How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up

turn blue light off on your iPhone and iPad and protect your health

Not sleeping? You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. This week, I was interviewing John Medina, author of Brain Rules, for a future episode of Every Classroom Matters. He made the offhand comment, “blue light wreaks havoc with your brain.” We’ve known this since 2006, This Psychology Today article can help […]

A Getting Started Guide to Digital Citizenship Education

How Model Teachers Model Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Getting Started Guide

A one time assembly about digital citizenship is not enough. So, Susan Bearden believes digital citizenship should be reinforced daily with kids. In light of how much work we have to do in schools, this whole-school approach brings out so many questions! How do you bring everyone together to understand digital citizenship? What is the […]

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids

5 steps for a successful STEAM lab

Implementing a  STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge.  (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen. If you’re ready to implement STEAM or if you’re doubtful, learn from someone who has successfully implemented STEAM. Thank you, […]

11 Things Students Need to Know to Be Successful

Truths for Future-Holders So We Can Hold a Brighter One

future holders

All software is useless if we don’t invest in the greatest software in the world… the human brain. The software within our children is the most important software being created. We can’t program it. We can’t carve it. But what we put into their minds, determines the future for all of us. But what should that […]

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software

11 essential edtech action steps for back to school

Technologies can transform; even simple technologies can make a significant impact. Here are eleven of the technologies that often affect classroom procedures and workflow. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year. 1. Design Your Web Browser Your start page and bookmark bar are strategic for both […]

3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H. Mason

strategies for students who struggle with reading and writing (1)

Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Linda shares lots of practical research-based advice on helping struggling readers. I find her revelation about students with ED and the impact these […]

GET MY NEW BOOK: Do What Matters

Learn about planning and make your own planner


I’m sick and tired of doing “things.” ”Things” are what happened to me when I was a young Mom on a tight budget. I kept going to WalMart to buy “things.” I bought a little thing here and a little thing there. Then, I had to buy stuff to organize my “things” and take time […]

Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom

Moving from teaching STEM to doing STEM

Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how. Robin’s students designed a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) that  went to Antarctica. She was intimidated when she started thinking about it. But she learned it with the kids as she went. What blows my mind is that Robin […]

What Makes a Good Assessment?

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned


Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Thomas shares the problems with many […]

My favorite app for communicating with parents: Bloomz

A live from #iste2016 update

my favorite app for parent teacher communication

Bloomz is the free tool I currently use for communicating with parents. Bloomz was one of my sponsors for ISTE 2016 this year, and I appreciate their support. So, I sat down with Bloomz and did an interview about the product and how it works. They have some cool new features including Bloomz for schools, video, […]