STEAM Presentation Today

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Tweet Today is the  2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM!  I am excited and honored to have been presenting at this conference every year since it began three years ago.  This year, my presentation is called “Does the A Really Fit into STEM?” at 12:15 pm EST.  I hope some of you Inspired Classroom readers will be […]

Essential Classroom Tools that Enhance Children’s Learning Abilities

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Tweet What we learn often has a lot to do with how we learn it. For many, learning equals school and school equals – a sole teacher, a bunch of students, a chalkboard, desks, a table and chair for the teacher and maybe a cupboard to store coursework, tests and other pedagogical tools. But this […]

Professional Development at Your Leisure

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Tweet For many teachers, summer means working at your leisure.  That’s what I’m doing! This summer I’m taking an online course towards my CAGS degree in Arts, Leadership and Learning which means I can work whenever I have a few moments, or I can carve out some time to dig deep into my work.   […]

The Arts Connect to Everything

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Tweet The amazing thing about the arts is that they can be integrated with nearly any other topic.  Sometimes you have to just let your mind go and imagine all the possibilities and once you get started, it can be hard to stop. I’ve been approached in person and through email by so many people […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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Progressive Tech Skills For The Classroom

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Tweet Our guest post today is from Jenna Smith who reminds us of some important technology skills students need. Sometimes we overlook the basics (word processing) or ignore what we think students already have a handle on (social media), but it’s becoming our responsibility to take these on.  ~EMP Since so many jobs incorporate technology, […]

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Summertime!

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Tweet It’s summertime at The Inspired Classroom! For so many teachers summertime is a time for a little R&R.  Don’t get me wrong, it is for me too!  I love having a chance to spend time with my kids, hit the beach and vacation with my family.  It’s also a great chance to clean the […]

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5 of the Best Online Learning Resources

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Tweet With trillions of websites on the Internet, there are a lot of educational resources floating around out there that you may have never heard of. Whether you want to learn about the Civil War or get the answer to a  complicated math problem, there’s probably a resource out there that can help you. Since […]

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Students Find Success Blogging Online

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Tweet These last few weeks have proven to be an exciting opportunity for my students.  Overall, they LOVE blogging.  Whether they have stuck to completing only the writing assignments I’ve given them or have posted multiple posts on their own, each student has proven to themselves (and to me) that they can write quality work […]

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Getting Students Blogging Online – a rundown of blogging features

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Tweet The next step to getting students to blog after showing them the process with paper blogs and assuring students’ safety online is to get them onto their own blog!  I am using Kidblog.org.  Many of my PLN use this as well.  It is proven to be a safe site, is teacher friendly and can […]

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Computer Literacy is as Important for Students as it is for Teachers

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Tweet Today, we bring you a guest post from Elaine Hirsch.  Here she discusses the importance of teacher training in technology and the importance of making sure tech training is in the schools for students too. ~EMP The Indiana Department of Education recently reported a series of Classroom Innovation Grants from state businesses designed to […]

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Students Blogging Safely Online

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Tweet My students are now blogging online!  It’s quite exciting.  We started by working through the blogging concept and process using paper blogs and a week later, we put those same ideas on our class blog. But first, we needed to make sure we were safe!  In fact, I first had to have multiple meetings […]

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Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience

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Tweet I’ve decided to take my students on a fun-filled blogging journey for the last few weeks of school.  In some ways I think I might be crazy trying to do this in such little time, but my guts are telling me to, “Just do it!”  I’m glad I listened! I decided to start as […]

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Visiting The World’s Most Renowned Art Museums Through Google Art

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Tweet Here is an introduction to a great online tool you can try out in these last weeks of school – Google Art.  And to show you the way, we bring you this guest post.  ~EMP The world possesses some amazing museums, and for students who have aspirations of working in art careers, a visit […]

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