10 ways to find global connections for your class

Finding a virtual guest for your classroom is as easy as asking. But where? This list of 10 options should get you started. (Flickr / Patrick Bombaert)

Taking classes global is one of my favorite ways that technology redefines what education can do. It boggles the mind to think that a classroom, individual or place can be thousands of miles away but close enough virtually to engage in face-to-face conversation. With communication tools like Google Hangouts, Skype and FaceTime, virtually anyone with […]

6 reasons you should ditch your edtech

Technology makes lots of opportunities possible in the classroom. But it isn't the silver bullet in education. Here are six times when you should ditch your tech. (Flickr / Rex Pe)

Technology in education is transformational. Revolutionary. Today’s technology in our pockets can do what cost us thousands of dollars in equipment in the past. It can connects us to people and places and events virtually anywhere in the world. But it’s not the be-all, end-all in education. It’s not the silver bullet. And there are […]

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own


Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a link, embedded in […]

Sketchnoting 101, for those with little artistic talent

Sketchnotes can be simple or ornate, but they all do the same thing: collect ideas visually that are easier to remember. (Sketch by Matt Miller)

Sketchnoting — creating notes with visuals, sketches or doodles — can be powerful. It’s powerful for the sketcher — visual notes capture ideas in ways that are more likely to stick in the brain by nature. It’s powerful for the viewer — it presents ideas in an engaging way that can be understood almost instantly. […]

A blueprint for the future of relevant schools

This school district is rolling out a plan to let students choose the pace, place and process of their education. Here's how. (Google Hangout screenshot)

Let’s see if you’ve heard this story before. Students enter school in the morning and go to a class with dozens of fellow classmates. They all receive the same instruction. When class is over, they all frantically move to another room, where they all receive the same instruction with dozens of classmates again. If a […]

10 ways Saved by the Bell can speak to educators today

"Saved by the Bell" wasn't the pinnacle of quality TV, but it was about education (sort of) and it was engaging (sort of). If we're careful, we can learn lessons about education from it. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

I have a confession to make. I think I’ve seen every episode of “Saved by the Bell.” You know, that cheesy adolescent-focused sitcom that aired on Saturday mornings in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The jokes were lame and the acting was superficial, but I couldn’t stop watching. (It was kind of a guilty pleasure.) […]

After visiting classes, 5 reflections on the life of my students


I’ve been a teacher for nearly 11 years now. It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve been a high school student — moving from class to class, trying not to arrive late, doing my best to let several diverse subjects sink into my brain in one day. Yesterday, I got a great opportunity. For […]

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

Google Slides lets students collaborate and display ideas effectively. Create animation, story books, video galleries and more. (Flickr / college.library)

At one point, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show to the class was cutting-edge classroom technology. Those days are gone, and now, online presentations enable so much more for students. Google Slides, the Google Apps solution to PowerPoint, opens this classroom staple up to vast possibilities. With real-time collaboration, connection to other Google Apps and […]

Why branding shouldn’t be a dirty word in education

Creating a brand is all about identifying who you are and what you stand for. Teachers and schools can do this without feeling sleazy. (Image via Mix by FiftyThree)

I’m a teacher, and for the last two years, I’ve been trying to promote my own personal brand. I know that by writing this, many in the education world will instantly equate me with a sleazy used car salesman peddling worn-out sedans. I’ve seen several blog articles and posts on social media calling out such educators […]