Words, Shapes, and Math

Words, Shapes, and Math

At the Future of Educational Technology Conference that was held in Orlando in the middle of January, I came across a new technology product to help children to learn, practice, and reinforce their reading and math skills called Tiggly. Tiggly’s are manipulatives that children can use to interact with Apple and Android tablet devices for help with words, shapes, and math. There are three

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Leveled Reading Passages

Readworks: Leveled Reading Passages

One of my favorite websites to find reading passages to use is www.readworks.org.  Readworks is a free site full of useful reading tools including leveled reading passages.  The site is perfect for struggling readers, finding themed passages, and even reading lesson ideas. Reading Passages Readworks has a huge selection of reading passages for all elementary and middle school grade levels.  The passages include both

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Understanding the Flipped Classroom

Understanding the Flipped Classroom

As a parent, the term “flipped classroom” may seem like a foreign teaching strategy and you may not know what to except with your child’s education with this unique approach to teaching and learning. This post will help you understand what your child’s classroom may look like if the teacher is implementing a flipped classroom. This is a strategy that you will typically start

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Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Websites (Post 4 of 4)

Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Websites

Like apps, websites are also a highly engaging option for children to utilize at home for practice, mastery, and learning fun. To end this series, we will again look at Parent’s Choice Children’s Media & Toy Review and Common Sense Media to guide us in finding appropriate websites for children.  It’s time for Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Websites! Parents’ Choice has the

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Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Apps (Post 3 of 4)

Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Apps

Children are highly engaged in using technology for learning. They are digital natives and learning through apps for phones and tablets can provide a way to expose your child to new concepts or to provide a review based upon what they are learning in school. Parent’s Choice Children’s Media & Toy Review and Common Sense Media, mentioned in the first post in this series

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Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Books (Post 2 of 4)

Smart Media Choices for Learning at Home: Books

Assisting in making choices for what your child should read at home or for an independent reading book for school is important to help them develop their reading skills. You want to make sure the topic is appropriate and that the book will not be too hard or too easy for your child. While a library or book store are good options to find

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Making Smart Choices with Media (Part 1 of 4)

Making Smart Choices with Media

When it comes to making choices at home as to what media is appropriate for your child, it can be very confusing and overwhelming. To help you out, there are great resources available online for parents and teachers to utilize in order to help make informed decisions on the types of music, books, movies, magazines, apps, software, television, websites, video games, and even toys

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YouTube Education Channels

YouTube Education Channels

YouTube is a rich resource to find educational videos for children of all ages. A “channel” within YouTube is a series of videos posted by the same individual or group, typically addressing the same topic. Topics of educational videos cover all subject areas including core subjects like reading, writing, math, science, and social studies and can be a great resource for children for enrichment,

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Summertime Makerspaces

Summertime Makerspaces

Makerspaces are becoming very popular with the increase in the focus on STEM related careers. Science, technology, engineering, and math have been a focus of instruction in schools to help children prepare for the 21st century jobs, some that we don’t even know that will exist by the time our children enter the workforce!  The idea of Makerspaces is to incorporate learning activities that require

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Apple Watch Impacts Education

Apple Watch Impacts Education

With the recent release of the Apple Watch, schools K-Higher Education have to revamp their policies in regards to electronic devices. The Apple Watch Impacts Education now because it provides students the ability to send and receive messages as well as connecting to the Internet through the access of their phone, thus making it a possible cheating device. Simple games can also be played

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