“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoléon Bonaparte As the school year comes to a close and summer approaches, we need to encourage families to read and learn with their children at home. If our students are actively reading and learning at home, […]
Category: Effective Technology Integration
Find links, resources, tips, and video tutorials to help you with your journey integrating technology.
Virtual Meet the Teacher Templates, Resources, and Ideas!
This week is Meet the Teacher. I created a slideshow to guide the virtual meet-up with parents and students. I was really touched when my toddler looked at the slideshow and said, “I want to be in that classroom.” That’s exactly what I was going for! Feel free to make a copy of the template […]
Distance Learning Movement and Fun with Brain Breaks and Gifs
Like many teachers, I’ve been busy planning for the upcoming school year. I want to make sure that the virtual learning is engaging and effective and all about connections and wellness. Recently, I discovered this fun idea by Emma Pass in her ebook, The Hybrid Teacher, to add a gif in your slides to get […]
Sensational Ideas for Continuous Student Learning During the Summer
“The best teachers are those who pass on their zeal and enthusiasm as a legacy to their students.” – Robert John Meehan Learning doesn’t have to stop just because students are out of school. I have included my recent presentation slides and resources below to help you discover ways to inspire students and their families […]
Free STEM Curriculum Distance Learning Resources
Distance learning is a crazy time for many, but we can celebrate the way various companies are offering very cool and engaging tools, resources, and activities for free. Below are some free resources to inspire students to enhance their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills and also for Social and Emotional Learning. ?Discover […]
Teacher Zen During Distance Learning
“Zen-Relaxed and not worrying about things that you cannot change.” – Cambridge Dictionary Distance learning has transformed the routines and lives of all stakeholders- students, families, and educators. How do we reduce the stress and find some peace and balance? I recently presented for the Minnesota Distance Learning Summit, Teacher Zen During Distance Learning. Below […]
Make a Deeper Connection with Virtual Student Check-ins!
Connection is a key factor to student success in an online environment. Do your students feel connected to you, the instructor, the learning material, and their peers? Connection in a physical classroom is facilitated by real-time face-to-face interaction several times a week. Online learning is mostly asynchronous; it rarely takes place in real time and […]
Design Amazing Online Learning Experiences Quickly with These Choice Menu Templates
Design is especially important in online learning and one key to student motivation and engagement. Designing an engaging online experience doesn’t have to take a lot of time. If you are new to distance learning, then templates are the way to go! Many teachers on social media, including me, share their awesomely designed lesson plans […]
7 Recommended Hands-On STEM Learning Products
“Learning is not a spectator sport.” – Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996) On this blog I’ve shared thousands of web tools, apps, and resources that are free or offer a freemium option for teachers. However, I’ve been asked by several educators what recommendations I have for STEM labs, makerspaces, and technology classes. […]
Putting the “T” in STEM! 60+ Resources for Teaching Children with Technology!
“Yes, kids love technology, but they also love Legos, scented markers, handstands, books, and mud puddles. It’s all about balance.” by K.G., 1st Grade Teacher One of the best things about teaching very young learners is that they are super excited to learn! They also love technology, but we must ensure that children learn early […]