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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New Resource for the First Time Computer Science Teacher

Teachers want to bring coding into their classrooms but there are roadblocks that can get in the way. It takes time to learn computer programming. For teachers who are brand new to computer science this is time you just don’t have in your busy schedules. Coding in schools can seem like a challenge. It can be expensive to learn […]

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Everyone Can Code: Free Lessons & Resources from Apple

There are so many exciting things happening at Apple Education! In addition to the Apple Teacher program I shared with readers earlier this fall, Apple has announced the Everyone Can Code initiative which includes lots of free resources for teachers. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and former one-to-one iPad teacher, I am also proud to […]

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News-O-Matic: Bilingual Current Events for BYOD Classrooms

Looking for bilingual current events article for you ELA or Social Studies classroom? You’ll want to check out the news articles from the team at News-O-Matic. Every single News-O-Matic article is in both English and Spanish. A native Spanish speaker translates each story before it’s published — complete with an audio voice recording. Users can toggle between […]

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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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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events Articles

The TIME For Kids (TFK) Digital Edition is an engaging, web-based platform for teaching literacy, social studies and science with current events. This interactive resource is available on any device with an internet connection. It takes learning deeper through authentic, high-quality current events articles. This resource is written specifically for each grade level by a […]

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5 Ways to Keep the Olympics Going All School Year

It’s over… or is it. The Olympics might have come to an end this summer but you can still bring the excitement from this global event into your classroom. This list doesn’t include Olympic lesson plans. Instead provides ideas for how to make connections to the summer games throughout the school year. I hope you’ll find a few […]

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7 Reasons to Include Current Events in Your Lesson

 cSearching for informational text or the perfect short passage for your next lesson? Integrating current events into your lessons is a powerful way to reach multiple educational goals. I’m a big fan of a current events lesson that introduce students to big ideas about the world while setting a purpose for learning. One of my […]

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7 Ways Pythonroom Makes Starting A Coding Class Easy

Thinking about starting a coding class? Not sure if you know enough about computer science to host your own coding class? The folks at Pythonroom have created a fantastic online platform. It’s for teachers who want to bring coding into the classroom but… don’t know how to code. Hiring a computer science teacher or training teachers on […]

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Scan and Learn with the Socratic Homework App

You know that I’m crazy about #ScannableTech and here is a fantastic example of it in action. The folks at Socratic.org have just released a new homework app. It makes it easier to for kids to get the help they need. With Socratic’s app, students snap a photo of questions on their homework assignments… and Socratic automatically gives links […]

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