EdTech Comfort Zones – From G Suite to Office 365

What is your preferred platform for regular digital work? What makes it your favorite? I learned how to use Microsoft Word and Appleworks (yes, I’m old) in high school. I continued to use those tools for basic word processing tasks through my first few years of teaching. At some point, Appleworks went away. Not a

The Four Components of Student-Driven Instruction

All learners deserve the opportunity to own their learning. They take this ownership when they have input into the what or the how of instruction. The more choice you offer students, the more they will embrace the learning. With technology integration, we no longer need to rely on the teacher as the sole expert in

“But that’s not how I learn” – Part 2 of What Student-Driven Learning Really Looks Like

I have had the pleasure of working with an Algebra 2 teacher this year at Crowley ISD in Texas. She applied for a Dell Certified Eductor program in her district and attended my two-day kick-off last fall. She admitted that she signed up because she was positive that technology integration would not work in math. Some

What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like (Hint: It Looks Fun)

Have you ever heard the quote, “When one teaches, two learn”?   This supports the mindset of, “The true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert.”     Gone are the days where the teacher is the only expert in the classroom. Classrooms need to be a

Technology Infusion

Integration, implementation, initiative…infusion.   I’ve worked with many school districts who were moving to a 1:1 environment.  Most of the time, they call it a technology integration- something teachers weave into their existing practice. Sometimes they call it an implementation- seen by teachers as one more thing to do. And sometimes it’s described more as

Five Favorite Formative Assessment Tools

I hope all educators would agree on the importance of formative assessment.  What we might disagree on is the method for assessing.  Maybe you have your “quizzes” all made up from previous years.  Maybe your district requires everyone to administer the same assessments.  Or maybe, you are always looking for new (and engaging) ways to