Edublogs Weekly: Books By Edubloggers, Write Your Own Book, Earth Day Resources & Tools For Techy Teachers


This week’s round-up of Edublogs news, blog posts, classroom resources, and all things blog related!

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Book It: Books by Edubloggers

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades
“My eBook, Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Classroom, is now available from PLPress! In the book I share my own experience and make the case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. I also show you how you can make this shift in your own classroom.” -via

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond

Larry Ferlazzo’s new book gives teachers research-based strategies for working with students possessing a passion for school and for learning. The book, “looks at how teachers can create classroom conditions that are needed for motivation to grow…[and] to develop qualities like physical health, grit, flow, and a desire to transfer what they’re learning to life outside of school.” [via Amazon]

You can read excerpts here.

The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching

Shelly’s book provides challenges that motivate teachers to accomplish achievable goals and to reflect on their experience. The overall goal of these challenges is to increase your passion for teaching and your confidence in your abilities as a teacher.

“This innovative approach will help you reconnect to your students, improve your classroom practice, and help you transform as an educator.” [via Amazon]

Write Now: Yes, right now!

You don’t have to wait until your all grown up to start publishing your own books! Storybird and Book Creator are two tools that your students can use to start publishing their own stories today.

Storybird: A Simple Guide for teachers and Students

Storybird provides three story formats — long form, picture book, and poem — that can be used to enhance your lesson plans in any subject. Click here to read a guide (created with Storybird) explaining how to create your own stories with Storybird.

You can also check out this video detailing how to create your own Storybird story:

Book Creator: Sharing the Creations!

On her class blog, Karen Arrington shares what she loves about Book Creator. She also shows you how to use the app and share the books you and your students create.

This video provides a tutorial on how to create books with Book Creator:

Love Thy Mother: Earth Day Resources

Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and according to this year “could be the most exciting year in environmental history.” Seems like a great year to get involved!

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas (Edutopia)

Earth Day Is On April 22nd – Here Are Related Resources (

Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades K-5 (NEA)

Earth Day Teacher Resources (TeacherVision)

Earth Day Lessons (ScienceNetLinks)

Techy Teacher Toolbox: Tweets About Helpful Tools

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