Virtual Reality Education Spotlight: Parks Explorer Classroom Field Trip

This past year I’ve been pretty excited about the potential for virtual reality in education. This weekend I visited Austin, Texas. During the trip I met with fellow Nearpod Pionears. They are also pumped about how virtual reality can be used in the classroom. Although I’ve already shared some of my favorite virtual reality lessons […]

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8 Must-Have Websites and Apps for Science Reading Passages

Finding high-interest, informational text is an important part of locating just right resources for your classroom. If you’re on the hunt for digital reading material for your students, there are a few different websites and apps that have science reading passages for kids. The resources on the list below include text appropriate for a range […]

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11 Excellent Earth Science Apps & Websites for Teachers

As a fifth grade teacher I loved exploring earth science topics with my students. Finding earth science apps for a classroom with iPads and earth science websites for students on Chromebooks can help you point students find useful information. You can use these online tools for inspiration for research projects. You could also use it […]

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Super Cool #ScannableTech White House Augmented Reality App

When used thoughtfully, augmented reality can engage students in purposeful learning experiences. Sometimes augmented reality apps appear gimmicky at first glance. When connected purposefully to your learning goals, scannable technology can energize a lesson by sparking your students interest and turn their experiences in your classroom into hands-on learning. The White House Historical Society recently […]

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7 3D Printing Lessons for Teachers

This year I’ve had the chance to try out a Makerbot 3D printer. I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the potential for 3D printing in education (read the post here) and even how you can print your very own virtual reality headset with a 3D printer (read that post here). Teachers and students are using 3D printers in […]

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10 FREE Book Creator Webinars for Teachers

This year I’ve had the chance to team up with the awesome folks at Book Creator! This app is one I use with educators all across the country. When I visit schools to talk to teachers about reaching all of their students, creating dynamic learning experiences, and connecting students to authentic audiences, I love sharing […]

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6 Ways to Use Google Cardboard in Your Classroom Tomorrow

One of my most popular posts this year has been a list of my favorite apps for Google Cardboard (check it out here). With this super cool and affordable headset, you can easily bring virtual reality into your classroom. Although we can easily get caught up in the wow or gimmick factor of this technology, […]

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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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