Teach Non-Fiction like a PRO with @Newsela Pro


We have used Newsela for a long time. Until this year, we always used the free version, which is great. We were blessed enough to have our school purchase the PRO subscription. The question is, are the differences worth the cost? Continue reading

How to Show Changes and More on Maps


Showing students how landforms change has been a challenge for some time. Let’s face it, there is only so much we can do with maps and pictures. Now, with Earth Engine by Google, this has never been easier.
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Product Review: VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Doc Cam by @ipevo


Ipevo has become synonymous with solid product for the classroom at an affordable cost. I own several Ipevo products, and was quite pleased when asked if I would like to demo this unit. Continue reading

Want to Turn Things Around in Class? Flippity Them


Teachers are always looking for simple ways to make things happen in the classroom. At a recent day of professional development, I picked up a little gem. Continue reading

A Great Day of PD with @ronclarkacademy and @edtechteam


We had the opportunity to see one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in education again today. Ron Clark came to town. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to see/hear Mr. Clark speak, make the opportunity. It’s worth it. That, coupled with a session from Ed Tech Team made for a great day. Continue reading

Summer #Coding Camp at MSU #girlswhocode


This summer, my daughter was blessed with the opportunity to attend a summer girls coding camp at Mississippi State University. The university dubbed this camp Digital Divas. To say it was a great experience for my daughter would be the understatement of the year.

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View Master Virtual Reality Headset by @Mattel


Virtual reality is all the rage right now. With the inexpensive/free options made available recently, teachers are looking for cost effective ways to build this into lessons in the classroom. Google Cardboard has made this quite affordable. Mattel has made it affordable, and durable.

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Working in Groups vs Group Work


Group work, collaborative groups, peer groups, buddy work, whatever you want to call it, it involves kids theoretically working together. In elementary schools, group work is quite common. Having taught 2-4th grades for 10+ years, we can tell you, group work happens. For some reason, as kids advance in school, group work changes, or disappears entirely. It’s a shame. Continue reading

Education Conferences, are They Really All That?


Education conferences. I have been to many of them in my 15 years of teaching. As a new teacher, just starting out, I thought they were the greatest. And they were… sort of. As I grew, and continue to grow, as a teacher, I am becoming increasingly convinced, there has to be something better.

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