Thursday, May 9, 2019

Using Technology to Promote Summer Reading

As teachers we want to ensure that our students continue learning through the summer. Did you know students lose at least two to three months in reading and most students lose two months of math skills in the summer? It's important for us to make sure that all of our children are stimulated. For those who have access to technology, I have a some ideas in using technology to promote summer reading.

Many teachers and parents are using technology to promote summer learning, and now you can too! There are great websites, apps, programs, & more for elementary students here. As a teacher, you can promote these to students AND their families. Great for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Ideas for a book club, online reading, book reviews, book creation, apps, and website. Perfect for the parent seeking technology integration into the summer routine. (second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Virtual Field Trips With Google Tour Creator

With budget cuts and other restrictions preventing classes from going on field trips and gaining real-world experiences, I have the next best idea for you. Students can visit places all over the world and gain first hand knowledge by going on a virtual tour. Students and teachers can create their own VR Field Trips with Google's Tour Creator.

Virtual Field Trips With Google Tour Creator
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Celebrate Spring With Wildflowers and Legends

I think the month of March is the busiest time of year in Austin. The city has been packed with people and "scooters" for SXSW. I love the energy but the traffic is unbearable. As soon as SXSW is over, we host a huge Dell Match Play golf tournament with all of the top golfers. In this post, you will learn about my favorite books about Wildflowers and Legends.

Celebrate Spring With Wildflowers and Legends - Featuring Tomie dePaola's books about wildflowers

Even though the city has visitors from all over the world, I love taking time to enjoy what this season has to offer. The bluebonnets are beginning to bloom and trees are full of beautiful blossoms.

Tomie dePaola has written two of my favorite books to celebrate spring and wildflowers. Your class can also celebrate the season with The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, plus they can learn about legends and plants.

Former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, brought beauty back to our country by blanketing our roadsides with native wildflowers. She also established the National Wildflower Research Center in Austin. They collect and preserve seeds of flowers on the verge of extinction and educate visitors about conservation.
Wildflower Center in Austin

I love sharing my favorite spring reading products about wildflowers.

Legend of the Bluebonnet Product Cover        Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Product Cover

Legend of the Lady's Slipper Product Cover         Open a Wildflower Center Product cover

Just drop by my TPT Store for more units for spring.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Getting Organized With Project Based Learning

Are you new to project based learning? Do you need a better way to plan your PBL unit? Are you having difficulty staying organized during your PBL unit? Is it impossible to find time to collaborate with teachers? Let me help you Get Organized with your Your Project Based Learning unit. 

Title slide - Teacher's Digital PBL Planner

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