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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”

πŸ“– 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 “πŸ“– 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 2 – 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 there’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 – 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”

Blended Learning is the Future – Types of Blended Learning Models for Fall 2020

As we continue to think about Fall 2020 for K-12, it looks like there are a variety of options on the table. Last week, I outlined a number of scenarios primary and secondary schools can consider for going back in the fall to ensure quality instruction occurs and safety protocols are in place for teachers,Continue reading “Blended Learning is the Future – Types of Blended Learning Models for Fall 2020”

Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall of 2020: Priorities to Assess, Students with Special Needs, and Staggered Schedules

Over the last week, I have seen numerous articles and points of emphasis provided by County of Education Offices regarding recommendations to re-open schools next fall. As we look at the recommendations for re-opening society and the economy proposed by the federal and state governments, it will be in phases with schools being part ofContinue reading “Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall of 2020: Priorities to Assess, Students with Special Needs, and Staggered Schedules”

Teaching High School Math Using Google Classroom and Seesaw – How we Transitioned to a 100% Paperless Math Class

Transitioning from co-teaching freshmen math face to face to co-teaching the same class virtually caused my co-teacher and me to completely redesign our class. Much of our thought process was geared towards trying to emulate our original class procedures, instructional pedagogy, and supports as much as we could to provide to our general education and Special Education students in our class. We also wanted to develop an online class design that would provide an equitable approach so all of our students can access the content at their own time and pace in addition to providing access to both co-teachers for one on one support. Thus, my goal here is to provide you with insight as to how we transitioned our face to face course to a fully online math course. I am going to provide you with our thought processes, the edtech tools we used, and how we decided to deliver content to our students. Specifically, I am going to focus much of the conversation on using two separate learning management systems, Google Classroom and Seesaw, to provide the most equitable platform in tandem for our students to access the content and to receive quality instruction and feedback from us.Β 

EdTech Tools to Get You Started With Your Online Teaching! Start Now!

As classrooms in K-12 schools and university’s move online, there a many Edtech tools available to use. My district is beginning to implement online learning this week so I wanted to share some of the Edtech tools I have some expertise in teaching at the secondary level in English, Social Sciences, and Math. Here isContinue reading “EdTech Tools to Get You Started With Your Online Teaching! Start Now!”

Maximizing Live Synchronous Class Sessions and Google Meet – Strategies to Help Bolster Your Students Online Learning

As our transition to online learning has gone on, the platform my district has been utilizing is Google Meet for live synchronous class sessions. Google Meet is a platform offered through Googles G-Suite, which allows for live video conferencing of up to 200 people. After a number of class sessions using this platform teaching K-12Continue reading “Maximizing Live Synchronous Class Sessions and Google Meet – Strategies to Help Bolster Your Students Online Learning”

Scheduling Online Office Hours Using Edtech – Calendly and Google Appointment Slots

As we continue to transition to online learning, we all now have office hours to logistically schedule and make accessible to our students. Students need additional support for one on one or small group support. Therefore, creating an easy mechanism for you and your students to schedule office hours is critical to ensuring office hoursContinue reading “Scheduling Online Office Hours Using Edtech – Calendly and Google Appointment Slots”

Case Managing for Special Education During Remote Learning: G-Suite EdTech Tools to Get You Started

Over the past few weeks, I have searched and explored through various Special Education Twitter chats and I am also a member of Special Education teacher Facebook groups, which made me want to compile several useful Edtech tools to help with case managing students enrolled in Special Education in K-12 schools. Ultimately,Β  I would likeContinue reading “Case Managing for Special Education During Remote Learning: G-Suite EdTech Tools to Get You Started”

Teaching Online with Whiteboard Fox: Math Instruction and Co-Teaching

This week I wanted to provide several posts aimed specifically at Edtech tools I am using now to instruct my students online. Today, I wanted to share an amazing Edtech tool that can be utilized during live online instruction and for screencasts. Whiteboardfox is an online whiteboard teachers can use to write, draw, add text,Continue reading “Teaching Online with Whiteboard Fox: Math Instruction and Co-Teaching”

Student and Parental Engagement for Online Learning: Building Community Online through Edtech

As classes and entire schools transition online, building a community is huge to stay connected with students and parents. Students want to hear and see their teacher and stay connected with their classmates. I wanted to spend this time going over several edtech tools and strategies to help teachers stay connected with their students asContinue reading “Student and Parental Engagement for Online Learning: Building Community Online through Edtech”

Differentiated Instruction: Online Instruction for Special Education and English Language Learners

Transitioning directly to online education is a huge undertaking and transition. Once our classroom is built online, we need to think about instruction, but also differentiated instruction. In my previous post, I discussed Implementing Instructional Strategies and Lesson Plans with Edtech and your Online Classrooms, which focused on various instructional strategies we can utilize withContinue reading “Differentiated Instruction: Online Instruction for Special Education and English Language Learners”

Implementing Instructional Strategies and Lesson Plans with Edtech and your Online Classrooms

Here is a comprehensive guide of how face to face instructional strategies and lesson plans can be integrated to online classrooms. It is a powerful conversation of how research based instructional strategies can align with edtech tools that can be used within an online classroom setting. You can begin using what is discussed in this post now to make your online class an engaging environment and equitable to your students.

Steps to Building Your Online Classroom for K-12 Educators

Building an online classroom in a matter of weeks may seem daunting. Many educators may argue that you are recreating the wheel; especially, moving from a face to face learning experience to an online one. However, with some judicious thought and planning, moving a class online in a matter of weeks does not have toContinue reading “Steps to Building Your Online Classroom for K-12 Educators”

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