My all-time favorite technology tool to use is ABCYa's Animate. It is open ended so it can be used for nearly any topic and subject area. I'm going to focus on science in this post because that is how I use this tool with my students.
What are PhET Simulations? PhET simulations are free research-based science and mathematics resources that can run online or can be downloaded to your computer. Learning comes alive when students interact and manipulate these colorful simulations. These interactive and animated digital resources allow students to explore and make connections that help aid their scientific and mathematical … Continue reading Increase Science & Mathematics Understanding with PhET Simulations
Tips and Tricks for Parent Communication in the Upper Grades Parent communication is just as important at the upper grades as at elementary, but it may look a little bit different. It is a critical piece of helping students to be successful! I teach high school in a very urban, Title I district, where … Continue reading Upper Grade Parent Communication
Guest Blog Post by Livio Bolzon A year ago, Chase Engelbrecht and I came up with the idea for Codemoji.com, a way for students to learn how to code while having fun with emojis. As a teacher you might think emojis and the coding curriculum can’t go hand in hand, but our team has found a way. … Continue reading Bring Coding to the Classroom with Emojis
My Top 10 Blog Posts About Integrating Technology into Reading and Language Arts One of my professional passions is finding meaningful ways to integrate technology into reading and language arts. Here are links to my top 10 blog posts of digital reading and language arts activities I have carried out in the classroom over the … Continue reading My Top 10 Blog Posts About Integrating Technology into Reading and Language Arts
Are you at a loss of ways to grab your students' attention at the beginning of the year? Do you want to lay a foundation for a positive learning experience? With the emphasis on fixed and growth mindset, we want our students to stretch their minds to learn and experience personal success, even though there … Continue reading Using Typorama to Develop and Reinforce Growth Mindset
One of my favorite pastimes is scouring the internet for digital games for my students. I know, I'm a little weird, but I like it that way. So, the other day I was looking for math activities for kindergarten that align to the common core standards. Now I'm sharing what I found with you because I think you will find them to be really helpful.
We've all been there - you have to be out for a day, but its nerve-wracking. What to leave for a sub? How to make sure it goes smoothly? You don't want to waste a day of class, and you don't want to come back to chaos the next day. Here are my suggestions (granted … Continue reading Tips for Successful Technology Sub Plans
5 quick tips for leaving sub plans that include a technology component
By using Newsela for test prep or teaching nonfiction, students are engaged in deeper, more authentic, and meaningful learning.