Build a Website, They Will Come?

So, I'm trying to flip my classroom this year.  I piloted it a couple of years ago and because I had a 6th grade class that year, and they didn't have internet access at home or phones, it kinda flopped.  I had a mixed group or 7th and 8th graders last year, most of whom …

A Twitter Users Guide for Teachers

originally posted at Technology in Education: Notes from the Closet Its that most wonderful time of the year: getting all the staff on Twitter so you can CONNECT!  Here's a little help for the beginners and some tips for the "seasoned" ones... Enjoy!    

Technology Integration 101

Two technology tools are being introduced in my building this year: Google for Education and Twitter.  I have been working with the instructional coach in our building on ways to integrate these technologies and others into the classrooms.  I've started with a little fun:  I found a BINGO card another technology specialist created and edited …

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

Now, how can I incorporate a few of these? mmmmmmm

Hooked On Innovation

The Past mixing with the Future #selfie The Past mixing with the Future #selfie

A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it’s almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”.  Part of being a teacher in the 21st century is being creative in integrating academics and learning into student’s digital lives. With access to content being ubiquitous and instant in student’s out of school lives, we can either reject their world for our more traditional one, or embrace it.

While some of the ideas that follow may seem a bit trendy, it’s never hurts to model ways to interact with all this new media as a covert way of teaching digital literacy and citizenship.   The great news is, you don’t need every student to have a device to make these happen. Heck, in most cases all you would need is a single smart…

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Learning and Management Tools I’m Using this Year

Ok, so the dust is beginning to settle a bit.  Week 3 under our belts and among fun things that happened since the first day of school include a total reshuffling of my community team which, on the back end of it all now, I'm the new leader for my community.  I have no idea …