One Simple Way to Screencast with Office Mix

A 2-Minute Technology Tip on Screencasting

How to Record Your Screen in PowerPoint Using Office Mix

A screencast is when you record the screen. While there are many great options out there, Office Mix is so simple, I’m using it for most screencasting.     In this example, students have written a few lines of code in Scratch. Then, they open Office Mix. They use the screen recording tool to capture […]

How Do I Help My Substitute Teacher Make Progress with My Students?

Spotlight on Practical Everyday Teaching Problems

As a teacher, there are times many of us will substitute for our peers. Substitutes are fantastic professionals who do a tremendous service for schools. If you have some great substitute teachers, treat them well. But there are things you can do to help good substitute teachers be even better. Some teachers just leave short […]

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience

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Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. We’ll call these, “the clicks.” When bricks and clicks combine into a powerful learning experience for students, we have an effective blended […]

Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

An Epic Guide to Wearables

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Wearables are in education. Without us noticing, many of them walked through the front door. Since wearables are here, let’s understand and use them today. As an illustration, some wearable devices can count: Calories Steps How many hours you sleep at night and more. Furthermore, your wearable device can even become a personal secretary of sorts. […]

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter

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The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Rather than ask anyone, the curious teacher opened up Twitter (there was less pressure that way.) Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense. She saw […]

5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Everybody in Your School

Five stories to help us remember some important things about working with children

Jasmine walked into the room with her feet shuffling. At this instant, she was tired. In addition to cross country, she’d been going to cheer practice and One Act Play. Furthermore, it was also the end of the first grading period and all of her teachers wanted everything YESTERDAY. Last week, her team was eliminated […]

How to Make Flipped Classroom Better

A Candid Conversation with Jon Bergmann

How to make flipped classroom better

Make videos for students. They can watch them in class or for homework. Then, spend your time in class helping students. Reduce or almost eliminate lecture. Students can stop and start the videos as they wish. They go at their own pace. You help those who need it. Flipping your classroom (or in-flipping it as I […]

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom

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Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom. It can ignite your classroom too. In this post, I’ll share what I’m doing in my classroom. Additionally, I’ll give you 100+ of my favorite game based learning resources. These links and ideas will […]

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

a Talk with Tony Vincent

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A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I […]

FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7pm EDT

8 Steps Global Collaboration WORKBOOK

I’m continuing the Education Technology Series that I’ve been running this fall. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm, EDT I’ll host 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom. In this 1-hour and 15-minute class I’ll share: 5 reasons most teachers fail to consistently bring global collaboration into their classroom How to connect and […]