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Bloxels: Game-Based Learning at Its Best

Thursday, July 27, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Bloxels: Game-Based Learning at Its Best

Bloxels: Game-Based Learning at Its Best! Technology in the Classroom and MakerSpace. Bloxels is a platform that allows students to create their own video games without any coding knowledge. Come learn ways you can incoporate it into the curriculum!
Guest post by: Mary Ledford & Karen Sjogren

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Using Book Creator for the Web in the Elementary Classroom

Friday, July 21, 2017 / 2 comments

Using Book Creator for the Web in the Elementary Classroom

The popular iPad app, Book Creator, recently became available on the web for Chromebook, laptop and desktop users! You no longer have to have an iPad to be able to use this highly versatile tool. The web version will work on ANY device that runs a Chrome browser. It is still in beta; however, I am very impressed with how smoothly it has worked for me so far.

Using Book Creator for the Web in the Elementary Classroom: This digital tool will allow students to create paperless books on Chromebooks, laptops, desktops, iPhones, Androids and any device that will run a Chrome browser. Very similar to the Book Creator iPad app except student sign into an account and their books pop up under the teacher's library.

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Codemoji: Bring Coding to the Classroom with Emojis

Sunday, July 16, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Bring Coding to the Classroom with Emojis

Guest post by: Livio Blozon, Codemoji Creator

Bring Coding to the Classroom with Emojis using Codemoji. This web tool can be used on a Chrome browser and will introduce students to HTML, CSS abd Javascript with the help of emojis!
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My Favorite Microphones for Audio Recording in the Classroom

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 / Leave a Comment

My Favorite Microphones for Audio Recording in the Classroom

My favorite microphones for audio recording in the classroom. These microphones will work on iPads, tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, laptops, and desktops. Students will love these fun microphones to use with their digital projects!
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How to Use Your Phone as a Presentation Remote

Sunday, June 25, 2017 / 8 comments

How to Use Your Phone as a Presentation Remote

How to Use Your Phone as a Presentation Remote. Control your Google Slides™ presentation, PowerPoint presentation, Prezi presentation, etc. straight from your phone!

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Water Testing Kits for Schools and Science Fairs

Friday, June 23, 2017 / 6 comments

Water Testing Kits for Schools, Teachers and Science Fairs

Today I am going to let you in on a little secret. My husband and I have a fascination with water. We want to know everything about any kind of H20.

Investigate acid rain, chemical erosion and weather while learning about the Scientific Method using Water Testing Kits for Schools and Science Fairs. Makes a great science experiment!

I took a liking to studying water in 5th grade when we were learning about acid rain. For some reason I just couldn't get over that a substance that falls from the sky could cause devastation to Earth's surface. As our science unit unfolded, my teacher, Miss Vaccaro, gave us these little paper test strips to test the pH of different sources of water. I was hooked!

Later in life I met my husband, who at the time was the East Coast Regional Sales Manager for Pentair, a company that specializes in water filtration systems. I can't tell you how many water treatment systems we have had to check out on vacations and various other destinations we have been to in the past. 

We both LOVE to test water! 

A Look Inside a Science Fair Kit

Therefore, when Holly from Water Testing Kits reached out to me to try their product, I immediately jumped on board. It was like Christmas morning as I opened my special box😂

A Water Testing Kit box includes 4 test kits and a TDS meter.

Each of the 4 test kits contain a test vial, iron test strip, iron reagent tablet, alkalinity/pH/hardness text strip, chlorine/copper/nitrate/nitrite text strip and a test chart to help translate results.

Since school is out for the summer, I didn't get a chance to try this kit out with a class. However, I had a blast performing my very own science experiment at home.😜
I compared and tested distilled water, our tap water and rainfall that I collected with a rain gauge.

How to Use These Kits at School

The water testing kits would be wonderful to use for science experiments to go along with a unit on the scientific method, weather and/or chemical erosion

I think it would be a blast to conduct an experiment with this kit and use it with my Scientific Method Digital Lab Report in Google Slides. Students could work independently OR collaboratively to fill in the slides with their scientific information and add pictures of their experiment testing different kinds of water. This product even comes with an editable grading rubric. has donated 3 kits for a giveaway! Enter for your chance to win one of these fabulous kits AND my Scientific Method Report in Google Slides. Three winners will be chosen next Friday: June 30th.

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How to Use a Split Screen to Increase Productivity in the Classroom

Friday, June 16, 2017 / 4 comments

Using a Split Screen in the Classroom

How to Use a Split Screen to Increase Productivity in the classroom using Chromebooks, laptops, computers or iPads.

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8 Apps to Engage Elementary Learners This Summer

Sunday, June 11, 2017 / 2 comments

8 Apps to Engage Elementary Learners This Summer

 8 Apps to Engage Elementary Learners This Summer. Help prevent the summer slide with these digital activities for the iPad or tablet.

Guest post by: Ethan Miller

Summer vacations - that time of the year that students look forward to the most! The much needed break at the end of each academic year gives students a chance to let their hair down and have fun. With unlimited ice creams, video games, summer camps, and quality time with family, it isn’t hard to see why kids love summer vacations.

But for parents, it is quite a task to keep their active kids engaged and to ensure that there is minimal summer learning loss. While vacation time is all about having fun, there are ways to integrate learning with fun to engage today’s tech-savvy children. Here are 8 apps to ensure a fun learning experience for elementary learners this summer:        

Everyone would agree that it is essential to develop critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills in young learners. Analogies 4 Kids is an app dedicated to cultivate the aforementioned skills in kids through a fun and interactive platform. It has over 450 multiple choice questions that can be categorized as Picture Analogies and Word Analogies. It helps children to draw a relation between images and helps them understand spatial concepts. Since it involves problem solving and it boosts confidence with every right answer, Analogies 4 Kids will quickly grow on kids and will soon be one of their favorite apps.  

Suitable for age group: 6-11 years    

Amazon’s Kindle is undoubtedly a great gift for kids who love to read. But, in my opinion, Kindle is also a wonderful app for introducing your kids to the world of books. Summer vacations are the perfect time for kids to discover the pleasure of reading and the Kindle app is the perfect reading tool as it provides access to thousands of free books ranging from novels to comics and graphic novels. Apart from being completely free, it is compatible with Android, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 8.   


Suitable for age group: 8-11 years

Who doesn’t love buzzer rounds in quiz shows? How about you create your own quiz show with a makeshift buzzer and the Cram app? This flashcard app is great for developing vocabulary, learning math formulas and learning new languages. With options to create your own flashcards, you can put on the quiz master’s hat and make kids compete against each other, creating a fun learning environment. One can also choose from two inbuilt games in the app to test one’s knowledge by loading a set of flashcards.    

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Suitable for age group: 6-11 years

This amazing app takes kids on a virtual tour across the globe by allowing them to explore continents, countries, cities, oceans, mountains, flora, fauna, and much more. It helps kids understand different cultures across the globe and keeps them up-to-date with current events of the world. It is a great way to spark the kids’ interests in geography and environment studies. With an interactive 3D globe, vibrant colors, and captivating graphic design, children are bound to fall in love with Barefoot World Atlas.


Suitable for age group: 6-11 years

Doodle Buddy is a wonderful addition to the list of summer apps as it provides a great platform for kids to dabble with color and have fun. With tons of stickers, stamps and cool backgrounds, this app not just unleashes a child’s artistic talents but also gives wings to their imagination. With a number of easy-to-use painting and editing tools, Doodle Buddy can help uncover the hidden painter in your child.

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Suitable for age group: 5-11 years.

Math is one of the subjects that most kids struggle with. Well, here comes Sushi Monster to the rescue, making Math fun and easy to learn. This app game is perfect for helping kids understand basic math concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. With over 12 levels of game play, learning and practicing math has never been so enjoyable. To sum it up, Sushi + Math + Fun = Sushi Monster.


Suitable for age group: 6-9 years.

Kids love to watch cartoons. But what if there is an app that allows kids to create cartoons? Toontastic is a fantastic app that helps nurture the storyteller in kids by allowing them to draw, animate and narrate stories of their own. This app allows young learners to design characters, develop plot lines, add voiceovers and soundtracks to turn their ideas into engaging cartoons. From adventure and sci-fi flicks to school reports and documentaries, Toontastic gives a wide range of story options to choose from. It even allows kids to add their own faces to the characters! It’s the perfect app to unveil the storyteller in your child.

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Suitable for age group: 6-11 years.

Grammar is the key to reading, writing, and speaking the English language. But learning and remembering grammar rules can be a tiring task. Thanks to the Grammaropolis app, learning English grammar can be a fun experience for kids. Through videos, quizzes, games, and books featuring animated characters, this app uses cool examples and makes English grammar easier for kids to understand. Take your child to Grammaropolis - the place where grammar lives!  


Suitable for age group: 7-11 years.  

Parents should encourage their children to use these apps, but they should avoid imposing it on them as summer vacation is all about having fun after all! I hope these apps help you in minimizing summer break learning loss. If you have a personal favorite summer app that is not listed here, do let me know in the comments!   

Author's Bio:

Ethan Miller is an online ESL tutor. Apart from his passion for teaching, he loves to write and holds a degree in creative writing. When he is not teaching or working on his book, Miller loves to blog and is a huge fan of educational technology. You can follow Miller on Twitter and check out his blog.

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Academic Ways to Use the MaKey-MaKey in the Classroom

Friday, June 2, 2017 / 2 comments

Academic Ways to Use the MaKey-MaKey in the Classroom

Academic Ways to Use the MaKey-MaKey in the Elementary Classroom: Fun ways to advance coding in the classroom!

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Effective Techniques to Help a Child Learn Better in a Techie World

Thursday, June 1, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Effective Techniques to Help a Child Learn Better in a Techie World

 Effective Techniques to Help a Child Learn Better in a Techie World

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Easiest Web Conferencing Tool & App for the Classroom:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Leave a Comment Easiest Web Conferencing Tool & App for the Classroom

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Building Vocabulary with Technology in the Classroom

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / 2 comments

Building Vocabulary with Technology in the Classroom

There is so much more to learning new vocabulary words than just memorizing definitions. Using vocabulary in context is the single most effective way to identify if one truly understands the meaning of the word. Here is a list of some ways you can get your students to use technology in creative and meaningful ways that will help develop and enhance their lexicon.

Effective ideas for building vocabulary with technology in the classroom whether you are 1:1 or have access to Chromebooks, laptopstops, computers or iPads. Students will use different tech tools in creative and meaningful ways that will help develop and enhance their lexicon.

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