LMS and Assessment Resources

Microsoft Teams for Collaboration and Feedback

This month I had a chance to talk to the folks behind Microsoft Teams and see the platform in action. I love how it sets up students for success in collaborative online spaces. For example, students can easily access feedback from a teacher, share an idea with a classmate, and participate in a discussion with […]

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Engaging Elementary School Writing with Night Zookeeper

Do you have reluctant writers in your classroom? As an elementary school teacher, I loved modeling writing and hosting a writer’s workshop for students. But I also knew it wasn’t every student’s favorite subject area. If elementary school writing is a topic you’re covering this year, you will want to check out Night Zookeeper. I […]

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Movie-Making in the STEM Classroom with Spark Video

If you’re looking for new ways for students to show off what they have learned, consider introducing a STEM activity with Spark Video. With this dynamic creation tool, students can use their voice to record what they have learned about a topic. They can snap pictures or search for images to create a product ready […]

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Keep Track of Volunteer Hours with x2VOL

How does your school keep track of volunteer hours and community service hours? The team at x2VOL has created a platform to make it easier for schools to manage student hours. If your school is keeping track of volunteer or community service hours, you’ll want to check out x2VOL. Community Service Hours There are so […]

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Quizalize Automates Differentiated Learning through Real-Time Formative Assessment

How do you manage resources for differentiated learning in your classroom? Teachers can now use Quizalize to test mastery and then automatically assign resources to students. These differentiated resources are designed to support students with different levels of mastery. With Quizalize, students can easily access resources designed to support their individual needs. Real-Time Formative Assessment […]

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Moving Beyond Multiple Choice with Sero!

Online tools can increase the efficiency and benefits of formative and summative assessment in your classroom. A lot of tools already implement item banks of discrete questions. These are typically in multiple choice format. Sero! uses concept mapping as the basis for its assessments. This strategy also offers deep insight into higher order thinking skills. You […]

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Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator

Digital storytelling is more than stories that start with “once upon a time.” It’s all about using multimedia to capture the story of students’ learning. Book Creator is a powerful tool for digital storytelling lesson integration. I hosted a webinar for the Book Creator team this summer to share lots of classroom ideas. In this […]

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Global Problem Solvers: The Series Videos for Students

Is your classroom full of global problem solvers? There is a new video series designed especially for middle and high school students that addresses this important topic. With the Global Problem Solvers (GPS: The Series) animation series, you can introduce students to how technology can solve problems around the world. This animation series shows students […]

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Must-Have Tech Tools for Instructional Coaches

How can you make the most of digital tools when coaching fellow educators? Last fall I met the passionate educators behind the ASCD book The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness. If you haven’t heard of The Coach Approach to School Leadership before, it is an insightful, practical book for […]

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Ideas and Tech Tools for STEAM Classrooms

Have you heard other educators buzzing about STEAM? Well if you’re looking to start with STEAM in your classroom, there is a new book, and a handful of tech tools you’ll want to check out! I had the chance to meet with fellow New Jersey educator and author Billy Krakower this summer. In this post, […]

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