Meet the All New Flipgrid! #flipgridfever

Meet the all new @flipgrid. Fresh out today! #FlipgridFever

Expect the Miraculous

The all-new Flipgrid is here! We’ve been teased for months with what improvements were on the way to this already phenomenal tool, and at a live stream announcement, the details were released.  If you are new to Flipgrid, there’s no better time to get started than now. At it’s core, Flipgrid is a tool that allows you to post a topic and have students respond with video that is instantly uploaded to one location. It gives every student in class an equal voice and makes it easy for the teacher to share those voices beyond the walls of the school. 

Today Flipgrid announced that more than 100,000 educators and more than 5,000,000 students use Flipgrid across 141 countries.  In addition, a new Flipgrid video was shared every .48 seconds of every minute of every day since Jan 1 of 2017.  Today more than 1.2 billion seconds of video have been…

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The 40 Book Challenge Revisited | Donalyn Miller

Next week I begin another school year as a library media specialist in an elementary school. I am changing schools. I am excited about the possibilities and a little nervous too. I can’t wait to connect with another community of readers. It is my desire to help students love reading and grow as readers. 

I read about the 40 Book Challenge in The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I love how the challenge helps each student grow as a reader. I long to help my new students reach personally set reading goals that will help them become lifelong readers. I found this article, The 40 Book Challenge Revisited, to be a thoughtful response to misuses of Mrs. Miller’s original intention. I hope you find it thought provoking too. Happy reading!

https://bookwhisperer.com/2014/08/12/the-40-book-challenge-revisited/

Teaching Special Thinkers: Back to School Books for Week 1: All About School

Gabrielle, at Teaching Special Thinkers, has started an amazing series of blog posts sharing the books she is reading aloud and how she’s incorporating activities around the books throughout the day. The picture shows the books she’ll be using the first week of school.

http://www.teachingspecialthinkers.com/2015/07/backtoschoolbooksallaboutschool.html?m=1

Daniel Coldstar Goes On Tour!


. @DanielColdstar Thanks for the #BookExcursion shout-out on your blog. #WhoDisturbs? 🚀

This was a busy week for Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War.

The book has been invited to join three book tours featured on Twitter this Summer! They are #bookjourney, #bookvoyage, and #bookexpedition. These are reading crews made up of authors, teachers and librarians across the country, who read a handful of middle grade ARCs during summer break and then tweet and blog their reviews. It is a great and personal way for followers to learn about exciting books coming out this Fall!

So, Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War got packaged up and sent off to these great groups of readers. The first book in the Daniel Coldstar series should be in their hands soon!

If you want to learn about some awesome middle grade books coming out this Fall, do a search for these hashtags on Twitter and follow the wonderful people who are their members. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Control Alt Achieve: 6 End-Of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up Tips by @EricCurts


Ah, I learned something new through this article. I need to make sure I returned all student work so ownership reverts back to the student. Did anyone else forget to clean up your #GoogleClassroom at the end of the school year? Here’s a step-by-step guide to the process by Eric Curts. #edtech #edtechteam @ericcurts

http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/05/classroom-cleanup.html?m=1

Learn Their Names, Learn Their Story

This is an important message as we start a new school year. My name is part of my identity. Many students will not want to correct their teachers so it is up to us to insist on correct pronunciation of each student’s name. Do you agree?

In fifth grade, my teacher was firm, but loving. She played the harp, had emerald green eyes, and read aloud Tuck Everlasting to our class. We rapped about rainforests, memorized the Fifty Nifty United States, and kept chameleons in aquariums (except for the one that escaped, making for a frantic morning search around the classroom!). I loved being in her class, but every day, the whole grade switched to different teachers for reading. Despite being an enthusiastic reader at home, I dreaded my reading teacher’s class from the beginning, all because of one thing. She refused to learn my name.

My name is Aliza.
It is derived from Hebrew.
Depending on the etymology, it means “joyful” or “oath of God”.
There are not many of us. I have only met one other Aliza, in person, in my life.
My name is pronounced “ah-LEE-zah”.
It rhymes with (The Leaning Tower of)…

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6 Alternatives to Reading Logs by @shfarnsworth – Teacher Tech

These are great ideas that allow students to engage with the books they’re reading AND they all make student learning a social experience. 
http://alicekeeler.com/2017/01/30/6-alternatives-reading-logs-shfarnsworth/

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