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A guide to the accessibility tools available on students' chromebooks:


Recommended Ages: 10+  Middle school is quite different from elementary school. Students in middle school typically have a different class and teacher each hour and are expected to have good time management and organization. My Study Life is an awesome app that works as a school planner. It allows you to keep track of all your assignments, class times, homework, etc! If you’ve overlooked an assignment, it will give you a reminder that it’s due soon, or that it’s past its due date. My Study Life has over a million downloads, and is a favorite among students!

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle



Recommended Ages:10+  Middle school is when most kids begin to learn to wake up on their own, and take responsibility for planning their day. Alarmy is one of the top alarm clock apps, and for a good reason! You can set it to require a certain picture to be taken before it turns off, or a math equation to be solved, or a password typed in. It also provides the weather for the day to help kids responsibly plan their day appropriately. Make getting up just a little more fun by allowing them to use an app!

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle



Recommended Ages: 10+  Your middle school student can gain an endless supply of writing inspiration with this handy app, which includes writing prompt generators perfect for student use. The generators use a variety of elements, including scenes, current events, words, sketches, colors, genres, and writing types, to help your young writer get over their writer’s block. All they need to do is shake their device or swipe the screen to get a new prompt. If they see one they like, your child can easily add it to a favorites list for use at a later time. This education app is jam-packed with creativity, including:

  • Five prompt generators (scenes, sketches, texts, words, and news)

  • More than 1,250 scene elements, 2,000 words, 460 sketches, 60 colors, and 80 genres

  • 600 text prompts using an assortment of phrases, quotes, writing exercises, and story starters

  • Multitasking support that allows them to easily shift between apps while working

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle



Time Management Apps: 


Great guide to some applications and sites your child uses online:
Brainly: an app that allows you to take a photo of a math problem, then it shows you the steps to solve it.
Help your child reframe anxiety and strengthen resilience (great tips for all!):
Tweaks to your normal routine that will strengthen your relationship with your child(ren):
Help center for parents/students to report abuse online.  It lists the most common social media sites and gives information on how to report on each.  
An empowering way to respond to hurtful people.  Turning hurt, negativity into a learning experience.:
Tips for helping your child work through their social issues in elementary AND middle school:
Great article for parents, to aid in engaging conversation about school:


Free School related apps for your Android or iPhone.  Stay organized and study "smarter."  There is also a customizable alarm clock to make waking up for school easier!

7 useful tips to help "outside-the-box" students stay organized!
Great internet safety tips and more:

How to Find Strategies That Work for Your Brain Jessica McCabe, ADHD Educator, Creator of YouTube Sensation How to ADHD
Amazing TedTalk @

Life Hacks for Driving a Faster Than Normal Brain Peter Shankman, Entrepreneur and Author of Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD (has a podcast)

The (2e) Recipe for Personal Greatness Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, (Prof of Positive Psychology @ UPENN, blogs @ Scientific American (Beautiful MInds), Podcast, Researcher, Speaker and Author of Ungifted: Redefining IntelligenceWired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, and Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties 

Laura Markham, PhD, Psychologist, Founder of, and Author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting;  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using Mindfulness and Connection to Raise Resilient, Joyful Children and Rediscover your Love of Parenting;  and Peaceful Parent andHappy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life 

(You can sign up to receive email updates on new blog posts and relevant topics- they are full of good info!)

Team with Your Child to Solve Challenging Behaviors Ross Greene, PhD, Psychologist, Founder of, Main Sponsor of The Kids We Losedocumentary film, and Author of Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child;   Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them;  and  The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children 

When It’s Hard to Learn, Here’s How to Learn Barb Oakley, PhD, Professor at Oakland University, and Author of Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying – A Guide for Kids and Teens;   A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), andMindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

Sparking Learning in a Gifted/Differently Wired Child Susan Baum, PhD, Director of The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, and Co-Author of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students With LD, ADHD, ASD, and More, 3rd ed

 Keeping the Light in Their Eyes
Robin Schader, PhD, Board Member of The 2e Center for Research and Prosfessional Development at Bridges Academy and Co-Author of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students with LD, ADHD, ASD, and More, 3rd ed

Navigating Life and Learning with a Differently Wired Child Debbie Reber, Creator of the Tilt Parenting Podcast, with more than 300,000 downloads, and Author of Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

A Plan for Emergency Academic Recovery Rebecca Shafir, Coach, and Speech Pathologist, and Author of The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of 

Helping Kids Become Social Thinkers Michelle Garcia Winner, Speech Language Pathologist and Author of Superflex … A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum;  You Are a Social Detective;  Thinking About You, Thinking About Me;  and Social Thinking Thinksheets for Tweens and 

Life Hacks for Thriving with Aspergers/ASD Danny Raede, Founder of 

Helpful Hints for Kids on the Spectrum Temple Grandin, PhD, Autism Spokesperson, Professor, and Author of The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed;  Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor;  The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s;   The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults, and featured in the HBO movie Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes, 

How to Turn Your Worrier into a Warrior Dan Peters, PhD, Psychologist, Director of Summit Center, Host of the Parent Footprint Podcast, and Author of From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears 

Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety Sharon Saline, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and 

 Mrs. Hollman's Tips:
•Come to class prepared (bring chromebook, paper, pencil/pen, complete homework) and arrive on time.
• Follow teachers' classroom rules and procedures.
• Respect teachers, peers, school and personal property.
• Participate appropriately in class.
• When you don't know something, ask!  Chances are good that another student has the same question and is too afraid to ask.  And, if you cannot ask immediately, write it in the margin of your notes so you remember to ask later.
• To be successful, you must practice and review concepts outside of class.  This means completing all homework assigned by your teachers, and reviewing your notes on your own or with classmates.
• Keep your notebooks, google drive and locker organized and neat.  If you can't do this on your own, ask Mrs. Hollman for help!
• Have goals!  With an end in mind, it is easier to stay motivated.  "Measure twice, cut once." Applied to a student's life, this means thinking things through, planning your work, and setting realistic goals.
• Manage your time wisely.  Prioritize everything on your "to do" list, and get the most important things done first! 
• Learn how you learn.  Do you remember things best when you hear them, see them, or when you do them?  Use your strengths to learn new concepts in the classroom, as well as at home studying. 
• When taking notes:
     - Write things down in your own words if possible, this will help you remember what
       you need to know.  
     - Pay attention to verbal, postural and visual cues as to what is important.
     - Be consistent in your use of form, abbreviations, ect.
     - Instead of packing up and getting ready to leave while your teacher is still talking,
       listen carefully to information given toward the end of class.  Summary statements
       may be valuable in highlighting main points from class, and they may be possible quiz
       or test questions...
• After class, highlight your notes and label main points.  Seeing different colors and labeling help to create connections in your mind, and help you to retain the material.  Add recall cues.
• Get plenty of sleep at night!  Your brain is still maturing and growing, feed it with sleep and a healthy diet. 
5 Homework Strategies for the Digital Age (to help them stay focused):


1.      Spend several nights validating how hard it must be for children and adolescents to stay on task when doing homework given all the various tech distractions like Snapschats, texts, games etc. right on their homework device. Acknowledge that it is hard for you to stay on task when you are doing your work, taxes, etc. online because the pull of more fun activities is just one tab away. 

2.     Ask your kids what has worked for them and what has not?  Help them understand that you are not concerned about the short term of tonight’s homework, but how this is an important skill that will serve them well throughout their life.

3. If they own a cell phone or other personal device besides the screen they are working on, talk about how important it is to put it out of site for extended periods of time. For my teens, they try to make a habit of putting their phones in another room during study time and then they check it about every 30 minutes for a break. I know many adolescents will be very opposed to not having their phone by their side. Try an experiment with them—have them keep their phone nearby and study for 15 minutes, and then have them put the phone in another room for 15 minutes and study. Then, talk about the experience.

3.     Use a timer. This can be very effective—an old-fashioned kitchen timer is ideal. Have them set a goal to study uninterrupted for a certain amount of time on a subject, 15 minutes for example. A set study interval lets the brain know an end is coming.  This can help increase motivation to delve into a subject. The timer can be set for even 10 minutes or less.

4. Encourage them to start their homework with their most dreaded assignment by saying to just spend five minutes on it. It may be that after the five minutes they want to continue. My son took an online course called “Learning How to Learn” where he discovered that the brain experiences the thought of doing work it does not want to do as physical pain. That's why it feels relieving in the moment to distract yourself with something else—otherwise known as procrastination. However, just a couple minutes into starting the feared task, that sensation of pain dissipates.

5. Breaks—spend time talking about them. In Daniel Pinker’s book, Drive, he writes about how breaks were traditionally frowned upon in high performing work settings, but are now seen as critical to productivity. Breaks are particularly effective when they contain these elements: movement, fresh air, social interactions  (so checking in with friends via social media counts for this—but ideally it would not be the only break students go to).

Study Skills Strategies:


Study skills organized by subject, and includes time management strategies, memory, study and research tips: 



Strategies to improve your listening skills:


Memory Techniques:
Techniques including meumonic devices, study cards, memory strategies and organization skills.
Nine strategies to increase memory.
Techniques to help increase memory to aid in recalling information later.