Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • E-Sub Plans for Educators

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, From the Front Lines, High School, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. (1)

    Writing sub plans is the task I dread most as a teacher. It is time-consuming and often the best-laid plans go awry. Substitutes misinterpret directions or students use that excuse to claim that they were led astray from a meaningful task. I have found a few digital applications that have changed the nature of the sub-plan to one that empowers the student with more opportunities for 1:1 engagement and more responsibility. No longer do I write a sub-plan for the sub alone. The paper copy left on the desk might contain a few private instructions

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  • Adventures in Going Paperless: Step Two, Navigating Digital Feedback

    on Nov 12, 15 • in Educational Apps, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Series, Technology • with Comments

    How do you.....DBQ-

    After realizing my endless stacks of grading were threatening to swallow my sanity, I took the leap into embracing technology. However, what I found initially was that while stacks were fewer and my desk cleaner, my anxiety levels were not lower. In my quest for a new organizational system, I moved to using for scoring essays online. My new system proved incredibly effective at not only creating clean surfaces, but at showing me where I was failing my students, and where I was failing was giving effective feedback. I needed to give more feedback

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  • BrainPOP: A Te(a)cher’s Best Friend

    on Nov 4, 15 • in Common Core, Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments


    Think you’ll have 5 or 10 minutes left in class? Need an engaging way to start a lesson while you take attendance, grade a few papers, or call a parent? Looking for something simple to drive home the core idea of a lesson? Want to find a place to have formal assessment with students at the board or individually in front of their seats? Want to have that at your fingertips? How about your students? Then you need to learn a bit more about BrainPOP. BrainPOP is not a new technology tool – in fact,

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  • Adventures in Going Paperless: Step One, Taking the Leap

    on Nov 3, 15 • in Going Paperless, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Series, Technology • with Comments

    Classroom Battle Tips- You Can Win the War

    urnA few years ago, my best teacher friend and I decided the entire population of the world could be dived into two kinds of people: spreadsheet people and stack people. Spreadsheet people sort and file. They label and color-code. Their organizational world is akin to the beloved spreadsheet after which they are named and on which they craft everything from to-do lists to data sheets. Stack people, on the other hand,…well, they make a bunch of stacks. I am most definitely a stack person. Now one should not automatically assume that stack people are completely

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  • The Classroom as a Transformative Space

    on Sep 3, 15 • in Featured, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Technology • with Comments


    Every educator I know spends time setting up their classroom designing the use of space to be aesthetically inviting, with little to no assistance, little to no training. That first connection with students is so important, the room they walk into tells them if they are safe, if they can be inquisitive or if they must be obedient. The images displayed, the student work of previous years, the maps and directions posted all relay a message about values in education. Not only the physical space but the digital sites and platforms also require thoughtful maintenance and attention

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