The Couch Potato Approach to Educational Technology

Don't wait for your school to develop your tech skills. Settle into your couch and educate yourself! I've talked before about how teachers need to be given the opportunity to play around with edtech tools in order to be able to envision how they could be used in a classroom. The same goes with students. This … Continue reading The Couch Potato Approach to Educational Technology

5 Quick Projects That Make Use of Green Screen

It might come as a surprise to some teachers that all it takes to replicate the green screen effects that we all see in the movies and on the news is a free green screen app and some green butcher paper. Once I put up my own DIY green screen in my classroom, my students … Continue reading 5 Quick Projects That Make Use of Green Screen

5 Easy Ways to Share Learning Experiences with Students

We've talked before about how to give your class back to your students. Today, I want to look at a similar idea of how we can create a shared learning environment where the teacher and students are partners in learning. What the Research Says We know that students are more successful when they aren't just … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Share Learning Experiences with Students

How Teachers Can Prioritize Building Confidence and Risk-Taking

Growing up, I was painfully shy. If I ever dared to raise my hand (or got called on without doing so) all of the other students would immediately ask me, “Why is your face so red?” This created a vicious cycle of not wanting to raise my hand because I didn’t want my face to … Continue reading How Teachers Can Prioritize Building Confidence and Risk-Taking

A Different Kind of Student-Led Conference

Student-led conferences are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. They provide another opportunity for students to take control of their learning. The thing is, before public, shared, nonlinear digital portfolios, it made a ton of sense to bring parents into the classroom just so they could flip through the pages of their child's … Continue reading A Different Kind of Student-Led Conference

“The What” vs. “The How” of Education

After reading the above tweet, I've been thinking a lot about this idea that we may very well spend too much time talking about what we should teach rather than how we should teach. And the more I think about it, the more I crave conversations that concern the how of education. Learning-focused conversation is learner and … Continue reading “The What” vs. “The How” of Education

5 reasons to Drop Math Worksheets and Use “Smart” Online Programs

To learn a new math skill well, we know that students need to get adequate practice with it – successfully answering a number of problems before considering the skill mastered. Traditionally, students have gotten this practice with photocopied worksheets or a textbook. However, with the technology we now have, online “smart” programs like IXL do … Continue reading 5 reasons to Drop Math Worksheets and Use “Smart” Online Programs