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” […]

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

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You’re teaching your heart out. All of a sudden, you look in their eyes and wonder if they understand. But in due time, you decide enough of them know the material and it is time for a test. After they take the test, you start grading. In a moment, you realize that while one or […]

6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids

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Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work. In today’s show, librarian Margo Janzi has a wealth of ideas. Additionally, she also talks about getting […]

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 […]

Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death

Level Up to Teach Classic Literature Like a Pro

Teach classic literature without boring your students to death

Classic literature can be exciting. You can teach classic literature like a pro with today’s insight from Starr Sackstein. What do Rodney Dangerfield, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harry Potter have to do with teaching students about classical literature? You’ll have to listen to find out. 😉 (I can’t believe all of them came up in one […]

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert.

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You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children. Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today’s guest helps us with balancing the physical […]

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

Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up

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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 […]

Sketchnoting Superstars Panel from #iste2016

Slides and Resources

IST 2016 Sketchnoting Panel

Sketchnoting is a fascination for me. So, ISTE was a dream for me. What if we got some of the best in sketchnoting together to share their secrets and how this applies to education? Well, we submitted and it is happening today!Today, June 29 at 8:30 am at the ISTE 2016 conference, I’ll be moderating […]

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips

36 edtech tools I'm using in my classroom and life right now

So many of these tools are essential to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom (and life) right now. Some even hum along and do their job and I didn’t do a thing but set them up. 36 Tools I’m Using […]

Smartphone Photography Tips and Apps

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Meri Walker, the iPhone art girl, shares her smartphone photography tips in this Every Classroom Matters episode sponsored by Snowflake Multiteach.

Smartphones are everywhere. Our students have them. We have them. Teachers are starting to use smartphones for photography, video and art. Meri Walker, the iPhone Art Girl, gives us the essential smartphone photography tips and smartphone photography apps that we need. Mobile artist communities are growing. (Meri has displayed her mobile art in some of […]