ELA – Reading/Writing

Interactive Activities for Teaching About Safety

Regular readers of the blog know that I love sharing tips and strategies for digital activities. When it comes to teaching about safety topics, you can head straight to Capstone Connect to find high-quality, high-interest resources. With ebooks and articles on a wide range of topics, this resource gives you quick access to safety-related content […]

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Reading Progress: A Reading Fluency App in Microsoft Teams

I was holding back tears when I first saw this. And I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever felt this way about an EdTech product. As a classroom teacher, I always wanted to hear my students read independently. But trying to fit meaningful formative assessments throughout the school year was always a challenge for me. Administering running […]

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Highlight As You Read with Markup Browser Extension

Do your students take notes and gather information in online spaces? If your students are readers, researchers, and investigators online, they can keep track of what they’ve learned. There is a unique browser extension for highlighting and bookmarking information. With the Markup browser extension for Chrome and Microsoft Edge, you can view, highlight and share […]

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6 Ways to Reinforce SEL with K-3 Students this Summer

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential during the school year, but the learning and engagement don’t need to stop during the summer months. If you listen to my Easy EdTech Podcast, you might remember the conversation I had with Krista Leh earlier this year all about social-emotional learning. It’s a topic I’ve featured a few times […]

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How To Learn a New Language While You Browse the Web

Could it really be possible to learn a new language while scrolling through a webpage? Every Thursday on Clubhouse, I host a room where educators pop in and share EdTech tips or wins from their week. If you’ve joined me in a Clubhouse room this year, you’ve probably heard educators from across the world sharing […]

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Introduce Early Readers to a Variety of Cultures and Traditions

What types of text do you include in your classroom library? If you’ve used ebooks or digital texts with students, you know that often the selection is limited. Finding high-interest books that introduce students to a variety of cultures and traditions is essential. As you work with digital readers this school year, a great web-based […]

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How to Create Digital Reading Activities with Capstone Connect and Seesaw

Regular readers of the blog know that I’m a big fan of Capstone Pub and all of the resources they have to offer teachers. If you want to create digital reading activities this year, their resources are ones you can share quickly and easily with students. And if you’d like your students to participate in […]

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How to Create Collaborative Group Activities with CirclyApp

What does collaboration look like in your classroom? In my book Tasks Before Apps, I have an entire chapter dedicated to the idea of collaboration. Collaboration is more than just “working together” but includes setting a purpose and having students work towards a common goal. So you can imagine that I’m always on the lookout for […]

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Introducing the Toniebox: A Must-Have Digital Speaker for Classrooms

What exactly is a screen-free, digital speaker system? When I first heard of the Toniebox and the Tonies for Teachers program, I was excited to learn more. They have an imagination-building digital learning experience for students with stories, songs, and other adventures for students. The Toniebox was initially designed for families to purchase, but they’ve […]

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Quick, Creative Reading Responses with Capstone Connect and Flipgrid

What do you think of when you hear the term reading responses? If you asked me this question when I started my career in education as an elementary school teacher, I probably would have pointed to a stack of marble notebooks in my classroom. For as much as I love a composition notebook, there are […]

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