21st Learning Buzz Words

I love this blog post titled ” A Dictionary for @1st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology” published by one of my favorite online resources, [email protected]!

All classroom teachers should review this blog post and start trying new strategies in their classroom.

It is a great resources to review and save when planning lessons for digital classroom students.


QR Task Cards for Site Words

QR CODESHere is another blog post on QR codes.  Sorry!  Lots of teachers have been asking for ideas.  I wanted to share this with you.  Email me ([email protected]) with your thoughts.

I think any grade level can adapt this activity for their use.

I received a question from a fabulous Kindergarten teacher recently…..

Here is Mrs. W’s question: “Can we talk to you about a way to record sight words and have students access it easily? Needs to be done independently during Daily 5 time.”

Attached is a possible solution. I uploaded the Word template to reuse and a PDF version to print out and use at a center.

What did I do….
1. When to Vocaroo.com and recorded the sound file using my teacher laptop since it has a microphone.
2. After making the sound file on Vocaroo, instead of making a quick QR code (disappears after 3 months), I downloaded the sound file to my computer.
3. I uploaded the sound file to an online store site (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive). I used OneDrive.
4. I copied the public link/URL from my OneDrive to the sound file and
5. pasted it into QRstuff.com to make the URL.

I then added the QR code to the MS Word doc.

What do you think? Email me with questions or if you want to share a better way to make resources for students.

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Digital Age Learning Ecosystem






Great Blog post from Dr. Clark & the BYOT Network


My teammate, Jamie Pearson, and I teach a class for CCSD teachers each summer called “21st Century Classroom”.  We focus on PBL, Digital Assessment Tools, Learning Environments, Blended Learning, Web 2.0 tools, Flipped Learning and Screencasting, building PLNs, and much more.  After reading this blog post, I may “borrow” Dr. Clark’s naming of Digital Age Learning since it IS fourteen years… almost fifteen years into the 21st century.

The post is a MUST read… but let me list the eight elements that are highlighted in the post:

  • A Sense of Community
  • Essential Questions
  • Captivating Digital Content
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Multiple Technology Tools
  • Designs for Differentiation and Accessibility
  • Supportive Classroom Environment
  • Engaging Instructional Strategies

In order to have a successful digital age learning ecosystem, teachers may need to change the way they approach lesson planning and think more like an instructional designer.  Setting up learning opportunities, providing rich resources (digital and paper), and letting go of some control will take a different mindset and willingness to take chances.

I like the image below to help me understand teacher mindsets… and how to change…. one step at a time to embrace a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset. (Image source: @Primary_Ed – Twitter Post) 

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Great poster for the classroom to encourage growth mindset for students/classroom.

Eight Engaging Ways to Use Technology Tools to Create Lessons That Are Not Boring!

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This blog post was inspired by this AWESOME article that organizes a lot of the information that I share with teachers I support.

8 ways to use technology in the classroom to create lessons that are not boring…..

1. Incorporate student input and gather feedback
– – It is as easy as using iRespond NOW or iRespond to give and get immediate feedback from students and teachers

2. Gamify It
– – Try Kahoot with your students!!!!!!!
– – ELA teachers can even gamify the Writing Process using Edmodo or another tool. Email me and I will explain.

3. Let students create
– – There are so many creation Web 2.0 tools out there. Check out the CCSD Web 2.0 Support Site or  my Web 2.0 links on my support site….linked below.

4. Get interactive
– – Use the Edmodo POLL feature to engage students before a lesson.
– – students try out your interactive white board’s multimedia tools
– – Use your SimplcitySlate (ClassPad/iMMPad) to add interactive elements to your instruction.
– – students use Web 2.0 tools for guided practice

5. Have students collaborate
– – Use the Edmodo NOTE feature for students to talk about/discuss class topics/standards
– – Have students share technology so they must communicate and collaborate their learning.

6. Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL)
– – Present a problem that the students need to solve. They must learn along the way in order to solve the problem. Have students discover information and make it their own.

7. Simulations
– – This can be done with or without PBL…. When student have to apply their learning in a real work situation, they will retain the information. I used to LOVE doing Tom Syner simulations in the classroom. The web has a lot of them out there.

8. Bring in a guest or two
– – With the new SimplicityCams (document cameras) and LYNC installed on ever teacher laptop, it is EASY to connect with classrooms and experts
Do not be overwhelmed with the number 8! Pick ONE and try it. Connect with other educations that want to try too so you have a support system.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities!

Happy last day of school teachers of Cobb County!

I do not know about you, but part of the reason I became a teacher is because I love to learn!  Summer is a great time to take advantage of free online professional development and attend conferences to help you re-energize yourself and your classroom.

Below are some ideas for professional development:

Email me if you have other ideas that should be added to this list.  (cristi[email protected])

Happy Learning and Happy Summer!

Quick How Tos for several mobile Apps – Thanks Matt Gomez!

App 101 Videos: How To Use These Apps

App that costs $$$

SOURCE:  Matt Gomez

Math Apps for iOS/ Web Apps from The Math Learning Center


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The Math Learning Center has great apps to support math instruction.  Several of the apps have been used by teachers I support with great success in the iPad classes I host in my area.  I wanted to share them with you!

The Apps that have been tried so far are:

There is new app called Number line that I will be sharing with teachers soon. 

The GREAT thing is all of these tools are WEB APPS too!!!  BYOD classes that have a variety of devices can use these all of these tools.


Here is another great blog post with 11 math tools for classrooms.


Top 100 Sites and Apps for 2013



Click on the link to take you to a blog post from Techlearning that lists 100 web sites and apps that were great in 2013.

I will be going through the list and will be blogging about tools that stand out to me.  

Email me if you find a tool on the list/ or not on the list that is awesome and needs to be shared with others.   [email protected]




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NEWSELA – – Great ELA tool for ELA/Reading Teachers

Are you an ELA/Reading teacher who is looking for current articles that will engage students, but are challenged with finding articles for all of the different Lexile levels in your classroom?  Well NEWSELA is for YOU!!!











Positives for NEWSELA

  • Free (for now!)
  • Easy sign up
  • Current news articles on different Lexile leves
  • Teachers can create a class and assign articles to students (PAPERLESS classroom/ BYOD classroom/ Flipped Classroom)
  • Teachers and students can annotate the articles

Teachers cannot send different articles to different students at this time, but you could work around that by creating “classes” with similar Lexiled students in them or use Edmodo to send out articles.

Let me know what you think about NEWSELA!

Thanks to Candice Wilkes of LMMS for the ‘heads-up”!