Google Sites Layouts Vastly Improved My Digital Breakouts Site

I love Google Sites and recently spent a lot of time using it to convert 14 digital breakouts from Classic to New Sites. Since then, Google has announced a new tool in the Google Sites editor – layouts. Layouts solve the problem of aligning images and elements which can be tricky because there are no guidelines… Read More Google Sites Layouts Vastly Improved My Digital Breakouts Site

Let Them Play: Approaches to Technology Integration and PD That Empower Teachers

Educational technology can open doors for students. Effective and empowering professional development empowers students to give students the keys to those doors.  I argue for letting teachers play and other empowering approaches to edtech and PD in my BAMRadio Network EdWords blog post, Let Them Play: Approaches to Technology Integration and PD That Empower Teachers. Please… Read More Let Them Play: Approaches to Technology Integration and PD That Empower Teachers

In Defense of In-Person Professional Development

Digital tools make it possible to convert in-person professional development to digital platforms. Is that what teachers need? I argue it makes more sense to incorporate engaging digital components into in-person professional development than it does to digitize everything. Most teachers do not teach distance digital courses. They teach in-person and hopefully have access to… Read More In Defense of In-Person Professional Development

Lessons Learned About Risk-Taking in My Education Career Told in 3 Risks

Are you a teacher who loves education but feels the need to change things up in your career? For many reasons including circumstance and my itch for something new, I know the feeling and have experience acting on it. Read on for what I have learned from risk-taking in my education career. Risk 1: Special… Read More Lessons Learned About Risk-Taking in My Education Career Told in 3 Risks

How Does Curriculum Fit with Personalization, Technology, and Empowerment? And a Few More Questions.

Educational technology opens doors for students. They are no longer reliant on textbooks and other school-provided materials to learn. This has me thinking a lot about curriculum and personalization. How does curriculum fit with personalization, technology, and empowerment? I ask this and a lot more questions in my BAMRadio Network EdWords blog post, How Does Curriculum Fit… Read More How Does Curriculum Fit with Personalization, Technology, and Empowerment? And a Few More Questions.

The Getting Started Guide for Touchscreen Chromebooks in the Classroom

“The new Chromebooks are here!” Many teachers will be saying that as their school transitions to Chromebooks for students or refreshes old Chromebooks. The new education model Chromebooks have touchscreens and convert to tablet mode. The combination of touch and Chrome OS is probably here to stay awhile. Lenovo has released a Chromebook with a screen… Read More The Getting Started Guide for Touchscreen Chromebooks in the Classroom

Immersive Learning with Google – SXSW EDU Panel Recap

I was honored to be part of the Immersive Learning with Google panel at SXSW EDU 2018. My fellow panelists included our moderator, Google Classroom Product Manager Ope Bukola, sixth-and-seventh-grade Science teacher Carolina Carner, and Instructional Technology Specialist Melissa Lopez. Please read my recap or listen to the panel: The session started with four hands-on stations… Read More Immersive Learning with Google – SXSW EDU Panel Recap