23 02 2016

Hi All,

Welcome back from break! I’ve updated the Courses page with many new offerings from different teacher centers and colleges. Take a look!

Hope you enjoyed learning to Flubaroo your PearDeck (our last post). If you missed it, take a look – I think you’ll enjoy..

Now, my latest find! It’s call OpenEd and MANY of the resources are FREE – you never know how long these things last but I’m loving it for now. It is a treasure trove of resources that you can use. Some publishers are only in the premium version but there’s plenty to choose in the free version. Select your subject / standard and state whether you’d like to find video, game, worksheets, assessments, lesson plans, homework, audio… I’ve been working with some teachers in Freeport and they are loving it. Here’s the link: Open Ed


Flubaroo Your PearDeck

6 02 2016

Here we are – our first snow day and hopefully our LAST…though my son sent me an image of the next five day forecast and all I saw was SNOWFLAKES 😦

Since I had some extra time, I searched around for what I could share. Many of us are using Kahoot, Quizizz, and Pear Deck for formative assessment. I’m a spreadsheet gal and love the summary sheets I get easily from Kahoot and Quizizz. You can get similar results with PearDeck using Flubaroo. I’ve showed some of you Flubaroo when I taught the online Google classes. Here’s a video on how to use Flubaroo with Pear Deck. Enjoy!

smore – a tool with a free and premium version

4 01 2016

Feb 10, 2010Hi everyone! (editing this post… the free version only allows for a limited number of flyers) 😦

Happy New Year! Hope you had a terrific break! Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with any of this!

I wanted to share a tool that I think you’ll love! You can create flyers, reports invitations… and it’s free for a limited number of flyers.

I’ve created one at the following link: to give you an idea of what can be done.

Click the link at the end for access to a Google form and let me know what you think.

Have a great year!

Formative Assessment Tools

1 11 2015

Hi all

It’s been a VERY busy year! I’ve been playing around with several formative assessment tools and thought I’d share. We’ve used Pear Deck, Google Forms, and Haiku to inform our instruction and each has its strengths. I recently have been playing with Kahoot and just heard about Quizziz.

What I really liked about Kahoot was the data that is generated and the engagement of my students. Each answer is timed and you can choose anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. That works in some cases but not all. That’s where Quizziz comes in. Quizziz allows from 30 seconds to 5 minutes for each question. What I really like about Quizziz is that students work at their own pace. The teacher can view the data as the students are working so if I see that a student is struggling I have the time to go over and help him/her.Both give data that can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet with information about EACH question – very, very cool!

Take a look at the following video for what Kahoot has to offer. Then watch the video about Quizziz. Both platforms have public quizzes so you can search for a specific topic. In Kahoot, you can duplicate the quiz and modify to your heart’s content. In Quizziz, you can choose individual questions from various public quizzes. I really like that idea! 21st century is all about sharing and collaboration and that’s exactly what you’ll find in both platforms.



Video Notes – Get it in the App Store for FREE

17 05 2015

Here is a really cool way to use YouTube, Khan Academy, and Vimeo video with your students. As the video displays students can take notes. The notes are automatically uploaded to their Google Drive and can be shared. Take a look at the video for more information on

eduCanon – another interactive video tool

10 03 2015

I showed you Zaption – now here’s eduCanon. It’s another interactive video tool. Have fun exploring and choose the right tool for YOUR classroom! See the video below and a link to eduCanon’s blog below. As with most educational tools, there is a free version and a premium.

And a link to the blog:

Make You Tube Interactive with Zaption!

30 01 2015

One of the teachers in an online class that I’m teaching mentioned a site called Zaption so, of course, I had to explore. I will preface this by saying that I am in no way an expert BUT I AM excited! This is what you can do: Find a video on the topic you are teaching. You can search through YouTube, Vimeo, TED, Discovery, National Geographic,… You can preview, create new tour or add to My Videos.

NOW comes the fun part! When you create a new tour, you can stop the video at various points and create interactive questions. . . free response, multiple choice, etc. Now when you show the video it will pause at that spot and display the question in a side bar. There are analytics that come with the free version but I haven’t had time to explore that as yet. . . just found this last night but I could not wait to share!

The free version allows you to:

  • Watch as many video lessons as you like
  • Find great educational videos from YouTube and Vimeo
  • Create your own video lessons using 6 interactive elements with a single video
  • Share lessons with your students and friends
  • Track viewer progress and responses with detailed analytics
  • Copy and edit ready-to-use video lessons from the Zaption Gallery

Watch the video to get a better idea. Sorry I didn’t zap it 😦