The Techno-Sceptic’s Guide To Using Technology in the Classroom

I am not usually a big fan of technology in the classroom.  To quote a former colleague on the subject, it’s often just “window dressing.” Just because students are using computers or smart boards or document projectors doesn’t mean that they are learning 21st century skills.  If all that they are doing is coloring in [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Back to School, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology|0 Comments

Top 5 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before School Starts

Have the teacher dreams started? Does your heart pound when you see the school supply section at Target? While you’re relaxing on the beach, have you defaulted to lesson planning over novels? To help calm your nerves, I’ve compiled notes about five top things every teacher should do before school starts - and guarantee you’ll [...]

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, [...]

Google Classroom Part 2: How to Set It Up

Alright, you’ve decided to give Google Classroom a try…now what?  Here is a basic guide to begin using Google Classroom. Step 1: Create a Classroom Page Sign into your google account and go to www.classroom.google.com.  Click the plus-sign (+) next to your email address (top right-hand corner).  Select “create a class” and title it.  You [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Featured, Technology|0 Comments

Google Classroom Series Part 1: Why I Use It

I love the feel of paper in my hands.  My husband has desperately been trying to convert me to the Kindle, but I keep buying more printed books.  Yes, we’re running out of bookshelf space (but isn’t it every English teacher’s dream to own an in-home library?), and yes, digital copies are cheaper, but I [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Educational Apps, Featured, High School, Technology|1 Comment