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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …