The Perils of Social Promotion: When Should Kids Fail?

It’s the beginning of a new school year. Teachers are returning to classrooms, kids are getting backpacks ready, and class rolls are being generated. It’s a scene that is repeated all around the globe every school year.

Another thing that happens around the globe every school year is the injustice done to children who are allowed to progress to the next grade when they are no where near grade level. Of course, there can also be injustice done when a child is retained in a grade level. So what do we do? That, my friends, is the conundrum we find ourselves in repeatedly. Continue reading

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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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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#coding and #robotics Using @birdbraintech Hummingbird

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Every educational technology conference that I have ever been to has an exhibit hall. We often see the same vendors at several conferences. Sometimes we have the privilege of seeing something new, and the AETC conference was where we stumbled upon Birdbrain Technologies and repurposed Pop Tart boxes. Continue reading

Teach Non-Fiction like a PRO with @Newsela Pro

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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

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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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View Master Virtual Reality Headset by @Mattel

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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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