Showing posts from March, 2015

Apps for #Self-Regulation: Breathing Zone App

In the world of educational technology, we often focus our attention on websites and apps that focus on creativity and  assessment; however, what about technologies that can help students with self-regulating their behavior? Self Regulation:  When we think of the term self-regulation, we often think that students with learning disabilities or emotional difficulties; however, self-regulation refers to the strategies and tools that we can provide students to manage their behavior, set goals, and even self-reflect. Yoga in School?  Several years ago, I was introduced to the story of an elementary school in Chicago, who had a significant number of discipline problems - especially after lunch. The principal began to have her students practice Yoga breathing techniques in the morning and after lunch. Ironically, discipline problems were reduced significantly. This example made me think about the power of teaching students breathing and relaxation techniques as a coping mechanism; h

Helpful Literacy Tools for Students: Newsela

The Common Core State Standards has emphasized that our students need to read more non-fictional texts; however, finding appropriate articles to meet the needs of our students can be difficult. Just this past weekend, I was introduced to Newsela by a friend of mine, who has used this in his elementary classroom; however, this tool could be used in any middle school or high school classroom too! What is Newsela?  Newsela is a free (and paid) current event resource with articles that adapt to the needs of the students. There are dozens of articles related to science, money, law, health, and sports. Teachers have the ability to customize each article to fit the needs of your students. There are five different versions of the same article that are divided by reading lexile level, which provides the appropriate amount of challenge to meet the needs of our students (Multiple Means of Representation). There are also several interactive components, where you can embed quizzes and

Instapaper: Save and Access Anywhere on Any Device!

There are literally dozens of different ways to bookmark your favorite articles and websites like Diigo , Delicious , Draggo , and Symbaloo ; however, accessing them across multiple devices can be challenging.   With Instapaper , you can save your favorite articles, videos, and even emails, then read them online, an iPad, iPhone, Android device, or Kindle.   With a clean look and an easy-to-use interface, saving your favorite web-content is easy. Options for Saving? You can use the Chrome Extension to save directly from Chrome.  You can add content directly to your Instapaper account by forwarding to your personal Instapaper email address. You share links from your mobile device by sending them to Instapaper. Premium Version to Help Students with Learning Disabilities There is an affordable paid version of Instapaper, which provides highlighting options, text-to-speech tools, and a full text search of articles. Conclusion :