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? …

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. …

10+ Innovative Ways You Should Use Popplet in Your Class

Are you looking for a new way to brainstorm with your students? What about making graphic organizers? Try Popplet! Teachers like you understand that graphic organizers are an important part of our lessons. They create a visual that allows the students to “see” the information or their thinking. I know that after a while, my kids weren’t exactly excited about …

How can a digital organizer improve student writing?

Do you see this in your class? One of the biggest problems I faced with student writing assignments was encouraging them to plan their writing ahead. They didn’t want to take the extra time to use a graphic organizer before diving into writing. The results were writing that was scattered, confusing, and well, not very exciting. Why not make graphic …