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 […]

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. […]

The Secret to Effective Technology Integration in Schools

Powerful Learning First, Technology Second

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Powerful learning first technology second. What does this mean in the classroom? Well, have you heard the school that bragged that “we have all new, shiny ______.” And in the blank insert Chromebook, iPads, BYOD, or laptops. It doesn’t really matter what shiny new thing they purchased. These schools just had “things.” And supposedly “these things” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

Use technology to help you teach math

virtual math manipulatives

Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees. In light of the fact that NCTM […]

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT

Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store. Check out my book Reinventing Writing.  

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

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

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 […]

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 […]