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

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. 

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 hours … Continue 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,  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

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

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.