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 […]


All school year I have been emailing my colleagues about the website Newsela.com. When I was introduced to at the beginning of the school I instantly saw how beneficial this tool could be. Benefits: Students reading for comprehension online Students can annotate Students reading current events A class is able to read the same article on […]

Actively Learn

Actively Learn, www.activelylearn.com, is an interactive online eReader with bells and whistles.  Students can highlight and take notes, and the teacher can assign text, insert questions, and have the students actually interact with the text. This websites helps transform reading and develop students into critical thinkers.   With some of the great features, students will think, […]

Coding and STEM in the local paper

While the details are not always right, it is nice to get the recognition for my program. http://newjerseyhills.com/echoes-sentinel/news/kindergarten-students-learn-basics-of-coding-in-watchung/article_eede83cd-37dc-5c80-b160-9fa2d1a497b0.html Hour of Code went great.  Classes discussed the meaning of computer science and different jobs of computer scientists.  They then moved me through lines of “code” around a grid had I taped out on the floor.  We debugged […]

Hour of Code

Last week AR170 passed the NJ Assembly by a vote of 73-0.  This resolution recognizes Computer Science Education Week during the week of December 8-14, 2014. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/AR/170_I1.PDF As many teachers are, I plan to take part in Hour Of Code,  http://hourofcode.com/us, “a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries”.  Hour of Code […]

Epic! Books

Epic!-https://www.getepic.com/  Epic! is an app for the iPad that offers thousands of great books for students to read. The books’ titles are recognizable and interesting. Books range from toddler picture books to books for students ages 10-12. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Titles are added weekly to help keep students interests. Books […]