Using Technology to Enhance Communication with Families and the School Community

Using Technology to Enhance Communication with Families and the School Community

Teaching in the digital age opens up a wide range of new opportunities to communicate with families. Enhanced work samples, QR codes, blogs, and podcasts are among the most popular strategies today. At Catherine Cook School in Chicago, Illinois, we value the relationship between the teacher and the parent. In order to support that relationship, […]

5 Tips for an Effective Class PowerPoint Presentation 

5 Tips for an Effective Class PowerPoint Presentation 

There’s so much teachers can do with PowerPoint in the classroom. Illustrating a complicated scientific process, playing “Jeopardy” as a topic review, showing slides of a recent school activity – the possibilities are endless. PowerPoint is a very flexible instructional tool, and it’s main purpose in the classroom is enhanced learning. To achieve this goal, […]

How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps

Class Podcast

Class blogs are so 2013 – make your mark this New Year by creating a class podcast with your students and become the immediate envy of your teaching peers! More immediate and fresh than a blog, a podcast gives your students the opportunity to practice a range of skills including recording and uploading their creations, […]

How to Make Sure Every Student Has a Voice in Your Classroom

Every Student Has a Voice

I participated in every class – from elementary school all the way through college. I was constantly raising my hand. My participation grade almost never fell below an A. But that wasn’t the same for many of my classmates. Some never said a word. That’s why I wanted to write this article. To help teachers […]

5 Ways Students can use the Internet to Change the World


It’s never been a more exciting time for social justice – the internet has opened up a whole world of activism and movements for change that are suddenly accessible to anyone at the click of a mouse. Not only can real change be made as a result, but young people can use activism to learn […]

The Dead Simple Backup Guide for Teachers

Backup Guide for Teachers

If you’re even the least bit tech-savvy, you know how important having a backup of all your critical files can be. People lose their data all the time, and for a variety of reasons. Maybe they put their files on a flash drive and dropped it somewhere, or maybe their files were on their laptop […]