Monthly Archives: August 2016

Engaging Students and Technology


This guest post is from April Requard, a technology integration specialist in Albuquerque, NM. She has great ideas on including students in the process of implementing technology in schools. We appreciate her allowing us to include this post in our blog.

The Student Has Become the Teacher: Technology in the Hands of the Powerful. This was the title for my TEDxABQ Education talk on empowering teachers to champion the idea of creating student-led technology teams at their schools. Our students are our greatest resource.  Their help, ideas, and vision can help create lasting change within the walls of our schools…all we have to do is empower them with the tools to help lead the change alongside the educators in our schools. The theme of the TEDxABQ Event was all about Equity in Education…I can’t think of a better way to provide equity than by giving students a front row seat at the table!

Click here to watch my TED Talk! I was so blessed to bring along 7 of my fabulous students to speak about how being on our SWAT Team has impacted them! These students inspire me and are a sweet reminder of all things that are good in education! This experience was one that I know these kiddos will never forget and I am so lucky to be one of their teachers.

My tech team is called the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology). This group truly became my teammates as we worked together to create published work, inspire teachers, lead others towards learning how to integrate technology into their classrooms, reach out to the community, and create change within our school and district.

I’ve previously written about how I choose the members of my SWAT Team, the application process, and the general goals of the group. Click here to view this post.

Hopefully, the TED Talk and the ideas presented by my students inspire you to begin thinking about how you can involve your students in changing the technology integration climate at your school!

Last Days of Summer: Buy More Save More!

LastDaysSummer-headerIt’s still warm but the days are getting shorter! Is class already in session for you? Are you heading back soon? Well, either way, we’ve got a sale to help ease us all through those last days of summer.

As the sign says, Buy More… Save More! All purchase over $10 will save 15%off the retail price. All purchases over $50 will save 20%* and… purchases over $100 will save 25%! There is no limit. You can buy and use the coupon code every time you make a purchase.

We know you need more resources for your classroom. Now’s a great time to save!

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New Products in July 2016


Summer has brought some extreme heats for us here in the west.  Our publishers have been staying cool inside by developing many new products that will be essential teaching resources for you in your classroom.

Bellwether Media Inc. – 55 new titles

Bellwether Media Inc. provides attractive, accessible and engaging quality books for libraries and classrooms. Bellwether strives to nurture early reading experiences as well as inspire reluctant and less-able readers toward reading achievement. We want to help you make all your students lifelong readers.  They introduced four new series of educational resources Survival Zone, Military Missions, Ghost Stories, Exploring Countries and Ocean Life Up Close.

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S&S Learning   – 30 new titles

S&S Learning specializes in topical studies, with a wide range of topics to choose from. This new series of titles all deal with technology, such as all forms of media.  Be sure to check out these new titles and expand your students learning experience.

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Shell Education – 15 new titles

Shell Education, one of our top selling publishers has released several new series and added two titles to their Great Works series.  Check out these top quality education resources.





Dawn Publications – 2 new titles

Dawn Publications released two new non-fiction titles in July.


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Top Trending Products -July 2016


These are the top-trending titles for July 2016

1. Mathematics: Drill and Practice, series (Gr 1-6)
hspa281rby Hayes School Publishing

Skill and problem solving activities with equal emphasis on skill and concept development. Ideal supplement for any current text. Number sequences, addition, subtraction, problem solving, rounding, place value, money, units of measurement, multiplying, dividing, shapes and more.
Our price: $5.65

3. Mastering the Standards series(Grades K-12)
by Hayes School Publishing

hspam106eHelp students do their best on standardized tests in mathematics by familiarizing them with the formats and skills they will need for success. The problems developed for this series are based on standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and state standards from across the nation. Each book includes practice pages on Numbers/Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis/Probability.
Our Price: $5.65

3. Spectrum Phonics series(Grades K-12)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing


Reinforce your child’s second-grade skills with Spectrum Phonics. With the progressive lessons in this workbook, your child will strengthen reading skills involving blends, hard and soft consonants, long and short vowel sounds, and vowel pairs. The Spectrum® Phonics series provides your child with skill-building exercises that focus on phonics, structural analysis, and dictionary skills. Phonics for grades K–2 guides students progressively through letter sounds, blends, and pairs and how they combine to form words.
Our Price: $7.59

4. 100 Math Practice Pages, series (Grades 1-6)
sch9780545799379by Scholastic

The perfect way to support students who need extra practice with numbers and counting, place value, addition, subtraction, time, measurement, shapes, graphs, and more!

Standard Edition: $15.19
Enhanced Edition: $19.94

5. Interactive Notebooks, series (Grades K-8)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Interactive Notebooks is a fun way to teach and reinforce effective note taking for students. With topics such as Math, Science and Language Arts. Students become a part of the learning process with activities about making inferences, improving writing, pronouns, active and passive voice, Greek and Latin roots, and more! 

Our price: $9.49

6. Vocabulary in Context (Power Practice: LA series) (Grades K-6)
ctp8310by Creative Teaching Press

Over 100 Reproducible Activities to Sharpen Basic Skills
The activity pages in Vocabulary in Context provide the perfect standards-based practice for enhancing your students’ vocabulary. With over 1,200 vocabulary words, it’s great for Skill Practice and Test Prep!

Our Price: $14.24

7. 25 Complex Text Passages to Meet the Common Core: Literature and Informational Texts, series (Grades 2-8)
by Scholastic

A collection of 25 leveled passages—just for third grade—with text-dependent comprehension questions that help students tackle increasingly complex texts and provide the academic rigor called for by the Common Core State Standards.

Standard Edition: $14.24
Enhanced Edition: $18.99

8. Reading Comprehension, series(Grades 6-9)
by  McDonald Publishing

The purpose of this book is to help students improve their reading comprehension skills. The high-interest mysteries are designed to grab readers’ attention. Each story is followed by questions and activities that address a variety of reading comprehension skills and concepts, including improving vocabulary, recalling details, ordering events, drawing conclusions, using context clues, and determining cause and effect. Topics in series include; Mysteries, Unique Stories & Sports Shorts.
Our price: $4.70

9. Nonfiction and Fiction Writing (Daily Warm-Ups series)(Grades K-6)
by Teacher Created Resources

Present 25 quick, effective activities for each of six good writing traits: ideas and content, word choice, fluency, voice, organization, and conventions. Students master skills in both nonfiction and fiction as they write narratives, explanations, descriptions, poems, journal entries, and more. Each book has over 30 additional writing prompts.
Standard Edition: $18.04 Enhanced Edition: $22.79

10. Document-Based Assessment, series (Grades K-12)
by Teacher Created Materials Today

Develop students’ critical-thinking skills through analysis of issues from different perspectives. Students make comparisons, draw analogies, and apply knowledge. Document-based assessment includes background information and key questions. Analyze primary sources and respond to document-based questions about the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and exploration.

Our price: $4.74

Honorable Mentions:

LitPlan Teacher Packs by Teacher’s Pet Publications
Standard Edition: $16.10 Enhanced Edition: $20.85

Daily Math (U.S. Edition) by Chalkboard Publishing
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Discovering the World of Geography (Mark Twain Media) by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Our Price: $13.29

Science (I Have, Who Has? series) by Creative Teaching Press
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