How to Upgrade your Getting to Know You Activities

The beginning of the school year is a crazy time. You’re headed back to school, after a break that felt like a three day weekend, hoping that the year will be a productive one. You know you want to use more technology and 21st-century teaching and learning in your classes, but isn’t getting ready for your new class overwhelming enough? …

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Chaos Free Classroom Technology Routines and Rules

It’s your first year with classroom technology. You just found out you are going to receive a class set of Chromebooks, iPads, or another device this school year! Maybe only half a set, but you’re excited anyway. You’ve been researching great activities to do with them, and you feel ready. It can be tempting to just jump right in with …

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8 Things to Do at Home for a Fabulous First Week (Part 2)

In the first part of this blog post, we looked at the first four things you can work on at home to make your first week as stress-free as possible. Here are four more that you can work on at your leisure:) This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. Create a Curriculum Pacing guide Pacing guides are …

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8 Things to Do at Home for a Fabulous First Week (Part 1)

I was scouting around on Pinterest the other day. (Ok, I’m on there every day. I’m an addict) And while I was there I saw posts for things you should have ready as soon as possible before school starts to make the first week of the year smooth. I saw a post for 29 things to do before school starts. …

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How to create cooperative groups without student mutiny

This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. I love cooperative learning. I hate making cooperative groups. As educators, we know the benefits of using cooperative learning in our classrooms. Some benefits we see are increased student achievement, improved relationships among classmates, and better critical thinking skills. Cooperation is also a critical component of 21st-century learning. …

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First Day Photo Collage (Quick and Easy)

This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. Many teachers start out the year with a photo session for their kids. Do you want to be able to share those pictures as quickly as possible? Consider making a photo collage of those first-day pictures. With these online collage makers, making a collage of your students is …

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Streamline back to school surveys with Google Forms

Google Forms are awesome. There are so many ways that you can use forms in your classroom, and it will save you all kinds of time. I will not overwhelm you with all the different ways to use a form in one blog, though. Since school is coming soon, you may want to look into using forms to gather some …

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Online Annotations: Less paper, More Participation

This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. In my last blog, I gave you some ideas for Google Chrome extensions that may make tracking text and staying focused easier for your students. Click here to read that blog. Now, let’s look at some ways that your students can interact with text to improve their comprehension. …

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Using Extensions To Improve Students’ Online Focus

This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. I am a complete classroom technology nerd. However, there is one lesson activity that I never thought technology would work for. That was reading for comprehension. When I taught my kids a particular skill like main idea and details, I always asked the students to read the passage …

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Why Screencasting is the Greatest Thing You’ve Never Done

Did you ever wish you could clone yourself in the classroom? That would be awesome, because most of the time, it’s like there’s not enough of you to go around. Well, believe it or not, cloning is possible with screencasting. This post contains affiliate links. Click here for the full disclosure statement. What is screencasting? Screencasting programs record whatever is …

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