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How to start a Girls Who Code free afterschool program in your community

According to LinkedIn, the most in-demand skill for 2017 will be computing. This comes as no surprise since tech jobs have become the highest paid in the US and in other parts of the world. Sadly, despite the rising number of people going into computing, less than a quarter are females…and that number is actually on the decline. With […]

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Marjan Ghara, CEO of a start-up called BiblioNasium, works at the dining room table of her apartment with her daughter Leyli Granmayeh, 10, and son Nader Granmayeh, 12, who perform quality assurance tasks and provide feedback.  BiblioNasium is a kids

Today I’ve invited Marjan Ghara to guest post on the blog to share what she’s experienced through her work with young children and apps. Marjan is the Founder & CEO of Biblionasium.com, the largest and fastest growing digital platform that supports and promotes independent reading for K-8 students. The multiple award-winning COPPA-compliant site helps librarians and teachers […]

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Class Creator: An easier, more effective way to determine student class placement

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who should be together? Who HAS to be separated? Which child would do best with this teacher? Which child absolutely can NOT be placed with that teacher? […]

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pd credits

There are lots of online options for teachers to get continuing education credits–but how do you know if a site is a legitimate? When CE Credits Online reached out for help in promoting their courses, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take a thorough look at the availability and types of courses, user […]

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keeka

Raising money for field trips, extracurricular activities, and classroom project can be a huge hassle for parents and teachers. Every year, many schools resort to classic fundraising events such as bake sales, handmade crafts, or peddling items that no one really wants or needs. While these activities can generate some money, relying on them to produce […]

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Turnitin Revision Assistant--love this for giving instant feedback on student writing. Saves the teacher so much time,  AND gives much more individualized support to kids.

If there’s one thing all writing and ELA teachers wish their students would do more of it’s revise their work. Some kids see editing and revising as such a chore that they don’t want to bother reading it through and looking for ways to improve. Other kids simply don’t know how to do it and feel overwhelmed by the number […]

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Sparky's Firehouse

This post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org to raise awareness about fire safety. National Fire Prevention Week this year falls on October 9th-15th, and I recently learned about some terrific free resources  you can use to help teach PreK-5th grade students valuable fire safety skills. For many years, teachers have been turning to […]

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Share kids’ work with parents through Bloomz’ new student timelines

I’ve posted about the award-winning parent communication app Bloomz once before, and I have an awesome update from its creators that I think you’re going to love! If you’re new to Bloomz, it’s a FREE app that makes parent-teacher communication super easy because it streamlines email, text messages, and volunteer/supply/conference signups into one place. Parents can […]

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listenwiseinforgraphic

Listening comprehension is essential in building strong literacy skills, but it can be difficult and time-consuming for teachers to find engaging and relevant non-fiction stories for students. Listenwise is a fantastic solution. It’s a website/subscription service that uses real world podcasts, public radio stories, and other authentic listening materials to help you create standards-aligned lessons in a […]

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ClassTag

I’ve been a big fan of using ClassTag to simplify the way you communicate with families (you can read my review of the free app here). Today I’ve invited Danielle, a first grade teacher in New York City, to share how ClassTag has made things easier for her AND her students’ parents. Thank you, Danielle, for telling us […]

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4 ways teachers can save money on school supplies at Staples

There’s nothing like fresh school supplies for the classroom to get you excited about the new school year. However, a limited budget can sometimes dampen your spirits a little. The good thing is that Staples, one of the largest office supplies chains in the country, understands this dilemma and offers four ways for teachers to save money while refreshing […]

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Low-cost graduate courses & continuing education credits for teachers

Looking to renew your teaching license but can’t handle the time commitment or cost? Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) might be the solution for you. Busy teachers can now complete courses for license renewal and pay scale increase at their own pace (and at affordable price). Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) offers accredited graduate courses that cover a wide variety […]

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Kiddom- an easier way to manage standards-based grading

More and more schools are moving toward standards-based grading to get a fuller picture of what students truly know and are able to do. Standards-based grading shows a student’s progress in relation to a set of learning standards, highlighting strengths as well as areas that need improvement. (You can learn more about standards-based grading and download a free […]

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a free virtual field trip to teach about renewable energy

Our need for energy is undeniable–we use it to fuel our cars, start our computers and mobile devices, power the lights and other household appliances in our homes, and of course, to power our classrooms! The problem that looms ahead of us is this: How can we supply our growing need for energy without harming […]

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Gillian King-Cargile Photo

  What happens when kids use fun fictional texts that have a basis in science, technology, engineering and math as a springboard to explore the science behind the fiction? This week, I’ve invited Gillian King-Cargile, Director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program, to share her observations with a fifth grade class. This post is brought […]

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EARN YOUR FUTURE 2

In honor of Financial Literacy Month this April, I’m featuring a fantastic financial literacy program in the form of an interactive curricula called the Earn Your Future Digital Lab. It’s presented by the PwC Charitable Foundation, which supports education and financial literacy. This comprehensive financial literacy program is designed for students in grades 3-12 to empower kids […]

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Download a free classroom STEM toolkit and win a visit from Steve Spangler

Want more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) resources for your classroom? CITGO is teaming up with renowned educator Steve Spangler to bring STEM learning to more schools across America through a sweepstakes with some really awesome prizes. What you can win If you are one of the first teachers to enter, you can receive a free […]

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ClassTag

I’m always looking for the best tools to help with parent-teacher communication: organizing volunteers, classroom activities, conferences, sending reminders, and so on. So when ClassTag approached me about checking out their new app, I was excited to see what they have to offer and share it here with you. ClassTag is a cloud-based app designed for […]

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Dr.Susan Neuman | Build children’s literacy skills with a shared book-reading program

Today I’ve invited Dr. Susan Neuman, Professor and Chair of Teaching and Learning at New York University, to talk about the benefits of shared book reading programs. Dr. Neuman helped establish the Early Reading First program and the Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and […]

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cloudschool sample account 1

Imagine how much time you could save if you had a way to create, document, share, and present your lessons from a single place. That is exactly what Cloudschool offers. Cloudschool is a FREE personal learning management system (LMS) that aims to unburden teachers by combining the tasks of lesson planning and lesson delivery on one beautiful […]

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