Innovate, Don’t Automate
Professional Development / Visualizations

Innovate, Don’t Automate

A little something I whipped up, inspired by Alan November‘s conversation around redesigning the way we use technology in the classroom. Not necessarily a new idea, but a distinction that I think is often missing in classrooms: the difference between automating tasks and assignments with technology versus innovating the classroom practices. About these ads Continue reading

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Common Core Technology Skills Self-Assessment
Google Tools / Professional Development

Common Core Technology Skills Self-Assessment

This awesome self-assessment was created by some awesome people in the State of California was adapted from the Technology Skills Matrix for students. Essentially, the idea is that “if students are to know these skills in various areas of technology at different grade levels, teachers and administrators should be proficient as well. This assessment can be … Continue reading

12 Free PD Courses You Should Take This Summer
eLearning / Professional Development

12 Free PD Courses You Should Take This Summer

Most teachers spend their summers enjoying some time off, working a second job, or traveling the country to visit conferences and professional development opportunities on the dollars of their school. This summer, you can engage in some meaningful professional development right from the comfort of your couch for the low, low fee of absolutely nothing! … Continue reading

20 Ways To Use PowerPoint With Bloom’s Taxonomy
Assessment Tools / Classroom Activities / Professional Development

20 Ways To Use PowerPoint With Bloom’s Taxonomy

I would wager a guess that the majority of teachers uses PowerPoint as a way to present information and lecture in class. In fact, PowerPoint has been under a lot of flack lately for being tired, dated, and unexciting. For the sake of playing devil’s advocate, however, I vote that there’s still some life left … Continue reading

Harnessing The Powers of Google Search!
About Me / Google Tools / Professional Development

Harnessing The Powers of Google Search!

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to present to some wonderful Texas educators at the Google Apps for Education Texas Summit. My presentation was all about harnessing the powers of the almighty Google search, and it was well received by the educators who were present. In the hopes of sharing the wealth, here is my presentation … Continue reading

25 Ways Teachers Can Use iPads In The Classroom
iPad Tools / Professional Development

25 Ways Teachers Can Use iPads In The Classroom

I stumbled across this fantastic chart by the fine folks at TeachThought and Edudemic and had to share! Unlike my charts on aligning Twitter and Pinterest with Bloom’s taxonomy, this chart focuses on teacher actions rather than student actions. Like my charts, however, it is broken down into three main ways teachers can use iPads: consume, … Continue reading