3 easy strategies to organize your Google Classroom

Let’s be honest. Your Google Classroom is a hot mess. If it is, you’re like many, many other teachers. (If it’s not a hot mess, kudos to you. We can learn something from you!) Thankfully, Google Classroom has a feature that helps you keep your classwork page neat and tidy and orderly — topics! Some […]

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 […]

25 beginning of the year activities you can use right away!

The beginning of the school year is filled with teaching procedures and getting to know you activities. Most of us have our tried and true go-tos that we pull out year after year. But what if we want to shake things up a bit? What if there were tons of different and innovative activities out […]

Key takeaways from ISTE 19

The ISTE Conference is the biggest annual educational technology conference in the United States. And it is BIG. It’s like a small city of educators that congregate together in a convention center. It feels like a reunion of my entire Twitter feed. An event like this means different things to different people … Some people […]

Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera

On August 1st, Flipgrid released an all-new camera that goes way beyond the simple recording tool it once was. The Shorts Camera can now function as a video recorder, screen recorder, interactive whiteboard, and video editing tool! And of course, it’s completely free. Want a peek at just some of the things you can do […]

20+ wide-ranging books to check out for educators

In many ways, we educators live in an exciting time to be in the classroom and work with students. Examples: We have lots of access to research and best practice to inform our teaching. Educators from all over the world share their best ideas and discuss freely via social media. It’s easier than ever for […]

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 […]

Take a road trip with Google MyMaps

This post comes from accepting a challenge. I’m a regular listener of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast hosted by Matt Miller and Kasey Bell. After listening to an episode about how to use Google MyMaps in the classroom I was inspired to create a choice board using Google MyMaps as the platform. I shared my […]

Awesome Teacher Summer: 10 ways to grow in summer 2019

Before I became a teacher, I worked outside of education as a full-time newspaper journalist. Of the many differences between being a reporter and being in the school setting, there was one that was clearer than all … The hard reset at the end of the school year. One year ends. There’s a break. Then […]

#EdPins: Putting learning on the map

We’ve all been there. Maybe it was when you were looking for a website login, an exact address or a coworker’s blog. At some point, every educator googles their own school. And no matter your school’s mission, socio-economic status or geographical location, we are all on the same page when those search results come back. […]