Product Review

Road Trip to the Next Exit!

By on June 24th, 2013

Photo Credit: Next Exit History App

Photo Credit: Next Exit History App

About four years ago, Apple launched the iTunes App Store and a little word that never existed in the Dictionary is something you now hear people of many generations saying…“there’s an app for that.”

If your family is like mine, your children are using the iPad (or a similar tablet) more and more each day. My now 5-year-old son was about 3 years old when he first picked up the iPad; it amazed me how he could not read, but could figure out how to play. I am always looking for fun apps that help my children learn without them realizing that they are learning. If you are like me, you are going to love this new app! Continue reading


By on June 17th, 2013

InfographicsEfforts to increase literacy skills have been prevalent in education for ages, but numeracy—think literacy for numbers—is a lesser known topic that can be challenging for we non-math teachers to address.  You’ve probably noticed a trend over the last couple of years where people present statistical information with graphics.  This new infographic practice is making it easier for the masses to absorb numeric data with an image.  The intent is to simplify information and to give context to numbers that may be meaningless or hard to grasp. Continue reading

Using Google Reader to Manage the Madness of Information Overload

By on March 7th, 2013

RSSWith technologies always changing, case studies evolving, and pilot programs testing the waters, it’s almost impossible to read about everything in the field of education while you’re surviving real life. If you aren’t using an RSS aggregator to help manage the blogs and forums where cutting-edge information is shared, give Google Reader a try.  It’s not new by any stretch, but it’s is a must-have for any educator trying to keep up.

What it is:

Basically, an RSS—that can stand for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary—aggregator watches websites for new info and shares the title and the first line to give you an idea of what the post is about.  You can subscribe to blogs, usually by clicking an RSS icon like the orange one pictured, and add it to your Google Reader list.  Continue reading