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
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
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
The summer before my senior year of high school, I had to read Crime and Punishment for my AP Literature class. At first glance, the book’s 545 pages seemed an insurmountable challenge. Then I realized that if I read 10 pages a day, every day, I would complete the novel with time to spare before… Read More I Converted My Digital Breakouts from Classic to New Google Sites
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 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
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
I was honored to be Vicki Davis’s guest on the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. Vicki and I discussed one of my favorite new edtech tools for collaboration and brainstorming, the Google Jamboard app. Listen to my conversation with Vicki and comment below with your ideas for using the Google Jamboard app.
Google My Maps is a great tool for teachers and learners. Teachers can use it as an interactive platform to present lesson materials. Learners can use Google My Maps to document what they have learned. For example, here is a Google My Map I created of Civil War battles in North Carolina for a Civil… Read More Google My Maps Tips and Tricks
I was honored to speak to my friend Kim Mattina about the Google Jamboard app on her YouTube Channel, The Suite Talk. After talking about the app and using it to collaborate, our conversation transitioned to Google Keep, a powerful tool for student feedback. Kim, a G Suite for Education Top Contributor, is a great resource… Read More Collaborating With The Google Jamboard App On The Suite Talk