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NewsFeed Defenders is a media literacy game from designed to help students spot fake news and misinformation. Speaking of media literacy, brothers Hank and John Green (yes – that John Green)  have a new media literacy series on their YouTube channel Crash Course. You can check out the first in the series here.

Who doesn’t love folktales? CircleRound is a storytelling podcast that’s geared to kids 4 through 10. You can listen online or subscribe through Apple iTunes.


February 1, 2019 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re interested in using Google Slides for formative assessment, check out this post about using the Pear Deck add-on.

If you’re a Google Classroom user, you might be interested in integrating materials into your Classroom. Check this post out for more info.

I tripped across ReadWorks while looking for student-friendly articles. This is a great resource; teachers can use it for free, and it offers articles, questions sets, vocabulary and more.


December 16, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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StoryboardThat is an awesome website where you can create storyboards and comics. You can create two storyboards a week with the free edition. The site includes background images, graphics, thought bubbles are more.

Don’t know what to write about? Check out StoryStarter for Kids. Students get a random starter sentence to copy and paste into a Google Docs.

Webjets is a very cool digital curation platform. It’s basically a space for you to compile all your resources in one place. You can sign up using your Google credentials.

If you’re a fan of Kahoot! Or Quizlet, check out Gimkit. It’s easy to set up, fast-paced, and you can use Quizlets that you’ve already created.

I introduced Flipgrid last year. For those of you who’d like to explore using it for formative assessment, this blog post explains a nice way to integrate PearDeck.

December 13, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re looking to integrate STEM into K-2, check out the PictureSTEM Project  which offers units that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thinking, and reading.

If you’re looking for free sound effects, visit FreeSound. Everything is creative commons licensed, which means you and your students can use any sound in any project without getting permission from the creator.

If you need a common whitespace that everyone in a class can access, try Twiddla. Basically you create a space, invite others, and anything anyone puts on the screen can be seen by everyone.

If you’re a Google Slides user, you might want to check the Slides Toolbox add-on. It’s got some nice tools, gets great reviews, and is free to install.

BioInteractive is a very nice science site, with loads of resources including posters, videos and articles.

December 11, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re looking for a way your students can create newspapers online, check out Printing Press. It is Flash-based, so I’m not sure it’ll work on an iPad, but it should be fine on a Chromebook.

ProjectPals is a task-management website that will support your students who are working on independent projects.

WriteReader is a very cool website where students can write books and include photos and narration. You can log in with your Google credentials and it will coordinate with classes that you’ve already set up in Google Classroom. It supports Hebrew text input. The website features images, or you can upload from the computer or search for them on the Internet. Books can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.

If you want to create games that your students can play, check out PurposeGames. It’s free to use, and you can create games like matching games, multiple choice quiz, and type-the-answer. You can also search from games that others have created.

December 9, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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Can you show Netflix in class? Read this article and learn about this complex copyright issue.

If you’re looking for a fun winter activity, check out this winter-themed “magnetic” poetry activity using Google Draw.

We purchased Hapara this year for our 5th through 8th grade students. Primarily, Hapara is student management software that allows teachers to view (and control) what’s happening on student Chromebooks, but it offers much more than mere management tools. If you’re interested in how it can be used to support student learning, here is a resource.

Happy Hanukkah! Check out  Six13’s adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

For another Bohemian Rhapsody-inspired song, check out this one about social media

Need some zen activities? Here are some fun websites with no value except they’re well, pretty zen to work with:

December 7, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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The members of a process group I recently facilitated were excited to use this name picker in their classrooms, so I thought I’d share it here. Visit and choose the random name picker. It’s an eye-catching wheel that you can customize. You can also save it and remove names as you go. That site has lots of fun tools!

Check out this article from JTA about science and tech in Jewish Day Schools. Nice to be noticed!

During a faculty planning week presentation, a colleague mentioned the Cult of Pedagogy podcast and how much she’s gotten out of listening to it. Here’s a link to the website where you can read more and subscribe.

August 24, 2018 Posted by | Links, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment


Classtrak is a free website for teachers who don’t need a whole LMS (learning management system), but would like an online resource to post home-based projects. It’s a useful tool that can help students and parents keep up.

With Classtrak, you can list home-based projects by name alongside a description of it and its due date. You can also add downloadable resources that students can use to help them complete the project, such as notes, games, etc.  No more, “I forgot” or “I lost the sheet”—students can find everything they need right inside the site, and check it whenever they need to.

To use Classtrak, sign up for a free account. Once you’re signed up, you can create a class and invite your students and their parents to join by code.
If you are interested in acquiring the resource for your whole school, you can request a demo and quote here.

In Your Classroom

  • Working on a project in class that needs extra supplies? Post a reminder in Classtrak so that students will remember to bring in what they’ll need. For example, if you are planning on creating Seder plates in class, ask each student to bring in their own sturdy plastic plate for decorating.
  • Continue the learning at home. Build on in-class lessons by creating family based activities that enhance your student’s understanding. For example, if you are learning about the Haggadah, invite students to ask each of their parents and siblings for their favorite Passover memory, and bring them in to share. Remind them about the project using Classtrak.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

April 15, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment


Classtools is a free website that offers some useful tools you can use to add pizazz to your lessons.

Here are some of my favorites features on the site:

  • The SMS text generator page lets you easily create an image of a phone displaying bubbles with SMS texts of your choice. Once you save it, you can print it as a single image onto paper, or you can share a unique URL with your students for them to see your pretend text dialogue appear line by line.
  • The Fakebook page allows you to create a fake Facebook profile page.
  • The Movietext page takes the text you enter, and uses it to create a StarWars-like movie intro.
  • Fruit Machine is a random name or word generator. You enter a list of words and then click  to start a slot machine type animation that spins around and then randomly stops on a word.

In Your Classroom

  • Ask students to use the SMS text gernerator to create an imagined text conversation between two biblical characters.
  • Students can use the fakebook page to design a profile page for a historical figure or hero.
  • Use Movitext to introduce a new topic, provide writing prompts or even display students’ names at the beginning of the school year.
  • Try out Fruit Machine the next time you need to randomly select a student for a task, or organize teams.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

April 14, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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This article has some great tips for using Google extensions in the classroom.

The Chrome music lab has all sorts of fun music experiments. You can explore rhythm, melodies, soundwaves and more.

We do a lot of prototyping in the innovation studio: creating, critiquing and revising are a natural part of what happens when you’re creating for the 3D printer or Silhouette cutter. For more on design thinking in the classroom, see this article.

April 13, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , , | Leave a comment

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