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Intro to Tango – Creating Interactive Step by Step Directions for Students and Teachers

Tango is a revolutionary Free Google Chrome Extension that automatically creates a written step-by-step guide in real-time without the need for video recording or writing down your own step-by-step guide. Tango transcribes the actions you make with your mouse, URLs, and screenshots, which can all come together to create the step-by-step guide. Ultimately, this isContinue reading Intro to Tango – Creating Interactive Step by Step Directions for Students and Teachers

Build Your Own Personalized Professional Learning Pathway – Individualized Learning and Growth for Educators

There are many ways for us to build our capacity and learn as educators. More so than ever before, we have a multitude of different opportunities and pathways to learn and grow. In my growth as an educator, I have curated many resources that have helped me grow in my practice. Having a wide rangeContinue reading Build Your Own Personalized Professional Learning Pathway – Individualized Learning and Growth for Educators

Instructional Strategies that Can Be Used With and Without Tech

Strategies power everything we do in the classroom. Instructional strategies are the drivers of how we teach students to learn. For this post, the goal is to share a number of strategies that build our instructional toolkit. These strategies can be utilized with or without EdTech tools, which makes them great for any classroom setting.Continue reading Instructional Strategies that Can Be Used With and Without Tech

Using QR Codes and Integrating them with Strategies to Amplify Learning

QR Codes provide a signature for someone to access the content. Think of it as a shortcut to access the content. It is very similar to a hyperlink, but it can be displayed in our physical and digital worlds. It can transform physical and digital environments. In this same way, it can transform our classroomsContinue reading “Using QR Codes and Integrating them with Strategies to Amplify Learning”

Instructional Strategies to Integrate with Google Jamboard to Amplify Learning

Google Jamboard, like Google Slides, has many opportunities to integrate various instructional strategies to amplify student learning. Google Jamboard is an interactive slide that can act as a template for many strategies and activities in your classroom (see this blog to learn about how to use it). Like slides, it has an ease of useContinue reading “Instructional Strategies to Integrate with Google Jamboard to Amplify Learning”

Making Special Education Sustainable for Special Education Teachers

After much reflection and thought, I wanted to write a post about how we can make Special Education a much more sustainable position for teachers. My goal is to provide a series of recommendations for educational leaders, policymakers, and teachers to seriously consider to utilize to help attract and retain a group of teachers that make huge differences in the lives of students and families.

Google Jamboard – An Easy to Access and Learn Tool that Can Amplify Student Learning

What is Google Jamboard Google Jamboard is an interactive template where students and teachers can interact individually as well as collaboratively within in-person and online classroom settings that can be either synchronously or asynchronously. The best way to think of Jamboard is that of a board game where you can move game pieces. However, onContinue reading “Google Jamboard – An Easy to Access and Learn Tool that Can Amplify Student Learning”

Creating Content with EdTech – Similarities with User Interfaces and Toolbars Make it Easy to Create Content as Seen on Canvas, Google, & Microsoft

Creating content on Canvas is very similar to creating content on Word or Google Docs. Many of you know to use the content toolbar to write and create content on a Word Processor. Essentially, it is very similar on Canvas! The goal is to show you the various similarities each tool uses to create content,Continue reading “Creating Content with EdTech – Similarities with User Interfaces and Toolbars Make it Easy to Create Content as Seen on Canvas, Google, & Microsoft”

MOTE – A Revolutionary Audio Recording Tool for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets

Introduction to MOTE – A Game-Changing Audio Recording Tool for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets Mote is a voice recording and voice player, which can be integrated into directly Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets. This is one of my favorite tools that can help improve student accessibility and differentiate instruction. It is freeContinue reading “MOTE – A Revolutionary Audio Recording Tool for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets”

Reflecting on Educations Challenges and Opportunities of 2021 to Help Us Navigate in 2022 and Beyond

As we end 2021 and move into 2022, much has happened in the world of education that can help us navigate our present and future. This past year consisted of challenges brought upon by the pandemic, divisions in local and national politics and discourse, school culture, the realities of reacclimating students to school as wellContinue reading “Reflecting on Educations Challenges and Opportunities of 2021 to Help Us Navigate in 2022 and Beyond”

Season 1 Recap 3: Navigating Education – The Podcast

The last and final recap of Season 1 of Navigating Education – The Podcast, includes the Education Coaching Series that made a huge splash and a series of episodes relating to futuring in education, digital assessment tools, going gradeless, and how to podcast. Each of these episodes have so many nuggets that can help teachers,Continue reading “Season 1 Recap 3: Navigating Education – The Podcast”

Creating Digital Portfolios and Resumes with Wakelet – Digital Landing Pages for Students to Share With the World

Having students create an ever-changing resume and portfolio online is essential in the world we live in today. By creating a landing page all about yourself that can be shared with the world, it provides a platform to share everything we’ve created, accomplished, and experienced. For our students, this is an awesome way to helpContinue reading “Creating Digital Portfolios and Resumes with Wakelet – Digital Landing Pages for Students to Share With the World”

Navigating Education – The Podcast – Season 1 Recap: Part 3

After the first ten interviews of the podcast, interviews began being categorized into series. During Season 1 of the podcast, the Seven Part series on Coaching was produced. This series created an engaging and informational sequence of shows that were geared towards all coaches in the educational realm. Moving into Season 2 of the podcast,Continue reading “Navigating Education – The Podcast – Season 1 Recap: Part 3”

HyperDocs and HyperSlides Create UDL Lesson Opportunities

Over the last few posts, we’ve covered how to create and utilize HyperDocs and HyperSlides. These integrations with these EdTech tools are game-changing as they provide a variety of instructional options ranging from student choice, personalized learning, and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We have already covered how they can be utilized for theContinue reading HyperDocs and HyperSlides Create UDL Lesson Opportunities

HyperDocs and HyperSlides Create Student Choice

HyperDocs and HyperSlides can be utilized to create student tasks and assignments that promote choice and student agency. Additionally, they can help improve the efficiency of your lesson planning by being utilized as templates time and time again for your lessons. Last, they can boost student engagement, creativity, and innovation as it provides them withContinue reading “HyperDocs and HyperSlides Create Student Choice”

Making Interactive Lessons Using HyperDocs and Slides Blog Series

I wanted to provide a series on HyperDocs and HyperSlides as it is the basis for creating fun, engaging, and interactive lessons for students that can take place within any classroom setting. Lets learn the basics and then expand our knowledge in this three part series! What are HyperDocs and HyperSlides?  HyperDocs and HyperSlides essentially canContinue reading Making Interactive Lessons Using HyperDocs and Slides Blog Series

Season 1 Recap Part 2: Navigating Education – The Podcast

After the first ten episodes of the podcast season, we began interviewing educators from around the world. These interviews touch on many important topics to help us all gain insight into various niches in education to help us build capacity. The goal was to provide our audience with experts in a wide range of topicsContinue reading “Season 1 Recap Part 2: Navigating Education – The Podcast”

Student Self-Reflection, Self-Assessment, and Metacognition Using Interactive Slides – Part 4

As we know, Pear Deck and Nearpod can be utilized and integrated into a wide variety of strategies. Student reflection and metacognition strategies are part of this range of strategies! In Part 4 of our Interactive Slide Blog Series, we will cover this in-depth. Metacognition and Reflection – A Skill Set for Lifelong Learners AsContinue reading “Student Self-Reflection, Self-Assessment, and Metacognition Using Interactive Slides – Part 4”

Student Collaboration Strategies Using Pear Deck and Nearpod – Part 3

Collaboration with Pear Deck and Nearpod can be done in a variety of ways that can amplify student learning. In this post, several strategies will be discussed to help you create these collaborative activities using interactive slides. First, we will outline several steps to think about while creating collaborative tasks and activities. Then, we willContinue reading “Student Collaboration Strategies Using Pear Deck and Nearpod – Part 3”

Formative Assessments Using Interactive Slides Nearpod and Pear Deck – Part 2

In Part Three of our series on interactive slides, we are going to be discussing formative assessment. By the end of this post about this topic, you will have three to five go-to formative assessment strategies to try using on Pear Deck and Nearpod. These strategies will help amplify how you assess your students, provideContinue reading “Formative Assessments Using Interactive Slides Nearpod and Pear Deck – Part 2”

Building Connection and Relationships with Students Using Interactive Slides – Part 1

For today’s post, we are focusing on how we can use interactive slides to build connections, relationships, and social-emotional learning skills for our students!  You will see examples of how to do this throughout lessons to amplify your student’s learning and your connections with them.  Activities to Build Connection with Students To build instant connectionsContinue reading “Building Connection and Relationships with Students Using Interactive Slides – Part 1”

A Series on Active Learning Using Interactive Slides: An Introduction to Nearpod & Pear Deck

In the past, I have written on interactive slides. However, for this specific series of posts, I wanted to review some of their major instructional strengths as well as reintroduce them. You will see a number of posts relating interactive slides in a four part series, which will take you from the basics to integratingContinue reading “A Series on Active Learning Using Interactive Slides: An Introduction to Nearpod & Pear Deck”

Utilizing Wheel of Names: A Fun Way to Call on Students for any Classroom Setting

Have you ever wanted to randomly pick on students without using popsicle sticks? Do you want to create a fun and engaging way for students to see their names possibly being picked? This can be done in a matter of a few minutes and either online teaching synchronously or in-person. Ultimately, using a mechanism likeContinue reading “Utilizing Wheel of Names: A Fun Way to Call on Students for any Classroom Setting”

Using Flipgrid to Get to Know Your Students: Building Community and Language Skills

Flipgrid Basics and Background Flipgrid is an interactive audio and video recording platform where students can respond to a teacher’s activity, prompt, or question as well as responses created by students. Teachers and students can add emojis, graphics, augmented reality, and more to their recorded response. Responses generally are short and last from 15 secondsContinue reading “Using Flipgrid to Get to Know Your Students: Building Community and Language Skills”

Integrating Pear Deck and Flipgrid for Warm-Ups & Activating Prior Knowledge

App-smashing is one of my favorite instructional integrations to help support students in their learning by ensuring I hit many of the elements of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) within an instructional sequence in my lesson. The goal of this post is to show this through several examples that can be quickly incorporated intoContinue reading “Integrating Pear Deck and Flipgrid for Warm-Ups & Activating Prior Knowledge”

Incorporating Paper Tutoring into Your Classroom Routines and Instruction

Paper tutoring is one of the fastest growing online academic support and tutoring platforms. Students are given a link or single sign on option through their app to then access a tutor, who is a live person, to then ask a question related to their assignment, problem, or task for immediate and 24/7 support. Additionally,Continue reading “Incorporating Paper Tutoring into Your Classroom Routines and Instruction”

One Month Anniversary of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders

It’s been a month since the release of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. Readers from around the world have enjoyed this playbook and guide to help them prepare for the new school year as well as navigate it once the year has begun. Don’t miss out on anContinue reading “One Month Anniversary of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders”

Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 4 – August 2nd, 2021

I Cannot Believe It’s August 2021! I cannot believe we are moving into August of 2021. More than half of the year is already over. It’s hard to imagine that we are also starting a new school year. Within this issue, I am providing a number of resources ranging from books, blogs, podcasts, and educationalContinue reading “Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 4 – August 2nd, 2021”

📖 Worldwide Release of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders

Today is the day for the worldwide release of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. Writing this book was a labor of love with the goal of impacting teachers, school leaders, and most importantly, our students as we navigate the present and future of education during this challenging time.Continue reading “📖 Worldwide Release of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders”

Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 3 – June 30TH, 2021

MOVING INTO JULY UPDATE July is quickly coming and I cannot believe one month of summer is coming to an end. Hopefully, you have had some time to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy time with family friends. With July approaching, we are beginning to read, investigate, explore, and prepare for the next school year.  I predictContinue reading “Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 3 – June 30TH, 2021”

Cover Release: Navigating the Toggled Term – A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders

After much anticipation, the cover of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders has released. This cover represents what modern education has transformed into over the course of the past few years; especially during the past 15 months. It also represents a variety of different pathways teachers and schools canContinue reading “Cover Release: Navigating the Toggled Term – A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders”

Navigating Education – The Newsletter – Issue 1

Issue 1 – April 30th, 2021 Purpose of the Newsletter The purpose of Navigating Education – The Newsletter is to provide all educators in K-12 and higher education with resources to help amplify their instruction and leadership. My goal as the author of this newsletter is to curate and develop a helpful resource of strategies,Continue reading “Navigating Education – The Newsletter – Issue 1”

Collecting and Exporting Data from EdTech Tools to Make Decisions & Conduct Research Lecture

In September 2021, I had the opportunity to lecture doctoral students at Concordia University, Irvine (my alma mater) on how we can collect and export data from our EdTech tools we use in our classrooms and schools to make instructional decisions as well as utilize it for research projects. Within this hour long lecturer, IContinue reading “Collecting and Exporting Data from EdTech Tools to Make Decisions & Conduct Research Lecture”

The Teacher Discussion Series – EdTech Strategies and Integrations to Incorporate into your Classroom Instruction

Throughout the months of March and April, Paper tutoring sponsored their Teacher Discussion Series, which discuss how K-12 teachers provide several strategies and tools to take charge in tech-fused classrooms. Each discussion theme for the series was derived from my new upcoming book Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders.Continue reading “The Teacher Discussion Series – EdTech Strategies and Integrations to Incorporate into your Classroom Instruction”

Digital and Data Literacy: Two Essential Skills for Educators to Teach our Students in 2021 and Beyond

As we move into 2021, we have seen K-12 education get turned upside down throughout 2020. The use of educational technology (edtech) has taken hold across K-12 education like never before in the history of education, which means educators must be able to adapt to the the ever-changing tools and how to integrate instructional strategiesContinue reading “Digital and Data Literacy: Two Essential Skills for Educators to Teach our Students in 2021 and Beyond”

Teacher Feedback and Coaching during the Toggled Term: Edtech Tools to Help Teachers and School Leaders Observe Online & Blended Learning Classrooms

Teacher feedback, self-efficacy, and collective self-efficacy is critical towards creating and refining 21st-century learning learning environments for students (Hattie, 2012). Teachers learn best from watching other teachers. Teachers also learn best from receiving feedback and coaching from their colleagues and school leaders. Furthermore, as we progress through a toggled term, we want to help ourContinue reading “Teacher Feedback and Coaching during the Toggled Term: Edtech Tools to Help Teachers and School Leaders Observe Online & Blended Learning Classrooms”

Navigating the Toggled Term: Looking at the Present and Thinking Forward into the Future for K-12 Education

As the first few months of school has passed in the 2020-2021 school year, I wanted to take a moment to discuss a few reflections and thoughts then project into the future. After writing “Navigating the Toggled Term,” I am beginning to focus on writing the second edition. The thoughts compiled within this post provideContinue reading “Navigating the Toggled Term: Looking at the Present and Thinking Forward into the Future for K-12 Education”

Edtech & Equity and Engagement Series – Part 4: Paper Learning – An Edtech Tool & Service that Bridges Equity Gaps for all Students

Welcome back to Part 4 of the Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series. As with the previous three blogs that are a part of this series, the purpose of this series is that we are looking at various educational technology tools and services and evaluating how they are engaging and equitable for all students. ThisContinue reading “Edtech & Equity and Engagement Series – Part 4: Paper Learning – An Edtech Tool & Service that Bridges Equity Gaps for all Students”

Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series: Part 3 of 4 – Collaboration Edtech Tools & Instruction

In any educational setting, regardless of whether it’s a distance, blended, or traditional setting, student collaboration should be one of the major focal points in a classroom. As we continue to move forward in the 21st-century students will not only have build collaborative skills with one another in-person, they will also have to collaborate throughContinue reading “Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series: Part 3 of 4 – Collaboration Edtech Tools & Instruction”

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