Summer Inspirations Week 4

Friday, July 6, 2018 No comments
Books, Social Media, Blogs, and More to Keep You Inspired this Summer #newteachers #backtoschool #socialstudies #professionaldevelopment

Hello all!  I have already skipped a week but I'm going to keep trudging through!  This week was my first full week of vacation and I am content. We are having a heat wave here in New England so there was a ton of time in the pool, lots of ice cream, and just the right amount of family snuggling time.  I also got my craft on and tried my hands at Cricut heat transfer vinyl.

I am pretty happy with myself and slightly addicted!

So.... who should you be following to kick up your teacher game in September?

4 Technology Tools to Help Struggling Learners

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 No comments

4 Amazing Technology Tools To Help Struggling Learners #englishlanguagelearners #executivefunctioning #reading #writing #middleschool #highschool #elementary #activities

Hello all! I have two days left of work and they couldn't come fast enough. Although this was a great year, it was also a fabulous year.

In my job as a technology coach, I tend to pick a passion project and research the heck out of it. Last year I spent a ton of time researching virtual field trips and created a list of 250 possible field trips. This year, I'm working on organizing tools to help students with reading difficulties, writing struggles, weak executive functioning, and English Language Learners. Although I am compiling a big list of web sites, extensions, add ons, and apps, I'm going to tell you my favorite tool in each category!


Text Compactor is a super easy summarization tool.  You, or a student, can copy and paste text into the Step 1 box and move the slider in Step 2.  The slider determines the percentage of text that will be left in the summary.  You would then copy and paste the summarized information into a document!  this is great for students who are researching a topic online!


Google Voice Typing is amazing.  It is in Google Docs and allows students to dictate their thinking.  My so struggles with writing and he is a master at Google Voice Typing.  He speaks stream of consciousness and then has gotten super good at going back and editing!  As a plus, the voice typing also helps him work on speaking clearly and concisely.

Executive Functioning

Google Keep is another favorite tool of my son and I.  In Google Keep and can have "cards" for homework assignments, add to do lists, complete research than can be accessed through Docs, add pictures and colors, and organize by tags. When my son has a ton of big projects due, we create a To Do list in Keep and he share sit with me so we can both monitor progress!

English Language Learners

Read aloud does just that... reads content from the internet aloud!  It is a Chrome Extension and super easy to use!

I'm working on a database right now and so far I have 30 tools but I will definitely be adding more! Check out the database below and feel free to leave me a comment with your favorite accessibility tools!

Summer Inspirations: Week 3

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 No comments

Books, Social Media, Blogs, and More To Keep You Inspired This Summer While You are Out of the Classroom! This is a super helpful list for new teachers! #newteachers #backtoschool #teachersocialmedia #professionaldevelopment

Hello!  I know I'm putting this out early but I'm getting ready to go to Chicago for my PBS Summit and ISTE and I am super nervous!!!!  I can't remember the last time I traveled alone. My 12 year old told me not to worry.... I have an Uber app, I have Google Maps, and when in doubt I should ask a police officer for help.  I think that is solid advice.  Here are my #summerinspiration tips for Week 3!

If you are reading this on a mobile device click on each picture to enlarge it!


History with Tiffany

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Wow in the World

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the selves of Adolescent Girls

Enjoy Your Week!

Summer Inspirations: Week 2

Monday, June 18, 2018 No comments

I still have 10 work days left and today we actually had school cancelled because it is going to approach 100. New England is crazy! For those of you already on vacation, here are some inspirational people, accounts, and books to follow!


Tech Educator Podcast

Cult of Pedagogy

Learn Like a Pirate

Summer Inspirations Round Up - Click here to see all the current Summer Inspiration Weeks

Summer Inspirations: Week 1

Saturday, June 9, 2018 No comments

Hey all!  I promised and my challenge to myself is to keep this up all summer long!  These books, accounts, and blogs can inspire you to kick it up a notch in your classroom next year... by the way, did I mention I'm not done till June 29th?!?! 9 snow days don't seem so fun now!!! 

If you have any suggestions for this Summer Inspiration list, enter it in the Form at the bottom of the post (You do not need to fill out the whole thing... just the stuff you want to suggest!)

Ron Clark Academy

@mrmatera #XPlap

Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Hope and Wade King

Teach Like a Pirate