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HyperDocs and HyperSlides Create UDL Lesson Opportunities

Over the last few posts, weโ€™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.ย 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 todayโ€™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 studentโ€™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 โ€“ August 2nd, 2021

I Cannot Believe Itโ€™s August 2021! I cannot believe we are moving into August of 2021. More than half of the year is already over. Itโ€™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 โ€“ August 2nd, 2021”

๐Ÿ“– 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 “๐Ÿ“– Worldwide Release of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders”

Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 3 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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 2 โ€“ May 31st, 2021

JUNE UPDATE – Issue 2 We made it! The 2020-2021 school year is almost over. For many, the school year is about to end, which means thereโ€™s time to rest and recharge during summer. With time to rest and recharge, there may be time to spend learning at your own pace and what you want.Continue reading “Navigating Education – The Newsletter ISSUE 2 โ€“ May 31st, 2021”

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”

Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series: Part 2 of 4 – Pear Deck and Nearpod Interactive Slides

Welcome back to the Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series! For the second part of this blog series, we are going to evaluate the equity and engagement of interactive slideshow edtech tools. Interactive slideshows are slideshows built into Google Slides and PowerPoint, which allow students to interact in a multitude of ways with what’s beingContinue reading “Edtech Equity and Engagement Blog Series: Part 2 of 4 – Pear Deck and Nearpod Interactive Slides”

Podcast Interview: MindShare Learning Report – Reopening Schools and “Navigating the Toggled Term.”

Today, I was interviewed on the MindShare Learning Report Podcast on reopening schools and my new book “Navigating the Toggled Term.” Robert, the host of the show, provided some engaging questions related to engaging students in online and blended learning settings and safely reopening schools for blended learning. In addition, we discussed the online instructionalContinue reading “Podcast Interview: MindShare Learning Report – Reopening Schools and “Navigating the Toggled Term.””

Edtech Equity & Engagement Blog Series: Part 1 of 4 – Intro

Throughout the year as we experience distance and blended learning settings, we will be using educational technology to build our online instructional infrastructure. This will allow teachers to teach in both of these settings interchangeably and continuously as we have to navigate the instructional challenges due to the pandemic. This will be a challenge, butContinue reading “Edtech Equity & Engagement Blog Series: Part 1 of 4 – Intro”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 4 of 4 – Taking Newfound Knowledge from our Data and Making a Decision

Over the course of the last four week in the “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions” series, we have outlined how to collect data, clean/organize data, and conduct univariate and multivariate statistical analysis on the data to transform it into newfound knowledge that can be used to make a decision. While this sounds likeContinue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 4 of 4 – Taking Newfound Knowledge from our Data and Making a Decision”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 3 of 4 – Using Statistics to Transform Data into Knowledge

Welcome to Part 3 of 4 of the Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions Blog Series! Today, in Part 3, we are going to focus on using statistics to transform our data into knowledge. Statistical analysis on a data set allows educators to essentially mine information from the data. What this does is provideContinue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 3 of 4 – Using Statistics to Transform Data into Knowledge”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Decisions in K-12 Education: Part 2 – Cleaning Data

Building data literacy to make data-driven decisions takes several steps. It does not simply just happen. But with practice, we can conduct data-driven decision-making seamlessly throughout the school day. Last week for Part 1 of this blog series, we focused on collecting student data and understanding there’s plenty of it to be collected in K-12Continue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Decisions in K-12 Education: Part 2 – Cleaning Data”

Book Release – “Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Fall 2020 and Beyond”

Amazon Paperback: Available Now – Click Here! Amazon Kindle – Coming Soon! When schools shut down in mid-March, there were so many questions we had to begin to address as our country and world dealt with the onset of challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, these challenges completely uplifted K-12 education inContinue reading “Book Release – “Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Fall 2020 and Beyond””

Using Data to Drive Instructional Decision Making in K-12 Education: Part 1 of 4 – Introduction & Collecting and Exporting Student Data from Edtech Tools

We live in a world where we are able to collect vast amounts of data because of the educational technology we use in our classrooms and schools. Think about it – every time a student logs onto an edtech tool you use in your classroom, data is logged of their interaction with the software tool.Continue reading “Using Data to Drive Instructional Decision Making in K-12 Education: Part 1 of 4 – Introduction & Collecting and Exporting Student Data from Edtech Tools”

2019-2020 School Year Final Reflections – What I Learned and How we Can Prepare for the Fall

The 2019-2020 school year is one for the books. This year had to be one of my most difficult years teaching Special Education at the secondary level. Not only did I have to teach mathematics for the first time in a co-taught setting, we had to also navigate a pandemic. With this said, I haveContinue reading “2019-2020 School Year Final Reflections – What I Learned and How we Can Prepare for the Fall”

The Power of Student Feedback: How to Collect Student Feedback at the End of the Year

As the year comes to an end, it is a time for your students reflect on their learning that took place over the course of the school year. Additionally, during this time teachers, regardless of what grade level they teach, should ask some form feedback regarding their teaching from their students. Along with performance evaluations,Continue reading “The Power of Student Feedback: How to Collect Student Feedback at the End of the Year”

Social Emotional Learning Utilizing Pear Deck

Every day for live synchronous sessions, I want to check in with my students and see how they are feeling. Currently, in our present reality, students have many more stressors and anxieties about the world around them. Thus, by providing students opportunities to assess, identify, and share their feelings and emotions, it is an opportunityContinue reading “Social Emotional Learning Utilizing Pear Deck”

IEP Meetings During Distance Learning – Tips and Tricks to Get Ready and to Conduct Effective Online IEP Meetings

For all districts around the country that did not completely close, Special Education has not stopped. Districts and Special Education teachers have scrambled to ensure students are receiving services and supports. For those that may not be involved in Special Education or how the United States provides services for students with disabilities, Individualized Education PlansContinue reading “IEP Meetings During Distance Learning – Tips and Tricks to Get Ready and to Conduct Effective Online IEP Meetings”

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