Crio by Curriculum Pathways

Imagine, create, and share lessons that inspire students’ natural curiosity. Using Crio’s drag-and-drop editor, transform your lessons into interactive, online resources – for free!

This would make a good alternative option to use within Schoology. Look at this preview of “What are real numbers?” and “Que te gusta comer?” for a glimpse of what Crio looks like.


What are real numbers?, QL #C3294


¿Qué te gusta comer?, QL #C3296

Digital Student Portfolios – Worth the Bother?

10 reasons why implementing digital portfolios like Seesaw and Dojo Portfolios is a fabulous technology initiative to showcase student’s accomplishments and growth over the course of a year.

  1. Showcases all students as learners.
  2. Improves teacher/family communication.
  3. Facilitates better feedback from teacher, family, and/or peers.
  4. Highlights the process of learning and being organized.
  5. Demonstrates progress and growth over time.
  6. Guides students to become self-directed and accountable.
  7. Maximizes formative assessment options.
  8. Recognizes the many ways of being creative and smart.
  9. Advocate for every student.
  10. Work smarter, not harder as a teacher.

CodeSnaps Lesson on “Features on a Map”

Provided by Curriculum Pathways and just in time for the Hour of Code event held the first week in December, SAS CodeSnaps takes advantage of tangible, printed coding blocks allowing students to prepare programs together on a work surface without a device.  When blocks are scanned with the CodeSnaps app, the program is then executed on the connected robot. The video demonstrates how to scan coding blocks with the SAS CodeSnaps app.

Here is an example of how code can be used in the K-3 classroom. Check out this easy lesson plan.

Show with Code: Features on a Map
Lesson Plan 15-45 minutes
CodeSnaps block printout cards

Epic! Reading Challenge K-5

Join the Epic! Classroom and be automatically entered in the fall reading challenge for a chance to win prizes. Contest runs Monday, October 1st – Friday, October 5th. That’s just a 5 day week to read, read, and read.

Epic! is free for educators with access to 25,000 books. If you don’t have an account, sign up today and be ready for the challenge. You can monitor your classroom’s progress after logging in and clicking on the Epic! Reading Challenge button.

Epic!’s digital library includes many of the best kids books, popular ebooks, and videos such as Fancy Nancy, Big Nate, Warriors,  and National Geographic Kids.


10 Creative Ways to use Epic! in the Classroom

  1. Use Epic! for the “Listening” portion of Daily 5 using Read-to-Me and Audiobooks
  2. Project Epic! on your interactive whiteboard to teach a specific skill or strategy
  3. Use non-fiction books for research projects, such as reports on animals
  4. Students create a “wish list” of books and then partner up to explain that list
  5. Epic! is perfect for Read Aloud, Shared Reading & Independent Reading Time
  6. Students create book reviews and recommend favorites to classmates
  7. Expose students to different expressions and intonations using Read-to-Me books
  8. Perform experiments using ideas in Epic!’s STEM books
  9. Create book commercials using multimedia tools such as iMovie, Telestory or ChatterPix
  10. Compare two books by the same author

ReadingVine for Improved Reading Skills

ReadingVine is a free web-based resource that provides fiction and non-fiction reading passages and question sets for students of all ages.

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Hone in on skill sets or search material by grade level.  There is a myriad of different reading passages to help your students improve their reading skills.

Whether you are a teacher, parent, or tutor, ReadingVine is a resource you will want to use.  Create your account today!