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Alex Lancia

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Use Google Forms to Manage your Classroom Library

Over the years I have tried many a system for checking out classroom library books to students. Some systems were too onerous on teacher time. Some systems didn’t provide sufficient accountability so books would permanently be borrowed never to return!... Continue Reading →

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iPad Apps by PYP Transdisciplinary Skill

Invariable at the end of every school year parents ask me what iPad apps they should buy for their kids (mostly to entertain them on long-haul flights).  Instead of having the same conversation multiple times I came up with this... Continue Reading →

My Science”Just Right” Books Experiment

Problem: About this time of year many students have run through the gamut of the classroom library and are saying something along the lines of "there isn't anything interesting for me to read!" In years past my quick-fix solution was... Continue Reading →

5 iPad apps for classroom research

Last week I wrote this blog post on 5 iPad apps for classroom creativity and the need for tech tools to foster creativity in my classroom.  This week I am focusing on apps that I use in my classroom to... Continue Reading →

5 iPad apps for classroom creativity

A few weeks ago I wrote this blog post on 5 iPad apps for classroom productivity and the need for tech tools to add value in my classroom.  This week I am focusing on apps that I use in my... Continue Reading →

5 iPad apps for classroom productivity

A new calendar beginning is always a good time for me to take stock of what I did in the first half of the academic year and to set new “goals/aspirations/resolutions” for amping up learning in the second half of... Continue Reading →

What’s so smart about Smartboards?

Harvard marketing professor Theodore Levitt is often cited with the popular phrase "people don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole."  Similarly, the field of education is filled with fads, catch phrases, and resources that we... Continue Reading →

My Top 8 Early Childhood iPad Apps

There are hundreds of apps out there and trying to decide which ones are appropriate for use in an Early Childhood classroom can be a daunting task. From my brief experience, when there are a few pages of apps to... Continue Reading →

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