Vicki Davis on Twitter: "100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators"

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

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Small Ideas for a Better Organized Classroom Library |

With 12 days left of the school year, they trickle in.  Some worn and tattered, others still as crisp as the day they entered our room.  Found in lockers, backpacks, discovered under beds and pulled after being accidentally shelved on personal bookshelves, our books are coming home.  The shelves of the library filling back up and all of our bins bursting at the seams.  So as I did another round of shelving, I put them back so I can assess our inventory, I realized that the organization of texts needed a little bit of attention.  That some of our categories were simply too large to really be useful.   After some inspiration from Penny Kittle – are you listening to the Book Love Foundation Podcast yet – and also

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Join the Cult of Pedagogy Summer Study! | Cult of Pedagogy



While everyone else spends their summer having fun and “chilling,” a true Teacher Nerd sees the summer for what it really is: An opportunity to LEARN MORE!!

With that in mind, I’m thrilled to announce two major learning opportunities I will host for teachers this summer. They are both going to be held completely online, so you never have to leave your hammock!



My book pick for this summer is Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. I’m so excited about the possible long-term effects of having lots of teachers read this book–it could change the lives of so many girls. For anyone interested in culturally responsive teaching, this book is

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Nonprofit Garden: Consulting & Professional Services

Executive Assistant

Claudean Ostrom

What gets me out of bed in the morning:

My to-do list! Whether it is for work, keeping Lisa and the team at Nonprofit Garden on track or for my family, my phone is constantly going off with reminders. I am excited to be working with nonprofits, and supporting so many important missions in the background.

What keeps me up at night:

Usually I take it one day at a time, but night is when I run through the day and think about the following day. It is usually another list of things to do including doing homework, practicing spelling words and getting the science fair projects done!

Claudean is a master organizer. Her role at Nonprofit Garden is to keep CEO Lisa Lane on

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Bill Connors, CFRE

Consulting and Training on
Raiser’s Edge NXT and version 7

Bill Connors, CFRE, bCRE-Pro is an independent consultant and trainer on the
Blackbaud fundraising software Raiser’s Edge.


Bill can help you evaluate, implement, learn, and get the most out of Raiser’s Edge NXT and version 7.


Bill can be reached at 415.861.5454 or through the
contact form.

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5 of The Best iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Coding Through Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

October 14, 2015
Coding is believed to be the 21st century literacy par excellence. Codes make up the totality of our digital world. They are a universal language that every computer speak. Teaching kids coding will not only enable them to better understand the digital world surrounding them but, more importantly, will equip them with skills integral to their overall learning. Coding is all about creativity, imagination, problem solving and strategic thinking.

There is a wide variety of ways to make learning programming and coding a fun an enjoyable task for kids. One of them is through the use of engaging and interactive games. Below is a collection of some of the most popular iPad apps for helping kids learn coding through games. Check them out and share with us

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5 Steps to Internet Safety Poster by Cool Cat Teacher | Teachers Pay Teachers

Students need to know how to be safe online. The commonly used method of “stop, block, and tell” is not a safe one. Students must know how to take screenshots before they block someone who does something to them online. If they do not, they will lose all evidence of what has happened.

Use this safety poster and share it with everyone you know. It is important for students to be safe.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Use Adobe Spark in School

On Tuesday morning I published a video about how to use Adobe’s new creative suite called Adobe Spark. That video was focused on how to use the three parts of Adobe Spark; post, page, and video. If you haven’t seen the video, it is embedded below.

Now that we know how the tools work, let’s take a look at some ways that teachers and students can use Adobe Spark.

Post is the part of the Adobe Spark that lets you create graphics like posters, announcements, and Internet memes.

  • Students and teachers can create simple posters to print and post in their schools to announce club meetings, campaigns for class elections, or to post encouraging messages to students.

Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading

A couple of weeks ago I featured the summer reading packs offered by ReadWorks. Those reading packs are a great option for those teachers and students looking for relatively short articles. For those teachers and students in need of longer ebooks, I recommend taking a look at what Zing has to offer.

Zing is a service that offers thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.

Zing is more than just a repository of free ebooks. In the Zing reader students will find a built-in dictionary and tools for

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