Friday, November 13, 2015

7 Techy Ways to Build Reading Skills at Home: Guest Post for Learn2Earn

Often, we get asked to write guest blog posts for other bloggers, organizations, or companies from the edtech industry.  One of those organizations we post for is

Their website states that, "Learn2Earn is a technology company focused on funding education in a way that's creative, fun, and relevant." (

Basically, Learn2Earn provides schools an interactive platform to raise funds for their school "WHILE connecting schools, students, and families with the goal of promoting a genuine love of reading." (

If your school is looking for unique and education-minded fundraisers, you may want to check them out. 
While you're there be sure to check out our most recent guest blog post "7 Techy Ways to Build Reading at Home."  In this post we focus on ways parents can foster a fun, creative literacy environment at home that goes beyond just reading a book together. 

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 Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Memes in the Classroom

Memes are one of those side effects of the digital age that you either love or hate- mostly dependent upon how you connect with the meme's content.  It's likely that your students spend a good bit of time browsing the web looking for memes that are relevant and funny to them.

Here's a quick and fun activity that capitalizes on their love for a well-written meme.  We figure if you can't beat 'em, you may as well beat 'em at their game!

The following memes are student created (sixth graders) after learning vocabulary from our Ancient Rome unit.  Students used a variety of apps to create the following memes including PicCollage, Sketchbook, and Keynote. Creativity was left to them, but they had to use a vocabulary word in such a way that demonstrated their understanding of the term.  

Think about your subject area(s) and/or content.  How can you use memes in the classroom with your students?  Be sure to post student work around the classroom!  Have a classroom Twitter account or student blogs? Share them out with the world!