Wake Up to Sunrise: A Digital Calendar App



If you’re looking for a free digital calendar app that is compatible with just about any device, look no further because Sunrise is meant to make your hectic life a little bit easier.

Sunrise calendar app

Sunrise calendar app

Made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange, Sunrise synchronizes in real-time in all of your devices.

Yes, I do wake up to Sunrise.  It gives me reminders for the day, like who among my Facebook friends have birthdays, or whether I have meetings at work.  And because I work at a school setting and my daughter is in the same school system, it is important for me to know if today is an A Day or a B Day..  Sunrise tells me that because I synced my school calendar with it.

A screenshot of my Sunrise calendar app

A screenshot of my Sunrise calendar app

All these and so many other cool features like weather forecast, timezone support, and tagging location to events make this calendar app very well-recommended.

And wait.  There’s a new version (version 3.0) that’s especially designed for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with additional apps like Google Tasks and Eventbrite, and for Android with push for Google and Todoist and Trello apps.

The screenshots below are all from Google Play store:

Sunrise calendar app on Android

Sunrise calendar app on Android

3-day week view of Sunrise calendar app on Android

3-day week view of Sunrise calendar app on Android

Sunrise calendar app on Android

Sunrise calendar app on Android

People, maps and birthdays on Sunrise calendar app

People, maps and birthdays on Sunrise calendar app

Sunrise calendar app on your desktop

Sunrise calendar app on your desktop

So, make your mornings bright with Sunrise calendar app.

Click the links to download the app on iTunes or on Google Play

It feels like Winter already, so let’s keep ourselves warm and bundled up!

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iPads in my ESOL Classroom



Over the summer, I attended the Transforming Education Through Digital Learning (TEDL) Summer Academy sponsored by Title 1 Technology Office during which they announced that they were accepting applications for a TEDL Classroom technology grant. Having had very strong interests in the use of technology in the classroom in general and in emerging pedagogical practices such as blended learning and flipped classrooms, I saw it as a great opportunity to transform my ESOL classroom into one that allows for multi-media platforms of learning.

The application required that you answer a series of questions regarding your knowledge of technology in education and its impact on students’ learning. I, of course, applied and became one of the lucky recipients of the TEDL Classroom grant this year.   This grant provides me with a classroom set of 30 iPads with sturdy cases, a MacBook Air, a mini-iPad for the teacher, and a mobile cart.

mobile cart

Our iPad mobile cart

The iPad case

The iPad case

This has been a truly exciting year for me and for my ESOL students, as well as for all other students at my school who can now have the opportunity to use digital resources and interactive tools in the classroom. With thoughtful planning, adequate knowledge, and appropriate use of various resources, this one-to-one iPad initiative truly has the capacity to transform teaching and learning in the elementary classroom. I applaud the initiative of the Title 1 Technology Office in allowing my classroom and other elementary classrooms to become TEDL Classrooms.

Kindergarten ESOL kids using iPad to practice letter sounds.

My Kindergarten ESOL kids using iPad to practice letter sounds.

My 5th grade ESOL students getting ready to use Edmodo for their reading comprehension practice

My 5th grade ESOL students getting ready to use Edmodo for their reading comprehension practice

A Read-Aloud Book for Christmas: A New Improved Santa



A New Improved Santa Santa thinks he is becoming old-fashioned so he decides to “improve” himself by going on a diet, doing exercises, changing his hair color, and changing his suit in an effort to look stylish and become a trendsetter.  Much to his surprise, he finds himself rejected by the children who did not like his new look.

Children will surely be delighted by this book, and will have something to say whether they like Santa’s new look or not.  

This is a good book to read if you want your kids to do the following activities in class:

1.  COMPARE and CONTRAST the new Santa with the Old Santa.  

2.  Identify Santa’s Character Traits

3.  Write a letter to Santa.  You can find a number of Santa templates to use along with this book.  The links below, from eventstocelebrate.net and Sheila Melton via teacherspayteachers.com provide a number of templates for this activity.:

Letter to Santa writing template 1

Winter Holiday Activities Freebie

I hope you will have a chance to find this book in your library.  Your kids will surely enjoy this book!

Happy December!

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