Free Webinar: Notetaking Skills for Top 21st Century Students

Teach What Matters

Note taking has changed since the days of pencil, paper, and lecture lecture lecture! Now, students have a variety of tools and sources of information. From lecture, to videos, to projects — how should students be coached to take notes? In this free webinar, I’ll help teachers learn how to help your 21st Century learners […]

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 to Keep Kids Safe

(and prevent problems online)

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Shannon Mclintock-Miller and I discuss current best practices about digital citizenship and online safety for kids. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Understandably, schools that don’t open lines […]

4 Ways to Teach With Play

(and captivate your bored students)

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

Cool Cat Teacher’s Gift List 2016 Edition

Some of the Things I Enjoy

my favorite christmas gifts

If you’ve ever struggled to buy presents like I do, you probably ask people what they like to buy. Therefore, I am always looking at the blogs and newsletters of the edtech gurus and leaders I love to see what they love ALREADY. To help you with your buying, here are some things on my […]

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom

Too many times the research is completely disconnected from the classroom. But in today’s show, we talk about some very practical issues for teachers. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. This includes some important tips for adjusting your instruction based upon formative assessment. Secondly, we also discussed standards […]

How to Understand Cyberbullying: From a Teen’s Experience

Are You a Teacher Kids Can Tell?

what cyberbullying looks like from a teen's perspective

When bad things happen – do kids have someone they trust? Are you that someone? It breaks my heart when today’s brave teenager Sarah Beeghley speaks out about her bouts with bullying. Now a high school senior, Sarah talks about the heartbreaking journey she experienced. For this reason, I’m asking that you listen and discuss […]

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

Digital Citizenship Spotlight

Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Even worse, many students have no filter when they consider what they should share. Schools and parents need to get smart about how they talk to kids about smartphones. In today’s show, we talk with digital citizenship pioneer, Dr. Mike Ribble, about a cutting-edge issue: […]

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience

effective best practices for blended learning

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

wearables in education

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. […]