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How can you use technology to do stations in secondary education? Easy! This simple Station-Rotation model, which is very much like what is commonly use in elementary schools, is a great way to incorporate at least one digital station while getting your students moving and practicing different skills.

The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

We’re mixing pen and paper with digital in our blended classrooms, and everything’s going great. At first (for me) it was just about throwing in some digital resources. The kids love it. It’s easy for me. But now that I’m getting a little more comfortable with it, I’m starting to experiment with different ways to

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Lectures are a traditional stand-by teaching method, especially in social studies. However, there are lots of ways to make class more interactive and engaging for students. I share five instructional methods I've started using in my classroom that make my teaching more interactive and that provide an alternative to lecturing.

5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

I don’t know about you, but the new school year is in full swing, and things are crazy around here (stacks of papers to grade, keeping my son on track with his new homework load, planning for a new course, and cooking dinner, oh, my). But something has been at the forefront of my mind

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Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!

Tech of The Week: Go Places with Google Tour Builder

I first encountered Google Tour Builder a couple of years ago at a tech conference and it recently came to my attention that I’ve never mentioned it on my blog. What an oversight–it’s such a useful tool! If you never have, Google Tour Builder is something you should try in your classroom. You can create

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Data entry can be tedious, so my goal is to only have to enter it once. That’s why I link my Google Sheets together. Click through to find out how I do it and to grab the free cheat sheet!

Tech of The Week: Save Time by Linking Data

I use Google Sheets to keep track of a lot of data in my classes. This data has a tendency to become tedious because I gamify my classroom. This means that I have sheets that I use to keep up with XP (experience points students earn each day), another sheet that communicates that information to

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Teachers are insanely busy. One of the purposes of technology in the classroom should be to make our lives easier. In this post, I’ll tell you how I simplify my life by fulfilling administrative obligations and keeping parents in the loop all at the same time with Google Slides. Click through to find out what I do!

Tech of The Week: Easily Keep Parents Updated

      Our students aren’t the only ones bombarded by information–their parents are swamped, too. And for high school students, it’s likely that we as teachers spend more time with them on a week day than their parents do (between clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities, family face-to-face time can be sparse).   So

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This week's Tech of The Week discusses how to use the site learningapps.org to create free and effortless digital puzzles that are bound to impress your students and admin!

Tech of The Week: Use Learning Apps to Impress

Here is a puzzle in one of my digital escape rooms: Preview The Escape Room HERE. It looks complicated to make, right? Nope. Puzzles like these are crazy easy to make, thanks to learningapps.org. You can check out this post for a cheat sheet and video tutorial about how to create puzzles and activities using

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Every week this summer, I'm giving a quick tech tip for you to use in your classroom. This week, I show you how to make gifs for classroom instruction--they are an easy way to give students visual instructions!

Tech of the Week: Making Gifs for Classroom Instruction

I hope your vacation has begun and you are having a happy summer. If not–it will be here soon! As always, I’m relaxing and spending time with family and friends this summer, but I’m also taking time for a little professional learning. Every week between now and the end of summer break, I’m going to

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Most veteran and new teachers alike can tell you the secret to teaching Gen Z. It's intuitive, but it does take some effort on our part.

The Secret To Teaching Gen Z Is Timeless

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Four weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week after was all about research. Then, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well, do them. Last

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It’s so frustrating to give our students feedback and then see no follow-through. Often, they’re not dismissing us on purpose—they’re simply not paying attention. Gen Z has learned this little trick for their own sanity. They are bombarded by so much on a daily basis. Click through to find out how to offer feedback they’re likely to remember, and don’t forget to download the free cheat sheet!

How to Give Gen Z Meaningful Feedback

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Three weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week before was all about research. Last week, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well,

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