ELA – Reading/Writing

One-Day Poetry Activity for Seasonal Poems

I love wintertime, but any time of year is great for seasonal poems! Whether it’s snowing in December or raining in April, a poem connected to the seasons is a wonderful way for students to apply creative writing skills. In this blog post, I’ll share an activity you can do with students in just one […]

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Creative App to Help Students with Logic and Reasoning

This year on the blog, I’ve had the chance to share some of the awesome apps from Avokiddo. They have a wide range of low-cost apps for iOS and Android. Thinkrolls Space is the newest creative app in their list of offerings. It is excellent for both at-home activities as well as classroom use. Readers […]

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Classroom Game for Vocabulary with a Home Connection!

Are you looking for a classroom game for vocabulary that can cover any subject in the K-6 curriculum? Futaba Classroom Games is an iPad app game for kids. In this blog post, I’ll share some key features of this multi-player app. You’ll also hear their big announcement on a new edition of Futaba for use […]

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A Tech-Friendly Peer Feedback Strategy

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with high school students attending a design camp. In today’s blog post, I want to share with you a combination of two favorite EdTech tools. You’ll hear about a peer feedback strategy I used with students this summer, and tips for how to tailor this activity […]

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Addressing Elementary Achievement Gaps with EdTech

Can EdTech help address issues related to elementary achievement gaps in your classroom? Educational technology tools used strategically can alter how students interact with classroom resources. In elementary classrooms, the integration of digital resources can vary greatly. They might be used with a whole group or small groups of students, or with individual students. The […]

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Halloween Books for Kids & Spooky Teacher Gifts

In today’s blog post, I’m kicking off October with plenty of favorites for you! This collection includes favorite Halloween books for kids you can grab in digital and print format. You will also find a few spooky teacher gifts. Last year, I compiled a list of favorite Thanksgiving books, and this blog post shares even […]

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Movie-Making Activity to Strengthen Classroom Community

Whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the school year, it’s always a wonderful time to share stories! At the start of the school year, students can introduce themselves to their classmates while learning how to navigate new digital platforms. An “all about me” activity is a great option for helping build your classroom […]

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Student-Driven Online Reading Program for Elementary Classrooms

How do you use technology to support readers in your school? If you are exploring reading tools for students, the team at Lexia has expanded its Core5 reading program. They made the announcement at ISTE in Philadelphia earlier this summer, and I’m excited to share more details in today’s blog post. As a former upper […]

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Engaging, Online Informational Text for Elementary Students

It’s hard to find high-quality, high-interest texts for elementary school students. PebbleGo gives teachers instant access to engaging informational text for elementary students. With this dynamic English Language Arts tool, your students can explore nonfiction text on any device! Last summer, I was introduced to PebbleGo at the ISTE Conference in Chicago. I was blown away by […]

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The Case for Using Comics in Your Classroom

As a teacher, one of the best parts of using technology in my classroom was giving students more ways to demonstrate their learning. Students can share the story of their learning with comics in lots of ways. Elementary school-aged students might use comics within a narrative writing unit or high school students learning about the […]

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