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Avoiding Piracy - Choose GNU/Linux

When I was 13 years old, my Dad bought me an Apple //e computer. It came with 2 floppy disk drives,  BASIC, an ImageWriter ][, VisiCalc spreadsheet and The Print Shop software. That ...


Free Donuts, er, eBooks, on Staying Safe Online

From AVG's web site:Magda and Mo are two curious kids who want to play online but need your help to make good choices. Follow their interactive adventures and help them decide during the ...


Encrypting External USB Drives (Linux)

Image Source: http://goo.gl/fIeR7QOne of the concerns (no sleep lost, tho) I've had since Truecrypt went belly-up was how to best encrypt the various external USB hard drives I have....



Escape Behaviors {Overcorrection}

Overcorrection is a hugely powerful intervention because it adds on a little extra aversiveness. As a consequence for problem behavior – the student will need to complete an effortf...


Take Away the A

Take Away the Aby Michaël Escoffier (author of Brief Thief, Me First! and The Day I Lost My Superpowers)illustrated by Kris Di GiacomoEnchanted Lion Books, due out September 12, 2014revie...


Greetings from a Vegas-Bound Plane and a Special Education Blog Hop

I am currently 30,000 feet above the earth jetting my way to Vegas! (Baby!).  Sorry that phrase always comes to mind.  I love Vegas anyway but this time is ultra-exciting.  I am off to th...


Coming Attractions

I have some upcoming time off and work travel so for the next three weeks you will be educated, entertained, entranced, and excited by different people from the Bellwether team who will t...



Escape Behaviors {Task Adjustment}

You want to know what’s awesome about being a behavioral guru? Sometimes you can prevent problem behaviors before they even occur. Kinda makes you feel you like you are playing some...


Advice from Special Education Teachers

Anyone looking for more special education blogs to follow this year? I know I always am, so I was excited to see this blog hop from Tales of a Carolina Girl. Honestly, I learn so much fro...


Escape Behaviors {Access to Breaks}

Did you ever take a really hard work out class? Sweat is dripping out of parts of your body that you weren’t even aware can sweat. You are one hot pink dumbbell away from just sprin...


Blogging Live from nErDcampmi! 2014!

Today, we are blogging live from Day 2 of nErDcampmi! This is the 2nd annual event and it is one of our favorite days of the year!  Colby Sharp and his wife Alaina Sharp and The Nerd...


Shopping at Pete's Grocery Store: New Functional Life Skills Activities

I cannot tell you how excited I am to show you my newest product...and how exhausted I am of making and editing it.  It is by far one of the most, if not the most, extensive set of activi...


Fabulous Summer Deals for Moms, Kids & Teachers

Summer Deals Galore! Hopefully you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Although there is always a letdown after a fun event, the good news is that there are now some amazing summer deals...




Two On Balanced Literacy Debate

Last week RealClearEducation columnist Dan Willingham took a look at the “balanced literacy” issue in NYC.  Now New York teacher Alexander Nazaryan takes to the NYT op-ed page...


Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.


Escape Behaviors {Replacement Behaviors}

Although I sometimes truly wish my school day could be filled with angry birds and dorito breaks – and that’s sadly what a good percentage of people think my days is filled wi...


5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom

Inspiration and best practices merge into fun, effective learning as one teacher describes what she and her students discovered during their school's first 1:1 year with iPads.


School Leadership: Resource Roundup

For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultiva...


It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

For the It's Monday! What Are You Reading? round up, visit Jen at Teach Mentor Texts! Thanks, Jen for this weekly event!It was a good reading week.  I read more than usual, even thou...


A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School

After two years of blended learning, a low-performing high school became one of the country's best. Read about how they shifted the learning, teaching, and culture.