April 14, 2014

Looking for a way to spice up your PowerPoints to make them more engaging? Want to throw in some animation to help keep your students’ attention? PowToon is a free, easy to use presentation tool that uses click and drag … Continued


April 11, 2014

WordSift is an on-line, free tool to support effective vocabulary instruction by helping students identify key words in text, as well as creating a visual resource using the web. Teachers and students can also use the tool as a way … Continued

How to Write an OpEd

March 3, 2014

Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times and a widely-published writer and editor specializing in education, spoke on Wednesday February 12th at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Fiske’s talk was entitled “Getting the Word Out: Using Your Research to Craft Opinion-Editorials” and focused on advice for faculty and students when writing op eds.


March 3, 2014

Students can create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards, and more on Kerpoof. The site’s homepage contains links to classroom ideas, lesson plans, and educational standards  so that teachers do not have to re-invent the wheel. You do have … Continued


February 28, 2014

Chogger is a free on-line comic creator students can use to create their own characters, retell what they have read, or demonstrate understanding. There are multiple comic strip layouts. Students can easily add images by uploading, taking pictures, importing from … Continued


February 14, 2014

TikaTok is a free resource produced by Pearson where students can write and create their own digital storybooks. This digital storytelling tool can be aligned with Common Core, is a great way to incorporate integration between multiple subjects, and can … Continued


February 12, 2014

Looking for a fun new way to send electronic newsletters out to parents? Try LetterPOP. The basic plan allows you to publish and share 10 newsletters for only $4.95 and the teacher plan, allowing 365 newsletters, is $39.00. This easy-to-use … Continued


February 10, 2014

exploratree is a free web resource full of mind maps. You can use these already created maps, edit them, or create a brand new one. Teachers can create blanks within maps for students to fill in while reading or listening … Continued


February 5, 2014

Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Users may log in by creating an account or using their Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. After logging in the user is … Continued