A few of my favorite #DigCitSummit things!

The Digital Citizenship Summit is a conference that focuses on engaging in conversations about kids and technology use. This organization brings together parents, educators, industry organizations AND students to talk about positive ways to address social media and technology use as a community. The latest DigCitSummit took place in Utah on November 3 & 4, 2017.  If you follow #DigCitSummit, you can see the conversations that
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Being MAKERS in preschool!

Today, October 24, 2017 is #GlobalMakerDay! Did you know that? Global Maker Day is a day of learning, sharing and MAKING!  You can take a peek inside other classrooms and view presentations to inspire your students to create. Their theme is to “Create locally and share globally“!  During the online Youtube presentations, elementary and middle school classrooms around the world participate by sharing what their students
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Create fun worksheets for your kindergarten class

Looking for an easy way to create worksheet resources for your kindergarten class? Check out the free worksheet generator over at education.com. Here’s a sample worksheet to spark your little one’s reading skills with this fun matching game. This guest post was sent to us by Education.com, an award winning educational materials like worksheets, games, lesson plans and activities designed to help kids succeed.
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DigCitKids Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?

If you read my first post on digital citizenship, I shared what it is and how we can start by teaching our kids that when it comes to technology … it’s important to BE GOOD and use it FOR GOOD. Using technology FOR GOOD As a way to get started, I encourage you to check out the DigCitKids Monthly Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?  This
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Digital Citizenship: What is it and why is it important in the education of our children

It’s back to school time!  But this year, it’s not just my kids who are in a classroom.  I have taken the plunge to go back to graduate school again; this time pursuing a degree in educational technology.  For me it’s a perfect fit, as it blends my career history and interests.  While I am both excited and terrified at the same time, I
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Getting back into the swing of things

For programs who shut down over the summer or for those who run a summer camp program, it’s somewhat bittersweet to return to school in the fall. For me, it is always sad to see summer come to a close, but there is also something exciting about a new school year starting. Here are some things that I look forward to as a new
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Using social media to build your preschool classroom

Is your school or child care center on a tight budget?  Silly question, right?  The answer is always “YES”, and we know many times teachers and early childhood staff are using their own money to purchase needed supplies to build a dynamic and engaging classroom. Tressa had an even bigger challenge in her role at youth services … she had a space to hold
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Play Shape Tree Match-Up

Want to test your child’s shape recognition skills? Challenge her to a game of shape match-up—an entertaining way to boost her observational ability. With this matching game, the fun abounds as the learning and creativity flourish! She’ll craft the “game board” out of construction paper, inadvertently boosting her fine motor skills as she cuts the pieces! What You Need: Construction paper Scissors Paste or
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Having fun with textured clothespins in preschool

I was inspired by the textured clothespin idea from Teach Preschool, so we used some other materials to make some textured clothespins of our own! Using these around the preschool classroom is a fun sensory experience and wonderful for fine motor skill development. You could use almost any type of collage materials that you can find (buttons, googly eyes, pom poms, beads, foam shapes) and
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After Christmas tree bird feeders

Here is an activity to go with the story “The After Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler.   The story is about happens to the family Christmas tree after Christmas is over.  What do you do with it?  Family members and friends take their Christmas tree into the backyard and decorate it with edible trimmings for the wild birds and animals. This is something that
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