Video calling is becoming more and more common in both personal and professional communication. Here is how I prepare for a video call.
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Since I was a kid, the start of the school year has always been a sour point in my year, not because that meant Summer was over, but because the tedium of Welcome activities was fast approaching. In this post, I share my process and product for making the first day of school a little more bearable.
I find mindmaps to be helpful tools and I love MindNode the macOS and iOS app for making very pretty mind maps. Unfortunately, MindNode is not a collaborative app. Coggle.it lets you make very nice mind maps collaboratively!
Producing and using your own videos in your classroom is as powerful as a cheat code. However, it can take too much time to do this well, unless you use Clips for iOS.
“Memorization” is not a dirty word in education. However, it should be technology (not teachers) helping students memorize facts. Honestly, Quizlet is probably better at it anyway. Read this post to find out why you should be using Quizlet in your classes and how I have implemented Quizlet in mine over the past 3 years.
Teachers in my building wanted an easy, high-impact way to send positive notes home to parents. I designed and sourced a custom postcard to add this tool to teachers toolbelts. I also saved my school a considerable amount of money over buying this product off the shelf.
I have worked my whole teaching career on making students better presenters. I create opportunities for them to practice these skills in my class whenever possible. The Presentation Reflection assignment is at the core of this practice.
In 2016, I went with two of my co-workers to the PLTW Summit in Indianapolis. We presented 4 sessions and had a great time. This year I am attending/presenting solo and working on my networking skills. This post is a documentation of my experience at the 2017 PLTW Summit.
This year I was given the chance to attend the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Baltimore. I decided to take “notes” and document my day via a blog post.
Podcasts are one of my favorite forms of media and 99% Invisible is one of my favorite podcasts. See why I love this podcast and why I think you should subscribe.
This post tells the origin story of the custom teacher planner that I make every year for the teachers and staff at my school.
This summer I directed some time and energy to make my school a little bit better. I planned out and designed airport style navigation signs for my school to help people navigate the large building.