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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I'm Going to ISTE: A Type-A Guide on Preparing for the BIG Event!



ISTE 2017 is just around the corner! This blog post came to me on a last minute whim after realizing how overly prepared I like to be for conferences, and ISTE is no exception! Now, I'll admit that I have a very type-A personality. I like to have every detail planned out before I long distance travel or my anxiety goes through the roof! I am hopeful that the combination of previous ISTE experiences and the obsessive need to be overly prepared will help those of you who made need a tip or two to get ready for the ISTE conference & events!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Warhol Inspired Digital Art Using Google Drawing


I have the amazing opportunity to be a part of many classrooms as a tech coach. The fifth-grade teachers have been leading a famous artist unit, and as an art enthusiast, I couldn't help but join in! If you follow my Instagram, you got a sneak peak at some of the beautiful pieces of art the fifth graders have been creating. I love to paint and draw, however, I also wanted the opportunity to share some beginner graphic design lessons with students. Right away I knew the perfect artist for digital art inspiration would be Andy Warhol! 
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

End of the School Year Ideas for Your Classroom


I loved the last few days of school because it was the time we could come together to celebrate one another. No matter how challenging my class has been throughout the school year, I always cry on the last day! And I don't mean a few tears here and there... I mean I start bawling my eyes out! In nine short months, my students become family. As a Tech Coach, I don't have a classroom of my own this year, but it's fun taking a trip down memory lane to reflect on some of my favorite end of the year traditions!
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Flipped Classrooms: Are They a Flop?


As a technology coach, I am actively searching for the next best thing in digital education. While flipped classrooms aren’t exactly a new trend, the term has continued to grow in popularity over the last few years. I wanted to know, are flipped classrooms something to flip over, or just a flop?

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Friday, May 20, 2016

AMPLIFY Your Students' Digital Learning!


It is easy to feel like you're on an island when you are the only technology instructor in your school. Your teaching team becomes internet tutorials, blogs, forums, and books. Fortunately, Amplify, by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke has turned into my favorite teaching partner, transforming my instruction and becoming my go-to technology instruction manual.  
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Selfies: A Modern Tech Twist on Book Reports

I love teaching technology, but truly miss teaching reading skills. There's something so magical about books! Even the most reluctant readers have a book that they enjoy listening to, or reading themselves. 
In the midst of Read Across America, I wanted to include my students' favorite books in a technology project. Thus, the book selfie project was born!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

10 Reasons to Love Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom!



When I was told our school's desktop computer lab would convert to a Chromebook lab, I had a teacher freak-out moment... What!? Chromebooks!  You mean my technology classroom won't be able to use Microsoft programs?? You mean we won't be using iPad tablets???  But, but, but...

Six months later, I'm loving them for many, many reasons. And, my kids love them too! So much in fact, that I've had kiddo after kiddo tell me they have received a Chromebook for their birthday or for Christmas.

Not convinced Chromebooks are right for your school or classroom? Read below to find our why I love 'em in my tech lab!

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