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100+ Makerspace Products & Materials..

In Training for Staff on November 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

Thanks to the blog that I subscribed to which is something I think K-12 benefits.

One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials.  There are a ton of products and supplies out there and it can be overwhelming to pick the right ones especially if you are just starting out.  One of the first steps you should do before spending any money is to talk with the people who will be using your makerspace.  Some schools and libraries have done formal or informal surveys to capture this data.  These surveys can help to determine what projects and areas of interest people are most excited about.  But always remember that one of the best parts of maker education is discovery.  It’s good to have items that people know they like but always make sure to include projects and products they’ve never used before.  Makerspaces are a great way to help students discover new interests and potential career paths.

Click on the link below to find vast information you need for your classroom…

100+ Makerspace Products & Materials


Donny 😉


The Joy of Professional Learning

In Free Book(s), Technology on September 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

Interesting article:
This book introduces sixteen recipes that are a different approach to current professional learning. They represent what our team has learned over more than a hundred years of combined experience in education.

While this book is not a complete guide, it does explain the value of each recipe, and it will help you understand what it takes to implement innovative professional learning. Throughout the book, you’ll find links to resources, ways to contact to our team, and even an interactive conference builder.

Free: The Joy of Professional Learning ebook


Donny 😉

Free apps for Special Education use for limited time only

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet on May 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

Here is a few great apps for iOS devices that are free for limited time only below:

Talkative: Assistive Communication Tool (worth $149.99)

Missing Letter Articulation for Speech Therapy (worth $4.99)

Turn-Talking (Worth $29.99)

Go to the App Store and click on search area to type the name of the app above.

Hope you find the apps useful for your Special Need student/child.


Donny 😉

SMART Board Notebook Lessons from Modern Chalkboard..

In Interactive Whiteboard, Smartboard, Technology on March 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

Thanks to blogger Monica Burns for contributing to this info.

Modern Chalkboard is a great resource for teachers looking for SMART Board Notebook lessons. With content for Kindergarten through fifth grade Modern Chalkboard has math lessons on a range of topics. Teachers can find lessons on topics like area, perimeter, addition, multiplication, fractions, and more. In addition to math lessons, Modern Chalkboard also gives teachers access to science content. There are lessons on the solar system and human body as well as lessons on plant and animal cells.

Modern Chalkboard works on SMART Boards and teachers need to have the Notebook software installed on their computer in order to access and use the files. Making the most of technology includes finding the best resources for your students to connect learning goals to engaging activities. Modern Chalkboard is a great place to search for interactive content to use in the classroom.

Unfortunately, it is not free but with all the great ready-made template to meet the Common Core Standards. This might be well worth to check this out. It costs $30 a year for one person or $500 for school site membership for a complete access to all original interactive SMART Board notebook lesson files.

Learn more about Modern Chalkboard by visiting their website and use the promo code TENOFF to receive a special discount!


Donny 😉

Thousands of Free eBooks Available for Title 1 Schools and Others

In Free apps, Free Book(s), Technology on March 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

The White House announced yesterday the launch of the Open eBooks App, an initiative that will provide thousands of free ebooks to all students in Title 1 and military base schools, along with all special education students. The free app will work on a wide variety of devices and allows users to access books that are normally not free. Ten major publishers, including Penguin Random House and National Geographic, provided the books. To create the app and curate the eBook collection, the White House partnered with the Digital Public Library of America, First Book, and The New York Public Library, as well as digital books distributor Baker & Taylor and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Any adult who works in a Title I (or Title I eligible) school, or a program or library that serves at least 70% of children from in-need families, can sign up with First Book. Once registered, educators can request access codes for Open eBooks. Students may borrow up to 10 books at a time and replace each book with a new book as many times as they’d like. To get access to the app, they—or an adult working with them—can download the app and enter credentials provided by a person registered with First Book to enable access to the eBooks.

The app is currently available on iOS and Android. Subsequent versions will be optimized to support as many open platforms as possible. There will be a web-optimized version coming in 2016. The partners are also exploring the option of making the app available on devices that require proprietary formats, like Nook and Kindle. Open eBooks uses the EPUB3 standard, but will expand to include PDFs sometime this year.  Built with Readium’s rendering engine, the Open eBooks App takes advantage of the accessibility features that are native to EPUB3 and so works for people who are print-disabled.

Over the next three years, the partners will expand the initiative by adding to the collection with new and expanded content from publishers and public domain titles; broadening the network of Title I schools and preschools that are engaged with promoting the resource; incorporating new features into improving the functionality of the app; and researching and sharing the effort’s impact and best practices.

To sign up for Open eBooks and acquire the app, or to get more information, visit

Thanks to TCEA Blog for this information.

Donny Khalaf 😉

The 30 Goals Challenge: Transform Your Teaching

In Social Media, Technology, Training for Staff on February 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

I normally get varies of blogs relating to Technology in a Classroom. This blog I received was something that I need to share with other.

Over 10,000 teachers have joined The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers since 2010. Take the Challenge and receive support from teachers worldwide as we aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals within a year. We support each other through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.

Here is the link: The 30 Goals Challege

Be sure to click the sketch-note which has a picture of 30 goals that will motivate you in being a great teacher!


Donny 😉


Free Dyslexia for iPhone and iPad for today only…

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on February 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

Thanks to TCEA blog.

There is a free app called inku – tool for dyslexia which is an intuitive and powerful dyslexia tool that helps the student to write notes without spelling errors. To find out more information, please click the link below:

inku tool for dyslexia

Happy Friday!

Donny 😉

Best iPad apps used by Elementary Teachers

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on February 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Best Show and Tell on huge feedback from elementary teacher on the blog was recommended to be use for show and tell as below:

Shadow Puppets EDU

To test out, on your iPad or iPod – Go to Apps Store and type in the name of the app above.

Donny 😉

iOS 9.3 Beta to Bring New Features for Education

In Newsletter, Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on January 12, 2016 at 9:53 am

Thank to Lori Gracey from TCEA…

Apple has announced the upcoming release of iOS 9.3 and it looks to be a great step forward for educators using the devices in the classroom. Four key features are included:

  • Shared iPad for students – Students can now log into any iPad and make it their own. All of their apps, books, and documents will follow them. To help with younger students logging in, they can simply use a four-digit PIN on the Lock Screen. This is HUGE!
  • New classroom app for teachers – With Apple Classroom, the teacher can launch (and lock) everyone’s apps at the same time, then guide what students are looking at on their devices. He can see what each student is doing with just a tap. If a student can’t remember his password, the teacher can now reset it instead of waiting for IT help.
  • Apple School Manager for Support Staff – This will be one central place for admins to create Apple IDs, build courses in iTunes U, and access everything they need to deploy iPads using a Mac or PC web browser. Buy and distribute apps and books, manage your MDM system and device enrollment, and create accounts simply and easily.
  • Managed Apple IDs – With Apple School Manager, IT staff can now easily reset passwords, audit accounts, create IDs in bulk, and create customized roles for everyone in the district.


Another feature included in the update is Night Shift. Just like the f.lux program, it will shift the colors on your screen to warmer tones based on the time of day so you don’t get blasted by harsh blue light when working at night.

If your school is interested in being a Beta tester for Apple’s new classroom management tool, make a request at You can read more about the new features coming here.

This is a welcome news for Educator especially with Shared iPad for Student and new classroom app for teachers.


Donny 😉

Happy New Year!

Special Education Teachers to Get Boost from Google…

In Social Media on December 1, 2015 at 11:38 am

I have periodically receive email from Education Week which I believe is beneficial for Special Education Teacher. To find out more information about how to apply, here is the 1st link for a story about Special Education Teachers to get boost from Google and the 2nd link on how to apply and 3rd, example of what great teachers need for their students.

1st link: Special Education Teachers to get boost from Google

2nd link: Get Your Students What They Need..

3rd link: See what great teachers need for their students

I hope this will motivate you to apply for grant.


Donny 😉