ELA – Reading/Writing

How To Strengthen Student Listening Skills with Podcasts – Easy EdTech Podcast 018 – Education Article

In this episode we’ll discuss the “why” behind sharing podcasts with students along with six activities you can tailor to students of all ages. You’ll hear a shout out to a list of favorite kid-friendly podcasts along with ways to strengthen student listening skills with podcasts this school year! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1. Determine your “why” as you think about using podcasts with students 2. Choose an activity from…

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How to Share Spark Videos with QR Codes – Education Article

When I visit classrooms and talk with teachers about the ways they use technology to share student work, I’m always so happy to hear that QR codes are still part of the conversation. Although there are lots of ways to share student work, QR codes are a fantastic way to give everyone access. It places student work in a space that fits the context of their creations too. In my book Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A…

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Book Creator Webinars for Teachers – Education Article

It’s back! This year I’ve added ten webinars to my Events Calendar and they are totally free. Just like last year, I’ve partnered with Book Creator to offer ten live webinars sharing ways to use this dynamic creation tool in the classroom. From a spotlight of new features to collaboration in the classroom, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find all of the links to register for each webinar. After the live event, you’ll find the recordings for each webinar…

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How to Use Spark for End-of-Year Celebration Videos – Education Article

The end of the school year is a special time full of reflections, memorable events, and plenty of to-do items to take care of before the year comes to a close. As a classroom teacher, this time of year was always full of things to check off my list while in the midst of celebrations. From practicing songs for moving up ceremonies, to a couple of years of ballroom dancing recitals, May and June were often a whirlwind. (Side note,…

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7 Classroom Activities for the Alphabet Legends Books – Education Article

You might have heard the buzz in a Facebook post shared by a friend or a picture in your Instagram feed. Well, last year I connected with the folks behind the Alphabet Legends series. They even gave me a book to giveaway on my own Instagram page. I’m so excited to share a few ways to use these books in your classroom. And I’ve connected this book series to some of my very favorite technology tools! If you haven’t heard…

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Read Aloud Videos and Teacher Guides for Your Classroom – Education Article

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to speak at a variety of literacy conferences. From Nebraska to Maryland, Orlando to Austin, I’ve shared strategies for integrating digital tools into the classroom and favorite online resources for educators. High on my list of favorite resources is Storyline Online. If you haven’t heard of Storyline Online before it is a free resource with read aloud videos. On their website, you can search for different children’s picture books or browse…

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Goal Setting Activity for Students featuring Spark Video – Education Article

The start of a new year is a popular time to pause, reflect, and take stock of what you’d like to accomplish during the year to come. For many people, this happens during the first week of January or the first few weeks of school. Helping students appreciate the power of goal setting can happen any time of year. In this blog post, I’ve outlined a few strategies you can use to have students capture their goals for the year.…

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