Friday, December 19, 2014

Student Led Conferences

Edutopia posted an interesting read about student led conferences.  Our 3-5 graders recently started student led conferences so this is helpful resources for parents, students, and teachers. It explains the idea behind student led conferences, the roles of each individual involved, and the reasons for these types of conferences.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Edutopia's Top 10

Edutopia released their Top 10 most visited posts from 2014.  Edutpoia usually posts articles and resources around assessments, integrated studies, project-based learning, social/emotional learning, teacher development, and tech integration. These are the top posts from these areas and can be extremely helpful for any teacher.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

52 iPad Apps

TeachThought released a list of the 52 Best Apps for the Classroom in 2015. We've been compiling resources for our new iPads, so this list is very helpful.  Any Apps you would add to the list?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Exit Ticket

Here's a fairly new resource, Exit Ticket, which was fully reviewed on Edudemic.  It's a student response system that allows students to answer quick quizzes, short answer, and multiple choice responses. It grades the assessment and analysis the data for the teacher. It's an exceptional tool for making any teacher's life a little easier especially with our new SLO's (student learning objectives) in Denver Public Schools.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


A relatively new tool, EDpuzzle allows teachers to upload videos (your own or from the web), add their voice, add notes, embed quizzes.  It's a great tool to engage students or to "flip" your classroom. 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Free Coding Programs

StackSocial is offering HTML, Javascript, JQuery, CSS, and HTML5 courses for free.  That's right! Learn 5 different computer coding languages for completely free.  All you have to do is following this link, create an account, and share the promotion to social media to receive the free courses. Normally, it would cost $150 for all 5.  Any other great deals out there for National Computer Science Week?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lesson Ideas for iPad Apps

Richard Byrne's blog, Free Technology for Teachers, released an extremely helpful post for teachers looking to incorporate iPads into their classrooms. We plan on purchasing a class set of iPads for our building and were looking for resources such as these. How do you use iPads in your classroom?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Math Apps

I stumbled upon this post on the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog. It assesses 5 excellent iPad Apps for elementary students to learn math fluency. These 5 Apps are a great way for students to practice their addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication skills.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Autodesk's Design Software

Autodesk released all of their design software for free student/teacher downloads.  Best know for software like AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor, Autodesk's products are a great way for students to create 3D games, movies, buildings, and other projects.  They also have courses for teachers to learn all about their products, collaborate with other users, and design projects for their students.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Google for Eucation

Google for Education allows users to search for particular Apps using filters.  The site allows you to filter your search according to grade level, subject, and device type (chromebook, tablet, etc.). It's a great tool for finding the perfect app for your students.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interactive Activities for Websites

Gynzy is a company that releases lessons and activities for SMART Boards. They recently released free interactive content to embed onto a classroom website. The free content includes 50 activities for elementary level math, language arts, science, or social studies. Many of the activities are fluency practice like clocks, counting money, synonyms vs antonyms, etc. An excellent resource for any elementary teacher.