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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 »

Innovative Grants at Work at Shuford

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Newton-Conover City Schools awarded over $30,000 worth of Innovative Grants to teachers, students, and other staff members this year.  Winners were selected based on the creativity of their applications and innovative approaches to teaching the curriculum.  Cierra Parker, a fifth grade teacher at Shuford Elementary, is introducing Makey-Makeys to her class.  Mrs. Parker’s students were learning about conductors and insulators ... Read More »

Google Public Data Explorer – Making Statistical Research Simple

Have you heard of Google’s Public Data Explorer ?  This Google tool pulls from data sets from the World Bank, the US CDC, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other public data sources. If you or your students are looking for statistical research, this site is a must.  For example, if you are looking for the 1994 graduation rate for Ohio, your search will be ... Read More »

Coding into the Future

The future is wide open for students to enter into the coding career but most kids do not know what coding is about. The students in my classroom are learning how to code simple things on the iPads using The students are going through courses to teach them how to move the bird to the pig, how to debug ... Read More » Make Infographics

Did you know 65% of the population consists of visual learners? Need your students to create an infographic but they don’t know what that is? Head over to and you’ll find one of the most advanced (yet user-friendly) web-based options for you and your students. is a website that features thousands of FREE infographic templates and design objects ... Read More »

Tools for Grading Assignments in Google Drive

Below are three great tools to help you with creating, grading and distributing class assignments. While Chalkup is directly integrated with Drive, Flubaroo and Super Quiz are add-ons that you need to install on Google Sheets.1- Flubaroo Flubaroo is a free add-on to Google Forms/Sheets which lets you quickly grade and analyze student performance on multiple choice and fill-in assignments. ... Read More »

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster To Read is a series of games which help students build their reading skills. The games cover everything from letter & sound identification to reading full sentences. Teach Your Monster to Read is 100% free FOREVER on a computer! This game has truly made a difference in my classroom. Students LOVE to engage in this game in the ... Read More »

Piktochart in the Classroom

Piktochart is a web based, infographic software that is easy to use to make posters, presentations, reports, and infographics.  There are lots of templates to choose from or you can design your own.  Charts, backgrounds, and frames can be added quickly to your template by dragging and dropping in place.  There are lots of examples and tutorials to help you get ... Read More »


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Are you interested in accessing thousands of free eBooks for your students?  Zing offers thousands of fiction and non-fiction eBooks for free!  Books can be read on laptops or tablets, and you can browse books by topic, language or reading level.  Get ready to implement these books into your whole class instruction, guided reading instruction, and your Daily 5 instruction. ... Read More »

October is Connected Educators’ Month!

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As educators, it’s often challenging to remain current with professional knowledge while actively serving our schools and districts. Being aware of resources that help keep us informed of current and emerging trends in education is more valuable than ever. How do we reach beyond the walls of our school buildings to seek out professional knowledge and growth opportunities? Visit the ... Read More »