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Flipgrid & Wakelet Updates

There are some well-loved digital tools that have become part of standard practice for many teachers. Flipgrid and Wakelet are two of our favorites! But did you know that these tools have evolved greatly over the past few years, and have more to offer teachers and students than ever before? Take a look at some […]

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Hour of Code is Here!

Although Hour of Code* is set for Thursday the 12th, this entire week is also dedicated to Computer Science Education! Here’s just a very small sample of what you might want to do to celebrate the day, the week and beyond. – Is this your first Hour of Code? has so many opportunities […]

Thinking Ahead to 2021-2022

Thinking Ahead to 2021-2022

This past year has certainly been full of challenges. Teachers, students and families were pushed and pulled in many directions. However, in all of these hardships were opportunities for growth. It is often in the most difficult of times that we dig deep to find our creativity, resilience and strength to move things forward. It […]

Discover Smithsonian Open Access

Smithsonian Open Access

Are you ready for awesome, high-quality resources? The Smithsonian Institute has opened “Smithsonian Open Access” for everyone in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture. You can share, download and reuse Smithsonian’s images with no worries of copyright! There are millions of images from which to choose. These are great for instruction, research projects, inspiration for […]

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Podcast PD NC

The Innovative Learning Catalysts from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are offering recorded podcasts on up-to-date issues for educators to experience a different type of professional development. With topics ranging from Social Emotional Learning to Choosing the Right Tools, there is something for everyone. In addition to providing the podcasts for you to […]

What is App Smashing?

What is App Smashing?

You may have heard the term “app smashing” and wondered what that meant. Well, we’re here to clear things up! App smashing is when you create something using one app, then go to another app or apps to create something else. Lastly, you merge the content together and create a final product. Why smash app […]

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Finding Inspiration from Educational Technology Bloggers

Have you ever found yourself needing some inspiration to add a little technology in your classroom? As educators, we often find ourselves just trying to stay above water, leaving little time to innovate or try something new. One way to add a little spark into your technology integration is to follow quality bloggers who can […]

Story Design Kits

Add a Little STEAM to Your K-8 Classroom

If you’re looking for an easy way to add Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math (STEAM) into your classroom, we have a new and easy way to support your K-8 classrooms! Dr. King and the Curriculum and Instruction Department have purchased Story Design Projects and some of the reusable materials for supporting these projects. These […]

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Explore Coding with Dash & Dot

For those of you who work with students at the elementary level or students at an elementary learning level, Dash & Dot robots provide an easy and interactive way to learn coding. Dash is a wheeled robot who can be programmed to move, make sounds, and more. His friend Dot can be programmed to talk, […]

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Supporting Creativity with Technology

Let’s Get Even More Creative! On August 21st, we had the wonderful opportunity of working with 35 K-12 Arts Education Teachers. This half day training was filled with ideas on building and sustaining a classroom environment that fosters creativity. With a foundation in the 4 Cs (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity), teachers explored ways […]