iPad Keyboards in the Classroom

Keyboard for iPads fb

I bought a new iPad last week.  It’s an iPad Air 2 and I love it. It’s smaller and lighter than the iPad I’ve been using for the last two years.  It also has a fingerprint scanner that I love.  I can unlock my iPad simply by pressing my thumb on the home button.  Super […]

QR Code Learning Teen Numbers in Kindergarten

QR Code Counting Teens

QR Codes for the Teen Numbers: Winter Snowman Theme It’s funny to me that every time we introduce the teen numbers to our class, we’re in a different place in our curriculum. This means that if I want our QR code counting activity to match the theme,  I need to make a new one.  And […]

Preschool Kids: Art on the iPad

winter art on iPad

We used the MoMA Art Studio App Today We’ve been studying Winter and the kids made some super cute snowmen on the iPad today. Using MoMA Art Studio was a great way for the kids to practice some of the skills they’ve learned when we’ve used iDiary for Kids. Besides being a fantastic app for building […]

Gift Guide: Setting Your Child Up with the Perfect iPad, Accessories and Apps

Choosing at tablet for your child

Choosing the Perfect Tablet for Your Child Many parents are interested in picking out the perfect iPad or other tablet for their child for the holidays.  It can be difficult though to create the ideal ensemble when there are so many choices.  Even though this website is generally geared toward teachers,  I find that people often […]

Making a Big Change: Wrapping Education, Blogging and Coding All Into One Career

Changes brings opportunity.

  I always hate it when bloggers start a post with, “It’s been forever since I posted anything!” Because the truth is, I never notice, and wouldn’t have noticed if they hadn’t pointed it out to me. I could say the same thing here: “It’s been forever since I’ve published anything!” But number one, I […]

Five Ways to Use the Camera On Your Classroom iPad

5 ways to use the camera on classroom iPads

  Using the camera on your classroom iPads So the camera on the classroom iPad is turning out to be one of the most useful features for us! It’s so easy to use, and so easy to share pictures that we’re turning to it more and more often. Here are five ways that we or other […]

Learn to Code for Teachers Part 3, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation or Learn to Code for Teachers, Part 3

So this is the third and final installment in my Learn to Code: For Teachers series.  See that stack of books in the picture above?  That’s my stack of books, and I read them all this summer.  I know, it’s not quite your average stack of of summer beach reads. It certainly isn’t what my summer reading […]

Best iPad Covers for Preschool and Kindergarten 2014

iPad Covers for Preschool and Kindergarten

I am often asked which iPad cover I recommend for preschoolers.  I’ve written before about the Garmin covers we use in our classroom.  I’ve always appreciated how rugged they are, but I had to hack them to make them accessible for preschoolers. I bought a cover for my new phone this week. I’m in love with it and […]

Great Books for Beginning Programmers

Teachers Learn To Code part 2

I tend to try to write mostly about issues related to using technology in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  That is after all, the title of this website.  When I started this site however,  another of my goals was to improve my teaching and my learning by reflecting on my own work. Right now, that work […]

Five Ways to get better at Twitter {even when you don’t really like it!}

Five Ways To Get Better At Twitter

There. I’ve said it.  I really don’t like Twitter. I’ve tried to like it, but I don’t think it will ever be my favorite social media platform. On social media  I respond well to two things: pictures and the written word.  Twitter cuts me short in both areas: there are limited pictures and limited (like […]

Learn to code: For teachers

one teacher's journey to learn computer programming

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how important I believe it is to teach children to code.  My students are still really enjoying the coding apps I introduced them to.  In particular, it’s turned into a fantastic supplemental activity for a few of our kids that were craving a little more challenge.  Honestly,  I don’t […]

My Radio Interview with Vicki Davis, aka the Cool Cat Teacher

radio screenshot

A few months back, Vicki Davis (aka the Cool Cat Teacher) invited me to appear on her radio show/podcast, Every Classroom Matters.  Of course I said yes! We taped the show back in April, and now finally in June, the episode we recorded is up on the Every Classroom Matters site. I’d love for you to […]

Books for Teaching With Technology In Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms

Top Books for Technology in Early Childhood

Truth be told, I get most of my information about teaching with technology from technology based sources.  I Google, I subscribe to blogs, and watch social media.  I have however,  found a few books about teaching with technology that I’ve purchased or added to my Amazon wishlist. Even though I love technology,  I still love […]

Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Technology In Early Childhood

Technology in Early Childhood and Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Perhaps I made an error when naming this website. I think the name freaks early childhood educators out a little bit. I imagine their thinking goes something like this, “Technology?? In Early Childhood?? What kind of developmentally appropriate practices heresy is this?? ‘Technology’ can’t be ‘developmentally appropriate.’ Those two phrases don’t belong in the same […]

An iPad Counting Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten

Counting on the iPad Preschool and Kindergarten

We recently added some creativity based apps to our classroom iPads.  One of the apps I was most excited to try out was iDiary for Kids.  This is an app that is designed for journaling for kids.  We’ve used it that way, but I was also excited to expand its use a little bit. One […]