Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

You come to the foot of a mountain and notice a cave. If you want to enter the cave, turn to page 56. If you want to continue up the mountain, turn to page 84. I was in LOVE with Choose Your Own Adventure stories like this as a kid. In these books, the reader […]

How I used Project Based Learning to start a podcast

This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in a program called MERIT, which stands for Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching, in Los Altos, CA. As a part of MERIT, I took an online course about Project Based Learning (PBL). Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by […]

25 ways to infuse art into any class

Art can bring out the kind of creativity and passion in our students that we can only dream about seeing in other subject areas. Art gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new and different ways. But oftentimes art is just an add-on, something that we throw in as an extra piece at […]

10 ways to use emojis in the classroom

Emojis are the modern-day hieroglyphics. In fact, our students are sharing complete thoughts and complete stories in, get this…PICTURES. It’s true! Take a peek at the phone of any tween or teen. They’ve traded words for icons. Something’s drop-to-the-floor funny? 😂 will do. Their parents are looking over their shoulders? Insert 👫 . Emojis can […]

20 Seesaw ideas with Chromebooks for K-12 classes

Creating is memorable. When students learn something and then can create something with it — a digital project, a story, a video — that’s something they can be proud of. Sharing what you’ve created enhances the experience. Who wants to work hard on something that no one else sees? Creating and sharing, all in one […]

3 creative ways to Ditch That Essay

What are your most memorable experiences throughout your middle school and high school career? I know, you are thinking about all the exciting and engaging essays you wrote. That five-paragraph essay where you explained the theme of a text. Each paragraph was informative and persuasive, providing robust evidence and analysis to support your claim. Probably […]

20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera

20 activities bloom new flipgrid (flip grid) camera

Video is so easy to create in the classroom now. What used to take expensive equipment and advanced know-how can be created in seconds with devices we already have. Video is a rich medium for learning. Students can practice speaking skills, show their passion through their voice, and make learning visible. In summer 2019, Flipgrid […]

Destroy the box

As educators, we’ve all heard the phrase, “think outside the box.” It is a great mantra for those who want to think about traditional teaching strategies in a new way, to dig deep into the creative process, or to push themselves to the next level in lesson delivery. This wise quote was shared with me […]

5 ideas for creating captivating experiences in class

A sneak peek at "Don't Ditch That Tech"

Differentiated instruction. Great tech use. They’re both doable — and they can work in harmony! In this book that I co-authored with educators Nate and Angie Ridgway, we give TONS of practical ideas for differentiating well with technology. Differentiation is something many of us wish we did better. Thankfully, the technology we have available to […]

60 tips to spark creative lesson ideas

If you’re like me, you want to make school a memorable experience. You want to improve on the “eat your vegetables” approach to learning. It’s hard. “But I’m not a creative person.” “But I’m not good at coming up with new ideas.” “But I’m not innovative.” Coming up with cool ideas for learning is tricky. […]