Seesaw- the best app/site for the elementary classroom

Seesaw, web.seesaw.me, is really the best iPad app/website for the elementary school classroom. If you use iPads and do not have this app yet, download it, then come back and read all about. Seesaw calls itself a “Learning Journal” and promotes itself as a great tool for portfolios. It is! But it so much more with the […]

EdCite

The Chromebooks have really stepped-up our formative assessment game. I’ve already posted about some of my favorites, Kahoot and Quizziz here, and now want to write about Edcite. Edcite.com is a free website that allows teachers to create assessments that look like PARCC.  Teachers can create classes and add students  so they have their own accounts.  Students […]

Kahoot vs. Quizizz

Kahoot and Quizizz are both great ways to gamify formative assessment in the classroom.  Each has it’s positives and it’s negatives and each has its place. First, why gamify assessment? it’s motivating it’s engaging it’s exciting Both are FREE and students DO NOT need accounts. Kahoot Quizizz Accounts Teacher yes No Questions Multiple Choice Multiple […]

NJ Teacher’s Convention

The first day of teacher’s convention was full of information. Today I presented on Augmented Reality and QR Codes. While it’s hard to see the benefits of AR in slides, click here to see my notes and ideas. Tomorrow I present on creating and iBook, creation and copyright. Download my iBook that is full of […]

STEM Poetry

We are lighting up our poems in second grade! During Poetry Month in April the second graders spend time using ReadWriteThinks interactive poetry websites.  They wrote Acrostics, Diamantes, and Haikus.    After learning about these 3 types of poems and others in their classroom students worked in small groups to brainstorm as many sources of light as […]

STEM Roller Coasters

My favorite part of the school year this year is probably teaching STEM/STEAM.  The curriculum concepts, the thinking skills, and the personal skills the students have learned have made STEM days my favorite days of the week. The last few weeks the fourth graders have been learning about basic physics concepts by building roller coasters. […]

Wordsmyth Kids Wild Online Dictionary

Interactive, Fun, and Educational. There are so many amazing uses for the Wordsmyth Kids Wild Online Dictionary. Broken down into the 3 parts this website is not just a dictionary but “interactive multimedia environment for learning about words and the world.” World: The world is an interactive picture dictionary split into city and nature.  By selecting one or the […]