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March 21, 2017

Twitter Chats Complement Class Discussions

Twitter chats enhance classroom learning by engaging more students in the conversation. They enjoy using social media and therefore prefer to engage in a discussion using the format. When was the last time you heard a student complain that he/she wasn't able to say everything they wanted to or realize an idea to the fullest potential? Check out how you can implement this tool in your classes.

March 12, 2017

Is Connection Everything When It Comes to Blogging?

Although connecting is a big part of why we write publicly, it isn't the only thing. We blog to connect with ourselves and our experiences. So it's okay if you don't get a lot of readers at first (I know I didn't). It took a lot of effort of putting myself out there to attract people to my blog. I changed the theme, and restructured my personal time so that I could dial into the community consciously. It was an effort.

March 05, 2017

How Robotics Motivated Me to Stay in School

Long Island City High School student, Giselle Galindo shares how robotics helped her want to stay in school, opening her up to a whole world of learning she didn't even know she was interested in. Programs like the one Giselle describes are instrumental in keeping our students in school and excited about learning. Read about Giselle's love of robotics.

February 26, 2017

For Students, Blogging Doesn't Feel Like Work

Imagine a classroom of kids, engaged in writing because they like it; they want to do it. No more sighs and audible "ahs" when it comes time to blog. It's easy and it's fun and best of all, it doesn't feel like learning, but it is.

January 31, 2017

5 Tips for Successful Tech Infusion in Your Classes

The same way teaching is an art and not just anyone can do it, teaching with tech takes knowledge and creativity and a willingness to take risks in order to explore learning differently.

January 24, 2017

Reflections on a Classroom 'Gallery Walk'

Overall, it wasn't a complete loss. I'm not giving up. Sometimes I expect so much from my students and myself that I skip steps and when it fails I'm hard on myself, but this is such an opportunity. I may even share this observation with students.

January 08, 2017

Develop a Blogging Community for Students to Preserve History

Seniors only get to live their last year of high school once... how awesome would it be to have a public record of their own thoughts and feelings of it for the future? And it doesn't have to only be seniors, think of a time in your life when you found work in a box from when you were a kid, wasn't it fun to see your thoughts and be reminded of your younger self? Why not help students develop their digital footprint in an authentic way while helping learn to be good digital citizens?

December 15, 2016

Teach Students to Create Twitter Moments for Curation

Twitter Moments can be a very powerful curation tool if you are using the social media outlet with staff for professional learning or with students as a backchannel.

December 08, 2016

Use Google 'Assign Function' for Commenting in Google Docs

While providing feedback for my students today, I entered an email address as I often do in the commenting function using the + sign and this little box popped up that asked me if I wanted to assign it to the student as a task.

December 06, 2016

Adjust Instruction Based on Student Work

As educators, we need to really make sure our instruction suits the needs of our learners. We can do this best when we know what each of them is actually doing each day. Using tools like GAFE helps to make that available in a variety of ways. Whether through revision history or comments or even peer comments (as in the picture), students are able to work at their own pace and we are then able to adjust appropriately as often as needed.

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