Category: Classroom Technology

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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QR Codes may seem like old news to many teachers. But there are so many more ways to use them than just linking to websites. Teachers can embed text and images within QR Codes to create a more interactive classroom. Click through to discover 10 creative ideas for using QR Codes in the classroom. Don't forget to download the Cheat Sheet and the editable templates!

10 Ways to Use QR Codes to Build An Interactive Classroom

These days QR Codes are old news, and in 1:1 classrooms, they may seem redundant. Why not just share the link digitally with students? But there are so many ways to use QR Codes in the classroom besides linking to websites that can really spice up your lessons and make learning more interactive. You can

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Technology in the classroom can be a huge help -- and sometimes it can be a burden. To enhance learning and really help students comprehend, this blog post shares 10 simple tech tools that will get the job done. Click through to read about all of the tech tools!

10 Simple Tech Tools to Take Learning to the Next Level

Technology can be an amazing tool in the classroom. But I think we need to be mindful when implementing it. Standards and content should always come first. If technology offers us a way to better teach the content, then we should use it. If it doesn’t, then we should leave it. We should be careful

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Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!

How to Differentiate with AutoMastery

I’ve been counting down to summer break with simple spring engagement tips. It’s hard to believe that there are only two weeks left in the 2017-2018 school year, but our goal is to finish strong (even though most of us [ahem…me] aren’t feeling strong). In the words of one of my former admins, “We need

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Looking for new ways to grab students' attention in the classroom? Use your smartphone to snap pictures of parts of the discussion as part of the documentation! This is a simple way to make discussions count and to make lessons more engaging. Click through to get more information about this teaching technique!

Use Your Smartphone to Make Discussions Count

Spring is in the air (despite the need for sweaters in mid April), and the students are feeling it. They may be feeling it a bit more this year because of our lack of an actual spring. Something magically happens to their already abbreviated attention spans after spring break come rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine.

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Classroom management can be made so much easier with technology, and thankfully, a teacher in the Netherlands made a tech tool to help simplify classroom management to a single screen! This post tells all about Classroom Screen and the many different ways it can be used for classroom management. Click through to read more!

Classroom Management on a SINGLE Screen

I am the type of teacher who is always willing to try new technology in the classroom. Latest tech tip? I’ll give it a go. Shiniest new app? I like shiny things. Pixels on the screen configured to grab my students’ attention? Well, okay–that’s a hard won thing.   The trouble is, I find myself

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Do you have a copy limit at your school? This is a common obstacle for teachers, so this blog post provides a tutorial for how to make your worksheets work digitally. The steps in this post share how to turn printables into PDFs so students can edit them digitally. Click through to get the tutorial!

Make Your Worksheets Work Digitally

I realized an important truth recently–I have been hopelessly spoiled for the past sixteen years. I did not have a copy limit in my school system. It took moving to a school system with a strict copy limit for me to realize the unabashed luxury of my former situation. I call this an important truth

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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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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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