Sunday, June 5, 2016

5 Must Follow Twitter Hashtags for Educators

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       Twitter is my go to for online professional development. Anytime I'm looking for new ideas, educational tools, or a solution to a problem I head to Twitter. Check out my list of must follow hashtags for educators. 

1. #Edtech 
            Educators use these hashtags to share ideas, trends, and research related to the effective implementation of classroom technology. A must follow for educators wishing to stay up-to-date on Edtech and tools for the classroom. 

2. #Edtools: 
         Educators use this hashtag to share free recommendations and reviews of Web tools. Follow this hashtag to get updates on technological trends or apps that can improve students’ learning. 

3. #GAFE:
      Follow this hashtag to learn tips and tricks for using Google’s tools in the and out of the classroom. Follow the hashtag to connect with Google Certified Innovators and educators who write about using Google Apps for Education tools. Also, learn about shortcuts, how to create various products, using the Drive and more.

4. #EduMatch: 
     @sarahdateechur created this hashtag to help educators around the world connect with other educators who share their passions and interests. Follow this hashtag to connect with like-minded educators and to learn about new projects and tools for your classroom. 

5. #EdChat: 
     Educators use this hashtag to discuss all things related to education and teaching. Follow this hashtag to find articles, resources, and tools for use in and out of the classroom. 

        Please be sure to share your favorite educator hashtags in the comments below and check out my other post on Twitter below: 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sight Word Bingo Freebies

          The resources I have to share with you today are sight word bingo sets. There will be six sets total, and each set has the word cards for the teacher and 15 bingo cards for the students. Today I'm sharing three sets with you and tomorrow I'll share the other three. Click on each picture to download your freebie.

Pre-Primer Bingo Set

 Primer Bingo Set

1st Grade Bingo Set 

  Thank you for stopping by and check out my resources. Please comment below about additional resources you are looking for.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Flocabulary 75-Day Free Trial

       I'm super excited to be sharing some news from the awesome folks over at Flocabulary. This is an amazing site that uses hip-hop music to teach lessons. You can find anything from weekly news, English, science, etc. Students enjoy the videos and can be heard singing them weeks later.

     One of my students' favorite videos is the "Test-Taking Vocabulary". They love the beat and the twist ending. The video has lyrics, fill-in-the-blank lyrics, interactive lyric lesson, topic exercises, and a quiz.  The extra resources can be printed, or they can be completed with the students on the smart board. The lyrics are an excellent text to conduct close reads with students.

    If you sign up for a free 75-day trial to Flocabulary you will have access to:

  • More than 700 videos in math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events and life skills, with new content every week.
  • Classroom resources and formative assessments to support the videos and learning

    If you would like to sign up, click here. Be sure to do so by February 29th when the promotion ends. Please, let me know what you think and what videos I should check out next. Thank you for stopping by and checking out Flocabulary. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Contraction Materials Galore

             It is now snow day number six for me and today I have contraction materials for you. One of my rules of editing for my students is that they "must break apart a contraction". This rule helps them figure out if they should be using it's or its. To follow this rule, students must know their contractions. To help I've created a contraction bingo set, contraction puzzle, and contraction dominoes. You can download each by clicking on each picture.

      Thank you for stopping by and please let me know in the comments below what other resources you are looking for.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Writing Handout for Better Writing

           I am now on day four of being snowed in, how about you? I created three useful, but adorable writing handouts for students. Click on each picture to download your free copy.

A great resource to help students write with words other than the dreaded said. 

Signal words are tricky for students. This handout is a great tool to help out. 

Another great resource to help students know which punctuation mark they should use. 

          Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to see more writing resources, comment below with what you need.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Desktop Organizer Freebies with How To Video

             I am so very excited, I have created my first You Tube video and it only took me four hours (no judging, please) The video is a "How to" on editing the neat desktop organizer provided below. I get so many compliments on how organized my computer looks and it really helps me keep my files in order.

My current screen! 

                 I created twenty-five different options for a desktop organizer. Check out the Google folder here to download. Be sure to watch the video below to see how to edit organizers to fit your specific needs. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. 

The amazing digital paper was created by: 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ClassDojo's Big News!

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        I am so excited to share with you the newest feature to happen at ClassDojo. They are launching a video series with discussion guides to help students learn about growth mindset. There will be five episodes in the series with the lovable green monster Mojo and his friends. The first video launched on Tuesday, January 19th and can be found here Every following Sunday, ClassDojo will release the next episode in the series. This resource is fantastic because: 

  • The videos are short enough to maintain the attention of younger viewers but still appeals to older students.
  • The videos focus on growth mindset and how to nurture that vital life skill. 
  • The discussion guide contains questions for a class discussion and questions for parents to have with their children. 
  • The videos use the loving characters students have connected to with the use of ClassDojo. 
  • The video is released on a schedule to allow for discussion and also to incite excitement. (Countdown calendar sounds fun)  
  • It's free (I love free) 

    After finishing the video be sure to sign up for reminders of the future releases of videos. Be sure to check out the videos here

Thank you for stopping by.