Tools for Digital Storytelling

Looking for ways to creatively tell stories?  Check out:

Photo Story (a Microsoft program)

Prezi (FREE)

Animoto (FREE)

Kerpoof (FREE)

Alsocheck out ThingLink,, to create digital poster boards, or Haiku Deck,, for an alternative to PowerPoint.

5 Resources for Every Teacher

From Jamie Kanas’s workshop at the 2014 ICE Conference

#5: Padlet – post-it notes for digital collaboraration.

#4: – graphic organizers.

#3: Vocabulary, Spelling City – spelling and vocabulary review.

#2: Weebly – classroom website templates and hosting.

#1: Tagxedo – word clouds.


Visit these and share in “comments” how you plan to incorporate these in your classrooms.

My Students Need Your Help!

My Students Need Your Help!

What do you remember about 6th grade Social Studies.  Chances are, if you’re not a history buff, you don’t remember much.  Why?  Because if the lessons were not made to be exciting and relevant, we remember just what we need to in order to past test and quizzes, and then forget it.

Scholastic News helps makes Social Studies exciting and relevant.  It’s an excellent resource that is aligned to Common Core standards.  However, it’s a resource my school can no longer afford due to budget cuts.  As a result, our subscription has been cancelled.

I’ve created a DonorsChoose proposal to obtain the magazine again.  I now need donors.  Won’t you consider donating?  Will you share it with your friends and family so they can donate?

Help bring Social Studies to life for my students.


Mrs. Richardson

360 Degree Math

I quickly glanced over an article on this topic recently.  It was such a quick glance, that I can’t even remember what source I retrieved it from.  In my quick glance, however, I got the idea of trying this in my classroom, using whiteboards.  I tried it today and it went well!  The students enjoyed it and it allowed me to see where students were struggling in some of the concepts we were reviewing.  I plan to try it again, with whiteboards, or perhaps even chart paper.  Here…read about it for yourselves and tell me what you think! Andrea