Comic Approach to Reading: Graphic Novels

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Comic books once were considered the worst things kids could read. Lots of irresistible issues were hidden under beds or between the covers of textbooks. Many comic books were banned because of their ephemeral nature, graphical format, and often mature and violent content. Think of those lurid covers featuring a scantily-clad, buxom girl in the … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month – ABCYA Word Clouds

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The ABCYA website offers a plethora of activities for the elementary crowd. This month’s Tech Tool features the ABCYA Word Clouds tool. Even our younger digital natives crave some cool tech tools to incorporate into their lessons. Although the tool is described as appropriate for grades K-5, it could be used with middle schoolers. Word Clouds … read more »


Are You a Twitter Lurker or a Twitter Contributor?

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I admit it; I am more of a lurker on Twitter than a contributor. I follow many of the most respected names in education and marvel at their ideas and ability to share with others. Every once in a while, I’ll retweet something I find especially interesting or notable. Rarely do I add my thoughts … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month – Simplify Your Life with SignUp Genius

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What does your summer look like? Are you busy with picnics, fireworks, pool parties, cookouts, reunions, vacation, hiking, and more? Maybe you are embracing professional learning, preparing for the next school year, and making some appointments that just can’t fit in during the school year. Some of you may already be back in the classroom … read more »