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Create a Word Search on ABCya

ABCya is known for their many educational games available to play in your web browser or as stand-alone iOS and Android apps. ABCya also provides some tools for teachers to use to create printable activities. One of those templates is a wor...

How to Create a Comment Bank in Google Classroom

Google Classroom got a bunch of new features this summer. One of those is a new option to create a comment bank to use when commenting on your students’ work. The comment bank option will let you create and save lists of comments that...

Check It Out – CheckItOut for Google Forms is Back!

CheckItOut is a Google Forms Add-on that makes it easy to keep track of the things that you let kids borrow from your classroom. It’s an Add-on that I recommended for a couple of years until this past spring when it, like a bunch of o...

Successful Writing Collaborations: 3 Questions Co-Authors & Ghostwriters Need to Ask

By Howard Zaharoff As a lawyer and a writer, I truly believe that the key to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography, is a good contract that is clear about who has what roles, how ri...

The Power of Theme: Turning Books Into Movies

Books to Movies: Barri Evins reveals how to harness the power of theme to entice publishers, captivate readers, and attract the film and television industry. Some of the most successful and best-loved films of all time have been based on bo...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

Participate – Create and Share Collections of Resources

Participate offers a variety of free professional development resources for teachers. Last month I featured one of their free online book clubs. Today, I’m featuring Participate’s free collections service. Participate Collection...

5 Ways to Display YouTube in Class Without “Related” Content

One of the questions that I’m frequently asked at the beginning of the school year goes something like this, “do you know how I can download videos from YouTube?” I do know how to do that, but I won’t teach you how t...

Great Tips & Reminders for Securing Your Mobile Phone

Many students use their smartphones more often than their laptops to browse the web, shop, and access important files. That’s why we need to teach students to protect their mobile phones with the same level diligence used to protect t...

Researching Agents: 4 Steps for Identifying & Connecting with the Right Literary Agents

by Leslie Zampetti You’ve written a book. Revised and polished it with the help of your critique group. Composed the perfect query letter. Now it’s time to send it off to every agent open to queries, right? Wrong. Sending your query bli...

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