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November 6, 2015

Tech for the Foreign Language Classroom

I think the foreign language classroom is one of the most natural extensions for tech integration. Tech can provide some great resources and ways for your students to create authentic artifacts, it’s as easy as pressing record on the iPad for students to capture their language skills. Video & Audio Students can record skits, conversations, […]

May 30, 2015

My Message to the Graduating Class

Yesterday, about a year after I had my own graduation from grad school, I participated in my first official graduation ceremony as an educator. As I sat in the audience, one of my many thoughts, besides thinking how much longer would I have to sit here after a long day and long week of work, […]

May 23, 2015

Why We Must ALL Become Autodidacts

According to Mirriam-Webster dictionary, an autodidact is a self-taught person. Now, you might ask yourself why an educator and a person with a bachelors and masters degree, obviously someone who embraced the traditional educational route and works within it, would be saying such a thing. This is because the most valuable skills in my skillset […]

April 13, 2015

Getting the Most out of Google – Google Extensions & Apps

Chrome is Google’s web browser and you can use it to browse on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. You can sign in to your Google account to sync Chrome bookmarks, browsing history, extensions, and settings to your devices. It is currently the most popular web browser globally and if you use Google for Education, […]

March 18, 2015

Sketchnoting & Making it Visual

Visual Note Taking – What is Sketchnoting? Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes, and lines. A great video that introduces the idea of Sketchnoting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9KdRfNN9w Why use Sketchnoting? Sketchnoting can help you process information. Sketchnoting engages the whole mind and […]

March 4, 2015

Map it to me! Exploring Google My Maps

Have you heard of Google My Maps? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t, and no, I don’t mean the map you go to when you need directions, but the Google tool for building custom maps, routes, etc. As a Google enthusiast and a Tech Integrator at a Google school (and at this point is […]

February 10, 2015

Using Explain Everything to Make Thinking Visible

Knowledge, facts, information, all these words are a part of teaching and learning. But the glue that holds all of this together is the thinking. The preconceptions, the conceptions built from new knowledge, the critical and the deep are the areas of thinking that are at the crux of deep learning. This is not merely […]

February 10, 2015

Code Alert! Why we should teach computer programming to kids of all ages

Computers have changed almost every aspect of life over the past few decades. It is hard to think of one field or facet that hasn’t been indirectly or directly influenced by the propagation of technology. Yet, the world of education is severely lagging in preparing the next generation with the skills required to succeed in […]