Lesson Plans

How-To Build an Evidence-Based Argument in Six Simple Steps

If you’re like me, you know that one of the most important things a teacher can do is to train students in how to analyze problems and effectively propose solutions or demonstrate understanding. It’s a complex task, but one that lends itself to lifelong expertise in critical thinking and problem-solving for the students who can […]

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4 Special Features of Ormiboard’s Lesson Building Tools

At the beginning of the school year I had the chance to see Ormiboard in action. This interactive lesson building tool gives educators the power to create their own awesome lessons for students. Ormiboard even lets teachers take lessons they’ve already made and convert it into an interactive experience for students. There are a lot of reasons Ormiboard is an awesome lesson building tool […]

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6 Reasons I’m Super Excited About 3D Printing in Education

A few weeks ago I signed for a delivery that has totally changed the way I think about a hot topic in educational technology. I’m no stranger to skepticism of technology in the classroom. As someone who travels to schools to support teachers with technology integration and who wrote a book on QR Codes, I find […]

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4 Ways to Use ThinkCERCA’s Election-Focused Graphic Organizers

Are you looking to incorporate the presidential election into your lessons? You’ll want to check out the totally free, printable graphic organizers from ThinkCERCA! Earlier this month I had the chance to preview ThinkCERCA’s special Teach the Elections tips and resources for teachers. ThinkCERCA is an online literacy platform for teaching critical thinking through argumentative writing and they’ve created a set of […]

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6 Reasons to Use Newsela’s Students Vote 2016 in Your Classroom

As a classroom teacher I loved incorporating elections into the classroom. I love social studies, current events and informational text. So I took advantage of this season during a few past presidential elections. Well the awesome team at Newsela has a special section of their website dedicated to the election. Newsela’s Students Vote 2016 is […]

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Create & Share Lessons: Kids Discover Online #XCurricular Contest

I’m super excited to share a special opportunity from Kids Discover Online. They have a special contest going on now for teachers and there’s still time to enter. The Kids Discover’s Cross-Curricular (#XCurricular) Contest challenges educators to create engaging and imaginative cross-curricular lessons using at least one Kids Discover resource. Their goal is to encourage teachers to create […]

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Skyscrapers iPad App with STEM Teacher Guide

The folks at TinyBop have amazing apps for students with a special STEM Teacher Guide! Last year I profiled six of their beautifully designed iPad apps, all of which promote learning through exploration. Their new app Skyscrapers offers lots of ways for students to explore city life. Kids can investigate and construct their own skyscrapers while […]

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Teach the Elections with ThinkCERCA Resources and Tips

This week I had the chance to check out ThinkCERCA’s special Teach the Elections tips and resources for teachers. The team at ThinkCERCA believes as strongly as I do that students need to be well-informed, critical thinkers. ThinkCERCA is an online literacy platform for teaching critical thinking through argumentative writing. They’ve developed a set of resources to help […]

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5 Tips for Using Book Creator for Reading Responses

This year I’ve had the opportunity to partner with the Book Creator team to deliver a series of webinars. Book Creator is amazing app and I love all the different ways you can use it in a K-12 classroom. Yesterday I led a webinar focused on ways you can use Book Creator with readers. This […]

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6 3D Printing Lesson Plans from MakerBot’s Thingiverse

Have you thought about 3D printing with students? MakerBot’s Thingiverse also has STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) 3D printing lesson plans for educators across the world to use in their classrooms. MakerBot’s Learning Team has been curating and sharing some of the best lesson plans. They include step-by-step instructions, photos, 3D design files, […]

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