Multiplication with Padlet

I had an awesome time co-teaching a lesson with Ms. Clark at Adams Elementary a few weeks ago. We sat down for a planning meeting and Ms. Clark discussed how she would like her students to come up with different picture representations of multiplication problems. We decided that we would use Padlet as a way for students to collaborate with each other and show different pictures representing multiplication problems.

Students used white boards to draw their pictures of the multiplication problem. They then used the used the webcam tool to insert their picture on the Padlet wall. The best feature of Padlet is as soon as a student posts to the wall every other student can see what is posted.

It was extremely powerful when students saw each other’s picture representations. The majority of students showed their problems in groups. One students showed the multiplication problem in an array. I overheard two students talking and one said to the other, “I forgot about arrays. I’m doing that next.” Nothing is better than when students learn and are guided by their peers in the classroom.

Check out some pictures of the awesome time we had in Ms. Clark’s Class.

Hundreds of Free Fonts for Google Drive!

I know with the Dell Transition many teachers have been left wondering, “Where are all my fonts?” Well if you use Google Drive you are all set. Google has hundreds of fonts available to use. These fonts are only available to use through Google Drive and not through Word.

Go to to get started.

What I really like about this is while I’m choosing a font, I can see what a whole sentence looks like in that font. I can change the sentence if I want or I can see what the font looks like in paragraph form. Once you find a font that you like just add it to the collection. When you open up a new Google Doc you can select that font from the list.

So go to and start choosing the fonts you like the best!

Twitter Template for Students!

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Here is a Twitter template made in Google Presentation that you can use with your students. Just open it up and copy it to your Google Drive.

Some ways you can use this template:

  • Have students create a Twitter page of a famous American.
  • Create a Twitter page of a book character.
  • Tweet as an animal for a research project.

What are some ways that you can use it in your class?

ITRT Meetup!

Last Friday I had the pleasure of participating in a ITRT meetup. ITRT meetups are a lot like a food truck meetup. The only difference is less food and more technology. (We don’t have a catchy name for our group, so if you have one please tell us!) We traveled to two wonderful schools, Fair Oaks Elementary and Trevvett Elementary where we worked with Kindergarten. We had a blast highlighting different technologies Kindergarten teachers can use everyday in their classroom.

We started the day off reviewing kindergarten concepts using the learner response system called Kahoot. Kahoot allows students to respond to multiple choice questions using any web enabled device. The students had a blast using Kahoot to review.

We broke the grade level into small groups where each group got to use a new technology tool. Check out what each ITRT did in their small group. If you have any questions contact any of us and we’ll get you all set up.

Matt Caratachea
Matt used Padlet and had a small group of kindergartners make different combinations of 5. Students showed many examples such as 3+2 and 4+1. The coolest part is when a child posts to a Padlet wall, all the other students can see the post as well. Padlet works on both iPads and laptop computers.

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Julie Smith
Julie used Google Presentation in her small group. The kindergartners worked collaboratively to put the pumpkin life cycle in the correct order. Just as with Padlet, any change a student made to the presentation was visible to all students on their computers. It was so awesome to see these students working together.

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Jim Covais
Jim used the iPad app Chatter Pix Kids. The students went on a shape hunt and took a picture of it using the app. They then used the app to make the shape talk. Students had their talking shape say the name of the shape and the number of sides.

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Karen Hues and Sarah Green
Karen and Sarah cooked up a great graphing activity. Students tallied up different pictures of food that they pulled out of the mixing bowl. Most teachers would have stopped there and just asked which one has the most or which one as the least. Karen and Sarah took it to the next level and had the students take their results to the iPad app Easychart. The students then constructed a bar graph. This program is extremely user friendly for a kindergartner.

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Jessica Robinson
Jessica had the students create different types of patterns using Halloween themed props. She then use the iPad app called Educreations to take the activity to the next level. The students were able to take a picture of their pattern and then explain what type of pattern it is and how they came up with the pattern. Such a useful tool to use in the classroom.

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Tyler Hart and Ryan Stein
Tyler and Ryan played the game of Garbage using activinspire. Garbage is a game that most students play in their classroom in file folder game form. Students have to place numbers in order on a number line. If they pull a number that is already out, they place it in the garbage. Students used this familiar game to improve their number sense and to become more familiar with using activinspire. Many teachers don’t know that you can use flipcharts on a laptop as well as a Promethean board.

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I can’t wait for the next ITRT meetup! Watch out Kaechele we’re coming to you next!

Don’t Forget About Student 21

Here in Henrico County we hear a lot about Henrico 21. We spend months preparing the perfect lesson. Then we teach this wonderful lesson, submit the work samples and hope for the best. With all the focus on Henrico 21 it’s easy to forget about Student 21.

Student 21 is a time to highlight student work. I know you’re thinking, “Oh great! Something else to do!” Don’t worry, the submission process takes very little time to complete. No lesson write up necessary. Just fill out the form on this webpage and you’re done.

Think of it like this.You hang up awesome examples of student work outside your room right? Student 21 is the same thing, just instead of a few people seeing your student work a whole county of eager educators will see the work. Again don’t worry about the time aspect. It will take you longer to find the masking tape then it will to submit a work sample to Student 21.

Submit as many different types of samples as you want. For example I can submit a student example of a Jamestown Project, a Math project, and a science experiment. Remember when submitting don’t submit an entire class for one project. If the whole class did a Jamestown project pick the best representation to submit.

Use this link to get started: . Or you can get to this link by clicking “Student 21” at the top of this blog.

Student Meteorologists @ Pinchbeck!

I was lucky to work with the awesome students in Mrs. Ferguson’s class earlier this week. The students have been learning about weather and Mrs. Ferguson wanted to tie writing into her lesson. So we came together and developed a fun activity for the students.

The students were put into groups of about 3 and each given a weather event. They then had to imagine that they were a meteorologist and write a weather report. Mrs. Ferguson had her class go through the standard revision process as the class would have done for any piece of writing.

The weather groups then took their report and put together a simple video using Windows Movie Maker. They imported a picture and recorded their voice. After the recording students trimmed their movie to an appropriate duration. Check out two of the great examples below.

Student Meteorologists from Jim Covais on Vimeo.

What made me the happiest during this lesson was that this was the first time Mrs. Ferguson’s class used Windows Movie Maker. I’m so proud of them. If this was just their introduction to the program, imagine what awesome videos they will create next time.

Want to create something similar with your class? Want to dive right into Movie Maker? Sign up, and we’ll plan something great!

Free Clip Art!


No word in the English language do teachers love more than the word  free. Well maybe snow day, but that’s two words.

Openclipart is a place where you can get free public domain images. You can use these pictures in all of your projects. There are no annoying terms or conditions attached to these images. I know you think I’m lying about this, but it’s true. I would never lie about free stuff. Check out this chart that shows you all the uses for these pictures. (Spoiler, all the answers are yes)

I use the images on this site all the time and love the quality of the work. Go to to start downloading and enhancing your projects today.