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Three Thanksgiving Ideas

I’m sharing three ideas that I think other teachers might like to try. Turkey Carving, Thank You Cards, and Turkey Dancing are great activities for Thanksgiving.When I was in fifth grade, my teacher gave us each a graham cracker. Our mission: carve the cracker into a turkey shape. The...

Guiding Peer Feedback with a Feedback Chat

The teachers at my school, College View Elementary, are doing a year-long inquiry into quality feedback. Our principal, Amy Glime, has lead us through several learning experiences during our weekly professional development time. At first we focused on the feedback that teachers give s...

Fantastic Learning Activities with Google Drawings

Every year Matt Miller hosts Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, a free online learning experience. This year I chatted with Matt about learning activities that teachers can make with Google Drawings, and it was published as a video for the summit. Lots of educators tweeted the things the...

Top Tweets and Instagram Posts from 2018

Twitter Analytics and Instagram Insights show me data about my social media posts. I like to end each year by sharing which posts earned the most retweets and likes. Reviewing my top postings helps me see what resonated during 2018.You are welcome to follow my posts on Twitter, Instagram,...

An Emoji Education

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to emojis. Emojis are not confined to smartphones and tablets; their charm can be put into action on mobile devices and computers since they are a standardized set of characters that work across platforms. I am somewhat obsessed with emojis, a...

Flexible Seating Options: FlexiSpot Riser and Deskcise Pro Reviewed

I’m going back to teaching fifth grade after 14 years. When I was at my new school in May, the teacher who inhabited the classroom that will be mine told me that she would be done moving out by the end of the day. I could move in my stuff any time after that. I had to chuckle. “Stuff?”er...

5th Grade: Here I Come!

The last time I posted something like this was March 17, 2006. In Wish Me Luck I wrote about informing my principal that I was leaving my school at the conclusion of the school year. I loved teaching at that school, so it was a very difficult decision to leave. It turns out I had an amazing ...

Practical Pointers for YouTube

If you’re a teacher, there's a good chance that you use YouTube. Whether you send students to your own videos or someone else's, I think you’ll find many of the pointers on this page particularly handy. Click a thumbnail to see a larger version, or scroll down to read more about each p...

Google Classroom Tips

Google Classroom is a free web service that makes it easy for learners and teachers to connect. It's used to communicate, share resources, distribute files, and collect assignments. Google Classroom may not have as many features as Edmodo or Schoology, but it does work incredibly we...

Top Web Links, Tweets & Instagram Posts from 2017

I share helpful links for educators on Twitter and Facebook everyday. I also post graphics on Instagram each week. Let's see what resonated on social media in 2017.Since the web links I publish go through my URL shortener (tonyv.me), I can track how many clicks each link receives. In additi...

The Wonderful World of Web Widgets

A web widget is a bit of code you can add to your website (or blog or wiki). The code can grab content from another website and insert it into a page on your own site. Web widgets go by different names, including HTML embeds, embed code, plug-ins, and gadgets. No matter how it mig...

iOS Magic: iPad and iPhone Tricks Revealed

Step right up to see impressive iPad and iPhone tips and tricks! Learn stunts like annotating photos without an app, compelling Siri to flip a coin, conjuring up keywords on a page, hearing highlighted text, making clutter on web pages vanish, closing all Safari tabs in the blink ...