The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!


Top 5 National Finalist - Best Elementary Teacher) - Selected to Attend Teachers College in New York, Columbia Featured On: Some of my favorite blogs, podcasts, and sites are listed below. Happy New Year ~ from Kleinspiration This year was filled with many joyous moments. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. I''m lucky to have a job that I adore and hobbies that support what I enjoy doing. Thank you all for being so supportive over the year.

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!


iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. This is because the developers have made iTooch Elementary free to download and try before you buy it (y ou get to see about 20 % of the app in the free trial). apps for education apps for kids Edupad itooch language arts apps for elementary math apps for elementary science apps for elementary There is an app for that.


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A Few Must-Have Books for Elementary Classrooms!


One of my favorite stories to share with my students is The Potato Chip Champ by award-winning Michigan author, Maria Dismondy. Maria and I became friends about two years ago after connecting through the blogging world. Without hesitation, I can tell you that she is one of the most inspiring and generous individuals I have ever been blessed to meet. She has such a wonderful way with the students. This is reflective in her work.

Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading

The Hechinger Report

But this fall, everyone at Viewmont Elementary School is in masks, so she has to listen more intently than usual. In 2013, Mississippi passed a law to use science-based instruction to ensure students read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. HICKORY, N.C. – “Mmm, ah, tuh.”

Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students Through a Charming Read Aloud


Maria knew exactly how to handle the group of 70 second graders; she is a former elementary teacher herself. The Potato Chip Champ : Discovering Why Kindness Counts - click here to see the book on Maria''s site - Our second graders were lucky enough to have the super cute and insanely talented Maria Dismondy come into our school and speak with us about becoming an author. Maria is an award winning children''s book author, and she just happens to be from Michigan (yay!).

My New Intel All-In-One PC, Before And After #IntelAIO (Perfect Touchscreen PC for Elementary!)


An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Keep in mind as you''re reading this review that I am not a technology specialist. Before and After My AIO (All-In-One) PC As a 2nd grade classroom teacher, I often find that my goals or expectations for a product may differ slightly from those are not educators. Take the personal computer, for example. In the classroom, a teacher''s desk computer can often become much more than a "personal" computer.

An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!


apps for fluency apps for reading assess fluency education elementary apps fluency fluency app Fluency Finder reading apps teaching FluencyFinder V. FluencyFinder the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update. What is FluencyFinder? FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1 st -8 th ).

TONS of Classroom Design Ideas for Setting Up Your Cozy Learning Space!


brain friendly classrooms class design classroom design classroom library classroom organization classroom themes education elementary classroom pretty classrooms setting up your classroom teaching Thinking About ReDesigning Your Space This Summer? - 3 rich resources for all of your design needs - The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area.

Setting Up Digital Workstations


cash bash centers differentiated instruction digital workstations education elementary projects Kleinspiration Learning Resources teaching technology centers technology stations Encouraging Choice, Collaboration, and Fun! give away at the bottom of this post - Have you ever ran out of time when teaching a lesson? Ever wish there was just twenty more minutes for your students to extend a lesson with an engaging game?

3 Ways to Add Student Voice to Anything!


augmented reality Aurasma education elementary project ideas free technology for teachers Learning Resources Livescribe Sound Stickers student voice Talk Bar teaching technology technology centers We Love Using LiveScribe Sound Stickers! Adding a Touch of Technology My two children, Riley and Jacob, love playing around with technology. When Jacob came home last year with a project for school, he wanted to use the iPad. He uses the iPad for everything.

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EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #4: D. Easterling

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Our fourth guest blog post is written by Dara Easterling, a Catholic elementary school teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thank you, Dara, for attending EdmodoCon 2013 and the compliments! You can read about Dara''s adventures in elementary education on her blog, Kontemporary Kreations. If you would like to contribute and share a EdmodoCon 2013 post, please submit!

My favorite iPad case for kids!


a Rafflecopter giveaway I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. broken iPad Grip Case Gripcase iPad case iPad case for elementary iPad case for kids iPad charging cart iPad cover iPad insurance ipad mini case iPad mini cover Durable. Portable. Colorful. Gripcase I recently had the pleasure of being a featured presenter at our state technology conference, MACUL.

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Giveaway: @itooch Giving Away a Full Set of Common Core Apps Created By Teachers!


I n January of this year we feature d a fantastic app devel oper named iTooch Elementary. iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. apps apps for education apps for elementary apps for kids best apps for education Edupad itooch math apps for elementary May give-away reading apps science apps for elementary teacher giveaway There is an app for that.

Flipped Learning in the Elementary Classroom


The post Flipped Learning in the Elementary Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. By CUE guest author Lisa Highfill for the Spring OnCUE Journal When asked what I teach, I like to say I teach thinking—how to think, not what to think. I strive to support my students’ schemas for learning by using inquiry-based lessons, which encourage self-discovery of concepts through exploration. These kinds of lessons have a very […].

Tons of Materials for Using Mentor Texts in Writing Workshop for Small Moments!


An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon When Scholastic asked what book selection I''d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. mentor texts Owl Moon owl moon unit Scholastic Scholastic Top Teaching small moments teaching teaching writing the writing process writing writing workshop writing workshop in elementary

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GlobalEdCon 2013 - Day Three Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day three of the 2013 Global Education Conference. A summary of today''s sessions is shown below in US-Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5). To see the schedule in your own time zone, with the full session descriptions and a link to enter each session, go to [link]. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Recordings of all sessions are available here.

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Win $1500 For Your School From @VolunteerSpot. Doing Good Just Got Easier!


elementary volunteer signup free classroom money money for classrooms volunteer signup Volunteer Spot VolunteerSpot Win money for classroom Promotion Runs Through August from VolunteerSpot! Just in time for the new school year, VolunteerSpot is offering a great opportunities to help your school. Simply use VolunteerSpot during the month of August to enter, and you can win one of THREE grants of $1500 each (to 3 schools) for your PTA/PTO/PTSA parent-teacher group.

Can't Keep Track of Volunteers for Valentines- Let Sharipe Help You Out


elementary school parties elementary volunteer signup Sharipe volunteer signup I was recently contacted by a company named Sharipe (share-uh-pee) to help spread the word about their current beta test that they are conducting. Sharipe is a new site in which folks can send an invitation to a gathering of some sort - for instance a pot luck - and create a list of needed items in which the recipient of the invite can claim responsibility for an item.

Using @Padlet in the Classroom to Collaborate & Create Interactive Sticky Notes!


I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. online sticky notes Padlet paper for the web Pinterest for students sticky notes technology for teachers virtual pin board wallwisher Walwisher web tools websites for elementary Created with Padlet Add your Content to the Web, Collaborate, and Share your Favorites Padlet , formerly WallWisher, is a web space where you can add files, links, videos, and more.

Young Authors go Mobile with @WriteAboutThis - A Creative Digital Writer's Notebook & Portfolio!


apps for education Brad Wilson elementary apps mobile learning Robert Armbrister Write About This writing app writing workshop app Young Writers Get Creative with Technology! I was just browsing my friend''s website when I noticed a new link to an app he''d created with the help from his friend, Robert Armbrister. I paused to freak out for a moment because I was so happy his vision is now a reality!

Enhance Young Learner's English Vocabulary with @MindSnacks & Teach Foreign Languages!


I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. apps for elementary education educational games foreign language apps french app iPad apps for kids italian app mind snacks mindsnacks spanish app teaching test prep app vocabulary app vocabulary apps Mindsnacks: Vocabulary Building and Language Development MindSnacks is a mobile educational gaming company that develops popular apps that teach foreign languages and test preparation subjects.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Staples recently contacted me to see if I''d be interested in reviewing a few pieces of technology. However, if you''re simply looking to purchase devices for your students or own children and price is a factor, the Samsung not only gives your a better deal but also is lighter in weight and seems to be more durable in the hands of elementary students. A Chromebook of Course! -

Awesome Apps for EDU:


apps apps for edu apps for education apps for teachers elementary apps iPad iPad blog iPads in education Learning in Hand mobile learning teaching technology Tony Vincent Search for Apps easily with Google I enjoy searching for new apps to play around with and use with my two children and my students. Of course, the iPad is far more beneficial than just simply playing with apps. However, just like with reading, sometimes it''s fun to just indulge.

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Creative Curriculum from the Roots Up: Buy. Sell. Teach offers Fun and Free Activities!


However, as an elementary teacher, I know the value of having children use pencils and scissors as a valuable form of technology. An Online Store for the Educational Community - click here to connect - Those of you that follow my site closely know that I typically share technology related resources and rarely share printables. Additionally, having a five year old son, I see the importance of having Jacob practice his fine motor skills by cutting, pasting, and coloring.

A Free Search Engine (@Gooru) for Learning! Try it.


Watch this Video (1 minute and 24 seconds) I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. A Safe, Refined Search Engine for Education The theme of ''organization'' seems to be popular in my posts lately. I find myself gravitating towards resources that are easy to use. With so many available options, I don''t have the time to learn the ins and outs of every resource. After seeing someone share Gooru on Twitter, I decided to check it out.

Free Results Driven Gameplay from @MrNussbaum: Learning + Fun


apps for education apps for elementary apps for kids apps for students computer games for kids computer games for students computer practice for kids iPad elementary apps Mr. Nussbaum "What apps do you recommend for the classroom?" I am often presented with this question and have difficulty replying with a simple answer. My view has always been that apps and games should be leveraged to enhance one''s learning, thus there isn''t a one size fits all answer.

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Dan Pink (Give-Away): To Sell is Human (@DanielPink ) Autographed *new* book!


In fact, my elementary shared this same video in one of our meetings this year. One Book that Changed the Way I Teach Anyone that follows my digital footprint knows that I admire the work of Dan Pink. image/info from Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive. His books have been translated into 33 languages.

Get the @Remind101 Widget for your Site!


click the graphic below - I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. Communicate with your Class & Stay Connected! Remind101 is a tool that I''ve grown quite reliant on over the past couple of years. I use it this year more than ever. At Open House, I have my parents subscribe to our class Remind101 account. I also have print outs of the PDF available that the Remind101 site provides. This way, my parents can have a step by step guide as they sign up.

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ABCya Games: The Leader in Free Kids Computer Games & Apps for your iPod/iPad!!

Kleinspiration is a terrific site for your elementary classroom! The following text is a segment borrowed directly from their site to give you an overview of their products: is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. I enjoy going to this site for several reasons: the content is organized by grade level the site is easy to navigate the games are rich in quality ummm. freebies!

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Designing your Classroom Space!


When elementary school teacher Erin Klein sat in one of her students’ desks last year, she noticed a few things about her classroom space. The desks didn’t allow for much collaboration or comfort,” said Klein, who teaches at an independent elementary school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Brain-Friendly, Aesthetically Pleasing Learning Environments Bring in non-traditional seating to create cozy, collaborative spaces!

Win an iPad Mini from @MasteryConnect


apps for teachers free iPad mini iPad Mini iPads for elementary Ipads in the Classroom Mastery Connect MasteryConnect MasteryConnect App MasteryConnect Experience Video Contest When I came home from school today I opened my email inbox and was greeted by a fantastic offer that I just couldn''t wait to share.

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ASHA 2013 Presentation: Pairing MORE Picture Books & Apps to Contextually Address Language Objectives


First, the details: Session Code: 1156 Title: Pairing MORE Picture Books & Apps to Contextually Address Language Objectives Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013 Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Location: McCormick Place Room: W196B Session Format: Seminar 1-hour PDH(s): 1 Hrs Abstract : Picture books historically are well-utilized tools to engage students in language comprehension/expression, and pair well with interactive apps with similar contexts.

Twitter Tips & Resources for Teachers


play roulette online in Canada I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. My Thoughts on Social Media - How I stay ''in the know'' - I was excited to wake up the other day and see that my Twitter video had been posted by my buddy, Jeff, on Edudemic. This made my day! If you''ve searched any topic relating to education and technology, I''m sure you''ve landed on his amazing site.

GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference. Middle East and North Africa through Online Projects - Jennifer Russell, Program Coordinator Developing and sustaining communities of practice in elementary history education: Doing history in the classroom with limited professional development support - Katherine Ireland, B. Hard to believe we''re almost at the end!

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Have Fun with @ABCyaGames Counting Money App (set up for your whole class!)


See More Apps by ABCyaGames click here I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year. My Favorite App for Counting Money ABCyaGames makes some of my absolute favorite interactive games for students. The best part is - my kids just love their games, too! Though ABCya is a sponsor of my site, I continue to be surprised by the games I find. I recently ran across their Counting Money App for $1.99 in iTunes. I did not receive this app for free.