ELA – Reading/Writing

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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5 Tips for Creating Infographics with Students

Do you use infographics in your classroom? Student readers should be able to gather information from infographics. Student creators should be able to make one. In this blog post, I’ll share five tips for creating infographics with students, along with a few places to find examples. You’ll also hear about a tool you can use […]

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Build Classroom Community with a Creative Project — Easy EdTech Podcast 030

In this episode we’ll discuss how to build classroom community while addressing skills like speaking and listening, digital citizenship, and computer literacy. You will hear how to start  the school year by providing a way for students to creatively introduce themselves and share their interests and goals for the school year. Subscribe to the podcast […]

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Must-Try Updates! New Features in Book Creator

This past summer, I hosted ten webinars for the folks at Book Creator. Ranging in topics from social studies projects to activities that support social-emotional learning, it’s been an exciting few months! In this blog post, I want to tell you about the new features released by Book Creator this summer. If you’re excited about […]

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Tech-Friendly Student Storytelling Activity – Easy EdTech Podcast 028

In this episode we’ll discuss a Tech-Friendly Student Storytelling Activity you can use with Adobe Spark Post. This includes a step-by-step guide on how to implement this activity in your classroom using the technology you have. You will hear where to find my free planning pages to help your activity be a success! Subscribe to […]

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