Sunday, April 27, 2014

How Am I Doing? A Checklist for Identifying Exemplary Uses of Technology for Early Learning

Do technology tools and interactive media like iPads, cameras, or e-readers, belong in the early childhood classroom? If so, how should early childhood educators be using them? What are the best ways and when are the best times to use technology with very young kids in a classroom setting?

The NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center position statement is meant to help educators answer some of these questions. We believe that technology and interactive media can be effective tools for learning and development when early childhood educators use them intentionally and in developmentally appropriate ways. But how can educators know if they’re using technology well? What does that look like?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities” - teacherswithapps

" Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Here are “50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities:”


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News

"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way


 teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences." 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens

Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.


Friday, April 11, 2014

How to use YouTube and Google Forms as a Formative Assessment - YouTube

How many times have you assigned a video to watch and you never know if they actually did it? This is a AWESOME way to take 2 great tools and turn them into ...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies - free dowload of ebook

Since the brain and behaviors are forming at a rapid rate during the early years of life, early intervention can be helpful not only for the child but for parents that are in need of information about autism and sensory functioning.

This book is not intended to replace medical advice but instead is meant to help parents decide if they should seek a professional evaluation along with Leslie's personal story of how she came to get her two children's diagnosis.

April is Autism Awareness month and we wanted to give this book away FREE for 3 days between the 9th and the 11th of April.

It is available as a kindle download at

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Twitter for Teachers » Connections Article

How Twitter Can Take Your Teaching to the Next Level — from seven Milken Educators who have done it.

"The seven Milken Educators we interviewed have successfully used Twitter to:Connect on the topics they're interested inExchange ideasFind tips and resourcesStart collaborative projectsAugment in-class learning for studentsAmplify their own voiceGet their (and their students') work publishedAppear in a major Hollywood blockbuster (really!)"

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