The Importance of Culture in a School

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I have been in many schools ranging from high performing to struggling. I have gotten pretty good at guessing school performance when walking into a school for the first time. No, I am not a mind reader. So, what’s the trick? Continue reading

Book Review: The Chromebook Classroom by John Sowash

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Are you considering rolling out Chromebooks in your school or classroom? If so, then this book is a great starting point. Chromebooks are great devices for the K-12 environment. John Sowash has done a great job putting together a sort of how-to book for implementing them. Continue reading

Watch your Google Doc come together with Draftback

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To be honest, when I saw this extension for the first time, my reaction was lukewarm at best. I do believe I simply had the wrong frame of mind when I saw it. In reality, this can be a great tool…. Draftback. Continue reading

#coding and #robotics Using @birdbraintech Hummingbird

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Every educational technology conference that I have ever been to has an exhibit hall. We often see the same vendors at several conferences. Sometimes we have the privilege of seeing something new, and the AETC conference was where we stumbled upon Birdbrain Technologies and repurposed Pop Tart boxes. Continue reading

Teach Non-Fiction like a PRO with @Newsela Pro

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We have used Newsela for a long time. Until this year, we always used the free version, which is great. We were blessed enough to have our school purchase the PRO subscription. The question is, are the differences worth the cost? Continue reading

How to Show Changes and More on Maps

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Showing students how landforms change has been a challenge for some time. Let’s face it, there is only so much we can do with maps and pictures. Now, with Earth Engine by Google, this has never been easier.
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Product Review: VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Doc Cam by @ipevo

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Ipevo has become synonymous with solid product for the classroom at an affordable cost. I own several Ipevo products, and was quite pleased when asked if I would like to demo this unit. Continue reading

Want to Turn Things Around in Class? Flippity Them

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Teachers are always looking for simple ways to make things happen in the classroom. At a recent day of professional development, I picked up a little gem. Continue reading

A Great Day of PD with @ronclarkacademy and @edtechteam

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We had the opportunity to see one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in education again today. Ron Clark came to town. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to see/hear Mr. Clark speak, make the opportunity. It’s worth it. That, coupled with a session from Ed Tech Team made for a great day. Continue reading

Summer #Coding Camp at MSU #girlswhocode

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This summer, my daughter was blessed with the opportunity to attend a summer girls coding camp at Mississippi State University. The university dubbed this camp Digital Divas. To say it was a great experience for my daughter would be the understatement of the year.

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