I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re probably tech-savvy. And if you’re tech-savvy, you probably get asked to pitch new technology to your co-workers pretty often. And we all know how much teachers LOVE professional development. Powerpoint presentations are my instant cure for insomnia, not to mention most of the content in
Many teachers have told me, “Oh, we don’t teach tech, so there’s no reason to talk about 3D printing.” If you think that, you’re wrong. One of our biggest challenges is getting kids to get engaged with our subject matter. 3D printing encourages a boatload of desirable qualities: critical thinking, problem solving, & a bunch
Okay, I’m kind of a tech snob. If everyone else is doing it, I’m moving on, because I’m always looking for the next big thing. But Kahoot has some staying power; even now, my kids still love it. So I’ve been looking for applications that have the same Kahoot BANG, but, well, just aren’t Kahoot.
I love Twitter chats, but who’s got time? That’s an hour timesink, times infinity, because there’s so many great ones out there. Enter the “slowchat,” which lasts all week, and you can check in whenever you want. But you really, really should, because it’s a great place to share resources. There’s so many incredibly creative
I’ve struggled through the years with interesting ways to showcase my students’ work. Online portfolios are a great resource that can actually help demonstrate that not only do my kids possess technology skills, but they can REALLY rock them out. My first recommendation, if you’re truly serious about a portfolio-type site, would be a website. But
You see them everywhere in education; these peculiar little squares have blasted onto the classroom scene to deliver content with a simple scan. They can whisk you away to a website. They can play an audio file. They can display text. Now they can even download applications, share information, and make a phone call for you!
As you probably already know, I teach junior high students. You probably also know that the junior high attention span is equivalent to a that of a gnat. Enter the block schedule, which is designed to give teachers longer periods of time to cover more standards. I have 90 minute class periods. 90 minutes. Junior
I am obsessed with mandalas. It started with a Dover coloring book, but I quickly discovered that I could get a more striking mandala if I scanned those in and colored them in Photoshop. That quickly turned into a lesson plan for my kids; they loved the assignment so much that I took it step further and
Academic Language: the current buzzword. I like to tell my kids it’s just “fancy words.” Of course, we all know why they need to know them, especially the population I service. Without vocabulary, it’s really hard to get ahead in this world. But oh, how I hate creating vocabulary lists. Hate. It. Enter this incredibly
I teach three different subjects over a 10-period/2-day block schedule that also includes a built-in intervention period (so technically, 11 periods). I teach under three separate career clusters that have a few things in common, but ultimately, my classroom is a MESS. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to stay organized