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Ask These Questions About Time to Evaluate Classroom Technology Integration

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Devices in classrooms can empower students when used effectively.But how do teachers know if they are integrating technology effectively? Here are questions to ask about time that help teachers use effectively integrate technology. What percentage of time are students in creative apps such asSynth, Tour Creator, ThingLink,Jamboard,Canva,Flipgrid, Google My Maps, Google Sites, etc? What percentage […]

Instant Pot, Instant Failure

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The Instant Pot I received for Christmas this past year sat for a few months before I even thought about using it. My wife would remind me frequently we had it and that I should try it (I do all the cooking in the house. She does all the laundry. Fair trade-off). When she would […]

Unfinished & Unpublished Until Now

Since January 23, 2017 up until now, I have been busier than I ever have before. New job beginning on January 23, 2017 (interim elementary principal), my wife and I celebrating the birth of our third child on January 24, 2017, back to my old job on March 13, 2017 (6th grade teacher), back to […]

6 Tech Trends Set to Reshape English Language Teaching

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We may have come a long way since the days of filling the blackboard with Latin declensions, but the field of formal language teaching and learning is still relatively young. The demand for language instruction is surging: the British Council anticipates two billion people studying English by 2020—and that’s just English. While this field is […]

Not Just Any Summer Assignment: A VR Summer Learning Experience

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This summer, I intend to go to Disney World and other parts of Florida, the Outer Banks, Ocean City, New York City, a Kansas City Royals baseball game, the Grand Canyon, the White House, a NHL Finals game, a cruise, and I plan to go to all of those places without leaving my house. How? […]

Please Call The Cops ‘Cause You’re Killing Your Students!

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Cognitive Overload. Unfortunately, we do that a lot. We often overwhelm students with information when we present it to them. What’s worse, we teach them to do the same to others when they present. We are killing them. Well… We’re killing their learning… So, it is only fair we call the police on ourselves… Or […]

Learning Pathways PD: The Gamification of PD

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Spring is here. The birds are chirping. The grass is growing. The weather outside is beautiful. So, what do you think teachers are doing on those beautiful spring evenings and weekends? Why, professional development (PD) of course. More specifically, gamified PD.Over the first 30 days of our gamification approach to PD, we have had our […]

PC Load Letter: Not Anymore

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“PC load letter?!” Can’t say I’ve said that in a long time. I love G Suite for Education, so there is little need to get frustrated with the printer, let alone print things out. Unless that is, you want to print something with a 3D printer! At the end of January, I wrote a grant […]

Snow Day? Shovel Your Way Out

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It is 5:30 AM on a weekday during the winter and the phone rings. That can only mean one thing, SNOW DAY! I have to admit, at that moment, I do not feel like the 15 year veteran, sixth grade teacher I am, but rather, I feel like one of my sixth grade students. I […]

Turns Out Teachers Are Mind Readers (Thanks to Recap)

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Imagine if you could hear every single student’s thinking, thoughts, and ideas on a topic, and respond to each and every one of them without finding time to schedule individual student conferences. Imagine if your students could let you know how well they understood the topics covered during the week. Imagine how much insight you […]

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