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5 Resources to Find Tons of Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities!
Part of the series, Hour of Code Ideas! ?Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.? – Kathryn Barrett In a previous post I described why all students should participate in the upcoming Hour of Code event, which takes place December 3rd to 9th. […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:17:50 +0000

8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level!
First in the series, Hour of Code Ideas! ?Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.? – Kathryn Barrett Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Nov 2018 04:53:01 +0000

Student Goal Setting Templates, One Word Examples, & Vision Boards
?Goals. There?s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There?s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there?s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.? – Jim Rohn The new year is a wonderful time to inspire your students to set goals […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Jan 2019 19:15:17 +0000

Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Jamil Ahmed
We recently began the summer session of my new online courses. We announced a scholarship and were so moved by the personal statements and bios that we decided to award a few scholarships for the summer session. Below is the bio and an excerpt from the personal statement of Jamil Ahmed, a teacher from Bangladesh, who […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:16:54 +0000

How to Quickly Create, Send, & Translate a Parent Newsletter
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull A few weeks ago I sent my first parent newsletter to 400+ parents. The newsletter (a link and pdf) was emailed to every parent with a Spanish version as well! Next […]
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:51:48 +0000

Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Jesus Sosa
We recently began the summer session of my new online courses. We announced a scholarship and were so moved by the personal statements and bios that we decided to award a few scholarships for the summer session. Below is the bio and an excerpt from the personal statement of Jesus Sosa, a teacher from Venezuela, who […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 09 Jul 2018 03:48:12 +0000

14+ Fabulous Valentine?s Day STEAM Activities Students Will Love
?The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.? – Blaise Pascal Valentine’s Day is around the corner! This holiday is a great time for students to be creative and share how much they appreciate and care for others. You can also get students to think and problem solve with the fabulous STEAM (Science […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Feb 2019 02:44:57 +0000

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology
?The limits of my language are the limits of my world.? – Ludwig Wittgenstein I’ve worked with language learners in over 20 countries. I’ve seen first hand how technology can be used in incredible ways to motivate and engage language learners of any age. Even with little access to technology teachers can add background music to […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 29 Dec 2018 22:03:22 +0000

Mock It Up! 9 Tools for Learners to Design, Blueprint, and Visualize Their Innovations
“Proper perspective brings about clear direction.” – Mike Anthoni, Author of The Blueprint One way to truly inspire innovation is to send students on learning missions or challenges to invent or imagine a new app, vehicle, machine, building, or system that solves a problem. I’ve sent students on missions to imagine a house or vehicle for people […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:44:41 +0000

Kick Off the School Year Right with These 14 Back to School Tips and Tons of Resources!
I’m excited to announce I’ve taken on a new position as the Technology and Computer teacher at a STEM charter school in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, I met some of my 650 elementary students and their parents. I will be teaching 2nd to 5th graders and working with our PBL teachers to support the kindergarten and […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 11 Aug 2018 18:12:13 +0000

Take Breaks and Be Active! An Important Digital Message for All Students
?[A]t some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.? – Laurie Colwin One resolution my elementary students and I are setting is to be more healthy with our digital use. I teach technology to 450+ second to fifth graders. In class we reviewed and discussed the article, Computers and […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:33:01 +0000

Helping Learners to be Kind Online and Offline
“There?s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams October is National Bullying Prevention month. I like to focus on getting students to spread kindness and feel the benefits of being kind versus being mean to others. Many children play social games, […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:44:36 +0000

Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L!
Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation. As I prepared for my keynote, I had to think about how teachers who perhaps didn’t define themselves as “innovators” might go […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:48:27 +0000

A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions
I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. After the first few weeks of going over procedures and an introduction to computers, I noticed my students were getting restless. I’m taking the time before we go into coding to help students learn about giving instructions, since the most important […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 08 Sep 2018 21:15:20 +0000

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!
I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations. I love […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:25:12 +0000

Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention
In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:56:07 +0000

Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards
At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them. In fact, this was an idea […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:33:01 +0000

Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Dalia Fakash
We recently began the summer session of my new online courses. We announced a scholarship and were so moved by the personal statements and bios that we decided to award a few scholarships for the summer session. Below is the bio and an excerpt from the personal statement of Dalia Fakash, a teacher from Turkey and […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:06:11 +0000

20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English
Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an important part of our students’ digital culture and the way students humanize time spent communicating with others constantly through a machine. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:22:49 +0000

A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects
Lately, I’ve been busy grading my students’ digital products. Each year my students accomplish so much with technology, such as brainstorming, collaboration, annotation, editing, research, and so forth. My students also create several digital products throughout my courses, such as mind maps, infographics, posters, presentations, video commercials, audio interviews, comics, ebooks, portfolios, visual prompts, speaking avatars, […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:28:49 +0000