Welcoming Winter with Engaging Ed Tech Activities

This time of year filled when kids and teachers are feeling cooped up, having engaging activities that allow students to be creative while using technology can be a welcome addition to any classroom. Here are some fun options that don’t require much in the way of preparation and can easily become inspiration for a student writing.   Create a Snowflake Make-a-Flake (Gr3+): ...

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Cashing in on Hour of Code Momentum

Cashing in on Hour of Code Momemtum Teaching Forward Blog Post Header

Reflecting on Hour of Code Last week, students in classrooms across the globe celebrated Computer Science Education week by participating in the Hour of Code. My home district of Lynnfield, MA was no exception. Students from our AP Computer Science class came down to the elementary schools and guided students as they kids worked in pairs through coding activities from code.org. For teachers looking to ...

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Interactive Exhibits with Makey Makey & Scratch

Scratch & Makey Makey

Re-imagine Poster Projects as Interactive Exhibits with Scratch & Makey Makey Looking for ways to incorporate coding into just about any subject area? Re-imagine student poster projects as interactive exhibits by combining the digital storytelling power of Scratch, a kid-friendly, block-based programming language with Makey Makey, an invention kit that connects everyday objects to computer programs! In the specific example shared ...

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Comparing Formative Assessment Tools

Easily Compare Formative Assessment Tools To make it easier for teachers to choose the best tool for the job, I’ve created the Formative Assessment Comparison Guide. There are so many great choices for teachers and students when it comes to free, engaging formative assessment games. It may not be practical for educators to take the time to compare the features and ...

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Formatting Google Sheets for Readability

Google Sheets Formatting Readability

Formatting Google Sheets Using simple formatting techniques Google Sheets users can create spreadsheets that are easier to read and more effective for viewing and display data. Working with spreadsheet data doesn’t have to be intimidating. As educators, we often need to collect, analyze and visualize data to truly understand trends in our classrooms, schools or districts. I’ve compiled some tips for Google ...

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