A Google A Day: Put Students’ Searching To The Test!

"There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer." I'm a little late to the party, but Google's awesome techniques of asking trivia questions that push students to use search skills and operators to find the answer has been ramped up. What used to be slideshow lesson plans (which are still … Continue reading A Google A Day: Put Students’ Searching To The Test!

Listen to the Sounds of Wikipedia

Looking for a new classroom soundtrack? Try this awesome website: Durring Darren Kuropatwa's keynote session today at the Building Learning Communities conference, I learned about this awesome website that shares the sounds of Wikipedia. Here's how it works: The screen displays the recent changes to Wikipedia pages and posts. When a change occurs, a bell is … Continue reading Listen to the Sounds of Wikipedia

TypingWeb: Free, Online Self-Directed Typing Course

One of the skills we are focusing on developing with our sixth grade students this year is typing. In an effort to personalize this instruction and make it more engaging than me standing in front of the class calling out, "a s d f space j k l semicolon," we've implemented TypingWeb. TypingWeb is a … Continue reading TypingWeb: Free, Online Self-Directed Typing Course

Free Plagiarism Poster!

I know this is a little simplistic, but I thought this flowchart from the fine folks at EasyBib was a fantastic way to drive home to students that more often than not they need to cite their sources. Many of my students would benefit from a gentle reminder about avoiding plagiarism, and I would imagine … Continue reading Free Plagiarism Poster!

Responsible Use of Email For Students Handout

Saw this fantastic handout on Langwitches' blog, and had to share. This quick, easy printable is a great way to open up a discussion with students about what email etiquette looks like, and how they can utilize their email accounts with professionalism. Blow it up and use it as poster in your computer lab or … Continue reading Responsible Use of Email For Students Handout

Free App of the Week: Screen Time

This week, I want to share Screen Time with you, which offers teachers and parents a way to control the amount of time students spend on a device. It's relatively easy to use: just set up a passcode, choose a time limit and hand it to your student. When the time runs out, the phone … Continue reading Free App of the Week: Screen Time

Can I Use This Image?

Ever had a student ask you this question? Well, thanks to this fantastic flowchart from Pia, Erin and Yvette, your students can now answer that question themselves! Plus, as a blogger, this is really useful to make sure that I am giving credit where credit is due, and I hope it does the same for others who use my … Continue reading Can I Use This Image?