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Digital Accessibility and Dyslexia Advocacy, featuring Jeannette Washington M.Ed.

Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month? To celebrate neurodiversity this month – and everyday! – I’m sharing resources from Jeannette Washington, M.Ed., experienced educator working at the intersection of technology, accessibility, and dyslexia advocacy. Jeannette shares incredibly valuable resources for educators on her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and website. I will be resharing … Continue Reading Digital Accessibility and Dyslexia Advocacy, featuring Jeannette Washington M.Ed.

Using Systems Thinking to Tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future” by 2030. These 17 goals address the global challenges we face – from poverty to climate change to inequality (United Nations). While some progress has been made since 2015, the UN has more recently … Continue Reading Using Systems Thinking to Tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Combining Systems Thinking and Design Thinking in the Classroom

In my classroom, I want my students to be not just problem-solvers, but also problem-finders. I want students to learn strategies and skills to solve real-world problems. And I want students to be able to identify the very problems that need to be solved. In my experience working in schools, I’ve noticed that there is … Continue Reading Combining Systems Thinking and Design Thinking in the Classroom

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

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