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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? […]

Blend Like a PIRATE

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I had been sailing on a clear course for about 13 years before I decided to drastically change course for blended learning. I’ve been on this blended learning course for about two and a half years now. I thought I had prepared well for my change in course, but there were many times early on […]

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 […]

Enter the Twilight Zone with Blended Learning

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You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. I feel that opening part of […]

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 […]

The Mouse King: Of Mice and Math

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What would you do if you found six mice in your home? How would you react? How many do you think would be in your home if you found six? Just six? More than six? How about 72. That’s right, 72. The other week I was at Home Depot waiting in the holiday lines to […]

What I Learned from the Elf on the Shelf

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There I was at 7:00 AM, bleeding, blood all over my hands, kneeling over our family’s beloved Elf on the Shelf, Oliver, in the dining room, and my six-year-old daughter waking up and coming down the steps. It was my worst case scenario. My little girl was going to come downstairs and see me covered […]

Survey Says…

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Throughout all of my 15 years of teaching, there has been one word that has caused me, my students, and my students’ families to shudder. If you are in education, and even if you are not, I am guessing you can figure out the word. The word is homework. Didn’t take you long to shudder, […]

Screencasts in Google Classroom

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This year I have been creating my own screencasts using Screencastify, the free Chrome extenstion available on the Chrome Web Store. Unfortuntately, my screencasts would not play for me or my students in Google Classroom, until today. How to Have a Screencast Play in Google Classroom: 1. Record and name your screencast 2. Create a […]

Guided Notes in Google Classroom

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Teachers have long used lecture with PowerPoints, Google Slides, and other tools to deliver content. With advances in educational technology, we need to ask some important questions about this practice. What strategy does not differentiate, is teacher-centered, and requires all students to work at roughly the same pace? Lecture. What is the most difficult classroom […]

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