Updates abound: New features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

Lots of teachers' favorite tech tools get summer upgrades. See what's new in 2017 with Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

This year is no exception. In fact, just yesterday (the day before I publish this post), Flipgrid threw a HUGE bash at their Minneapolis headquarters to release the all new Flipgrid and a slew of new features. It’s a good time to be in education, folks. Technology makes all sorts of meaningful, engaging education accessible […]

15 building blocks to a meaningful #ISTE17 (or any conference)

Craft your ISTE experience like you'd make a creation out of LEGOs. Here are some ideas for making it meaningful. (Icons via jon trillana via TheNounProject.com)

When you go to a conference — even for a single day — you’re investing hours of your life into the experience. And if that’s the case, it’s always best when you get a good return on the time investment. The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference (iste.org/conference) takes place every summer. It’s […]

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Bring the back row in class to the FRONT row! Flipgrid gives all students a voice with video. Here's how to use it in class.

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat. I was hesitant to try it out and almost skipped the chat because I wasn’t sure about trying to learn how to use yet another […]

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

iPads were a force in education. But with Chromebooks that have keyboards, touchscreens and apps, that all may change. (Image of Acer R11 used by fair use.)

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks. I’ve outlined why I choose Chromebooks for a 1:1 initiative or, as I had, for carts that stay […]

Remixing traditional lessons with tech: a framework you can use

Trying to "tech up" our old lessons may not have the impact we hope. But we can use traditional lessons to inspire new teaching. Here's a way. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Many times, teachers try to bring technology into the classroom by “teching up” their old lessons. They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it. To really get the most out of […]

Writing papers and research reports the Google way

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The traditional research paper has been around a long time. We all likely have a memory of sweating over one at the last minute. They’re still a staple in K-12 schools and in universities. We don’t use formal academic papers and reports that much in real life. Often, they’re sources for more academic papers and […]

I’m going back to paper AND staying digital

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As a teacher, I went all-in on being as digital as possible years ago. I made the “I’m going totally paperless” statement like so many well-meaning teachers. I had my best-laid plans ready to go. There were glitches and road bumps, but my class was becoming more and more digital. But something was missing. A […]

Teach with Kahoot!: Go beyond review with the Blind Kahoot

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Teachers all over the world use Kahoot! for formative assessment and to review content with students. And why wouldn’t they? Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) is a fun gameshow-style assessment activity. There are tons of creative ways to review and assess with it. Kahoot! lets students answer questions with their own device. It has music and a leaderboard, […]