Finishing Strong...

Apps, Tools & Motivation to Help You Finish the Year Strong!

Day 1 The World Needs You!

Dear Graduates - A Message From Kid President

Day 2 How Will You End Your Year?

Water Bottle of Dreams by Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess shares how one teacher, John Berray, ends the school year in a life changing manner. Make your last moments with your students powerful.

Special thanks to Mitzi Neely for sharing this article.

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Day 3 Learning Never Stops

Let your students stay active and creative with resources that inspire them to read, make and invent this summer.

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp Wonderopolis is the free online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments! Keeping kids and their families learning together throughout the summer and out-of-school time, Camp Wonderopolis can help build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way. When you register as a Camper (kids of all ages) or Counselor (parents, community and library program staff, teachers), you’ll enjoy learning through wonder—an approach created and honed by the award-winning!
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Kids Should See This

Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.


Loyal Books

Day 4 Make Formative Assessment Fun

Go Class

Go Formative


Backchannel Chat


Day 5 A Lesson from Audri

Failure is a Chance to Learn

Audri's spirit and enthusiasm is boundless. He was one of our inspirations for The Great Maker Challenge.
Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap
Audri would like to say thank you for the encouraging comments. He is 7 years old. He wants to be a theoretical physicist when he grows up and has big plans to study robotics at MIT.

Day 6 Infographics

Let your students show their learning in graphic form!




Day 7 Tell Your Story with Digital Storytelling Tools


Our WOMS Media Center Story



Voice Thread

Zoo Burst


Little Bird Tales

Docs Story Builder

Day 8 Let's Take a Trip

Google Literature Trips

Arctic Adventure

Louvre Museum

Mt. Everest

World Panoramic Photography

NASA Virtual Field Trips

The White House

Listen Current

National Archives


Day 9 Screencasting & Video Lessons

Today's app is courtesy of Mrs. Jody Velde. Nimbus is a tool that allows you to capture your entire computer screen as an image. You can also highlight and annotate your screenshots and share them via Google Drive. Share notes and tutorials with your students!
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Knowmia Teach

Video lessons from great teachers!

Day 10 Motivation

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

The late Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

--TED Talks

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion