Pear Deck

Pear Deck Bills Itself as the Fastest Way to Transform Presentations into Classroom Conversations and We Agree!  

Take your google slide show and transform it into an engaging interactive lesson for your students.  You can do this as a class and control the pacing of the lesson or you can set it so that students can work at their own speed.  Pear Deck is offers a trial subscription.  Once the teachers in my school tried it, they decided to include a school subscription in their building budget and use it almost daily! Just load a google slide show, add the Pear Deck add-on and start engaging students.  You can use the library of questions already created in Pear Deck or make your own.  

Pear Deck offers a library of resources, slides, tips and ideas for implementing Pear Deck.  They also partner with Newsela and a Daily Deck!  Wow!  Start with the classroom culture and move to other presentation ideas! 

Here are some Geeky Teacher directions and specifics about how to get started! 


VOYA STEM Fellows FB Live Session 7: Collaborating with the Community

Thank you VOYA for partnering with NNSTOY and supporting our research and learning in STEM. We are pleased to share some of our collaborative resources right here as an addendum to the FB Live Chat  which you can view right here: https://www.facebook.com/NNSTOYTeachersLeading/videos/2322816238034980/

Real World Connections for STEM: FB Live Research List

Voya Teacher Voices: 

Voya STEM One Pager: 

Softy Skills and Hard Skills for Real World Learning:
Link Here

Rock Star STEM Teaching 

STEM Research: 

STEM team Resources from Other Districts: 

Hacking STEM Activities and Ideas from Microsoft: 


Do Places Matter in the Classroom? Yes They Do!

Learning about the Devil's Den at Gettysburg National Park (March 2019) 

As educators one of the most important things we can do for our students is give them a connection to place.  By incorporating contemporary and historic sites during instruction, we are not only supporting our students in connecting to the world around us but we are also helping them to understand how places create the tapestry of the world we live in.  As you teach, feel free to access resources that have been on this blog ( ust search place and you will have them pop up!) before or the ones listed below- and feel free to reach out for ideas, collective brainstorming, and a little bit of fun too!

Ways to Use Primary Sources and Technology: 


Thinking ABOUT sheets: 

Thinking About ( Social Studies) 
Thinking About ( LOC Sheet )
Thinking About ( Preservation )

Links to Teaching with Historic Places Resources:

Teaching with Historic Places ( NPS )
Colorado Encyclopedia
Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience Resources/Lessons
Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation COMPASS
Postcard Resources

How to Get Students More Involved: 

The Preserve America Youth Summit 
NPS Junior Ranger Program - Web Ranger


Happy 15th Birthday Library of Congress!

15 Years of Colorado Dreamin’
Happy Birthday TLD!

We are excited to share resources from 15 years of collaboration with Teaching With Primary Sources - We love this program and here's our gift to you! Happy Birthday TPS Western Region!  

Top 15

15: The Library Gives the Gift of Learning and The Teaching With Primary Sources Project Launches

Using Inquiry in the Classroom with the Stripling Inquiry Model


14: Hispanic Experience in the classroom ( Spanish and English Constitution )

TECHNOLOGY: Using Adobe to annotate

PRIMARY SOURCE: Colorado Constitution

13: Exploring the West:  Oxbow Print



12: Western History Association Teacher Scholar Collaboration

PRIMARY SOURCE: Use your primary sources and connect with the Redd Award

11: Abe LIncoln Resources - Anniversary, Roosevelt, WHHA

STRATEGY: 4 - Fold

10: Western Region Project and TPS Teachers Network

9: Training Pre-service Teachers Through TPS

STRATEGY: Question Writer

8: Using Media in the Classroom: Rocky Mountain PBS

STRATEGY: Lateral Reading

7: Using Historic Places in the Classroom

STRATEGY: See, Think, Wonder

PRIMARY SOURCE: Habs Collection LOC.gov

6: Ludlow Anniversary Workshop

TECHNOLOGY: Using Voicethread resources to discuss historic places

PRIMARY SOURCE: Ludlow Workshop Resources

5: Using Primary and Secondary Secondary Sources in the Classroom - Colorado Encyclopedia

STRATEGY: Sentence, Phrase, Word

PRIMARY SOURCE: Colorado Encyclopedia

4: Summer STEAM Institute

3: Using Music in the Classroom ( Yankee Doodle )

STRATEGY: LIsten Hear!

2: Case Studies Using Primary Sources  STEM ( People and STEM )

STRATEGY: Save the Last Word for Me (viewing) - identify 3 artifacts, draw a conclusion, explain why, discuss using STLWFM

1: Using Visual Images in the Classroom : We need a good birthday print from the LOC.

STRATEGY: Caption Writer



Picture Books and Primary Sources: Colonial Resources for Literacy

We are pleased to be joining CCIRA in their annual conference to present about using picture books and primary sources with this focus being on colonial America and the study of those who established our country.

Students have great success in working with primary sources and connecting them to literature, and picture books provide just that - a connection! Every student loves a good book that they can read and connect to in some way and in our classrooms we use them as a foundation for inquiry and investigation using resources from the Library of Congress, Gilder Lehrman, national historic sites from across the country, and other resources available online and virtually.

Thanks for joining us ! If you weren't able to be present- check out some of the resources available below and try out some of these in your classroom. Let us know how it goes- and if you need help just send on an email. We will get back to you quickly- or as soon as we have our nose out of our books.

Presentation from CCIRA

Colonial Book List

Primary Sources and Picture Books

Resources for using Critical Thinking: (DICE)

STAR Grant Information on other picture book and Primary Source Resources from 2017

Picture Books and Primary Sources: Additional Resources

Top 10 Ways to Use Picture Books and Primary Sources

Picture Books and Primary Sources Reference Sheet TPS Summer Institute

National Museum of Forest Service History Collaboration

Picture Books and Primary Sources ARS and Mini ARS