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A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Writing and Coding in the Classroom

Hour of Code week is officially over but that doesn’t mean that coding in the classroom should be over too. So in my constant quest to integrate technology authentically in the classroom I came up with this solution for how... Continue Reading →

3 reasons to integrate Google Classroom with Readers’ & Writers’ Workshop

I love Google Classroom. Why? Because in this case integrating tech allows me to redefine what is possible within a readers and writers workshop framework so that I have a better understanding of what my students know and are able... Continue Reading →

No internet? No Problem! Learning tech from an 8 year old

And so it finally happened. It was obvious really. Just two students giggling in the corner of the room staring at their iPads. So I walk over, slowly ... with the worst possible thoughts going through my head ... thinking... Continue Reading →

Learn to code the learner profile with Scratch Jr.

According to Scratch Junior "coding is the new literacy" and I couldn't agree more.  Many of us (children and adults alike) are mere consumers of content - constantly linked to our devices to absorb information. This is why one of... Continue Reading →

Pokemon Go … and why critical thinking can save your life!

So if ... critical thinking is "the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action (criticalthinking.org),... Continue Reading →

My 5 favorite Chrome for edu extensions

By itself Chrome is a powerful browser, but the beauty of it lies in the add-ons and extensions.  For those that aren't familiar with the difference add-ons can be thought of as stand-alone programs that live in the cloud.  Extensions... Continue Reading →

Working smarter: Form Publisher to the rescue!

Google Forms are a great way to collect data - but what do you do with all the data once you have it?  This conundrum was especially poignant given the redefinition of the electronic portfolio in grade 2 this year,... Continue Reading →

Teching out math rotations!

In my grade 2 classroom at the International Community School of Addis Ababa I am fortunate to have a 1-1 iPad mini set up along with individual Mathletics accounts for each student in my class ... which means I can... Continue Reading →

Paper or ePortfolios? Wrong question! A SAMR analysis.

Paper portfolios or electronic portfolios?  Have you been asked this question lately?  Invariably the answers are many and varied, from those who prefer the feel and heft of a paper portfolio, to those who prefer a certain type of electronic... Continue Reading →

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