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Six Tips to Keep Kids Reading this Summer and 5 Apps to Help Make it Fun & Rewarding

Make sure your students continue to read this summer. Reading leads to greater success in both college and career, and greater engagement in community events and civic issues that are important to us all. Reading truly is the road to success.

Here are 6 tips and 5 apps to make it easier to hop on the road to summer reading:

Why reading matters.

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Infographic: Using Digital Resources to Propel Student Success

Digital Resources in the Classroom, from PBS Learning Media

With 74% of teachers saying educational technology motivates students, and two-thirds of teachers surveyed saying they want MORE classroom technology, it is clear that teachers are both embracing and utilizing digital resources in innovative and meaningful ways to facilitate student success. Engaged students are successful students!

How are you using digital resources in the classroom? Have you started a blog? Using iPads or e-readers? What innovative ideas have you come up with to help your students? I’d love to hear from you!


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Less Us, More Them: Creating Authentic Learning Communities

It’s Time:

Less Us, More Them: Creating Authentic Learning Communities

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What are you doing in your classroom to focus more on student-led and student-centered learning?

Engaging students in authentic learning, and encouraging students to use high order thinking skills will prepare them for the world, whether that world includes a college classroom or future workplace. Learning for the sake of the knowledge gained, not grades or points, is what drives, motivates and spurs students to discover greatness. We want students who can analyze, evaluate and create their future…

The time has come.

Trust. Trust your students to be capable of driving their education. It can be challenging, and even messy, to let go but when we do, great things are bound to happen. Trust yourself and your own background and experience as an educator, to be able to navigate this new uncharted territory.

Less Us, More Them.


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Make Blended Learning Work: 10 Conditions for Success

Blended Learning:
Improve. Implement. Plan.

Have you wanted to start implementing Blended Learning in your classroom? This infographic gives you the scoop on what Blended Learning is all about, from the ground up.

What part of Blended Learning could you implement in your classroom?

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Collaboration Is King of the Classroom

Such Simple Truth, but so powerful.

Collaborative learning leads to amazing discoveries.

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Thanks Venspired for the image & the important reminder.


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Tutorial: How to Make an Infographic using Piktochart.

This is an amazing tutorial, with step-by-step instructions, on “How to Make an Infographic” using Piktochart, by Mia MacMeekin. I always find her infographics engaging and easy to follow, so I was excited that she did this tutorial and thought it was worth sharing. Like she says, she finds them “simple” to do , but simple often means “hundreds of hours playing w Piktochart.” Still, it’s a skill all 21st educators are going to want to add to their toolbox…so here it is. Enjoy.

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Lots of my friends have been asking me how I make the infographics. I find it very simple. But, I admit that that simple mindset is after hundreds of hours playing with Piktochart. I think I know most of the quirks. Well that was I did until last week when Piktochart updated the website. BUT, I am getting used to the new platform and love it!

Here is a quick overview of how I make them…

How to Make a Piktochart infogrpahic

~Mia

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This post “4 Tools to Avoid Summer Learning Loss” from Edudemic lists four tools for stopping the “summer slide.” Check it out and help kids stay on track this summer.

“Combatisummerreading1ng learning loss over the summer for young readers is a challenge that many teachers face. The amount of time it takes to assign summer reading along with the lack of face time to keep students up to date with their reading and comprehension can make summer reading seem like a less-than-useful task.”

These apps might just make the summer reading less of a chore. What do you think?