It’s quite rare that I write a blog post that has little to do with instruction, technology, or some sort of resource that can be brought into a classroom. Yet, I’ve found myself thinking about our daily interactions, as educators, with our students. It’s something that has been on my mind and my heart for… Read More The Teacher Transparency Challenge
As a part of our Spartan Tech Squad class, our students recently participated in the Mouse Create October Micro-Project where they were challenged to design their own Virtual Reality Haunted House. While we have done many projects this year, I believe that our students found this project to be one of the most enjoyable and… Read More Creating a VR Haunted House
Over the last week, my AVID students have been developing and presenting on a college/university of their choice. It’s always a great project for our new AVID students because it introduces them to a college and requires them to present in front of an audience. Yet, when it comes to these presentations, I have noticed… Read More Automated Peer Feedback for Student Presentations
After working in a 1-1 school district for several years, using technology in the classroom has become second nature to me. It’s integrated into nearly everything I do in my classroom and with a specific purpose – to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students. Although technology is used in my classroom on a… Read More Solving Inequalities Scavenger Hunt: A Low-Tech Activity
Last year, I read a couple of books that inspired me to begin 20Time Projects in my classroom. First, I read 20Time by Kevin Brookhouser then Dive Into Inquiry by Trevor Mackenzie. I read these books towards the end of the last school year and did not have enough time truly implement a 20Time Project… Read More Getting Going with 20Time Projects
Over last month, our Spartan Tech Squad students have been going through a “Web Literacy” course on Mouse Create. The focus of this course is teaching students to “think critically, participate safely, and demonstrate good citizenship online.” It’s a great series of lessons for students because digital citizenship is so important as our schools are… Read More Creative Commons HyperDoc
BoostEDU is coming soon! It’s hard to believe that my last post on BoostEDU, my Google Innovator project, was nearly 3 months ago. It’s not that I haven’t been working on it. In fact, I have actually been working on this project on a (nearly) daily basis since my last post. I’m excited about where… Read More Adventures in Innovation: BoostEDU is Coming Soon!
One year ago, I attended the High Desert EdTechTeam Summit which was hosted by my district, Hesperia Unified School District. It was during this summit that I was inspired to create a professional learning network through social media. As I’ve mentioned before, this summit changed my life – both professionally and personally. Today, I am… Read More A Year on Twitter and…Some Thank You’s
At the beginning of this school year, I introduced my new students to BreakoutEDU and they loved it! The first BreakoutEDU Digital that they completed was the “Catch the Bus” breakout that is available on the BreakoutEDU website. So, I decided it was time to create a new BreakoutEDU Digital for my students to review… Read More The Locked Boxes: A Math BreakoutEDU Digital
This post is cross-posted on Mari, Meagan, & Aubrey’s blogs. Mari is a middle school Science & AVID teacher and Blended Learning Specialist in San Diego, CA. Meagan is a middle school Math, AVID, & Technology teacher and the Team Technology Leader in Hesperia, CA. Aubrey has been a music teacher & Summer Learning principal,… Read More Work, Work, Work…What about Life?