Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelo In November, I spent the month training teachers around Venezuela to integrate technology in the classroom. One of the most practical and favorite training sessions was introducing  teachers and professors […]

Emoji Get to Know You Activity

“Emoji and emoticons have developed to mean much more in language than the faces they represent.”- Lauren Collister (2015) For the past year, I’ve been studying how learners use emoticons, emoji, and text speak to communicate, read and write. Emojis are part of digital literacy and citizenship. When our learners use emojis in their writings, […]

Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

“The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?” – Jonathan Bergmann We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students! We can get students to learn at home with engaging content and show them how to use web tools and apps to seek […]

Let's Get to Know You! 20+ Icebreakers for Kids

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato The beginning of the school year is a great time to lay the foundations for transforming your young learner classes into peer communities. As part of their development, children need to learn how to play and disagree […]

Digital Notetaking to Stimulate Their Minds

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost Many students take notes, because the teacher requires it, but many do not know how to take notes effectively. Students also don’t know how to preserve paper notes […]

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. (2014) In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the […]

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. – Yousuf Karsh Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes. Millions around the world read, create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, edit, and share outside of learning institutions […]

Colorful Learning with 20+ Web Tools & Apps

Included in the Effective Technology Integration category Drawing and coloring are great ways to get students to brainstorm about a topic, organize a group project, or contribute scenes to a digital story. For young learners, drawing and coloring offers them a way to learn patterns, symmetry, and develop motor skills. Below is my recent slide presentation with […]