Resources

Activity Breaks for the Secondary Classroom

If you hear the words brain break, it probably conjures up visions of little kids jumping around and singing to a classroom video. However, there is...

Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. This model is a bit more...

#FiveStarR1 Create a Twitter Account

Welcome to the #FiveStarR1 Twitter Chat!  We are excited for all of the ideas, strategies, stories, and questions that will be shared by educators...

ISTE Standards for Students

In 2016, the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) unveiled the new technology standards for students.  These new standards are...

Using Video Effectively in the Classroom

The key to having students engaged and thinking is to have them be active and reactive to the material. Video is a great tool for doing those things....

What is Your Learning Style?

Individual learning style is the customary way you approach a task.  Often confused with Intelligence, the computational power that you use to...

Technology Rich Lessons: ShareMyLesson

This video will tell you all about Share My Lessons site, created by the American Federation of Teachers and the Creative Commons. It is a gold mine...

Twitter: The Beginner's Guide

This article titled "The Beginner's Guide to Twitter," posted by Mashable, is the perfect introduction if you are interested in getting started using...

Interactive Art: The ART Zone

The NGAkids Art Zone was created and developed by the National Gallery of Art. If you teach art at any level this is a "must have" resource to...

Twitter: In 60 Seconds

This quick video will introduce you to Twitter in just 60 seconds!  As you watch this video you'll be introduced to:Why you might want to use...

Student Inspiration! Caine's Arcade

If you want to be inspired, look no further! We all have different ideas, desires, and motivators in life. This is no different for young students,...

Microsoft: OneNote Basics & More

If you are a Microsoft school, or even if you're not OneNote is a very powerful FREE way to organize all of your important files. It is cloud-based...

Innovative Learner Collection Overview

This video gives a brief overview of the Awesome 8 opportunities for innovative learners created by Five-Star and the PyxisEdu Team.  It will...

Strategy: Strategy Harvest

This classroom teaching strategy is great for getting students to collaborate. The University of Oklahoma's K20 Learn site is full of great...

Current Events in Historical Context

This resource, from UC Davis' Historical-Social Science Project, provides some excellent resources for teaching current events in today's classroom....

Safe Web Searching with Kiddle

Allowing younger students to explore the internet safely can be pretty daunting. There is a lot of information out there that many younger eyes...

Answer Garden Tutorial

One element of a quality blended learning lesson is the ability for students and teachers to interact with each other in a collaborative space in...

Students As Producers: An Introduction

Giving students the opportunity to create something original is an important part of the learning process. This article from the Center for Teaching...

Genius Hour: Resource Jackpot

There are a couple great things about this resource. First, you will hard pressed to find more of a one-stop-shop when it comes to Genius Hour....