ELA – Reading/Writing

Must-Try Video Activity for Student Reflections

The end of the school year is often a time for reflection. As a classroom teacher, I spent time reviewing resources, making wishlists, and thinking about what I wanted to bring along into the next school year. In addition to our own goal setting and planning, this time of year is perfect for student reflections. […]

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How To Strengthen Student Listening Skills with Podcasts – Easy EdTech Podcast 018

In this episode we’ll discuss the “why” behind sharing podcasts with students along with six activities you can tailor to students of all ages. You’ll hear a shout out to a list of favorite kid-friendly podcasts along with ways to strengthen student listening skills with podcasts this school year! Subscribe to the podcast on your […]

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How to Share Spark Videos with QR Codes

When I visit classrooms and talk with teachers about the ways they use technology to share student work, I’m always so happy to hear that QR codes are still part of the conversation. Although there are lots of ways to share student work, QR codes are a fantastic way to give everyone access. It places […]

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Book Creator Webinars for Teachers

It’s back! This year I’ve added ten webinars to my Events Calendar and they are totally free. Just like last year, I’ve partnered with Book Creator to offer ten live webinars sharing ways to use this dynamic creation tool in the classroom. From a spotlight of new features to collaboration in the classroom, we’ve got […]

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How to Use Spark for End-of-Year Celebration Videos

The end of the school year is a special time full of reflections, memorable events, and plenty of to-do items to take care of before the year comes to a close. As a classroom teacher, this time of year was always full of things to check off my list while in the midst of celebrations. […]

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Creating an Online Space for Any Book Club – Easy EdTech Podcast 011

In this episode I share tips for creating spaces for students (and teachers) to participate in a book club online. Book clubs are great for all ages and all subject areas and completely customizable. You’ll hear about strategies for setting expectations, creating online spaces, and skill building for digital citizenship! Subscribe to the podcast on […]

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How To Easily Create Student Journals with Adobe Spark

A journal might take the form of a leather-bound book or a marble notebook covered in stickers. If your students use both analog and digital spaces to capture their learning, you know that there are benefits to both forms of journaling. When students gather and share their thoughts in online spaces however, the format lends […]

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Where To Find Educational Videos for Students

Have you ever held your fingers over the record button of a VCR to capture the exact moment something was about to happen on a television show? For many students (and younger teachers) this concept is entirely foreign. The stress and excitement of recording the perfect clip on a blank videotape are totally lost on […]

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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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