Teacher Tools

How to Add Music to Spark Video with Soundtrap

If you’ve ever watched a movie or television show and felt moved by the music, you know how powerful a soundtrack can be for a viewer. Whether it’s the opening song on Game of Thrones or the music in the credits of Forrest Gump, as consumers we often have an emotional connection to what’s playing […]

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Strategies for Coaching Educators in the Digital World

What does it look like to make the most of EdTech tools in a digital world? And how can school leaders support the tech-rich work happening in classrooms? Coaching educators in the digital world presents unique opportunities and challenges. So when I heard about a new book on the topic, I was excited to learn […]

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Book Club Invitation: Read, Create & Learn Together!

Moviemaking, website building, graphic design… your students can do it all! This May I’m hosting a book club that’s completely different from anything I’ve done in the past. You will read, skim, explore and create… to finish off the school year strong! You may have heard the news, 40 Ways to Inject Creativity in the […]

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Must-Have Lessons for Alcohol Responsibility Month

April is Alcohol Responsibility Month, and there is one wonderful online resource that has everything you need. With standards alignment, family engagement tips and engaging activities, Ask, Listen, Learn is full of high-quality, high-interest resources. Their digital platform gives you access to a fantastic set of information and ready-to-use lessons for your classroom. The resources […]

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See Beyond Behavior Podcast for Educators

Earlier this year consultant and author Torri Wright, reached out to share her new podcast, See Beyond Behavior. Are you following along with me on social media or on my email list? Then you know that podcasts have been front of mind for me this spring. As both a consumer and creator, this medium is […]

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Online Coding Competition for High School Girls

Last month on the blog I featured Girls Go CyberStart, a special cybersecurity and coding competition for high school girls. This totally free online coding competition is in full swing and there is still time to join! In this blog post I’ll share lots of details on the competition so you can jump in right […]

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Help Kids Build Financial Literacy This Year

As educators, we spend time thinking about how to best prepare students for the future. During my time as a teacher, I tried my best to make connections between content in our math curriculum and the world outside of our classroom. For many students, identifying the “why” behind the reasons they learn a particular strategy […]

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How To Share Pictures of Student Work with Spark Page

This year one of my most popular posts was all about the curation of teacher resources. Setting up a system to keep all of your links and favorites organized is essential. Whether you’re sharing resources with colleagues, students or families, having one page to send everyone too makes this process simple. When it comes to […]

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Piano Companion Music Theory App for Students

Can an app help students learn music theory? When the team behind Piano Companion reached out to me this year, I was excited to learn more about their musical mobile app. Designed to help songwriters, producers, teachers and their students, this dynamic music theory app might just have a place in your classroom! Piano Companion […]

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Using the 7 Mindsets to Shift School Culture

In San Antonio earlier this year I sat down with Jeff Waller and Tracey Smith. Although conferences like the one I was attending that day tend to feel a little overwhelming, it was such a treat to sit for a moment and hear about their work. Jeff Waller is the co-creator of the 7 Mindsets, […]

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