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 […]

How to Quickly Translate Your Live Session in Multiple Languages and Other Google Meet Must-Haves!

If you are using Google Meet for connecting with students then the links below will help you make this a more accessible and engaging experience. Please note that some of these tips and tricks work for GSuite Edu accounts. If you like these tips, then you might want to register now for my online accredited […]

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein I’ve worked with language learners in over 20 countries. I’ve seen first hand how technology can be used in incredible ways to motivate and engage language learners of any age. Even with little access to technology teachers can add background music to […]

Tips for Encouraging Learners of All Ages to Read

Today I was the guest moderator for #Edcontentchat thanks to Barbara Mascareno (@spanish4kiddos). The chat is only 30 minutes and we shared resources and ideas for encouraging learners to read. In case you missed the chat, I’ve included important ideas and resources shared during the chat. Congratulations to Jared Wall (@jwalledtech) who shared the idea […]

Student Project: Problem Solution Videos

“A problem well put is half solved.” – John Dewey Now that my semester has ended I have some time to share some of my students’ projects. I teach English and students are required to complete at least 4 essays throughout one semester. I add a digital component to each writing, because our students need […]

Superhero Activities to Empower Students

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble” – May Parker, Spider-Man 2 Every student can find a superhero to admire and learn from. Superheroes help empower students to be brave enough to stand up for what they believe is the right thing to […]

Student Get to Know You Image Stickers Activity

Need a fun way for students to get to know each other? Throughout the past 8 years, I have designed several online courses and MOOCs. We start with a fun get to know you activity, which usually is the 321 Introduction. I noticed this activity has become super popular in many online course; therefore, for The […]

10 Types of Digital Activities to Engage Teenagers

“The adolescent mind is essentially a mind or moratorium, a psychosocial stage between childhood and adulthood, and between the morality learned by the child, and the ethics to be developed by the adult” (Erikson, 1963, p. 245). I began teaching teenagers in 2004 in Texas. I really enjoy teaching teenagers and supporting them in becoming […]

Pass That Test! 18 Test Taking Resources and Strategies!

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie In Chapter 17: Re-evaluate Value of the The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I discuss the high stakes associated with standardized testing: Standardized testing is stressful for students, parents and […]