20 ways to Ditch That Textbook in K-2 (with templates!)

Are you a primary educator? Are you interested in Ditching but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! This post will walk you through template after template of rich learning experiences you can provide your students today! If you would like to use any of these activities with your class just click on the link […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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. […]

Ditch The Lists: Digital vocabulary instruction that works

Write and highlight the word, write the definition, give an example… YAWN! Vocabulary is critical to learning, yet it is often done in drill and kill fashion. I was guilty of this myself. I’ve been out of the classroom for 4 years now, and one of my biggest regrets is the way I did vocabulary […]

Ditch That Grade! 9 ways to move beyond the grade and on to meaningful learning

I know what you are thinking, ditch that grade? Really? Well, maybe not all grades… or maybe? It begs the question, why give grades? Where did this whole grading frenzy start? What do grades really measure anyway? What about schools that don’t give grades? Do students stop learning? If April showers bring May flowers… Okay, […]

7 ways you can remix your classroom and teach like a DJ

7 Ways You Can Remix Your Classroom and Teach Like a DJ

Have you ever seen an amazing DJ who can rock a crowd of hundreds, even thousands of party-goers? What is it that makes that DJ so amazing and so darn cool? Guys like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Zedd, female DJs like Krewella, Alison Wonderland, and Rezz all have similar characteristics and objectives and dare I […]

Ditch the clips: Create a behavior management system that works

Think back to your time in elementary school. Did you have one of those systems where your teacher rated your day using colored cards, moving clips, or some other form of points? Do you remember having to move that clip? Do you remember having it marked in your folder? What about a prize box? Did […]

5 ways to help tech coaches maximize their role

Tech Coach, Technology Integration Specialist, ecoach… No matter the title, the role of this specialist focuses on helping educators successfully integrate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Having been in this role for 5 years now, I often get asked, “How do you do it?” As I am the sole person for my […]