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Brains On! is a science podcast for children with the motto “we’re serious about being curious.” Each Brains On! episode seeks to answer a question posed at the start—How do you catch a cold? Why does tickling make you laugh? What makes paint stick?—through a series of interviews.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed, a website that offers teachers resources and apps to use music as a vehicle to teach other academic lessons.

May 6, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love | | Leave a comment

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My word is nitpick – what’s yours? The Oxford English Dictionary (otherwise known as the OED) has an awesome site where you can find which words started the same time you did. This is great fun – and could be useful for students’ autobiographies (Lynn and Carol – I’m looking at you).

July 21 and 22 there is a virtual conference (meaning it’s delivered online) focused on STEAM and Arts Integration. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The conference is virtual, which means all the sessions and handouts are delivered over the Internet. The sessions will be presented live on July 21 and 22, and will be available by demand through July 21, 2017 (that’s a year, people). For more information about the presentations, visit the website at I’m offering to host an in-person gathering for my colleagues who want to attend the live sessions – sounds like fun!

If you’re looking for something to learn over spring break (or beyond), check out the Adobe Education Exchange. You can join for free, and they have a lot of self-paced workshops or collaborative courses. You can search by standard, grade or by product.

April 15, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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We got a Silhouette cutting machine for our new innovation lab, and I could not be more excited! A Silhouette is used to (are you ready for this?) cut stuff out of paper, cardboard, cardstock, fabric or vinyl. You use the Silhouette Design software (which is a free download) to design your image, and then send it to the cutter. There are lots of ways that we’ll be able to use this – let me know if you want a demo or to play. And check out my Pinterest board for ideas!

If you’re looking for vintage photographs, check out Shorpy. You can search or just browse to see the amazing photos uploaded by users. It is crowdsourced content, so you may want to be careful having students use it.

Passover is on its way! For links to Passover websites, videos, games and more, check out Jacob Richman’s site.

April 8, 2016 Posted by | Jewish, Links You'll Love, Silhouette CAMEO, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” Ahhh – spring is near, and that means rainy recess and squirmy kids! I just wanted to remind you about the fabulous website GoNoodle, which features brief videos to get your students moving.

Shoutout to the folks at PosterMyWall. I had some concerns about how the website performs on iPads and reached out to their tech support. They responded immediately, and sent me some tips on how to use the website to our best advantage on an iPad. Impressive response!

Were you aware that there’s an election going on? Newsela has a site where you can set up a class account, access articles about the primaries, and your students can vote.

If you’re using Google Slides, you’ll want to check out these great tips for a powerful presentation.

Here’s a great video to share with your students to help visualize the world population.

How has technology changed campaigning for president? This article talks about the increasing impact of data, the Internet and smartphones.

March 18, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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We’re so excited that we’ll be acquiring a 3D printer over the summer. I’ve started thinking about awesome ways to use it in the classroom! Here’s a great place to begin.

We just acquired a poster printer. It is so cool! Here are a couple of great sites to help you create terrific posters:

My former student Jon Youshaei has a really terrific website geared to twentysomethings in the workforce. It’s entertaining, well-written, and beautifully designed (I take FULL CREDIT for his tech skills!). Check it out!

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The Strategic Education Research Partnership has a nice tool for teachers that provides a series of discussable dilemmas designed to promote students’ academic language and argumentation skills. It begins with questions like “What is the purpose of school?” Supporting materials for teachers and students are provided free of charge. There are resources for fourth through eighth grades.

From the University of Michigan…”ImagineNation Matters “virtual tour” modules are like storybooks come to life, in which upper elementary students can explore the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, experience the human drama of the Underground Railroad, or traverse the history of Mackinac Island. Each of our modules is in the form of a story that involves protagonists of the approximate age of our student participants.”

Spark101 features engaging, well-developed STEM video case studies for classroom use. Each video focuses on a problem and how it was approached in a professional context. For instance, a nine minute video on the Innovation Process at the Garfield Center described challenges facing healthcare and investigated how technology could provide a solution. Teacher resources and student packets are provided.

February 5, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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Like its sister website,, Custom and Craft gives you the tools to create a customized service. Just create an account and click “Create a service,” and begin!

Need to type something quickly in Hebrew? Pop over to Lexilogos for an easy, web-based keyboard.

If you’re looking to learn something new about EdTech and Google Apps, check out ControlAltAchieve. Free webinars are posted as well as blog posts with tips and tricks.

January 29, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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“Digital news platforms make it easy to find any information about any topic on any device. But they also push us into a “filter bubble”, a silo of information that validates our opinions more than informing or challenging them…” Such begins a fascinating article about how social media and online news platforms ironically make our world smaller. Read the article here and to see a great TED talk by author Eli Pariser here.

TeachThought is an easy-to-navigate website with lots of great information for teachers, “dedicated to supporting educators in innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st century audience…with ideas and resources for K-20 teachers through our site, and extends to our design of school models, learning models, curriculum, technology, apps, and other learning tools through collaborations with other organizations.”

Check out the TeachersFirst website. Sign up for a free account, and you can search for lesson plans, projectables, articles and more.

January 22, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 teamed up to do a lovely cover of James Taylor’s Shed a Little Light. What a great video to share with students! And if you want to share the lyrics as well, I’ve created a Google doc with them.


Creative Commons. Creative Commons. Creative Commons. I can’t say it enough. What’s Creative Commons? That’s the licensing protocol that allows creators to share their creations and say it’s okay (or it’s not okay) for people to use/reuse/remix their stuff. With our digital citizenship curriculum materializing, we’re doing our students a disservice if we continue to allow them to simply do a web search for images and use whatever they find. One solution is to use a search engine that only returns results that are copyright-free. One such resource is Pixabay. You can do a search and then filter by photos, videos, or illustrations. Give it a shot!

Got plans this summer? Check out the National Endowment for the Humanities summer programs website for an impressive listing of summer programs. Stipends are available.

NoCamels is an innovative name for an innovative website about, well, innovations in Israel. It’s ad-supported and a little annoying, but there’s good info on there and it would be a great destination for a student seeking current events articles.

The Google Cultural Institute website is an extraordinary collection of works that are searchable and browsable. A search of “Chagall” returned information about the artist, links to four exhibits and 278 items. There are 950 collections in this impressive resource, including museums, Carnegie Hall, Yad Vashem, the Metropolitan Opera, Life’s photo collection and more.

January 15, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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I love stuff in the public domain – don’t you? ICYMI – the public domain means materials for which intellectual property rights don’t apply. In other words, it’s stuff you (and your students) can use in documents, videos, and other products. The New York Public Library has over 670,000 items that are in the public domain, and many of them are available online. For more info, visit the NYPL’s digital collection.

Here’s an iBook you can download to your iPad to help with finding educational content for iPads.

Ever wonder what nightingales singing by a river in Spain sounds like? How about American Tree Frogs in Indiana? To answer all your burning nature sound questions, visit Nature Soundmap, a collaborative project of over ninety professional nature recordists. For instance, here’s a lovely recording of marsh birds on a Sunday morning in Oregon:

January 8, 2016 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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