Common Sense Media Appy Hour

Greatest thing since sliced bread? Maybe.
Greatest thing since sliced bread? Maybe.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to appear on a webcast for Common Sense Media. The “Appy Hour” series gives educators the chance to talk about great educational apps and websites that they’ve used in their classrooms with great success. I’m a writer and reviewer for Graphite, Common Sense Media’s website for educators, and last year I reviewed an app called Subtext, which I still believe is one of the most spectacular tools out there for reading and annotating text. CSM staff paired me with a teacher from Palatine, Illinois, named Jen Krause, who is an amazing and passionate teacher who uses Subtext to great effect in her classroom.

I’ve never done a webcast like this, and I had an absolute blast. Clearly I talk too fast (as usual), but I was thrilled to have the chance to speak at length about one of the coolest apps I’ve reviewed yet. I’m less passionate about a lot of the apps I’ve reviewed, so it was a pleasure to get to speak at greater length about a tool that I really, truly believe in.

You can read Common Sense Media’s own recap of the Appy Hour on Graphite here. You can also watch the full video below. Enjoy!



PEN talk today!

Today I’m giving an extended reprise of my talk from Parents Education Network’s EdRev event last spring. It’s called “Success Starts at Home: Homework Strategies for Cultivating Independence and Self-Advocacy.” 

Here’s the blurb from PEN’s website:

School is about more than learning reading, writing, and arithmetic: it’s also about learning strategies for doing homework, studying for tests, and seeking help. Every student does this a little differently, especially students with learning differences, and it’s critical for every student to thoughtfully discover what methods work best and how to communicate their needs to others. Honing these skills can help every student find greater success in school and develop as a self-advocate along the way. This talk will feature proven strategies and ideas for students, parents, and teachers that can help with navigating homework, studying, and self-advocacy in middle school and high school.

If you’re visiting my site for the first time, welcome! I’ve posted my slides from today and some related links under the “Resources” tab above. Please feel free to explore this tab and the tag cloud at right to check out past posts and other great links to resources on the web. Best wishes for a terrific Friday!