Back to School: Head into September with a Plan!

Back to School

The new school year is fast approaching for most of us in New Jersey. If your anything like me you find the few days prior to meeting your students brings with it a touch of anxiety. So many new faces, challenges and above all… Goals and expectations you set for yourself and the children you…

edWeb.net: Free Professional Development for Teachers

edWeb.net: Free Professional Development for Teachers

If you’re looking for solid professional development credits and want to network with other educators across the country, then I would highly recommend heading over to edWeb.net. A few years ago I was looking for ways to increase my professional knowledge without needing to leave the comforts of my home. Thanks to my PLN or Professional Learning Network,…

Passaic County Education Association: What’s it all about?

Joe Cheff Pcea

I had the pleasure of speaking with the president of the Passaic County Education Association, Joseph Cheff, to find out what this county association was all about. Working in a county where there are tens of thousands of public school educators, I wondered how many actually knew about the services and opportunities their county association had…

How to Create Interactive Text Sets

Creating Text Sets

Teaching computer class during summer school enrichment was quite an awesome experience this year. This summer I was asked to have the students create text sets. Text sets are designed to help students locate information and then analyze what they read in a neat little package of informational text. Once I found out what it was…

Star Chart App for iPad and Android

Star Chart App for iPad and Android

This is It is such a cool app for science class. If you love astronomy, then Star Chart is an app you must have on your iPad or Android device. I used it in my classroom as a way to demonstrate to my students how our solar system is all around us. I was also able to show…

How to use QR Codes in the Classroom

Qr Codes in the Classroom

A QR code (Quick Response) is a great tool to engage students in the classroom. Throughout the United States, QR codes have invaded classrooms because they enable teachers to get quick responses, enhance oral, listening, and reading skills and engage students through the use of technology. Like every technology tool, it needs to fit a…