Professional Learning as an Educator Using Social Media – Your Social Knowledge Network is Your Net Worth

Note: This post was inspired by an online lecture I gave to primary and secondary university teacher candidates on 4.21.2020. A link to the online slideshow of the lecture can be found here.  Today as an educator there are more resources for professional learning and networks of experienced educators around the world to share and … Continue reading Professional Learning as an Educator Using Social Media – Your Social Knowledge Network is Your Net Worth

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. 

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 is … Continue reading EdTech Tools to Get You Started With Your Online Teaching! Start Now!

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,  I would like … Continue 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

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 to … Continue reading Steps to Building Your Online Classroom for K-12 Educators

Selecting Edtech Tools for your Online Classroom

As we all transition to remote learning, we have been bombarded by a multitude of edtech tools we can utilize. At times, I am sure it is overwhelming as many are scrambling to build an infrastructure for their online classes. Therefore, I wanted to spend a few moments to describe the decision-making process for selecting … Continue reading Selecting Edtech Tools for your Online Classroom

Launching YouTube Channel

Purpose This project has been a long time coming but it was recently spurred by the effects of the Coronavirus on K-12 schools and at colleges/universities. For months I have been planning on developing a YouTube channel devoted to edtech tool "how-to's" for all classrooms and data literacy tutorials to help build the capacity of … Continue reading Launching YouTube Channel

EQRC Conference Presentation: MAJOR THEMES FOUND IN CALIFORNIA REGARDING HOW DATA PRACTICES AND CULTURES ARE UTILIZED AND ESTABLISHED IN K-12 SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Tomorrow, I am speaking at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas. I am excited about the opportunity as I get to share my research with peers in the field of education as well as researchers in other fields. The results of this research is intended to inform educational leaders and policymakers regarding what is needed to help educational leaders like principals, assistant principals, superintendents, district coordinator, teacher leaders, and teachers to provide insight to how they can become more data literate. Ultimately, data literacy is needed in order to utilize various data practices (i.e., collecting, compiling/cleaning, and transforming data using statistics) to make data-driven decisions for instructional improvement. I am excited to share a quick summary of the research as well as the slideshow I am presenting at the conference tomorrow morning. 

Being “Data-Driven” is More Than Just Quantitative Data

This past weekend I attended the Association of California School Administrations Region 17 Annual Conference at my alum mater Concordia University, Irvine. During the conference, I got to listen to George Couros, a well-known educational leader who has made large contributions to the field of education and education technology. I am in agreement with almost … Continue reading Being “Data-Driven” is More Than Just Quantitative Data

Recently Published on ACSA’s EdCal Editorial

This week I am very excited to announce I have been published in this week's edition of EdCal, which is the Association of California Administrators online and print editorial. The article summarizes my research and outlines the need for educational leaders need to build their data literacy skills to improve their schools and districts in … Continue reading Recently Published on ACSA’s EdCal Editorial

The Power of Analyzing Statewide Education Data: Self-Affirming Conclusions that Prompt Us to Dig Deeper Into the Data

Data is powerful, especially in the realm of education. At times, it may be self-affirming while on the other hand, it makes you question your current practices and policies because the data identifies further ramifications that make us have to dig deeper to determine what’s going on as well as devising solutions to the problems we face as educators. But, most importantly, it tells a story about the students we serve, which then we are called to do something about it as teachers and administrators. Over the last few days, I have been able to analyze several data sets that have been collected from the California Department of Education. The data sets I analyzed encompass all of the 2018 California K-12 School demographics, state testing scores, attendance rates, suspension rates, and funding mechanisms. My goal was to transform the data into several self-affirming stories of what the data is telling us as well as how we dig deeper into the stories the data is illustrating to determine new insights into we how to solve the problems we have identified.