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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team”

Setting Up Your Classroom to Win From Day One

parent-teacher communication

As a teacher, I want to have a great relationship with my students and their parents. But there are things I can unknowingly do to sabotage (or improve) that relationship. In today’s show, we’re talking with Mike Hall about how to have the best start of the school year ever with our parents. Parents and […]

3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

Collaboration, Commenting, and a Global Audience

How to Make Writing Exciting when you teach writing

Learning writing can be exciting! Kids can love writing. Now, students can easily join writing communities. After joining, students find that commenting on another student’s writing can be fun.  Teacher-librarian, Cynthia Alvarado, shows us how to make writing exciting for kids. Additionally, she’ll also teach us her tips and tricks for coaching kids to level up […]

Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help

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sextortion

Sextortion is a shocking new way online predators are targeting kids. At ISTE this week, I was upset when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children explained this disturbing trend to me. So, I recorded a show. Educate yourself. Talk to kids. Keep them safe. The time to talk is when they get their […]

5 Tools To Make Your Website Faster (and Better)

Tips and Tricks for Educators Establishing a Personal Brand

5 ways to make your website faster and better

Websites crash all the time. It is a common problem for everyone from schools to teachers to businesses to anyone who has a website. Here are some tools that I recommend to help figure out why your website is crashing or just to double check to make sure it is configured properly. If you are […]

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 […]

10 Cool Ways Teachers Use Social Media to Enhance Learning

Ways teachers use social media

Doing work that matters. All students should be able to be part of that. No longer working for the teacher’s wastebasket, students across the world are connecting and sharing like never before. They are led by teachers unafraid of the world but who escort their kids out to meet the future. While a recent poll […]