them when writing about education. However, PLN might be one of my favorites. My PLN has transformed the way I think about education. It has changed the way I think about my […]

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Tell a Wintertime Story Using Augmented Reality

Storytelling can take many forms and give students a chance to express themselves creatively. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate narrative storytelling into your classroom this winter, 3DBear is an excellent choice. Students can tell a Christmas story using augmented reality on this powerful EdTech platform. Augmented Reality Storytelling What does creative storytelling look […]

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Reach Every Family with ClassTag Parent Communication App

As educators, we know the importance of family communication throughout the school year. Keeping channels of communication open and crafting messages for families are just part of the challenge faced by schools and teachers. If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you may remember that last year I shared a special parent communication app. […]

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