My blogging voyage, and how I do it (step by step)

Three years ago I embarked on the voyage “Ss Blogging” in my fifth grade classroom. (It’s a take on the “SS” abbreviation for “Steam Ship.” Remember the “SS Minnow” from Gilligan’s Island? In this case, Ss is the Twitter abbreviation for “students” … very fitting!) It has evolved into a learning adventure, where I am […]

10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject

Watch a video. Move definitions around to match their term. Jump to an article online. Get instant feedback to a multiple choice question. Student-centered learning lets kids get right to work and take control. It also lets the teacher connect and help with students one on one. That student-centered learning is at the heart of […]

NEW Google Sites: 10 things teachers must know

I have a confession to make. I’m heavily invested in Google, being a Google Certified Innovator, using Google tools all the time and suggesting them to teachers. (No, that’s not the confession yet …) I’ve had great things to say about so many Google products over the years. Except one: Google Sites. I think “despise” […]

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

One huge drawback of using Google Classroom has been the inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student. Deliver assignments to small groups? Ha! Differentiate to subsets of students? Nah. Until now. Google announced a few changes to Google Classroom, and this one was the bombshell: assign activities to small […]

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2016

Wow. The end of 2016. The education scene has seen a continued push in several big areas. Google Apps (now called G Suite), the maker movement and design thinking didn’t start in 2016, but they’ve grown bigger and bigger in 2016. 3D printing, drones, virtual reality and augmented reality have slowly crept into classrooms all […]

Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want. Podcasts have been a driving force for me in becoming a better educator. I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass. I can take that down time […]