Three for Thursday (Volume 3)


Last week I posted Three for Thursday (Volume 2), a weekly series that will highlight three web-based resources that are popular with educators. Before I share this week’s edition, I want to remind you to share your resources for future Three for Thursdays by sharing them with me here. Finally, I am organizing all of these weekly Three for Thursday resources in my Diigo bookmarks by tagging them ThreeforThursday. 
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My first share this week is the Connecting Creativity Series which I became aware of after a tweet from some Iowa educators, Erin Olson and Leslie Pralle Keehn. This monthly series of learning quests is something that was created to assist teachers in the creation of technology-infused lessons in which “students create/design, students write, and students publish.”  This series was first launched last year and it is back with even more creative ideas in 2015/2016.  
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For my second share of the week, I will slide over from Iowa to neighboring Nebraska for Monica Evon’s great blog, iPaddling through Fourth Grade. The post that caught my attention was one Monica’s shared a couple of weeks ago titled Free Apps and Sites that Support Literacy. That post alone was full of resources worth checking out, but I encourage the elementary educators out there to follow Monica’s posts all year long.
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My final share of the week is a shout-out to fellow Massachusetts educator Abbey Dick.  Abbey is a high school English teacher at Malden High School and she shares a weekly post on her blog More Core ELA which highlights her experiences teaching high school English. It is a great blog for English teachers who like to reflect on their practice to follow.  

Three for Thursday (Volume 2)

This post originally appeared on my EdWeek Blog

Previously, I posted Three for Thursday (Volume 1), a weekly series that will highlight three web-based resources that are popular with educators.  Before I share this week’s edition, I want to draw your attention to some thoughts on organizing all of these resources which I posted yesterday.  Finally, I will organize all of these Three for Thursday resources in my Diigo bookmarks by tagging them ThreeforThursday.
Here are this week’s three shares:
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My first resource is George Couros’ great blog, The Principal of Change.  George is  Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division in in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. While I admit George is a good friend, I also admit that his blog is one of a few that I am sure to read daily. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a school or district leader, George will push your thinking on education and what is truly best for students.
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My second share is Common Sense Media’s great Graphite website.  Graphite is a free platform that highlights the latest digital resources for schools. The resources are reviewed by educators who also share insights on how teachers can integrate these tools in their classrooms.  Graphite also contains over 1,000 technology-infused lesson plans developed by educators. Before you leave the Graphite website be sure to also subscribe to the Graphite Blog which publishes daily posts from educators on countless topics surrounding best practices for integrating technology in a meaningful way.
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My final share this week comes from Lisa Monthie, a Technology PD Specialist in Waco, Texas.
“I subscribe to this site and receive a weekly email, Lisa shared. “The ideas and featured sites are resources I share and use almost immediately!”  
Thanks for the share Lisa! I hope that other educators will share their favorite resources for future Three for Thursday posts! Please add your favorite digital resources here