Putting the Pieces Together with @EDpuzzle

As educators, we constantly look for new ways to present content to our students. Finding great, engaging ways to do this can be a challenge. For those willing to dig, explore, and/or create, there are some hidden gems out there. EDpuzzle is one of those gems.

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13 Reasons Why We Need to Remember, Kids are Kids.

First things first. Go to Google. Type the number 13 in. Yeah, you saw that correctly, assuming it is still the same as when I posted this blog. I get the above for the most searched for phrases. Is this scary to anyone other than myself? I hope so. Continue reading

Up Your Reading Game with @commonlit

Reading is fundamental. We know this, the challenge is finding resources to use to help teach fundamental skills to our students. We like a variety of resources/tools to use to help engage students. Some of them hit the mark, some of them miss, and some you wonder if they are worth the effort. Commonlit.org is one that certainly hits the mark.

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Are Universities are Harming Education?

This one is probably going to ruffle a feather or two. Heck, maybe the whole bird. Upon reading the title, one might wonder how a university can hurt education. Well, let’s delve into it a bit.

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Make Teamwork Matter with @Quizlet Live

We are all looking for ways to keep kids engaged. We know that kids must collaborate. We know that ‘sit and get’ doesn’t work. The question often comes up of how to actually make that happen in a real classroom… Enter Quizlet Live. Continue reading

Product Review: Soyan 3D Pen #makerspace #edtech

Christmas has come and gone. You know how the drill goes. All too often, the gifts that we buy for our kids get used for a bit, then get tossed aside. Every now and then, we parents hit a gold mine. I managed to hit mine this time with the Soyan 3D pen.

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DriveSlides by @alicekeeler and @jmattmiller

So I was perusing Twitter and saw that Alice Keeler and Matt Miller published an extension for Google Chrome. I have followed the two of them for some time, and have even reviewed their books, 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom (review) by Alice Keeler and Ditch That Textbook (review) by Matt Miller. Seeing this extension pop up, I just had to take a look. Continue reading

Product Review: @Ipevo Interactive Whiteboard IW2

Everyone seems to want an interactive whiteboard. I remember when Smart boards were the new thing, and they were HUGE. Teachers wanted them, principals feared the costs. Don’t get me wrong, Smart makes a great product, but the cost can be prohibitive for some. Enter the Ipevo Wireless Interactive Whiteboard.

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The Importance of Culture in a School

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I have been in many schools ranging from high performing to struggling. I have gotten pretty good at guessing school performance when walking into a school for the first time. No, I am not a mind reader. So, what’s the trick? Continue reading