“Mom, we want to start a YouTube channel.” This is the statement my 12-year-old and her sister lay on me a few weeks ago. My first reaction is “NO WAY, YOU’RE TWELVE!” I like to refer to that as my “mom” reaction. But the tech teacher reaction is just the opposite: “That’s a GREAT idea!” Producing
As the school year wraps up, I try to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. This year, I made a huge effort to grow outside of my comfort zone; I needed to network. But where do you start? The education scene is FULL of amazing people doing incredible things, but as a teacher, it’s
If you’re a teacher who has to teach Adobe products, it can be pretty overwhelming. There used to be a real lack of education-level resources; everything was targeted at the professional designer. But as the popularity of Photoshop has risen from a niche job to a necessary skill, so have the resources for the classroom.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to bring home a stack of essays to grade. I have great respect for English teachers. That’s why I was super excited when I tripped across this website, Quill. The concept is simple; teach kids to join simple sentences into complex ideas. But they didn’t stop there; they added
How to Build a Toaster From Scratch – TED Talk – One of my class favorites! I know that classroom time is a commodity, but I also believe that if you want to motivate your kids, you have to get them engaged. I’m lucky; I have computers in my class, so it’s fairly easy to
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
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