Teaching English with Technology

As a 17-year veteran English teacher, I have seen many improvements and changes in the way that technology is incorporated into the classroom.  Gone are the days of using the overhead projector, of rolling an outdated television set into the classroom, and of feverishly rewinding an old video cassette.   Surprisingly, the days of grading papers [...]

10 Years Later: 10 Takeaways on the iPhone and Education

Ten years ago this month, Steve Jobs walked out onto the world's stage and said "this is a day I've been looking forward to in 2.5 years" because of this "revolutionary product that absolutely changes everything." I'm talking about the iPhone. And boy, did it change everything. Today, nearly 7 in 10 adults has a smart [...]

Emergency Preparedness Distance Learning

I was sitting in my apartment in the Dominican Republic for the third "hurricane day" in a row. School was still closed and we faced a full week of closure. Working to establish a distance learning culture our school sent a broadcast to parents and teachers; an expectation for students to utilize the online platform [...]

ThatQuiz: A Great, Easy to Use Resource

ThatQuiz is a great resource for teachers and students! Here's a quick breakdown of what it can do for a classroom teacher: Create quizzes of various types. Maintain a class/student list to track progress. Students are able to use independently and access outside of school. Grades and averages for the quizzes are kept for you. You [...]

Google Classroom Part 3: First Year Reflections

I surveyed 42 of my juniors for this article.  The questionnaire asked them to comment on benefits and frustrations with Google Classroom and Google Apps. Every student agreed that they felt more connected to students and curriculum by using Google Classroom.  Most students said they preferred to virtually collaborate because of convenience, connection to teacher, [...]