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Tips and Best Practices for Using Technology in the Classroom

Tips and Best Practices for Using Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the classroom is here to stay.  With more and more schools becoming 1:1 classrooms, having 1 digital device per student, soon the days of signing up your students to use the computer lab will be gone.  Instead, each CLASSROOM will become it's own computer lab.  Each student will have access to their own device (if they don't already), and use it on an everyday basis.

Google Classrooms are popping up all over the place, and teachers are able to digitally assign activities to their students.  The demand for google classroom compatible resources are in high demand - and for good reason - no copying machine required!

It's pretty amazing, really.  It's a completely different from how I learned!  It's 21st century learning.

Technology has allowed students to connect with other kids all over the world from the luxury of their own classrooms.  Students can have answers to their most puzzling or most curious questions in a matter of minutes, simply by typing into a search bar.  Through the power of a hand-held digital device, just about anything is possible.

Using technology with your students is important, too.  It helps teach them 21st century skills that will land them 21st century jobs in the future.

Teaching with technology, however, comes with a whole new set of challenges.  In fact, it can bring about chaos in the classroom in no time if you don't set up a few parameters first.

In this post, I want to share with your some tips and best practices for using technology in the classroom.  Be sure to stick around till the end for a free download that will help you effectively use technology with your students!

Let's get started!

10 Ways to Make History Come Alive in Your Classroom

Try one of these ways to make history come alive in your upper elementary classroom

It's no secret - teaching history in the elementary classroom can be a struggle.  Teachers are faced with the challenge of making people and events of the past relatable to young students who have a hard time even remembering or caring about the events and people of last week, let alone last century!

That's why making history come alive in your classroom is so crucial to making students care about what they are learning.

But - lucky for you - I love a good challenge!

Over the years that I've spent creating social studies units, I've figured out a few ways to help make your instruction more engaging when teaching about the past.

Check them out!

Getting Ready to Teach Rocks and Minerals


Science is usually an easy subject to make exciting and interesting for students.  However, there are some science topics that can be a little...shall we say...dry.

Teaching rocks and minerals can most definitely be a dry science topic, but - it doesn't have to be!  Not if you include plenty of hands-on activities, awesome pictures and books, and interactive small group activities.

In this post I've unloaded my favorite books,videos, and activities to use when teaching rocks and minerals.  Ready to rock?

Pun completely intended :)

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