Writing stories with Storybird

May 25, 2010

BY KEVIN HODGSON Storybird opens up another door to publishing student written work in the form of picture books. The site, which technically is still in beta, is constructed around the idea of using illustrations and artwork for storytelling. The … Continued

The new education-friendly face of Dungeons and Dragons

April 30, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE If you’re like me, you remember with fondness long nights with your friends, your trusty plastic icosahedron, pencils and paper, and junk food. I’m talking about Dungeons and Dragons of course, the game many of us … Continued

Excellent free literacy tools at Tar Heel Reader

April 22, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE This particular item comes from a teacher in my daughter’s elementary school and it’s an excellent resource for reading comprehension and literacy. Tar Heel Reader is a free online repository of downloadable books. File formats vary … Continued

Sharpen your math skills with CarrotSticks

April 21, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Back in my day, it was Math Blaster! for our classes’ Apple IIe, and I couldn’t get enough. But these days, client side games are so 2000s — everything is browser-based as internet connectivity becomes more … Continued

Have Mad-Lib fun online with Wacky Web Tales

April 5, 2010

BY KEVIN HODGSON In those spare moments of class — those five to 10 minutes before the bell rings — I will often reach for my large stack of Mad Libs. As a teacher, I like that Mad Libs reinforce … Continued

PBS Teachers is a smorgasbord of teacher resources

February 19, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Let me just say it: I love PBS. From the documentaries, to the quality children’s programming, it’s one of my favorite channels to watch. But my love of Cookie Monster aside, did you know that PBS … Continued

Actors read books to kids at Storyline Online

February 4, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS One of the best moments of my day is reading a bedtime story to my boys. We get quality bonding time, they’re fostering what I hope is a life-long love of books, and I get to work … Continued