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Making Digital Communications Accessible

As educators take advantage of digital tools to communicate with families and communities, do we think enough about who can access the information we share? According to the Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Kno...

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15] Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most ...

Your Story #87: Submit Now!

Prompt:  Write a short story, of 650 words or fewer, based on the photo prompt shown here. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to yourstory...

The Science of Snowflakes

Here in western Maine we’re expecting our second real snowstorm of the winter to arrive tonight. This has reminded me of a couple of educational videos that explain the science of snowflakes. The Science of Snowflakes is a TED-Ed vide...

Three Sites That Help Students Compare the Size of Countries and States

Over the weekend Open Culture featured one of my favorite websites to use in geography classes. That website is called The True Size Of… and it lets you quickly compare the size of two countries or two states within the United St...

How to Create a Distraction-free Video Playlist

A couple of weeks ago I shared a few ways to display videos without the distraction of sidebar content on YouTube and Vimeo. Another way to display videos without the sidebar distractions is to play them through Padlet. In Padlet you can us...

SkyView – An Augmented Reality App to Help Students Find Constellations

SkyView is a free augmented reality app (an Android version and an iOS version is available) that helps students identify stars and constellations. With the free app installed students can point their phones at the sky and see constellation...

Member Monday: Larry Watters

Last Saturday was a Writers Forum Read Around. That means we have fresh material for our Member Mondays! Our first piece will be from past Writers Forum President Larry Watters. Larry says that since he has stepped down from some positions ...

Five Tools for Creating Animations on Chromebooks

Yesterday’s post about the PuppetMaster app prompted a couple of people to ask me if there is anything similar available for Chromebook use. While I can’t think of anything that is free and exactly like PuppetMaster, here are so...

Enter the Writer’s Digest 12 Days of Books Giveaway

[Check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers] Happy holidays from Writer’s Digest, and welcome to our 12 Days of Books Giveaway! Every day from December 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017, we’re giving away a different book ...

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