G is for…

Google, of course…but also: Graphic Organizer (GO). I use graphic organizers a lot in my classroom…And foldables #forthewin. I create hands-on activities, models and examples. There are a lot of useful resources for these types of things and they can be used for any content and grade/age level. GO’s are especially useful for planning and for students with   #executivefunctioningdeficits. GO’s help with planning, information management, prioritizing, organization, task analysis, task initiation (basically all aspects and facets of executive functioning).

Here are some of my fave resources for GO’s (aka concept maps, mind maps, webs, etc.):

Education Place Printable templates for tons of graphic organizers that you can print for your students and/or use yourself to make a graphic organizer. A lot of these are great for incorporating in Interactive Notebooks.

TeAchnology Graphic organizer maker, concept maps, mind maps, and more.

eduScapes Links to multiple resources on graphic organizers and concept mapping tools and templates.

Tech & Learning Blog post on 10 Sites for Creating Graphic Organizers

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning Blog post on 18 Free Mindmapping Tools for Teachers and Students

Inspiration Computer software for mindmapping/creating graphic organizers  than can be converted to outline formats, Word Documents, PowerPoint presentations and more! You can also create flow charts and there are templates for multiple subjects and content areas. (Students 6th Grade and Up). In addition to being a helpful tool for students, this is a great tool for teachers. I have used this to create concept maps to show connections between ideas and concepts when reviewing a particularly unit/topic and bringing it all together with a visual.

Kidspiration mindmapping software made by same company as Inspiration, but made for younger kids (K-5)

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Q is for…

QR Codes (stands for Quick Response Codes) If you want to use QR codes in your classroom, they’re a great way to integrate technology especially for the 21st century learners that have a cell phone glued to their hand. There are several free website for generating QR Codes, but here’s one that I have used: QR Code Generator. You have to create an account and sign-in, but it’s very user friendly and will help you create a QR code for just about anything. You can create a QR code as a link for people to scan with their mobile device (and/or show a corresponding website address). The QR code can open a website, open a new email to a specific email address, open a video, open a Google Form, etc.

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Quizlet Learning tool that is essentially digital flashcards. You can create your own “deck” of flashcards and/or search for existing decks of flashcards. There are reviews for just about every age and subject area, and even standardized tests (SOL’s) and teacher prep tests (Praxis, RVE, VCLA, etc.). Just search for whatever you need and it probably already exists! You can look at traditional flashcards with vocabulary on one side and definition on the other, have a matching activity, fill in the blank questions/activities, etc. and they are created automatically. This is a great resource for reviews and/or remediation. The benefit of the digital component is that they can be easily accessed by anyone, anywhere, any time (and no one has to write out 100 index cards). This is especially helpful for students that struggle with executive functioning in the area of organization.

Have to start somewhere…

In every aspect of life, I use technology to make my life easier. There are so many devices, tools, apps, programs, features, etc. that allow us to organize our lives and be more efficient and productive humans! Technology is so exciting to me because the possibilities are endless and educational technology is one of the many rapidly growing and evolving aspects of education. The tech world is transforming education. That can be said for teachers, administrators, and students alike. Even parents! I create things frequently (resources, lessons, random things to help with classroom management, and the list goes on…). As I learn more about technology, especially in regards to assistive technology, classroom technology, Google Apps for Education, SmartBoard, and countless other educational software, tools, and resources, I find myself eager to share that information with others. I often teach other teachers how to integrate technology in their classroom, or help with case management for their special ed students with IEP’s, and anything else that I think can be helpful. I’ve created videos and shared lots of Google Docs/Forms/etc.


I’ve always wanted to create a resource for teachers, because there are so many amazing tools and resources available, the key is in knowing where to find them. That’s my goal for this blog: create a landing page that will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of all things education (helpful resources, tools, other blogs, advice, etc.). Several people have told me I should start a blog for this because it would be so helpful…here goes nothing!