It’s hard to believe that I am writing a blog post on techy ideas to start the school year strong. Didn’t I just write a blog post on finishing the race strong?! Nevertheless, the new school year is quickly approaching – like, in less than 48 hours. Over the summer, I spent a lot of… Read More 5 Techy Ideas to Start the Year Strong
In the last few months, I have led several sessions (in and outside of my district) on the benefits of using Twitter for professional development. (Here is a link to my session.) Usually, there are two types of educators in this session: 1.) Educators who have a Twitter account but rarely use it; and 2.)… Read More TweetDeck: Maximize Your Twitter Experience
Nearly four years ago, I created my first blog about education. I had the great intention of writing regularly and sharing about my classroom. Then, life happened – new marriage, new house, new job, graduate school, etc. It was simply one of those crazy times of life and my brain was not in the right… Read More Why Blogging Is Essential for Educators
When I first began working at my school site, our students were given a year-long, physical agenda to track their daily assignments. As a school policy, our students were required to fill this out and teachers would sign/stamp that students had filled out the daily agenda at the beginning of class. It was a great… Read More Calendars for Organization and Project Planning via Google Slides
It’s summer, summer, summertime! I hope that all of you have been enjoying your summer vacation. Mine feels like it just started and that the ending is right around the corner. Whenever summer vacation comes around, I know that I have to find ways to stay current and prepare for the upcoming school year. Below,… Read More 5 Ways to Prep for the Next School Year
The 2016-2017 school year was an amazing year. It marked my 11th year in education and my 7th year as a full-time teacher. During this year, I pushed myself to do more than I had ever imagined and accomplished goals that I did not know would exist a year ago. I grew professional, personally, and… Read More 2016/2017 School Year Wrap-Up
One of my goals for the month of June was to build the first self-assessment form for BoostEDU. The first self-assessment form will focus on SAMR and, over the next year, I intend to create more self-assessments aligned to 4 C’s, ISTE Standards, and TPACK. The purpose of these self-assessments is to support teachers in… Read More Adventures in Innovation: Input Needed for Digital Resources
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Google Innovator Academy in London. Although I haven’t written much about my innovator project, I have spent quite a bit of time developing my project and outlining my goals for the year. As a part of the program, I have created a project deck… Read More Adventures in Innovation: Introducing BoostEDU
Last year, I was introduced to Canva by Tom Mullaney and, ever since then, I have been addicted to this simple, graphic design software. Canva is a simple and easy-to-use graphic design software that consists of thousands of free templates for infographics, social media posts, flyers, and more. The quality of Canva’s products is amazing – it’s… Read More Canva + Google Drawing AppSmash!
Recently, I had a conversation with a teacher who felt that technology in the K-2 level was not beneficial to students. Their concern was that the students were “too young” to use technology or that it would not be relevant for students. So, when I was invited to attend the K-2 Can Too conference by… Read More It’s True – K-2 Can, Too!