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05 June 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Visual notetaking and focusing on big ideas

Where do blogs and online media outlets go to present information? Infographics. They’re visually stimulating. They’re accessible to almost anyone. And they don’t overkill with too much information. I’ve had a couple encounters with these ideas in the last couple weeks that have me thinking about how I could teach better and differently. Amy Burvall, [...]

02 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

20 great ways to text students with Remind 101

20 great ways to text students with Remind 101

Text message is the new e-mail. Ask students if they have an e-mail account. If they do, chances are they’ll tell you that they rarely check it and it’s full of e-mails they haven’t read that they don’t really need. If you want to reach students where it counts, get to their cell phones. There [...]

29 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

How podcasts can make you a better teacher

How podcasts can make you a better teacher

Like you, I find that I’m on the go a lot. School and extra-curricular activities. Baseball and basketball practices for my kids. Visits to family. I’m a runner, so I’ll go run four to six miles on a given day on the county roads around my house. I go to a lot of conferences, so [...]

26 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

10 ways to become an edtech ninja this summer

Summer break is here (or about here) for most schools in the United States. Time for teachers to kick back, put their feet up and drink fruity beverages on the beach or by the pool all summer, right? Yeah, right! Many of the great teachers I know use the summer to learn things they didn’t [...]

22 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Kick-start your Google+ profile: 10 edu-communities to join

Google Plus — Google’s social media network — is a great resource for educators. The resources and dialogue there are great, and it can be set up and running in a snap. I think it doesn’t always get a fair shake, though. Take the “Social Media Explained” by way of bacon example (via the Corey [...]

19 May 2014 ~ 6 Comments

10 tricks for innovative student/teacher presentations

10 tricks for innovative student/teacher presentations

We’ve all seen presentations — from students and from colleagues — that leave a lot to be desired. There’s the one where the presenter wants to play with all the bells and whistles in the presentation, so we get different transitions, different fonts, different sound effects. There’s the one with too much information on the [...]

15 May 2014 ~ 12 Comments

10 ways Google Classroom will make learning better

10 ways Google Classroom will make learning better

Google’s launch into the learning management system world was received with a lot of buzz. Classroom, a centralized place for teachers and students to communicate, work on assignments and have discussions, is scheduled for release in September 2014. As a teacher who utilizes Google Apps for Education every day in his classroom, this has certainly [...]

12 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

10 ways conferences (or PD) could be better

10 ways conferences (or PD) could be better

If you want to ditch your textbook — or your textbook mindset for instruction — one of the best places to spark innovation is a good conference or professional development event. You get good ideas. You add tools to your tool belt. You meet new people and get to network. In my first several years [...]

08 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

28 ways Google’s new add-ons can help teachers now

3 quick and easy Google Docs ideas for your classroom

Add-ons are Google’s shiny new set of tools for Documents and Spreadsheets, and they’re full of potential for educators. They’re additional functions that can be installed and become available across all of your documents and sheets. As any feature still in its infancy, you’ll find that several add-ons are still buggy and a little slow. [...]

05 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

We’re all cheaters as educators, but we have to be

We're all cheaters as educators, but we have to be

We’re all cheaters as educators. We cheat every day. Every one of us. When we plan, when we grade, when we teach, we cheat. Administrators cheat. eLearning and instructional coaches cheat. So do media specialists. And honestly, when we go home to our families, we cheat too. We’re all cheaters. But we have to be. [...]