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Coding Connections

Problem solving is a skill that is difficult to teach.  Students often struggle with having perseverance in the face of struggle.  Recently, my first grade students participated in Hour of Coding.  This time allowed each of my students to use an app called Kodable which introduces basic level coding skills.  Since then, my students have used that app during station ... Read More »

8 Highly Useful Google Drive Extensions for Teachers – EdTechReview™

Repost from – all credits to EdTechReview Google Drive is an excellent tool for teachers. It is free, and offers a wide variety of useful functionalities for digital documents. Teachers can use it to create tests and quizzes, or to store and share documents with students and colleagues. The service also has some great capabilities in Google Draw  for creating ... Read More »

Feedback Tool Kaizena Mini Replaced with Kaizena Shortcut

Kaizena is one of the premiere tech tools available for evaluating student work — a magical extension to reduce your teacher workload!  Watch this video for an introduction to Kaizena. Kaizena Mini has been replace with Kaizena Shortcut. Instead of commenting inside a Google Doc, the new Kaizena Shortcut is a fast way to open your Google Docs on ... Read More »

Not Just Another Video!

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Take a look at this great resource, TEDEd Library of Lessons.     This tool allows you take any video on YouTube and “doctor” it up!  Begin this amazing adventure by creating a FREE account.  Once an account is created begin building your own lesson by selecting any educational YouTube video.  From this point you can add questions, discussion topics and other ... Read More »

SeeSaw now offers a way to blog

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SeeSaw is a really simple digital portfolio that works on all devices. Recently they have added a new component which is a blogging function to the portfolio. So now you can add a blog for your classroom right in the SeeSaw app so that students do not have to manage and keep up with multiple websites and usernames. Below is the video that ... Read More »

Bed Time Math

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Bed Time Math Parents have always read to their children before they go to bed, but what about math? The Bedtime Math app is researched based and is a great way to incorporate math into students’ nightly routine. Every night students are presented with a new story. After each story there is a math problem associated with the story. The ... Read More »

Coding Sparks Learning at North Newton

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The classroom was full of lots of ooos and ahhhs when all the fifth graders participated in Hour of Code at North Newton.  Students worked together to create a certain set of directions.  Errors were just opportunities to try again. Since participating in the Hour of Code, my students have investigated the coding on games or apps we use daily.  ... Read More »

Try Animoto

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Want your students to tell a story that isn’t boring? Try Animoto! Animoto is just one example of digital story telling tools. It is a great way for students to communicate through creating videos. Animoto’s video making software makes it easy and fun to create and share.       What’s your digital footprint? Here is an example of a digital video used to ... Read More »

Even Elementary Students Love To Code

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Coding is all the rage, and even your elementary age students can code. The Foos is a fantastic way to get your young students coding.  The Foos is a fun and kid friendly way to introduce students to computer programming.  This free app allows students to explore Computer Science while working on problem solving, critical thinking, sequencing, and algorithms!  The ... Read More »

Simply Create, Save, and Share Digital Products with Screencastify!

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“ScreenCastify” can be added to your suite of google apps and extensions from the online Google Chrome Web Store (CLICK HERE to get ScreenCastify).  This Google Chrome Extension allows students to produce a screencast from one tab within google chrome, the desktop of their device, or a video from the webcam itself.  The screencast or video that they record will be automatically ... Read More »