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EdTech Tools for Design Thinking

With design thinking, students have agency in the classroom. Students identify problems, brainstorm creative ideas, and build authentic and meaningful solutions.  When implemented with proper support, technology is a tool that can be used to amplify learning during the design thinking process.  For today’s blog post, I am sharing my favorite edtech tools that support … Continue Reading EdTech Tools for Design Thinking

Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase, I may receive a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. Design thinking can help students build empathy. Design thinking is not just about solving a problem. It is not just about creating a product. Design … Continue Reading Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

Engage Students in STEM with the CoderZ Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

Disclaimer: I only recommend products that I absolutely love! This post is sponsored by CoderZ. All opinions remain my own. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an engineer? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to program robots that perform real-world tasks?  The CoderZ Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge will transport your students … Continue Reading Engage Students in STEM with the CoderZ Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

Design Thinking Project Ideas for Elementary Classrooms and Back to School

To learn more about the design thinking process and how to implement this strategy in your elementary classroom, check out one of my other blog posts here. Design thinking is an iterative, human-centered process that is most often used to solve a need or problem. Design thinking consists of 5 main stages: empathize, define, ideate, … Continue Reading Design Thinking Project Ideas for Elementary Classrooms and Back to School

Episode 56: Back-to-School with EdTech: Tips and Tricks from Brittany Gaffney, Instructional Technology Specialist

Maddie (01:19): Brittany Gaffney is currently an instructional technology specialist from upstate New York, about four hours Northwest of New York city. She lives there with her husband, two Australian shepherds and a cat before her shift to an instructional tech coach. She was a classroom teacher for six years. Most of her classroom experience … Continue Reading Episode 56: Back-to-School with EdTech: Tips and Tricks from Brittany Gaffney, Instructional Technology Specialist

Starting the School Year with Responsive Classroom: 5 Back-to-School Books for Teachers and Educators

Disclaimer: This blog post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of the sale, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I absolutely love! Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional approach to teaching and discipline. Responsive Classroom is my go-to … Continue Reading Starting the School Year with Responsive Classroom: 5 Back-to-School Books for Teachers and Educators

3 Reasons Why You Need to Add LessonUp to Your Teacher Toolkit

Disclaimer: I only recommend products that I absolutely love! This post is sponsored by LessonUp. All opinions remain my own. If you’re looking for a simple platform that boosts student engagement but also provides flexibility and blended learning, I have the perfect platform for you: LessonUp. I am a huge fan of LessonUp because it … Continue Reading 3 Reasons Why You Need to Add LessonUp to Your Teacher Toolkit

How to Teach Coding with Project-Based Learning

This blog post was originally published on the Kodable blog . Let’s dive into project-based learning A new school year brings new opportunities to explore project-based learning with computer science in your classroom. As we approach back-to-school, I like to revisit my curriculum and consider new ways to spark student interest and deepen learning. Coding … Continue Reading How to Teach Coding with Project-Based Learning

Daily Morning Meetings for the Year: How to Plan an Entire Year’s Worth of Morning Meetings

In today’s blog post, I’m sharing an inside look on how to create daily Morning Meeting slides for the ENTIRE year. I’ll show you examples of how to create (1) Morning Meeting Schedules, (2) Morning Meeting Slide Themes, and (3) Morning Meeting Structure. As I’ve said to you all many times before, my best tip … Continue Reading Daily Morning Meetings for the Year: How to Plan an Entire Year’s Worth of Morning Meetings

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