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Ignite Yourself! Live Beyond Sitting Behind Your Notes! Ignite Talk by @RandallSampson #BadgeSummit #NotatIste19
?The goal is to ignite yourself. Live beyond sitting behind your notes. Get around, get to know people. Jump around and enjoy life.? – Dr. Randall Sampson For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending […]
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Jun 2019 15:10:47 +0000

Creating Environments Where Students Can Thrive! Highlights of the #BadgeSummit Keynote by @MeenoRami
?What draws us here is we believe in the power of creating environments where students can thrive.? – Meeno Rami For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending the amazing ISTE conference virtually thanks to […]
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:22:13 +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

12 Awesome Ideas for Ending the School Year
The end of the school year is approaching fast! Before the year ends I aim to get students to review, reflect, and connect. Some of your students are probably super excited to begin their summers or might be restless from testing. The activities below will motivate your students to reflect, help others, move and learn, […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 15 May 2019 04:25:07 +0000

Why You Should Care About Stupid Edtech Ideas! #ISTE19 Panel Reflection
For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending the amazing ISTE conference virtually thanks to #PasstheScopeEDU and the #NOTatISTE19 team! Below I have embedded F. Margret Atkinson’s recording of the ISTE session, More Stupid Ideas […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:17:28 +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

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

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

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

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

10+ QR Code Activities to Inspire Curiosity and Engage Learners
Recently I presented a webinar for Simple K12, 10+ QR Code Activities to Inspire Curiosity and Active Learning. Below are the slides with example activities and resources. You can scan the QR codes in the presentation to take part in a poll, listen to my toddler?s audio greeting, contribute to an online sticky board, and […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:29:02 +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

Putting the ?T? in STEM! 60+ Resources for Teaching Children with Technology!
“Yes, kids love technology, but they also love Legos, scented markers, handstands, books, and mud puddles. It’s all about balance.” by K.G., 1st Grade Teacher One of the best things about teaching very young learners is that they are super excited to learn! They also love technology, but we must ensure that children learn early […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:37:41 +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

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

How Do Teachers and Schools Develop Young Innovators?
?I?m not sayin? I?m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.? – Tupac Shakur On Tuesday I was honored to deliver the afternoon keynote for the #KYGoDigital Summer Tour Conference, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students Who S.A.I.L. Thomas Edison designed the lightbulb 10,000 […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:57:46 +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

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

Inspiration from This Year?s ISTE Ignite Talks! #ISTE19
For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending the amazing ISTE conference virtually thanks to #PasstheScopeEDU and the #NOTatISTE19 team! Below I have embedded the recordings of both Toutoule Ntoya (@ToutouleNtoya) and Dan Kreiness (@dkreiness) […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:06:12 +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