Teaching With Minecraft EDU

I’m one of those crazies that actually enjoy professional development workshops, at least the ones that we don’t have to do every single year like blood-borne pathogens and diabetes.  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the best professional development: Minecraft EDU. This session was based on the popular game Minecraft but with an educational [...]

Gratefully Addicted to Remind.com

Do you use Remind?  I am currently enrolled in fourteen Remind groups.  Fourteen may sound excessive, but I am grateful for each membership because it has increased my connection to my students and my children's school life. In case you are unfamiliar with my favorite technology, please allow me to explain. The Remind App is [...]

One Future of K-12 Education: From the Factory to a Personalized Model

From the Factory to a Personalized Model If you’re old enough, try to think back to the way teaching and learning was designed 40 or 50 years ago. The teacher was the “sage on the stage.” He or she had the subject information in their mind, and it was up to the teacher to make [...]

Don’t Be Tooled by Your Technology

Technology can be a tool, but also a trap The tools technology has brought to education can come with conveniences and learning opportunities. For example, many classrooms in my district, if not most, now have a SMART Board. I didn't even know what a SMART Board was until just a few years ago. Now my district [...]

Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first day - and first weeks - of school. Building relationships, engaging my classroom and creating a sense of excitement helps [...]