Evaluating Your Instructional Needs and Students’ Needs: The Technology Integration Matrix and the Learner Variability Tool

To see what specific lessons and instructional strategies look like within classrooms, concrete examples, resources, research, and step-by-step directions can help us think about how they would look in our classroom.  If we were to plan, build, and implement a specific lesson or to utilize specific strategies and technology integrations, having the examples and illustrationsContinue reading “Evaluating Your Instructional Needs and Students’ Needs: The Technology Integration Matrix and the Learner Variability Tool”

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”

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”

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”

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”

2021 Projections for K-12 Education

As we begin 2021 in K-12 education, we see ourselves with COVID-19 at its worse across North America. For many who already were not in teaching online, immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday, we saw many school districts move to online instruction due to holiday surges. However, these toggles from hybrid to online instruction mostly tookContinue reading “2021 Projections for K-12 Education”

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”

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.””

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”