Classroom Communication

Creating a Classroom Website

In the modern education arena it is an unwritten requirement that teachers maintain some sort classroom website to help communicate with parents and the community at general. While many districts are saying that teachers must have a classroom website, they typically are not saying how they must create the website. This leads teachers to use […]

Classroom Communication Technology

Why Build a Classroom Website?

Teachers have been creating classroom websites for the past 15 years, however many of these sites were created with tools that extremely basic and came with a hosting provider, the results were websites that looked like an elementary student had created them. They had bright eye-hurting colors and poor layouts at best. The information on […]

Featured Management

The Changing Role of Teachers

This week I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine about the currently changing role of teachers in classrooms as technology is becoming more pervasive. This year our district has pushed all teachers to have an online presence of some sort. In my class, I did a full “Flip” of my classroom as […]

Organization

A Time and Place for Everything

One of the biggest challenges I face as a teacher, husband is time management, and I am sure this problem exists for many other teachers out there as well who are trying to balance work and family responsibilities. As we are getting close to graduation day for many “fresh” rookie teachers, let me take the […]

Organization

Learning to Organize Digitally

 In my classes, my students will create hundreds of digital files, often they are working on multiple computers and mobile devices. This became abundantly clear this week as students were submitting compressed copies of files related to their final projects. Initially, many students found most of their files easily, but as they looked for older […]

Organization Technology

A Time and Place for Everything

One of the biggest challenges I face as a teacher, husband is time management, and I am sure this problem exists for many other teachers out there as well who are trying to balance work and family responsibilities. As we are getting close to graduation day for many “fresh” rookie teachers, let me take the […]

Featured Teaching Methods Technology

Building a Mostly Paperless Classroom

Teachers love handouts, for many they are the primary activity that students complete in a classroom. While there is nothing wrong with handouts they do cost a lot to make for printer and copier supplies. This then leads to the question of what happens to these handouts once they have been passed out to the […]

Teaching Methods

Why Are We Flipping Out over the “Flipped Classroom”?

In the past year or two, the Flipped Classroom model teaching has become the flavor of the month in most educational circles. Principals are pushing teachers to “Flip” their classrooms, districts are piloting “Flipped” schools, all in an effort to differentiate instruction and change the role of the teacher from instructor to facilitator. While this […]

Teaching Methods

Building a Vocabulary Glossary for Your Class

Teachers often have to use a variety of vocabulary terms in their class or introduce them to students glossaries can be a great reference tool for students if they are built with a constant format and contain useful information. Moodle is a great place to build a glossary because words can be added with a […]

Teaching Methods

What is Plagiarism?

Most people think that plagiarism is simply “copying” or “borrowing” information written by another person without giving them credit. We are guilty of doing this at some point in our lives, but when it comes to academic work, plagiarizing can be a serious problem. Some teachers estimate that one in three students have turned in […]

Teaching Methods

Flipping Your Classroom for Free or Cheap: Part 1 – PowerPoint Videos

Most teachers have very limited budgets and have to get a big bang for the educational dollar that they do spend. I thought that “bang” return could be found in the form of Flipped Learning Methods, but much of what I read involved expensive content delivery systems and video editing software and equipment. If teachers […]

Featured Teaching Methods Technology

Building a Mostly Paperless Classroom

Teachers love handouts, for many they are the primary activity that students complete in a classroom. While there is nothing wrong with handouts they do cost a lot to make for printer and copier supplies. This then leads to the question of what happens to these handouts once they have been passed out to the […]

Technology

The Great Phone/Technology Fight

Schools today have more rules and regulations than ever before it seems. It has become the schools’ job to enforce so many rules with zero tolerance policies that it is encroaching on the learning process in this educators mind. If we focused on teaching our students norms and proper conduct, I believe we would need […]

Technology

Embedding Videos Stored on a Google Drive

Over the past year, my district has been switching a lot of services to Google for Education, I am sure for good reasons that at the time of this writing I am not privy to. Nonetheless, we have been encouraged to starting using these tools as the old systems are slowly going away. One of […]

Technology

The Case for Classroom Wikis

What is a Wiki? Content is the name of the game when it comes to classrooms now a days, if the content is not interesting and compelling, students will be bored and tune out what is going on. One of the ways that content can be made more engaging is to have students help to […]

Technology

The Case for Classroom Wikis

What is a Wiki? Content is the name of the game when it comes to classrooms now a days, if the content is not interesting and compelling, students will be bored and tune out what is going on. One of the ways that content can be made more engaging is to have students help to […]

Featured Using Data

Securing an Excel Spreadsheet

Teachers are being pushed into using data to drive their classroom learning, whether it is test scores or anecdotal information about student behavior. Much of this data is considered personal since it is related to grades or behavioral notes and under FERPA requirements it should be considered confidential data and secured properly. This is a […]

Featured Using Data

Using Survey’s in Class: Gathering Student Opinions

Students and teenagers in general have an opinion about anything and everything, whether can or want to express it. Survey’s are a great tool to allow student to demonstrate basic knowledge of topics, but also to help students make choices about their learning.  Teachers can use this to group students into differentiated projects for lesson […]

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