Diane Quirk



25+ years in education as a classroom teacher and instructional technology specialist, SMART Board trainer, Edmodo certified trainer.


May 11, 2015

Curriculet provides teacher with an easy to use platform for supporting literacy.

October 16, 2013

I do professional development with teachers and will be highly recommending Newsela as a resource for informational text. There’s a lot to like about this from an instructional point of view as well as in terms of teacher management tools. Instructionally, this gives students access to information text from reputable news sources such as AP and Reuters but each article has been rewritten as varied Lexile levels. Teachers can create classes and have students enroll using a class code. Once enrolled, the teacher can assign articles, view the results of quizzes taken and see when students completed the reading. I would highly recommend this!

April 21, 2012

Little Bird Tales is a great site for creating a digital story. You can upload pictures or draw your own then record your story. Stories can be published online to share with a global audience. Teachers can create an account then set up student accounts. By doing this, they also have the ability to review student work and control when and if stories are published publicly.

April 20, 2012

Audacity is a great tool for creating your own audio files. Those audio files can be reading passages, recording of student reading to keep track of their progress. Audio files can be used in the SMART Notebook to support auditory learners.

April 20, 2012

This is a multimedia tool that supports reading, writing, spelling and most of all creativity. Students can create pictures with objects, characters to which you can add dialogue since each has its own speech bubble. Full stories and movies can also be created. Spell a Picture is a neat tool for working on spelling skills as well.

April 20, 2012

This one works right along with your Dropbox account. Create a DropItToMe account, connect it with your Dropbox, create a password. Give students your address and the password and they can drop their documents to the teacher from any computer making it easy to hand in homework. All student work goes into a folder on your Dropbox account. You can change the password at any time or even turn off the upload if you need to.

April 20, 2012

I love this tool because it's so easy to use. As a free tool, go to the website. Each time you're given a unique URL (so you'll have to keep track of it!). From there a double click places a sticky note on your corkboard. It works equally as well on an iPad for doing collaborative brainstorming or gathering ideas with your students.

April 20, 2012

MentorMob is an easy to use tool that allows you to create playlists of web resources. As an educational tool, teachers could bring together sites that will take students through learning activities based on the content of the site.

April 19, 2012

As a web tool, it's a great way for teachers to quickly record an explanation or presentation using simple tools. Teachers can create courses then allow students to enroll in the course to have access to the information. As an iPad app it's a tool for students to create and share their own explanations – great way to present understanding of a concept.

April 19, 2012

I love the way this search tool works. It provides you with a web showing all of the concepts related to your search term. As a teacher, I've created an account and set up a class code that students can use to create their own accounts. When signed in, you can "pin" information to a journal so you can keep track of sites you've visited and what you've learned there. The journal is also printable.

April 19, 2012

I use Dropbox mainly to help me access documents from my iPad so that I can catch a little extra reading time when I'm on the go. It's easy to set up and use and makes it so easy to have what I need anytime, anywhere. I also like that I can put documents into a public folder and quickly share that link with others. That makes it easier to get documents out to people when the email won't handle it.

March 18, 2012

Common Curriculum is a free site for lesson planning. With tools to customize the lesson plan template and a Common Core Standards search this tool is flexible and easy to use. Set up a class, customize the template, search for the Standards, enter text into each section of your plan. You can also share parts of your lesson via URL so setting up your template with sections such as projects, assignments, homework, upcoming events, etc. can help parents and students keep up to date.