Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This is a skill that can be learned over time. The hard reality of the situation, though, is most college level texts are now distributed in PDF or other digital formats for […]

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can turn the standard lecture — and its tool of choice, the presentation slide! — on its head. The result can be students actively working […]

Why your students need a podcast: How to do it fast and free

Podcasts can serve a crucial role in preparing your students for the future and helping their learning to be meaningful. Sound like things you’re looking for? You’re in the right place. Plus, you (and your students) can create them for FREE in very little time. A podcast is kind of like a radio show in […]

Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Let students put what you’re studying in MOTION. Animation is easy with stop motion Google Slides. (Icons via The Noun Project with NounPro account.)For years (centuries … really, millennia), students have had access to paper. And with that, they’ve been able to gather their ideas and turn them into static, two-dimensional images.To put those images […]

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well. We want them to succeed. But we’re asking them to study in a way the brain hates. The problem: the information is flowing in […]

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. (Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn’t like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It’s great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […]

Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We have access to […]

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Tech tool options continue to grow. There’s a lot out there. Here are some new — and familiar — ones to try in 2018. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there’s so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that’s also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There’s so […]