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Online Basics – Three New Videos from Common Craft

For those of us who use social media on a daily basis and who do most of our shopping online, it can be easy to falsely assume that everyone else is equally comfortable online. That’s why I was happy to see Common Craft’s new vi...

Ten Years of Free Technology for Teachers

Ten years ago I hit “publish” and sent the first Free Technology for Teachers blog post into the wild. 12,593 posts and 72,056,319 pageviews later, I’m still here. I never had plans to publish that many posts, review that ...

Teaching With Crossword Puzzles from Read Write Think

My grandmother taught Language Arts for decades and she loved crossword puzzles. I know that many other teachers still like to use them in one way or another too. If you would like to create your own crossword puzzles for your students or y...

GradeProof Helps Students Improve Their Papers

GradeProof is a service designed to help students improve their writing. GradeProof lets students either import documents or write documents within the GradeProof editor. Either way that the students use, the next step is the same. GradePro...

Supporting Students With Interrupted Educations

Before he was my student, Jose grew corn and watermelon for years in Honduras instead of attending school. He said he had stopped in sixth grade because, as he put it, “If I studied, I wasn’t working, and if I was working, I wasn’t st...

Go To Sleep or Cram? – The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

With two children under 16 months old, in my house we’re well aware of the value of a good night’s sleep. That’s why I favor getting up early before the kids to work on projects than to try work late after they go to bed. ...

The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Why don’t students read? Most teachers have the goal of promoting students’ lifelong love of reading. But why? And what can teachers and parents and librarians do to promote pleasure reading? In our book Reading Unbound, Michael Smith a...

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Our students are reading all day long—text messages on their phones, emailed directions about homework, apps from advertisers. They read what interests them and what helps make their world a more real, relevant, and relatable place to liv...

Four Tools for Recording Time-stamped Notes While Watching Videos

There are many tools for creating video-based lessons and quizzes in which students answer the questions that you create for them. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. I’ve done that myself. However, there are times when I wan...

11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. by Mindy Tarquini The concept is intriguing, the protagonist well-developed, and the setting is not present day. That last was the challenge I faced while r...

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