The Techie Teacher

End of the Year COLLABORATIVE Poster Keepsake in Google Drive

Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Are you looking for a different end of the year gift to give to your students this year? Look no further! My End of the Year Collaborative Poster keepsake that students complete in Google Drive would make the perfect keepsake that your STUDENTS create.

End of the Year COLLABORATIVE Poster Keepsake that students complete in Google Drive using Google Drawing and Google Slides.
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Incorporating Fairy Tale Elements with Technology in the Classroom

Friday, April 21, 2017 / 19 comments

Incorporating Fairy Tale Elements with Technology in the Classroom

Incorporate fairy tale elements with technology in the classroom with these before, during and after reading activities that you can use with the children's book, Once Upon a Time Online. An important message about digital citizenship is shared. Technology in the classroom

I am teaming up with my friends from The Reading Crew for our SPRING mentor text link-up and GIVEAWAY. Be sure to stop by each post to grab some ideas for your classroom as well as a secret word that you can enter into the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. You will be entered to win a copy of ALL the books that are a part of this link-up!
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7 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 1 comment

7 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

7 Great Ways to Use Google for Education. Topics include: Google Scholar, Google Books, Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Alerts, Google Hangouts, & Google Drive.

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Make Your Lessons Memorable with the Texting Story App

Thursday, April 6, 2017 / 6 comments

Make Your Lessons Memorable with the Texting Story App

Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

Are you constantly trying to jazz up your lessons and engage your students? I know I am always on the hunt for new, innovative ideas to bring to the classroom that will excite learners of all levels.
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Spring Themed Technology Activities For The Classroom

Saturday, April 1, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Spring Themed Technology Activities for the Classroom

Spring is in the air! Celebrate this beautiful season with your students by trying out one of these spring themed educational technology activities.

Spring Time Technology Activities for the Classroom: Come grab some educational ideas for incorporating technology into your lessons this spring. Ideas are available for Chromebook, laptop/computer, and iPad users!
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5 Ways to Use Gone Google Story Builder in the Classroom

Monday, March 20, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Gone Google Story Builder is a FREE digital tool that is easy for teachers and students to use in the classroom. You don't even need a Google account to access and use Gone Google Story Builder!

5 Ways to Use Gone Google Story Builder in the Classroom. Whether you are 1:1 or have access to Chromebooks, laptops or computers, this digital tool will be a hit in your classroom! You don't even need a Google account to access and use. Gone Google Story Builder creates video stories that look like an interaction happening between multiple people (the characters) on a Google Doc. Come learn about some ways you can use this digital tool in your classroom!
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Free Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) Practice Sites

Friday, March 10, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Technology Enhanced Items are appearing on Common Core and state testing. We need to prepare our students with these type of testing items. Come learn about the different types of questions/responses and grab a list of FREE websites you can use for practice in your classroom and at home. Links work for Chromebook users!

Recently I blogged over at Technology Tools for Teachers about online practice sites that would prepare students for Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) that are appearing on Common Core and state tests. These are not the traditional type of testing questions. Instead, they are computer-delivered items that drive higher order thinking which involve special interactions for collecting responses. Some examples of TEI questions include:
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Augmented Reality Children's Books That Will Engage Students

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 4 comments
Augmented Reality Children's Books that will engage students. Grab a phone, iPad, or tablet and spice up your library with these titles that would be great for the elementary classroom!

What do teachers do to get books into the hands of their students?

We ALL have or had students who struggle to find a passion for reading. Teachers will do anything to get an appropriate book into the hands of their students. We give students a reading interest inventory to find out their likes and dislikes. We go to the school library and pull a collection of books to bring back to our classroom. We even head to our local libraries to bring in books from outside of the school building with the hope that our students get excited about at least one of the titles.

Why do some students detest reading?

Many reasons contribute to this question but more often than not it is because they struggle. They struggle with decoding which obviously affects comprehension. Some students can decode but have difficulty making meaning out of the text they read.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have students who are really good readers but still don't enjoy getting down with a good book. Often times these students are used to being stimulated by video games and tech based activities. What can we do about this without replacing reading with completely digital content?

Why should I make augmented reality a part of my classroom library?

Having a few books that contain an element of augmented reality (the ability to product a unique interactive experience) to supplement the text is a great way to target struggling readers as well as those who simply don't enjoy reading for few reasons:

  Animal Kingdom Augmented Reality really makes safari animals come to life in their habitat! This book is a MUST for any elementary classroom and perfect for your animal unit.
  • Seeing images, figures and diagrams come to life can help assist comprehension
  • Increases background knowledge
  • Increases curiosity
  • Increases excitement for learning new things
  • It is ENGAGING!
With that being said, I DO think it is important for children to learn how to build their reading stamina with books alone--no technology involved.

Here is an example of one of the books I mention below (same one displayed in the picture above):

Children's Books with Augmented Reality 

A few years ago I was walking through the library at one of my schools and noticed the Guinness Book of World Records book that was on display. These books were MY all time favorite to read as a child. As I approached the book I noticed the 3D advertisement sticker on the front. I was THRILLED. I immediately opened my iPad, downloaded the app and called the librarian over. We spent a solid half hour flipping through the pages ooohing and ahhhing as the text literally came to life right in front of our eyes! So first up on my list are the Guinness Book of World Records Books. All books posted below are Amazon affiliate links.

It seems as though the 2016 & 2017 editions do not contain the AR component😓
Let me know if you are able to find it!

Ernie's Wish

This book is appropriate for beginning readers. The main character, Ernie, wishes to be someone else throughout the book. Eventually he finds the joys of being himself. (This book reminds me a lot of Edward the Emu)

Goodnight Lad

Goodnight Lad is an animated board book that is great for the beginning reader! Scan each page for an augmented reality experience and to have the words read aloud.
My dog, Riley, isn't as excited as I am...

This is another book for beginning readers. It is about a little boy who refuses to go to bed because he would rather play. His parents decide to take him on a trip around the world with the hopes that he will eventually tire out. Each page is animated and the text is read aloud to the child! You can demo three of the pages for FREE by clicking HERE.

ABC Animals

This is another great AR book for small children! This book brings the alphabet to life through print, audio and video. It reminds me a lot of the app, AR Flashcards, that Anita Goodwin blogged about HERE.

Fairyland Magic

This book is ideal for any child who loves fairies (I know several girls who would be obsessed with this book😍). This one is a little different since it uses a computer's webcam instead of an app along with software that comes as a CD (no internet required). Each page spread contains three different animations.

Arbi and the Treasure Chest

This is a story of a knight and his friends who discover an ancient treasure map. Together the friends embark on a journey to find the most valuable treasure in the world.

Ice Age

This popular film is now available in a children's book and contains several 3D animations! Students will have a blast seeing their favorite characters pop out of the pages.

Monsters, Inc.

This is another popular film that has turned into a 3D experience! This book tells about all of the characters from both Monsters Inc. movies. It isn't a story but text appears that tells all about the furry friends.


This interactive book is super cool and full of some pretty neat features. It is about a girl named Lulu who prepares ingredients and makes magical cupcakes for her sister. The app not only makes every page come to life, but you can also personalize the book by using the custom voice-recording feature!

Sleep Sweet

Believe it or not, this augmented reality book is used in hospitals nationwide for therapy and relaxation. It is a great read for winding down from the day!

Animal Kingdom Education

Animal Kingdom Augmented Reality really makes safari animals come to life in their habitat! This book is a MUST for any elementary classroom and perfect for your animal unit.
My other dog, Rusty, hanging out with a giraffe
Explore the wildlife and their habitats with this beautiful book! Learning truly comes alive with this nonfiction text. It also comes with a full set of interactive cards.

Red Cell White Cell

Students will have fun learning all about the basic functions of blood cells that will open their eyes to the microscopic world.

iSolar System

Students will take a journey through the solar system as they learn about the history of Moon exploration as well as many other exciting facts.


This book is the PERFECT text to use when teaching severe weather. Students will experience the severity of different kinds of storms and will feel like they are right in the action.

This book will make students feel like they are walking with dinosaurs! I used this one a few weeks ago during a tutoring session and the little boy I was tutoring was absolutely amazed. I hate that I didn't get any pictures of it in action😓


This book captures all of the wonders of science.  Learn about atoms, elements, sound waves, gravity and so much more!

Secrets of the Earth

This book would be great for any geology unit as it explores issues of our planet and its origin.


Where was this book when I taught Ancient Egypt in 2nd grade? Students will enjoy 3D images, music and games as they explore the world of Egypt 5,000 years ago.

Easy Origami

 These books are great for students in grades 1st-3rd and teach them how to create origami greeting cards, ornaments, decorations and more. They can use a smartphone or tablet to scan specific pages to watch videos for each project.

I could keep going! Would any of these titles interest YOUR students?

Check out these three Google Drive products that would be great to implement with ANY of these books:


If you enjoyed this post then you might be interested in checking out my Top 10 List of Technology Themed Read Aloud Books

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Engaging Digital Citizenship Activity for Any Time of Year

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 5 comments
Are you looking for a fun way to review the core values of digital citizenship? Check out this FREE technology themed activity that will turn your students into web-warriors.

Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

Digital Citizenship is an important topic that needs to be revisited throughout the year in every classroom. It should never be just a one and done unit that is taught at the beginning of the year and then never discussed again. Ideally digital citizenship should be introduced in kindergarten and continue through high school.
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Technology Integration Ideas from PicCollage's Teacher's Corner

Friday, February 17, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Have you heard about PicCollage's Teacher's Corner on the PicCollage blog? If not, you need to check it out!
Don't miss all of the fabulous blog posts by the PicCollage Teacher Ambassadors over on the PicCollage blog under the Teacher's Corner section. Read about some fabulous technology integration ideas for any classroom! | The Techie Teacher

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5 Unique Ways to Use Technology to Celebrate Reading Month

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Have fun incorporating technology in the classroom as you celebrate National Reading Month

March is just around the corner and is National Reading Month! Have fun celebrating with your students by incorporating some of these meaningful techie ideas into your lessons.

5 Unique Ways to Use Technology to Celebrate Reading Month! Ideas are for Chromebooks, laptops, computers and iPads. Go digital during National Reading month!

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My Favorite Tech Tools for Communication and Collaboration

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / Leave a Comment
My favorite aspect of educational technology is the ability for students to communicate and collaborate with others all over the world. Google Hangouts, Skype and other video communication tools make global learning explode in today's classroom.

Come learn about my FAVORITE technology tools for digital communication and collaboration with elementary students. Use these tools with Chromebooks, laptops, computers and some can even be used with iPads. Global learning is making its way into the classroom and we need to make sure our students are prepared so they can make the most of these authentic learning experiences!

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