LMS and Assessment Resources

Reading Fluency Assessment for Elementary Students

Digital tools give educators new ways to obtain a more complete picture of students’ early literacy and reading fluency. From kindergarten, through the elementary grades, online platforms can help teachers gather information on students and design an action plan to support their growth. I’m excited to share an online reading fluency assessment designed specifically for […]

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Writing Assessment Prep and Practice from Writable

Making sure that students have everything they need before state exams is definitely stressful. As a classroom teacher, I remember just how hard it was to find “just right” prompts and practice activities for students. Writable is a practical EdTech tool for teachers and students. Educators can use it to make sure that state summative […]

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Why Design Thinking Has a Place in Your Classroom

Regular followers of the blog know how much I value my network of Apple Distinguished Educators. Just like many education communities, this group of enthusiastic educators share fantastic ideas, strategies, and tips for teachers. You might know Apple Distinguished Educator Michael Cohen as a keynote speaker at last year’s annual ISTE conference in Chicago. He […]

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Rethink Formative Assessment with Microsoft Forms

A few weeks ago I shared formative assessment strategies at a conference for educators. I said something to the group that I often say when discussing this topic. There is no point in collecting data you aren’t going to use. Data collection should be relevant and actionable. And I’m always on the hunt for powerful […]

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Help Student Writers Practice and Grow with Writable

One of the highlights of my work is talking shop with other educators who are passionate about the power of technology in education. Earlier this month I chatted with Dr. Troy Hicks, a Professor of English & Education at Central Michigan University. We spoke about the world of literacy and EdTech. Dr. Hicks mentioned his […]

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Lifelong Learning with bulb Digital Portfolio App

What does it mean to embrace a lifelong learning mindset? Perhaps you model strategies for students throughout the school day, like mentioning a fascinating podcast or sharing an article you recently read. Another component of lifelong learning is the ability to track, reflect, and share what one has learned. A digital portfolio app can help […]

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Responsive Curriculum Management in Action

What does it look like to have a robust and responsive curriculum in your school? A well-designed, responsive curriculum gives teachers an opportunity to help students connect with content in a meaningful way. A clear plan for instruction and delivery can help students engage in deeper learning with subject matter in every classroom. Making sure […]

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Learn How To Organize Student Data with eduCLIMBER

It’s always exciting to come across EdTech tools created by educators. Classroom perspective and experience working with students, can spark ideas that turn into websites and apps for the world to use. This year I connected with the team at Illuminate Education, and I’m excited to tell you about their interactive tool for educator, eduCLIMBER. Illuminate’s […]

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Sparking Empathy in 2019: Fellowship Opportunity for Educators

Are you looking to spark empathy with your students this school year? My friends at Empatico and Participate have a very special opportunity for educators. They have opened up the application process for the 2019 Empathy Project Fellowship. Empatico is a free tool for teachers to facilitate connections between classrooms in different parts of the […]

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How To Use Screensharing to Increase Student Engagement

What strategies do you use to promote student engagement in your classroom? Students can take ownership of their work and show off their learning throughout the school year. To bring students into the teaching process, empower every learner with opportunities to share their screen. Screensharing is a popular teaching strategy. An educator leading a classroom […]

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