BloomBoard Blog

August 18, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Preparing Students to Use Digital Tools this School Year

Guest post by Dana Sparkman, PhD faculty at Capella University

At the end of May, I visited with a teacher friend of mine at a local elementary school. After the usual discussion of the frantic end-of-school-year pace, she talked about some of her students. She’d had a very challenging year, a class full of students with a very wide range of learning needs. She worried that her students would “backtrack” a good deal over the summer.

One way for students to continue learning over the summer is through technology, but this time is often unsupervised and lacking specific learning goals. With the start of a new school year just around the bend, it's the perfect opportunity to get students back in the groove of learning and also remind them how to use digital tools responsibly and in a targeted way to support their learning. I suggested to my friend that she look at the collections on BloomBoard, and use them as a model for creating collections for her own students as they head back to the classroom this year.

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August 16, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Melissa Mirabello


Melissa Mirabello is a high school English teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all different levels. When she's not bringing her boundless energy and enthusiasm to the classroom, she builds collections of teaching ideas and resources on BloomBoard, covering broad topics like establishing classroom norms and voice in writing, and specific books like The Catcher in the Rye and The Stranger.

We chatted with Megan about using hooks and warm-up activities to set the stage for class, the teachers that made her want to become a teacher, and her goal this year to narrow the achievement gap for her minority students.

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August 15, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

BloomBoard Buzz: Weekly Roundup of News for Educators

What are we reading this week? Here are our favorite blog posts, stories, and news from the world of education:

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August 5, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Megan McClure


Meet Megan McClure, a Secondary English and Media Arts teacher with a background in journalism, creative writing, and film. Megan is constantly striving to find new ways to engage students through innovative, often multimedia, classroom activities. Her drive to integrate new ideas and technology into her practice, and to share these ideas with other educators, led her to become a BloomBoard collection curator—and one of our most prolific, at that!

Megan has created over 30 collections, most of them focusing on communication and how educators can use technology to improve students' writing and communication skills. We asked Megan to tell us a little more about the personal experiences that led her to create one of her favorite collections, her growth goals for the upcoming school year, and more.

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July 29, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

BloomBoard Buzz: Weekly Roundup of News for Educators

What are we reading this week? Here are our favorite blog posts, stories, and news from the world of education:

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