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Use Your Noodle on GoNoodle

Have you heard of GoNoodle? If you are an early education teacher and you haven’t heard of GoNoodle, you’re missing out. GoNoodle is a free interactive early education (pre-K to about 2nd grade) website that gets children moving, learning, and creates productive screen time. GoNoodle can be used at home or school — all you […]

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Building Geographical Understanding for Students Using Google Maps

As many people know, Google has a great suite of apps that can be used for educational means through G Suite for Education. Teachers love to use Google Classroom, Docs, Forms and Slides with students, but often overlook or are not aware of the awesome little-known features of other apps. This month, I want to […]

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Making Music with Your Ozobot

Do you like making music? As part of Ozoblockly (Ozobot’s free block-based coding application), you can now program your Evo to play musical notes! OzoBlockly also allows you to access the app from a device and take advantage of coding via Bluetooth. When coding your Evo through Ozoblockly you’ll also have the opportunity to review […]

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Presidential Baseball Cards

A common criticism of history as a content area is that it at times feels like nothing but a series of unrelated facts and dates. I believe this comes from two crucial gaps in historical teaching and learning. One is a contextual gap, students struggle to see how certain concepts, events, and individuals connect and […]

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Lego Lessons: Creativity, Exploration, and Making in the Classroom

Lego education Lego is a beloved toy company that has inspired generations of kids to use their own creativity while exploring and building. Now, Lego is going a step beyond by creating products for educators to use in the classroom to harness their students’ creativity while fulfilling their learning objectives. Lego has kits designed for […]

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Screenless STEM for Early Childhood Education

Integrating STEM In this day and age, teachers are learning how to integrate STEM into every classroom and every curriculum. A number of teachers choose to implement curriculums that rely heavily on the technology piece, and specifically, computerized technology. Nearly every student in grades 1-5 has begun to learn to code on computers, whether using […]

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Screencasting: Creating Tutorial Videos for Your Students

What is screencasting? While giving instructions to your class, it’s nice to be able to support students who need it with remediation, review, and relearning. Screencast videos are very effective tools to offer this extra layer of support. A screencast video is a recording of your computer screen, simulating what you just explained to your […]

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3D Printing in Art Classrooms

While 3D printers have tremendous utility across a wide range of content areas, they are most often used in a STEM capacity. Though this is a great way to utilize a printer, many schools miss the opportunity to use 3D printers in art classes, where 3D designing and printing can unlock new learning opportunities. Below […]

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EquatIO: A Tool for the Digital Math Classroom

A paperless classroom? With the abundance of access to digital computing tools for the classroom, teachers have lots of ways to make their lessons more engaging, more interesting and more… paperless. Google Classroom is now integrated with many Chrome extensions, and teachers who use Google applications (like Docs and Slides) are learning to enable workflow […]

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Google Search Education

Have you ever tried to search for something on the Internet, only to have the search results not match what you wanted? With the Internet being such a vital source of information, it is crucial that our students learn how to use Internet search in a way that will add to their learning and help […]

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What’s in a Name: The Differences Between STEM, Computer Science, Coding, and Robotics

When people talk about makerspaces and STEM labs, lots of terms are thrown around interchangeably (STEM, engineering, coding, computer science, robotics). All of these things interact, but they’re not exactly the same. Read below to get an idea of the nuances and differences between the words STEM and computer science. STEM STEM (or STEAM) is […]

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Creating and Organizing Interactive Boards with Webjets

One challenge for educators is helping their students stay organized while completing research projects. Webjets can help students both organize and present their research in an interactive way. This free service allows students to add a wide variety of web-based content to Boards (think digital bulletin boards) which can either be used to compile research, […]

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Understanding by Design in STEM Lesson Planning

Over the past few years, many districts have brought in new and exciting technologies with the potential to transform classrooms. Things like 3D printers, VR goggles, and codeable robots all have incredible potential for instruction across a wide range of ages and content areas. However, many schools struggle with getting their staff to a place […]

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Three Quick Assessments with Ozobot

Ozobot is a powerful little robot and one of the smallest robots in the world. Ozobot uses color codes (and if you are ready for block-based coding, you can use Ozoblocky) to direct the robot how to move and act on the page. Ozobot has so many wonderful uses, but here are three assessments with […]

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Transitioning to STEM

“How can STEM education prepare my students for science and engineering careers?” This question comes in many forms and iterations, but they all have the same premise: “Is what I am teaching realistic?” I recently led a discussion about how to ease the transition of new learning standards into existing curriculum sequences. At the beginning […]

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A Handy List of Chromebook Lingo

Congratulations, you and your students have Chromebooks! These little computers are great tools that will allow your students to elevate their learning. You will now be able to create assignments that were previously impossible or at least, very challenging. Flipping the classroom is just one great example! But first, it’s a good idea to get […]

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Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!