Download & Print from Google Classroom

Normally, I'm opposed to printing student assignments. With the proper workflow, I've found that I can offer more timely feedback in digital format, not to mention save acres of trees. However, there are times when you might find that you need to print entire classes worth of documents submitted on Google Classroom. It can be tedious … Continue reading Download & Print from Google Classroom

Cognitive Science in the Classroom

I enjoy reading Daniel Willingham’s work because he makes complex but important findings in cognitive science accessible to the average, busy teacher like me. I was first introduced to his writing a few years ago when I came across his book Why Don’t Students Like School? Recently, I discovered that he has written a number … Continue reading Cognitive Science in the Classroom

What Teachers can Learn from The Originals by Adam Grant

Recently I listened to the audiobook The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant. Although the primary audience for his book are entrepreneurs and business people, many of his ideas are very applicable to teachers and school leaders. Teachers too often bring each other down. We champion our causes (ed tech, project based learning, gamification, flipped … Continue reading What Teachers can Learn from The Originals by Adam Grant

Critiquing Student Blogging, Genius Hour & Passion Projects

Students blogging about a topic they are passionate about is an example of authentic literacy pedagogy.  Instead of all students reading & researching the same topic, students have the opportunity to select a topic they are interested in and write periodic reflections on the topic.  This approach has become increasingly popular through various names such … Continue reading Critiquing Student Blogging, Genius Hour & Passion Projects

Information Literacy & Fake News

The recent election and the growing popularity of social media have created new urgency in the battles English and Social Studies teachers along with Librarians are fighting constantly---combating fake news. A powerful resource that could help in this effort is http://www.checkology.or. Although the paid version offers teachers more features for monitoring student progress, there are … Continue reading Information Literacy & Fake News

#FETC Day 3: Ideas & Inspiration

Below are some of the ideas and inspiration I gained during my 3rd and final day at the Future of Education Technology Conference: Digital Learning Tools Integration Made Easy by Lisa Mattson, Beatriz Arnillas,  Kelli Pardo When evaluating LMSs, publishing companies, digital supplemental materials be sure you check how well they play with others! Can they work with … Continue reading #FETC Day 3: Ideas & Inspiration

#FETC Day 2: Ideas & Inspiration

Below are some of the ideas and inspiration I gained during my 2nd day at the Future of Education Technology Conference: Using Technology to its Maximum Potential with the SAMR Model by Tammy Seneca (@Drtamssen) Sample technology enhanced lessons categorized by DOK & SAMR Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) It’s about increasing complexity not difficulty. … Continue reading #FETC Day 2: Ideas & Inspiration

#FETC Day 1: Ideas & Inspiration

My first day at the Future of Education Technology Conference (@FETC | #FETC) was jam packed with ideas on how to use technology to improve student learning. From past experience I've realized that many ideas that seem promising during a conference either collect dust on a bookshelf or are forever lost in Google Drive after the … Continue reading #FETC Day 1: Ideas & Inspiration

Is the test dead? Moodle & Domains of Knowledge

Is the test dead? Or, are computer facilitated assessments still useful? Moodle’s quiz/test engine is one of the most dynamic and powerful platforms available to educators. Created through a collaborative, open-source, worldwide effort, educators can administer multiple choice tests, fill in the blank, drag & drop, short answer, etc and have the computer grade all … Continue reading Is the test dead? Moodle & Domains of Knowledge