Digital organization is tricky! It’s hard to stay organized online. In today’s blog post, I’m sharing 5 different tips for how to organize your Google Drive. TIP #1: Use naming conventions I’ve been guilty of naming files “Math Lesson Plan” or “Multiplication Doc” – and the reality is that neither of those titles are helpful. … Continue Reading Teacher Spring Cleaning: How to Organize Your Google Drive
Code.org is a nonprofit that works to increase access to computer science education in schools across the world. More specifically, code.org is dedicated to increasing participation of young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Code.org is perhaps the most well-known for their annual Hour of Code campaign, engaging students across the world during Computer … Continue Reading EdTech Tool of the Week (5/5/21)
Episode 41: Empowered Learners, Global Educators, and Meaningful Learning with Nishat Firdous Jehan Ali
Maddie (03:24): Nishat Firdous Jehan Ali is a dedicated educator with a mission to empower children and families for a strong future. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from DePaul University along with her Master’s in Elementary Education from Quincy University. She has taught with Northwestern University’s enrichment program, CTD, for four years … Continue Reading Episode 41: Empowered Learners, Global Educators, and Meaningful Learning with Nishat Firdous Jehan Ali
Explain Everything is not just another digital whiteboard app: it is a powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations. Both teachers and students can use Explain Everything to create dynamic presentations that incorporate multimedia elements like video, narration, and drawing. While the most obvious application of this tool is probably for teachers to use it … Continue Reading EdTech Tool of the Week (4/28/21)
The end of the school year is approaching (can you believe it?), so of course, I’m back with another Morning Meeting blog post, and today I’m sharing my May Morning Meeting ideas for virtual, in-person, and hybrid teaching. In today’s blog post… We’ll be looking at (1) May Morning Meeting Slides and (2) 2021 May … Continue Reading May Morning Meeting Ideas for Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid Teaching (2021)
Google Sites is a structured wiki- and web page-creation tool offered by Google. In other words, it’s Google’s version of a website builder. I love how user-friendly Google Sites is: there is absolutely no coding involved whatsoever. Building a website is as easy as dragging and dropping, selecting a theme, and importing multimedia elements. Because … Continue Reading EdTech Tool of the Week (4/21/21)
Episode 39: Collaborative Learning Systems and The Future of EdTech with Mike Rutherford, Founder of gotLearning
Maddie (00:01:00): In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Mike Rutherford, founder of Growth Over Time Learning, or gotLearning. Mike is an experienced educator who has worked as a teacher, edtech entrepreneur, and pretty much everything in between. Growth Over Time Learning (gotLearning) is not a software company. They are an education company that developed the … Continue Reading Episode 39: Collaborative Learning Systems and The Future of EdTech with Mike Rutherford, Founder of gotLearning
Our EdTech Tool of the Week is one I’ve talked about before… and I’m sharing it again because this time of the year is PERFECT for introducing students to this tool. Stop Motion Studio is “the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion movie-making!” Stop motion animation is a hit with students of … Continue Reading EdTech Tool of the Week (4/14/21)
In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing step-by-step directions and strategies for implementing Genius Hour in your elementary classroom. If you teach older grades, I also share more broad strategies for K-12 and beyond in this previous post. (1) First, I’ll describe Genius Hour and the purpose behind it. (2) Then, we’ll take a look … Continue Reading How to Implement Genius Hour in Your Elementary School Classroom
A big focus of mine as a STEM teacher is the idea that technology can be used as a force for good. One way that I implement this idea in my classroom is that I teach students about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how technology can be used to achieve those goals. Just in … Continue Reading A Student-Centered Project Using the Sustainable Development Goals
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