Year: 2017

QR codes are a really fun and surprisingly easy tool to use in the classroom. Click through to read my post about how you can review for exams with a QR code scavenger hunt.

Review for Exams with a QR Code Scavenger Hunt

As a huge proponent of the blended classroom, I like to mix things up. Last week, I wrote about super-quick low-tech reviews. This week, the exam review in my classroom is all about that tech. Just like the next person, I have my favorites that I tend to overuse, and I’ve written about them on

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If you're a secondary teacher, then you know exams are not so fun. However, these three review games for exams can be done in 15 minutes or less! Click through to read how to review for exams with these activities.

Review for Exams in 15 Minutes or Less

It’s that time of year. The time of year that is met with dread by students and teachers alike. The time of year that, in the winter, we need two weeks to recover from, and in the spring, at least eight.   It’s Exam Time. Again.   Exams give me a queasy feeling in the

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For my fourth post in my Summer Professional Development series, I'm talking about using gamification for classroom management. You might be wondering why I'm advocating games for behavior control, but that's not quite it. Click through to read how we can adapt gamification to the classroom.

Gamification for Classroom Management

    What is Gamifying?  Gamifying is fun. It’s incentivising. It’s a classroom management strategy. Gamifying is the way many apps, programs, and even businesses are starting to work.  Gamifying is not simply playing games in your classroom.   In short, gamifying is incentivizing desired behavior with points, levels, and rewards. Let’s say you teach

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As part of my Summer Professional Development series, I've got the third post for you, which is all about how to turn your vacation into a lesson. Learn how to use a choice board to help students use technology to get to know one another and share about their summer vacations. Click through to get the full tutorial!

Back to School Tech: Turn Your Vacation into a Lesson

This is the third post in my summer professional development series. So far, I’ve written about Infusing Tech One Lesson at a Time and Easy Tools to Techify Your Classroom. This week, I want to consider how to turn summer vacation into a back to school lesson. But not just any back to school lesson–one

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I've got some really great, easy tools to recommend in this post that will help you techify your classroom next school year! I'm sharing with you two apps, two add-ons, and two extensions that you can use. This post is part of my Summer Professional Development series, so click through to read about these tech tools and keep up with the rest of the series!

Easy Tools to Techify Your Classroom

I am busy this summer working to improve my classroom game for the coming school year (and to catch up on Netflix). I’m sharing the former here in my summer professional development series. Last week, I wrote about Infusing Tech One Lesson at a Time. This week, I want to share some simple tools that

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Technology in the classroom can feel really overwhelming, which is a bummer, since it's so important for instruction. This blog post talks about infusing tech one lesson at a time, so click through to read more about adding technology in bite-sized steps.

Infusing Tech One Lesson at a Time

One of the greatest gifts of teaching (aside from impacting lives, I know, I know…) is summer break. And it is quite a gift. During the school year, the job is a non-stop, all consuming, emotional roller coaster ride of thrilling highs and jolting lows. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I

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I'm back with Spring Tech Tip #2, which is all about Super Teacher Tools! This resource allows teachers to customize games for classroom use and has some integration with Google Classroom. Learn some fun ways to use Super Teacher Tools and about how to use it in this blog post!

Spring Tech Tip 2: Give SuperTeacherTools a Try

I’m counting down to summer with SIMPLE Spring Tech Tips because, let’s face it, we still need to engage our students right up to the bitter end, but none of us need anything complicated in our lives at this point.   So far, I’ve talked about using Learningapps for quick reviews, making your PowerPoint presentations

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We're counting down to the end of the school year with spring tech tips, and Spring Tech Tip 3 is to customize your Google Classroom theme! Students can get bored with Google Classroom, but changing the header to pictures of your students working in class helps keep their attention! Click through to read this tutorial.

Spring Tech Tip 3: Customize Your Google Classroom Theme

Three. More. Weeks. We can do this. But it’s difficult to keep the students engaged here at the end. So I’m counting down to summer break with simple spring tech tips that will help you mix things up for the students but still be easy for you to implement. So far I’ve discussed creating LearningApps,

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