Thanksgiving Ideas and Resources to Gobble Up!

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving is an important event that teaches us about collaboration and acceptance between two vastly different cultures and this is definitely an important history our students can benefit from. Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to teach students about what it means to be a […]

Bring Your Textbook to Life! 18 Ideas

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke Your textbook is just another tool in your teacher’s instructional kit. The problem is that for many of us it becomes a crutch when we first begin lesson planning. The textbook can be very […]

Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What's Happening in Edtech

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- Neil Patel, Forbes Technology is vastly changing the way we communicate and learn. I find it fascinating and love seeing how educators use technology in innovative ways to transform their instructional practice and provide students with access to […]

From Tech Newbie to Ninja to Sensei

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates Recently, I conducted a webinar for SimpleK12’s technology day, Technophobe to Technoninja. I had a fun time creating  the presentation, The Tech Ninja Guide, which is full of tips for integrating technology effectively. Download […]

How Hashtags Can Empower You in 2016

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- Neil Patel, Forbes In August 2007, Chris Messina introduced hashtags (#) into Twitter’s code, which meant anyone using the platform could add a # sign front of any word(s) without spaces to make it a clickable link leading to […]

Goal: Enjoy a Zen Moment

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!  “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” – Ben Sweetland Goal: Enjoy a zen moment. Accomplish this goal: Spend 15 minutes to an hour less on a stressful task, such as grading, doing paperwork, etc. Use that time you saved to relax […]