Find out how to bring two classroom routines into the 21st century with QR Codes.
How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?
Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.
If you’re in an elementary school, you’ve inevitably had discussion with parents about handwriting. My policy for writer’s notebooks was always, “As long as I can read it, it’s neat enough.” I didn’t… Read More
Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.
A couple weeks ago it came to my attention that one of our readers wasn’t seeing Two Writing Teachers pop up in her Facebook News Feed. That prompted me to check our stats,… Read More
I was searching for something in our blog’s archives when I came across a video Ruth and I made about Bubbl.us, an online brainstorming tool, nearly four years ago. (Click here to watch… Read More
I learned about digital text bins when I took Maggie Beattie Roberts’s session “Tap the Power of Technology and Media to Teach Higher Level Comprehension” at this past summer’s Reading Institute. Now that… Read More
We’ve been researching in Keith Bollman’s 5th grade class. Because Keith and I have been working together for years, I know he will let me play a little in writing workshop. I can… Read More
This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Read More
A Note from Stacey: A little over a year ago Amy Platt, who is a sixth grade teacher at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School in Melissa, Texas, contacted me with a question about something… Read More
Last month I finally got of my cell phone that didn’t have a qwerty keyboard and upgraded to an iPhone 4S. It took me awhile to convert to an iPhone since I first… Read More
The more things change, the more they stay the same. –Alphonse Karr Last Saturday my cousin got Bar Mitzvahed in New York. I tacked-on a few extra days to my weekend away so… Read More
My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR Code might take… Read More
One of the fantastic sessions I attended at NCTE was called “Beyond Classroom Walls: Honoring Voices of Young Readers.” It was led by Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers, Katie Keier of… Read More
There are two articles that have been published in The New York Times in the past week that are worth reading if you teach or have young children. (1) A Silicon Valley School… Read More
There are three tech tools I acquired when I was in the classroom that changed the way I taught. The first is a document camera, which allowed me to write “live” in front… Read More
As we venture into teaching writing in authentic ways, it is important to communicate with parents our teaching decisions. When using technology in writing and reading workshops, communication with parents becomes imperative. When… Read More