There are so many tech tools out there these days, it is hard to keep track of them all. And, things are changing and updating so fast! But I am a technology junkie and I love to integrate technology into our day whenever possible.

We only have about 7 computers in each classroom and in this school, only a few of my students bring their own device. We are a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device county so students are encouraged to bring an IPad or other tablet. 

So, I usually try to find ways that students in my class can use the computers when they are collaborating with their peers or in the computer lab. Luckily, we have quite a few labs for weekly sign up.

Writing is just one area that I love using technology! In this blog series I am going to share some of my favorite resources your students can use during the writing process:

PART ONE:

For prewriting, you cannot beat the resources in ReadWriteThink. Three of my favorites are:


If you want your students do do some brainstorming:
 
For research:
If students have to search something on the web, Kiddle is a kid safe search engine powered by Google. But I still like to find websites that provide the information they need for a specific project. For example, if we are researching animals, we might use National Geographic Kids or Planets for Kids

But my favorite website for kids to use for research is by-far PebbleGo. The one thing about PebbleGo, it is a paid subscription and it is not cheap. If you are lucky enough to have it through your school or district, you probably love it too! My students can be completely independent when on Pebble Go and they have such a wide array of topics. I can't say enough about it!
                                        
Be sure to come back soon for Part 2: DRAFTING! 






Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! I got back to school this week and boy it was rough....kids were tired and I was tired. Luckily, the weekend came quickly.

I got a new toy for Christmas as I know many of you probably got one. I read an article that the best selling kitchen item this past holiday season in the US and in the World was the Instant Pot!
So now, you've got one....what do you do with it?? First of all, I was utterly confused by all the functions and directions! I did a little research to help you out if you haven't used yours yet. (Now disclaimer here....I got a crock pot version but if you have the instant pot, it is pretty easy to figure out the similarities in functions) Here's a great little website that can help you get started: here
And this will help you with all those darn buttons!  here

I truly love that you can brown your meat right in the cooker. What a time saver, when I cook a pot roast I always brown it first. Then put it in the crock pot. This just saves time and cleaning another pot.

So now you have your Instant Pot out, you need something good to cook right? One of the very first recipes I cooked was General Tso's Chicken from my new cookbook and it was so good!
I have more awesome recipes to share with you that you just have to try! These are easy for those busy nights when you have worked late at school and want to put a home cooked meal on the table for your family. 

I am sharing these from my awesome friend, Ashlyn who has a great lifestyle blog. She is a wife, mommy, teacher, blogger, cat rescuer, jewelry maker....I have no idea how she does it all! Check out her blog: Right Meow or Never

First is one of my family's favorite meals. So good and so easy.

Next, is one of my go-to meals in the winter. I love chili but I love Taco Soup even more! 

I love anything with chicken because I always have it on hand. The ingredients in this recipe I almost always have in my pantry as well. Easy! 

Beef with Broccoli is literally my favorite thing to order when we get take out from the Chinese restaurant.  But with this recipe, who needs take out?

If you like these recipes just hop on over to her blog and check out the rest! I guess I need to get cookin'!!

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