Google Expeditions Takes You Out Of Your Classroom

Today I went from the depths of the ocean to the Moon. I visited the Galapagos Islands, the Colosseum, Antartica, Mars, and Mount Rushmore. I saw Sharks, Pythons, and Polar Bears all from inside the school. Along with students and teachers in grades 2-8, I went on and controlled a number of virtual field trips today thanks to […]

Favorite Chrome Extensions for Teachers

With second, third, and fourth graders on Chromebooks, I feel like I am all Chrome all the time now. Here are my favorite Chrome Extensions for teachers right now: Read/Write: is so amazing, it deserves its own post later this week. AdBlock Plus: this extensions blocks ads EVERYWHERE on every tab open. Ready to show YouTube […]

I’m Back and It’s Getting Better

I’m BACK! This August I came back to my computer lab looking like this: It’s hard to tell but there are 200 new Lenovo N21 Chromebooks, 40 new iPad Airs, 12 Chromebook Carts, and 4 iPad docking and charging stations. What does all this mean? After two weeks of unpacking, assesst tagging, inventorying, and synching the second, […]

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. […]

PearDeck

A few weeks before PARCC PBA I introduced the 4th graders and 4th grade teachers to Pear Deck.  It was not only a great way to practice our technology skills for the upcoming online assessments but an excellent pre-test math review. Pear Deck is a simple yet engaging presentation tool.  Teachers create a presentation to show their […]