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Budding Coders in First Grade + Coding Resources

 “The Hour of Code is at its core not about learning a brand new skill in just one hour. One hour isn’t enough to learn how to code. It’s about increasing access to computer science by breaking stereotypes and opening doors.” –Code.org At Stone Ridge, we participated in the Hour of Code last week. There […]

Fun App for the End of the Year: ChatterPix Kids

Let’s be real. It’s that time of year when you are looking for fun activities that will keep students engaged and out of trouble! Enter ChatterPix Kids. This is one of my favorite apps because it is so easy, FUN, and can be used in super creative ways. Essentially, you can make anything talk! Kids love it. As […]

Publishing Non-Fiction Writing with Educreations

First graders have been working very hard on non-fiction writing during Writer’s Workshop. Once they published their books on paper, they used Educreations to create a digital version to share with a wider audience. All we did was use Educrations to take photos of each page and then students recorded themselves reading their book. A […]

An Easy Way to Add Depth to a Poster Project

Oh, the classic poster project. Students have fun making them, they are creative, and learning can easily be shared with a larger audience. The drawback is, however, they are traditionally pretty one dimensional and can be a challenge to show student thinking and deep understanding. The solution? Add a video using a QR code to […]

EdTech Tools: 6 Oldies but Goodies

These are 6 tools that have been around for a while. Sometimes, however, we get distracted by all the shiny new tools and forget about the proven veterans of the EdTech world. For this reason, I thought I’d bring back some of the tools that have withstood the test of time while showcasing a newer tool, […]

Create Interactive & Differentiated Lesson Paths

As promised last post…Symbaloo Learning Paths! This video can explain this tool way better than I can: Features that make this tool shine: Embed all kinds of different content and activities (videos, webpages, quizzes, Padlets, etc.) in a linear fashion Share the lesson path directly to Google Classroom with a click of a button Track student […]

30 Visual Writing Prompts {& A Sneak Peek}

Get those creative juices flowing with this fun set of visual writing prompts. There are all kinds of these out there, but I chose this one in part to highlight a new tool, Symbaloo Lesson Paths. I’ll let you do a little exploring on your own when you check out this collection of prompts. Next […]

Doodle.ly- Just a drawing tool or something more?

Why it’s something more of course! I love having this Doodle.ly bookmarked and easily accessible for those times that I want to quickly jot down ideas from a brainstorm, illustrate a process like solving an equation or have student practice fine or gross motor skills. Plus, its icon is an adorable owl and you all know […]

Dreambox Interactive Tools- Where have you been hiding?

Did you know these existed?! I stumbled upon this hidden gem and had to share immediately. Dreambox has a not very well advertised collection of interactive teacher tools that are perfect to throw up on the Promethean Board as a center or for whole group instruction. The tools are sorted by grade (K-8), come with […]

Create a Poll in Under 5 Minutes

It’s been a while, but I’m back with a super easy new tool: dotstorming (because sometimes you just need to take a quick vote). It’s super simple, quick to create, and visually appealing. Oh, and the website is easy to navigate on iPads, too (share a shortened URL or QR code with students). What more could […]