The kids came back from Christmas loaded with technology and enthusiasm about 2013. How will you support your students' interests and still get them ready for state mandated tests? It begins to feel overwhelming around this time of year with the amount of teaching & learning left to do before testing. We often forget the FUN of learning and focus on tasks to prepare students for testing. I want to keep the fun AND help prepare my students. I am incorporating as much technology as possible to engage students this year. What are you doing to keep kids motivated and keep the interest level high? We are beginning the new year making a book trailer of a favorite book. We will use IPads to help keep that interest level. We are writing a script for our trailers and kids will have access to their works in progress at school and from home. We are drawing this project out over four weeks and working on it only a day a week. This will keep interest high and will motivate kids into completing other assignments so that they can work on this movie project. We will add video, clips, text, and sound to our final projects. So what are YOU doing to keep the test monsters at bay in order to prepare students in a FUN way for what lies ahead in 2013? We need each other to keep the interest level high and make learning FUN and not feel like drudgery. Ideas welcome!