4 Tips to Use Video:  Extending Study Abroad to your Classroom

4 Tips to Use Video: Extending Study Abroad to your Classroom

In 2011, I was given the opportunity to teach an incredible class of 5 to 7 year old students at Great Abington Primary School just outside of Cambridge, England through the British Schools Experience at USF. It was one of the most impactful teaching experiences I...
6 Apps for Digital Storytelling!

6 Apps for Digital Storytelling!

Spark Video:Adobe’s Spark Video is an intuitive app that creates clean, well-produced video that can be almost immediately incorporated into the classroom. The videos can contain images, video, icons, voiceover audio, automatic transitions, and background music and...
Lesson Idea: YouTube Book Reviews

Lesson Idea: YouTube Book Reviews

"Hey guys! Back with another video!" Video book reviews on YouTube. Kids are watching videos and using YouTube like nobody’s business these days. YouTube stars are getting millions of hits and the eSports star, Ninja, is on the cover of the latest ESPN magazine. How...
Lesson Idea: Poetry (Free song for teaching poetry!)

Lesson Idea: Poetry (Free song for teaching poetry!)

Lesson Idea: How to Write a Poem This is a lesson idea for teaching poetry through the use of music. I used this lesson with 4th grade students but it could easily be adapted for older or younger grades. How does it work? During our poetry unit, I taught the students...
Using Over in the Classroom

Using Over in the Classroom

Over is a relatively simple application available on iOS devices that gives users the ability to place words on top of pictures. There are a lot of apps like this, but I have found Over to be easy to use for my students and effective in my classroom. Over helped my...
Lesson Idea: Create Your Own Character Chapter Review

Lesson Idea: Create Your Own Character Chapter Review

After finishing a unit and before taking the end of chapter test, it is important to review the concepts learned. I taught 5th graders and was constantly looking for ways to keep these reviews interesting. Instead of doing a Jeopardy review each time, I came up with a...