In this post, I wanted to share a few ways we can start having conversations and collaborate online. There are two sections below, each with a different take on how we can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and each other. 1. Educational Online Forums 2. Digital Portfolios —————————————————————————————————————— Educational Online Forums If you’re […]
Virtual Field Trips, Video Conferences, and Connecting with Experts
When I started teaching 9 years ago, one of my students’ favorite projects was when we got to write to our pen pal buddies in Florida. Of course, when the letters came in from our pen pals, this was even more exciting. Pen Paling is still a great way to engage students, and the Internet […]
Movie Making to Connect with Audiences!
One of the best ways to connect kids to an authentic audience, while engaging them in learning is through movie making and video. Whether we like it or not, students watch video ALL THE TIME! They are on Vine, Snapchat, YouTube, and every other video platform out there. I have found that when kids know […]
The 411 on QR Codes in the Classroom
I know QR codes have been around for a while, but I don’t think we can discount the power of the code. There are literally thousands of ways we could use QR codes in the classroom, motivating and engaging students. In my opinion, the best part about QR Codes is that they have the power […]
Formative Assessment the Fun Way!
As teachers, we know that we are ALWAYS assessing, and then of course using that information to guide our instruction. With the help of technology, that task has never been easier. Below are four tools that can help you assess daily understanding of material and information in your classroom. Kahoot The great thing about Kahoot […]
Get Your Students Questioning!
I try to teach my kids how to ask good questions. I have tried the “skinny vs. meaty” thing, and a few other strategies to get my kids thinking and creating both easy and higher level questions. It all seems to work when I am guiding the conversation or am pushing the kids at […]
Valentine’s Day Symmetry that They’ll Never, Ever Forget!
Symmetry isn’t really all that difficult of a concept, that is, until my kids get to a test and mix it up with the word “congruent.” For the last few years, I have been doing this lesson with my kids during Valentine’s Day week and they have a ton of fun. First, you’ll […]
BIG Gift Card Giveaway!
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who gave me feedback, helped me edit products, and gave advice. Every single person who helped and continues to help me with this process makes every educational resource a higher quality for our kiddos! So, thank you! To say thank you, we are having a GIVEAWAY!! Enter […]
A Thing of the Past…Primary Sources for Elementary Students
When I was young, I LIVED for DBQs! I guess I didn’t really think about it too much at the time, but I loved that there was an answer right there in front of me; I just needed to look closely at a picture. As a VERY visual learner, being able to see history through primary sources […]
Google Expeditions: Taking Kids ANYWHERE
I had the chance to try out Google Expeditions today at the NYSCATE conference in Rochester. A buddy of mine told me about this new trial program from Google, called Google Expeditions. When he first told me that students used a cardboard box to travel to locations that are controlled by teachers, I laughed and […]
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