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Looking for a way for your early elementary students to make their stories come alive?

Try the PuppetMaster app for ipads.

Your students can use their drawings or photos as their puppet and background, or use existing ones that come with the app. They can bring their puppet to life by recording their voice, and either touching the screen or acting things out in front of the camera. What a fun and interactive way to encourage your students to tell their stories!

Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool for your classroom. nearpod1The teacher can develop presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, and direct links to Web Content. Many ready-to-teach lessons are also available. It is great for small-group or whole-class activities. Each child must have their own device. The free version is sufficient for most, but a more expanded version is available for an annual fee.



Kahoot! is a must-have tool for classrooms that are BYOD or 1:1. Sign up for your FREE account, then create your quiz, discussion, or survey using any device - laptop, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, or Android. Participants join your Kahoot! without needing an account, so all students can participate with a device and connection. Kahoot! provides a fun and simple way to give formative assessments in real time and get feedback on student learning.


mathsnacks"Math Snacks isn't a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8. Math Snacks materials address critical content including number sense, ratio, proportion, measurement, scale factor, and pre-algebra. Some Math Snacks address more than one content area and can be used in a variety of lessons at different grade levels."

My personal favorite is the Bad Date video to teach all about ratios 🙂  bad-date

Math Snacks

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photostodriveIn this day and age, the most popular camera is the one found on your phone! It is very easy to simply use your phone to take pictures of student work, but then the problem is moving it to your computer. While emailing is still an option, it is very simple to move one or more directly into your Google drive. You need to have the Google drive app installed on your device. Logic says that you would begin with your photo and move it to the drive, but that's not the way it works. Begin in your drive and then upload your photos or videos. I am including directions for doing this with an Apple device (iphone or ipad), but the process is very similar with an Android device.

Digital Citizenship is a critical topic that everyone needs to know more about - especially our students! Parents and educators need to talk to their kids about this critical topic, but few feel comfortable in having all the facts. This site is a great resource for both teachers and parents - check it out and share it with parents, you'll both learn something!


Check out these free apps for creating student digital portfolios and find one to try out this year:

seesawSeesaw – teachers can set up a free classroom account that lets the students upload their work for viewing and feedback. Parents can also set up an account to see their child’s portfolio.



threering Three Ring – take hand-built work and make it digital with a photo to create a digital record of each student’s work. App available for iOS and Android devices.



welearneditWeLearnedIt – developed by eduClipper, this project-based learning platform lets learners track their growth and achievement and is available for the iPad. Students can link files from their Google Drive or from the photo stream.

SULThis is a website with a blog on technology resources, tips and tricks, and classroom integration ideas. If you are interested in more Google instructions, Pinterest, or iPads. You can subscribe to their newsletter and receive a free download of their ebook, "Google Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students!".

Shake Up Learning

Illuminations is a site developed by the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), so you know that it is standards based. What you may not realize is how many wonderful, interactive resources are available! There are Apps for both Apple and Google as well as tons that are made for the desktop or tablet. In this month's Bright Ideas newsletter they highlight four great resources:

  • Pre-K – Grade 2 Interactive: Coin Box
    Learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins – mobile ready.
  • Grades 3–5 Interactive: Cube Nets
    Determine which nets will form cubes in the fastest time possible – mobile ready.
  • Grades 6–8 Interactive: Adjustable Spinner 
    Explore how theoretical and experimental probabilities compare with this adjustable spinner – mobile ready.
  • Grades 9–12 Interactive: Conic Section Explorer 
    Manipulate a double-napped cone to discover various conic sections.

be sure to check out the Illuminations website: