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Join the Movement: Thinglink Interactive Image Slams


themeHey, edtech peops! Don’t miss your chance to learn how to leverage the power of ThingLink EDU in your classroom by participating in the upcoming ThingLink Interactive Images Slams. This series of webinars aims to provide educators with an opportunity to share, highlight and discuss ThingLink interactive images or video they have created and used with students of all ages. Discover the endless creative possibilities for enriching students’ enthusiasm for learning like never before through unique sessions featuring the work of fellow ThingLink-ers—including yours truly!

Just hover over the image below to register for the first-ever ThingLink Interactive Image Slam and/or learn about how you can grab the spotlight!

A huge shout out to ThingLink guru Susan Oxnevad for organizing these very useful professional development opportunities!

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Diigo Weekly Update


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest tools that can be utilized in your classroom throughout the new school year.

» Long Div

An excellent interactive math site which helps students learn and practice long division.

» Craftyy

A fun site in which users can create or remix games to make their own adventures.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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News-o-matic: The Daily News Experience Just for Kids


news-o-maticNeed some exciting and engaging nonfiction experiences for your elementary-age students? Then News-O-Matic, an iOS and Android app that covers relevant news of the day, just might be your answer!

This super cool tool provides a combination of five current events stories covering the latest U.S. and international news, sports, science, arts, fun human interest stuff and more—all within a 100% ad-free environment.

Each News-O-Matic article is accompanied with a wealth of rich media: Images, video clips, illustrations, interactive maps related to the story location, history-based timelines, puzzles, games, fun facts, a News Room for drawing or asking questions and audio support for challenging vocabulary as well as in-app audio playback of complete articles.

All stories are written by journalists, award-winning K-12 writers and educational experts and then reviewed by a child psychologist prior to publication to ensure all content is age appropriate and emotionally safe.

Sounds like a deal, right? Yeah, pretty much! Download the News-O-Matic app, select your subscription option (Yearly: $19.99; Monthly subscription: $1.99; Weekly: $0.99) or sign up for the free daily email delivered in PDF format right to your inbox.

News-O-Matic also offers a School Edition that’s perfect for classroom use. Get all of the really great stuff previously mentioned plus a Teacher’s Guide which includes questions related to the text, suggested discussion prompts, several assessment questions correlated to the Common Core State Standards and graphic organizers. Check it out here.

Classroom Connection:

Bring the news to life in your classroom with News-O-Matic, an excellent resource for incorporating national and world news into the curriculum. What an awesome way to develop well-informed global citizens via real-world relevant reading assignments! The articles can also be used for class discussions as well as prompts for writing.

In addition, educators can utilize News-O-Matic to inspire class projects in which students produce their own publications.

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Diigo Weekly Update


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest tools that can be utilized in your classroom throughout the new school year.


Have your students play this online vocabulary game, and they’ll learn while donating food to people in need!

» Litfy

A site that provides access to free classic books with the ability to bookmark and notate pages. Read all the novels you want anytime, anywhere, on any device—all for free!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Bringing Back Tech-y with the Geeky Girl


Bring back tech-y to a school near you with the Geeky Girl’s greatest hits list from Summer 2014. That’s right! This collection of blog posts includes some super cool edtech tools that are sure to add some engagement to classroom lessons, activities, projects and presentations. From web tools to infographics to app smashing ideas, there’s something for everyone regardless of your skill or comfort level!

Be sure to hover over the interactive image below to reveal the “hotspots” containing 16 must-have digital resources. Your new tech crush is just a few clicks away!

Click here to view a larger version of this interactive image.

And one more thing: I created this interactive image with ThingLink. If you’re not familiar with this teaching and learning gem, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out a recent article featured in the Huffington Post highlighting the power of this tool in the educational setting here!

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Diigo Weekly Update


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest tools that can be utilized in your classroom during the upcoming year.

» We Give Books

A collection of classic and modern children’s ebooks that can be read online via any browser.

» Knit

An iOS app that can be used to create digital scavenger hunts for students.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Edu-fun Friday: And So It Begins!


photoAs Quincy Jones once remarked, “I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”

That said, Edu-fun Friday is a series devoted to adding some humor to the lives of teachers who visit this blog. After all, there’s nothing better than ending the week on a positive note! Plus, do we have the best topics to provide us with some comic relief or what?

I don’t know about you, but during my first week back in the jungle, I’ve seen more hashtag responses to questions than ever before! I have to admit they’ve been pretty #creative and #hilarious. I guess it’s a just a #realitycheck that #digitalnativesruletheworld.

Here’s to a most excellent year! You have the power to make it the best one ever—for you and your students—so let the good times roll! #inspire #motivate #succeed

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Use Pixabay to Locate Public Domain Images



OK, so what teacher or student living in this century doesn’t need a cool photo or two for a school-related activity? If you’re that person, then you’re going to love, love Pixabay, a site that hosts over 240,000 high quality public domain photos, illustrations and vector graphics free of charge for any purpose (the legal kind, of course).

Find your next hip image by conducting a keyword search and then if necessary, narrow your search through filtering by image type, category and/or orientation (landscape or horizontal). Users can also locate images by simply browsing the library as well. Once you discover “the one”, click the download button to view a variety of size choices to suit your needs.

All Pixabay images can be utilized without attribution in digital and/or print form, even for commercial applications.

Just so you know: Pixabay is an ad-supported site so when an image search is performed, a set of sponsored Shutterstock images appears at the top of the results page (similar to some Google search results in which display ads appear before the real deal). I have to admit, these images are pretty neat, but those appearing below the Shutterstock samples are the freebies.

A few images I located via a search using the keyword “happiness”:


girls sunset


Classroom Connection:

In order to avoid any copyright issues, I typically recommend that students generate their own photos and graphics for multimedia projects whenever possible. However, when using their images is not an option, Pixabay is an excellent alternative.

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Diigo Weekly Update


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest tools that can be utilized in your classroom during the upcoming year.

» ImageQuiz

Use predefined or create customized interactive quizzes based on the use of images that represent academic content.

» Pixabay

A treasure trove of royalty-free images for use in all types of multimedia projects and classroom activities.

» TagCrowd

Create your own tag cloud from any text, the URL of a webpage or from a document to visualize word frequency.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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The Periodic Table of iPad Apps


If you’re an iPad junkie like me, then you’re definitely going to dig this app-solutely awesome resource created by ICTEvangelist Mark Anderson. This beyond cool visual contains 80+ educational app suggestions mapped to activities in eight color coded categories including creativity, computing, literacy and more! Check it out below…

periodic table of apps-ICTEvangelist

Click here for a full screen version of this graphic.

Classroom Connection:

Use this nifty resource to locate a variety of apps to engage and inspire the students in your classroom.

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