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Recording Students’ Reflections

Posted by gferrero on October 28, 2015

After our Math activity on money the students were able to take a screen shot of their coin combination and then they were able to explain how they solved this problem. Students recorded their understanding through Draw and Tell.

We also app smashed apps, using 100’s charts and Draw and Tell to explain their understanding of skip counting. This way students reflected on their learning and recorded it.


Setting a Good Example with Grammatically Correct Report Comments

Posted by ssweeney on October 19, 2015

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When writing up her report comments Rae found the tool Grammarly (, which Dale had recommended to her, to be very helpful.  An extension on your Chrome Browser, this tool helped assure that her spelling and grammar were on pare for her interim report comments prior to sharing them with parents and students.

How does it work?  Grammarly is a free tool that asks you to sign in.  Once you have signed in, it will check up on all of your online writing, whether it is an email in Zimbra or comment writing in ManageBac.  If it is happening in your Chrome Browser, Grammarly will give you the instant feedback you need to avoid embarrassment.

Aside from helping you look good as a professional, how else can Grammarly be integrated into the classroom to improve the student learning experience?


  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Visit
  • Click on the red “Get Grammarly its free” button in the top right corner
  • Accept “Add Extension”
  • Create your free account
  • Follow the steps in their welcome tutorial to learn more


Posted by cmattiso on October 15, 2015

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FlipQuiz is a free website for educators which allows you to create games using the classic “Jeopardy”-style format. I like to use this site when reviewing for math tests using Everyday Math tests as my guide. I create my categories at the top, and make easier questions reflecting part A of the test for 100,200,300 points, and use the 400 and 500 point questions those that reflect Part B of the Everyday Math tests. This site could be used in any subject. You can also add images to the questions, by copying and pasting the image URL when selecting the image icon during the creation stage (editing mode). When you are ready to play, you select “presentation mode”.

You can try a demo here.

Or check out some examples of FlipQuizzes I have made below:

Unit 3 – 4th grade Everyday Math

Unit 4- Decimals

Sharing Ideas and Reflections – Through an “Online Sheet of Paper”

Posted by mvaldez on October 14, 2015

In today’s networked world, sharing ideas is not an option, is a required skill. Students need to get used to be part of a group or teamwork, learn from others and work in a collaborative environment.


Padlet allows students to express their thoughts in any language.

For example, in our Spanish class, whenever is brainstorming time, when introducing new concepts or during reflection time, this “virtual wall” enables our students to leave a “sticky” note with their own thoughts, which then generates classroom discussion.


Seeing others’ work or responses in this “visually organized mode”, inspires and helps students’ thinking. They also learn and develop their spirit of inquiry, encouraging themselves to ask questions.


You can access this application from any device so it is very easy to do it in our classrooms or send it as homework.


Using an online sheet of paper for sharing ideas and reflections, improves students’ learning experience, communication and collaboration.


Going crazy organizing your student pictures in your shared Ipads?

Posted by gtori on September 30, 2015

Why not try EASY CLASS CAM app?  Easy Class Cam is the ultimate camera app for classes or families with shared iPads/iPods. Photos taken by students/children are automatically placed in an album belonging to them, making them super easy to find later on. Folders are easily created. Pictures of your students can even be included on your folders, for those younger kids that still do not know how to read their names. 




Listening Centers; QR Codes in Action

Posted by cpuppo on September 25, 2015

Early readers in the Elementary School are developing their skills by taking advantage of YouTube videos  in a child friendly, safe way.

Isolate content from YouTube taking away advertisement and suggested videos and make it accesible for you students following three simple steps:

  1. Copy url from youtube into Safe Share TV and generate safe link.
  2. Copy the video’s “safe link” onto a QR Code generator
  3. Print the qr code and make it available for the kids to listen/watch video from an iPad with a qr code reader app.


Helping to Clear the Murky Waters of Copyright & Fair Use in Education

Posted by ssweeney on September 9, 2015

copyrightIt is our job as educators to not only know about these laws, but to also teach about them in our classrooms.  The idea of copyright is a very good one.  Who wouldn’t want to protect their rights to something they have created?  However as teachers we can’t afford to pay for every item we would like to use for educational purposes, nor can we expect students to pay for everything they would like to implement into a project.  Luckily, fair use was established to help with these situation in the field of education.  Theproblem is that this gift is often a curse, because there is no one clear answer when it come to the rules of fair use in education.

A great place to start building your understanding of what is right and wrong with fair use is to print off the Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teacherswhich is published online by Tech & Learning

Your next stop should be the website Education World which published a series of five articles that do a fabulous job of explaining copyright and fair use in education.   I highly recommend that you take the time to read them, especially Part 4: Applying Fair Use to New Technologies.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Part 1: Copyrights and Copying Wrongs
Part 2: Is Fair Use a License to Steal?
Part 3: Copyright Law and New Technologies
Part 4: Applying Fair Use to New Technologies
Part 5: District Liability and Teaching Responsibility

Finally here are a few resources you and your students can use to avoid breaking copyright.  These are resources that are either classified as public domain or they are royalty free.



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Story Telling – Using Book Creator

Posted by abuckley on August 31, 2015

Book Creator for iPad

By: Red Jumper Limited

GRADE LEVEL: 1st Grade

OBJECTIVE:  Students will crate an electronic book using “Book Creator” to describe themselves.  

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: One of the first grade teachers created a template for the kids to fill in. Then the template was shared to all the ipads through AirDrop.   

Template example



  • As a whole class. the book was presented and every slide was shown. (The teacher made a book about herself as an example)
  • The class was divided in 5 tables. One Ipad was assigned per table.  While the whole class works on something else, one student per table worked on their electronic book. As soon as that student is finished, the ipad went to another team mate (5 students working on ipads at the same time)


How does book creator works?

Examples of hoy to use





Providing Fast and Efficient Feedback:

Posted by ssweeney on September 23, 2014 is an excellent resource for helping students understand what plagiarism is, but it also has many great resources for providing students with feedback on their writing. includes features like adding audio comments to student writing, creating a comment bank, and setting up peer editing.   To implement fast and effective feedback through, a teacher would need the following skills:

  • Create an assignment
  • Setting up peer editing
  • Creating comment bank
  • Recording Voice Comments
  • Sharing Feedback with students

Providing Fast and Efficient Feedback: Google Docs

Posted by ssweeney on September 22, 2014

Through the use of a Google Document, a teacher is able to provide efficient just-in-time feedback to a student’s writing piece while they are in the process.  Because Google Docs are hosted in the cloud and are shared documents, both students and teachers can have access at the same time.  This means that the writing process doesn’t have to be interrupted to receive important feedback for improved learning.  To utilize Google Docs for providing fast and efficient feedback, teachers will need to have the following skills.