ELA – Reading/Writing

Ready-to-Use Curriculum for Global Student Connections

Collaboration and authentic audiences are two topics I frequently cover on the blog. And if you’ve read my book Tasks Before Apps you know that I value the power of collaboration and creation for an audience. When the folks at iDialogue reached out earlier this year, I was certainly interested to learn more about their […]

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High School Current Events Articles with Teacher Resources

Students of all ages benefit from learning about current events in the classroom. Introducing students to high-interest, relevant text goes beyond preparation for English Language Arts skills. You can help prepare students for the world of today and tomorrow with access to current events and skill building around critical thinking and evaluating sources. Readers today […]

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How to Lead Conversations About Media Use with Students

From consumers to creators, students of all ages interact with media both inside and outside of the classroom. What does responsible, healthy media use look like? And how do we provide students with opportunities to reflect on the way they use media before, during and after school hours? In just a few weeks I’m leading […]

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Women’s History Month Lesson Plans and Resources

March is Women’s History Month, and I have some resources to help you celebrate. It’s exciting to see increased commitments to makings sure all voices are heard in classrooms and subject areas. Although I sure hope the month of March isn’t the only time women’s voices are front and center, it’s always nice to have […]

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Measure and Reward Online Reading with Stackup

Supporting and encouraging readers in your classroom can take many forms. I often have conversations with educators about recommendations for Chrome extensions and websites that are must-haves for Chromebook classrooms. When the team at Stackup reached out to me this year, I was really excited to learn about their tool to measure and reward online […]

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Read Aloud Videos and Teacher Guides – Easy EdTech Podcast 003

In this episode I share strategies for finding and using read aloud videos in your classroom. You’ll hear how this multimedia resource can help students access high quality text, help you plan a lesson, and help families leverage the power of YouTube! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: iTunes/Podcast App Google Play Stitcher […]

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A PreK EdTech Platform to Support Early Literacy

One of my favorite parts of an EdTech conference is meeting the folks behind the tools that are changing the way we think about technology in education. At TCEA in San Antonio this year, I spent some time with the team at Waterford.org, including the president and CEO of Waterford, Benjamin Heuston, Ph.D. Waterford has […]

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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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15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms

There are a few things you may not know about me. I love historical fiction, I have a Masters Degree in History, and trips to museums are one of my favorite parts of traveling. So you can imagine that as a classroom teacher I spent lots of time making cross-curricular connections with students. Sometimes we […]

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7 Classroom Activities for the Alphabet Legends Books

You might have heard the buzz in a Facebook post shared by a friend or a picture in your Instagram feed. Well, last year I connected with the folks behind the Alphabet Legends series. They even gave me a book to giveaway on my own Instagram page. I’m so excited to share a few ways […]

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