Online Resource: ReadWriteThink for Lesson Plans & Reading Passages

ReadWriteThink is a fantastic online resource for K-12 teachers.  It includes access to English Language Arts lessons and activities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Teachers can search by theme, lesson objective, and grade level as they look for the perfect idea to bring back to their students. Lesson Plans & Reading Passages ReadWriteThink also has […]

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Tweeting the Read Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Read-alouds are a crucial part of English language arts instruction. Students of all ages should be exposed to high-quality stories and informational text. Reading aloud to children provides an amazing opportunity for them to engage with text. Younger students can listen to stories that are too challenging for them to tackle by themselves.  Older children […]

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How to Link Google Forms to QR Codes

I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Google Forms, including how they can be used to collect assessment data.  Google Forms can also be used for students to turn in information.  They might fill out a Google Form to submit a book recommendation, request extra help, or to complete an interest survey. Google Forms […]

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Endless Wordplay: Spelling and Phonics App

Endless Wordplay is an app with a focus on spelling and phonics.  From the creators of Endless Numbers, Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader, this app features whimsical animations and familiar cartoon characters.  Children will work through different activities to learn letter sounds and new words.  The directions are easy to follow and would be a […]

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PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program for iPads incorporating 42 storybooks.  It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools.  With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how […]

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Google Forms Spotlight: Formative Assessment Checklists

I am a big fan of Google Forms – a fantastic customizable survey tool.  If you have access to Google Drive through your school email address or have set up your own for free, then you can create amazing forms to meet the needs of your classroom.  A Google Form is a survey tool that […]

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments

Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling […]

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MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand

Earlier this year I shared MONKEYmount 280 a very cool stand that works with any tablet, including iPads.  With this stand you can turn your iPad into a document camera without having to invest in a new piece of technology.  It can be used with an HDMI projector or flat screen to mirror what is happening […]

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Quick Flashcard Creation and Export​ on iPads

Synopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document. Students can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives students the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted […]

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Science Drawings and the STEM Classroom

Drawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used for science drawings and activities across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include science drawings like a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – […]

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