Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Collaborative maps without needing a Google Account

If your school does not have Google Apps for education, Ethermap allows your students to participate in creating shared maps just by sharing a link! You can even password protect your maps to keep them private for your own classroom. Just enter the website, create a name for your map and start dropping markers, It is seriously easy. Teachers can create custom maps for the classroom based on historical data, and even add annotations and hyperlinks.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Spotlight Series: Student Engagement Ep.1

What engagement strategies do you use? Watch the premiere of the spotlight, a short film series that illuminates the work that teachers do to engage their students. Featured in this episode is Dustin Ecker, a 4th-grade teacher at Grassy Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN. This series will shine a spotlight on nominated teachers that others felt exemplified student engagement in the classroom.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alternative text in Google Slides

Add accessibility by using the alternative text feature in Google Slides.

If you have students using a screen-reader, you will love this feature.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Hummingbird Robotics in PE/Health!

Middle-school teacher Brett Slezak used the Hummingbird in his PE/Health class to model joints with robotics!

Finch robots and fourth graders

Elementary-school teacher, Elissa Hozore, showed how animals respond to their habitats with the Finch Robot in this NGSS-aligned Animal Adaptations project.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Have you updated your Google Skills recently?

For the past six years, educators have come from the tri-state region to improve their Google skills set, will you be one of them this August? In the beginning, we were teaching the basics, not many schools had embraced the Googlesphere, and there was much catching up to do for those just adding Google Apps for the first time. Over the years, we have watched our teachers wholeheartedly take up the tools, connect their classrooms then turn to us for guidance on using G-suite efficiently and in line with the best pedagogical practices. In turn, they became some of our best presenters! With 16 recent titles and Dr. Michael Salvatore, Long Branch Superintendent of Schools, as our keynote speaker this year, teachers are sure to find sessions that will galvanize their classrooms to the next level of technology integration.  We look forward to welcoming back our past participants and our new attendees.  Register here!

Monday, January 28, 2019


Check out all the upcoming workshops, programs, and conferences we have! Our latest newsletter is live! Some of our featured programs include Google Classroom Kickstart and G Suite for Professionals in the K-12 Front Office with John Sowash. We also encourage you to check out The Coding Teacher Certificated Series, and our free 15-hour course on Sheltered Instruction. Go ahead, open the newsletter and register today!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

MakerSpace Mondays-Quilling Hack

So many of our makers love to create 3D paper flowers.
With quilling tools running about $7-$10 a pop, it can get expensive if you want your whole class
to make flowers at the same time. Our quilling tool hack is in the video below...get making!

Another problem encountered during 3D flower making is burnt
fingers from the glue gun.  We have seen these on Amazon, if anyone knows of a
less expensive hack, let us know,
we will post it!
Come to a MakerSpace Monday and learn more hacks...