Resources

Reading is a Process

Reading is a process: Strategies to Use Before, During, and After Reading

Integrating Play Into Literacy Instruction video viewing guide

Watch the Integrating Play Into Literacy video along with this viewing guide. 

Integrating Play Into Literacy Instruction

This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest video shows how to implement research-based literacy practices from the What Works Clearinghouse...

Learning Center Activities

An educator's guide for learning center activities in a preschool environment.

The Science of Reading

What is the science of reading? Check out this IDOE resource and be sure to share with families.

Blendspace: The Student Perspective

Learning new digital tools and techniques is fun, but sometimes we forget to think about what it looks like to our students. This video will show you...

Google GIFts

Celebrate the holiday season with Google GIFts! For the 2022 holiday season, the professional development team at Five Star Technology...

Desmos Graphing Stories

"This activity will help students make the transition from one-variable representations (e.g., number lines) to the TWO-variable representation of...

Dan Meyer Graphing Stories

In this blog post from Dan Meyer, learn all about how he crafted original graphing stories to use with students. Included in the post are separate...

Mathemagical World Graphing Stories

"A graphing story is a classroom routine that can be used to develop secondary school students' knowledge of graphs, relationships and mathematical...

Kyle Pearce Graphing Stories

In this playlist resource from Kyle Pearce, see 3 Act Math Tasks for Graphing Stories. A Three-Act Task is a whole-group math activity with three...

Unpacking Buzzwords: What Does Engagement Really Mean?

Engagement is a word we often hear in the education field, but not everyone is on the same page with its meaning. Join this session to explore the...

8 Steps to Great Digital Storytelling

While students need to become creators of content rather than just consumers, the steps to create a quality product are not always...

Diigo: How to Organize an Outline

Diigo Outliner allows students to annotate and collect information directly from a webpage and easily organize it into an outline that can be shared....

Diigo: An Introduction

Have you ever wondered if there was an easy way to conduct and share research online collaboratively? Look no further than Diigo, a social...

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Apps for Special Ed

This article from Edutopia outlines some useful apps for special education students that need help with social and emotional issues. While these apps...

Comprehensive School Counseling in Action

Effective school counseling programs are a collaborative effort between the counselor and other school staff members. This presentation will...

Merging STEM with ELA Through Project-Based Learning

Cross-curricular projects can help dispel the myth that knowledge exists in discrete "chunks" and helps promote a more holistic approach to...

Engaging Students with Current Technology in Math and ELA

Students live in a digital world so it would make sense for teachers to tap into what they already know. Using programs such as Google Education...

Gratitude Templates and Resources

Learners of all ages can benefit from practicing gratitude. Ana Smith, Professional Development Specialist at Five Star Tech and Kami Hero, has...