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You and your students can learn simple coding, robotics, or even hourofcJavascript at Code.Org.  May is a wonderful time of year to try coding with your students. You can find free easy to use lessons. They have whole group no computer needed lessons, called unplugged and they even have lessons for kindergarten age students. Try  it now and then remember to join next December for the official  Hour of Code. They add new lessons all the time. Your students will love it.


Touchcast "looks like a video and feels like the web" because of its interactive features and is now available for desktop and mobile devices. Use the teleprompter for your script and record your cast and add multimedia from the Web for free. You will need to register for an account and this site is recommended for teacher use only. Check out their EduCast pages to see how teachers are using TouchCast in the classroom.

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.

Word Workshop


Make Word Wall cards, task list, word lists, flash cards, basket labels, quotes, fact cards, math word problems, bulletin board pieces, etc. using this site. It has generated word lists, too. You can choose your border style, font, color and size. Type and then print or save.

Word Workshop by Scholastic

16 Tips for Using the Word Workshop

The SAMR Model which was introduced by Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. shows how teachers can integrate technology on 4 varying levels. It is worth a little time looking at this model and how a lesson or activity can be adapted to one or more of the levels to transform learning.


SAMR Model Explained from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Enhancing Technology Integration Blog Post

Padagogy Wheel for Using iPads Combined with SAMR

SAMR Resources and Guide by Kathy Schrock

Engage the class using any device - no clickers needed if students bring their own device - with quizzes, games, and surveys.  A quick login to your class on Socrative and you can get immediate feedback and results from your students. Great for formative assessment.

Learn about Socrative - video