Posts in Technology in the Classroom
How To Challenge Your Students To Write More

National Novel Writing Month is the perfect time to challenge your students to write more! The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program makes it easy to differentiate so that all students are being challenged. NaNoWriMo’s website is filled with fantastic resources for teachers that make it fast and easy to motivate students and keep track of everyone’s progress!

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How to Organize Your Digital Teaching Resources for You and Your Team on Trello

Are you struggling with how to organize all of your digital teaching resources? Check out how we organize our curriculum using Trello, a free online list-making application that not only made it easy to store the digital resources that we have come to love in one place, but also a quick and easy place to organize the team's notes on specific lessons.

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Math Review: How to Keep Math Concepts Fresh All Year Long

Keeping math concepts fresh all year long can be a tricky thing. Unlike reading where you often spend a lot of the year working on the same skills, math has a plethora of different skills that need to be taught each year and they don’t always seem to be related. One of the best ways to help your students hold onto those math concepts you have already taught is to review them constantly. This can be done in many different ways!

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Create the Back to School To-Do List to End All To-Do Lists

Chances are you do a lot of the same tasks at the beginning of every school year. So, instead of writing out the same back to school to-do list every year, take a few moments to jot down everything that you do at the beginning of the year now.

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How Should You Organize Your Teaching Resources?

The question of should we save our resources digitally, physically, or both??? Well, it really depends on what you're comfortable with and how you work. Do you like to plan all of your lessons at your desk or teacher table? Then, the choice between digital or physical may not make much of a difference. But maybe you like to plan from home, or on the road, or sitting in your overstuffed read aloud chair, then digital may be just a bit easier. Maybe you like to have digital and physical copies of your resources because you never know where or how you will want to plan this week. We've started a pro's and con's list to help you out!

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Evernote for Teachers: 5 Reasons Why Every Teacher Should Use It!

We were trying our hardest to stay organized and keep track of all of the big-little things. What was our solution? Evernote! Here are five reasons why we love Evernote for teachers who want help to stay organized, proactive, and... let's face it... sane!

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Khan Academy: Differentiated Math Instruction

What can differentiated math instruction look like? On most days in Anna's classroom, it includes students working on their 1:1s on Khan Academy. Khan Academy is easy to implement with either a more controlled and focused approach or a general foundational approach. Both are differentiated - yay! Both are sustainable - yay, yay! That extra yay! is us celebrating as we work to build our own sustainable teaching practices.

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Seesaw: a Digital Portfolio of Student Work

Looking for a way kids can share their work with parents? Thinking ahead to curriculum night or parent-teacher conferences? Seesaw is a great solution. It's paperless! It's organized! And so easy to use! It's a digital portfolio and it's so kid-friendly that they can upload their own work.

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Epic! - 20,000 books online!

We know we love Epic. Really - who wouldn't love having 20,000 books free and online for our kiddos to read?  So we're sharing to make sure you know about Epic too. Fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, books in Spanish - you name it. They seem to have every genre and downloadable onto basically anything - iPads, Chrome books, iOS, Android devices.

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Google Keep: Great for taking student notes

Everything you need in one place? Too good to be true? Nah! It's Google Keep and a great way to organize all that info so it's ready when you need it. Ready for parent-teacher conferences. Check! Ready for report card comments. Check again! You can keep students' MAP or other assessment scores and academic or behavioral notes in Google Keep. Then, whether you need to refer to info for a team meeting or before contacting a parent, it's easily accessible.

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