Coaching Question: What resources do we have to prepare students with the technology needed to navigate through MCAS 2.0? MCAS 2.0 As the MCAS 2.0 test approaches, educators are encouraged to continue preparing students by familiarizing them with digital tools required to take the test. There are several important documents you should review before participating … Continue reading Preparing for MCAS 2.0
Coaching Request: How can I my students use technology to respond to literature? There are so many different ways students can discuss and share their learning after reading. Many educators find that "learning boards" or "choice boards" are a wonderful way to differentiate instruction. These boards allow students to choose which activities they want to … Continue reading Reading Response Choice Board
Coaching Question: How can I use technology for formative assessments and collecting data? Formative There are so many formative assessment tools out there, but very few have the power to transform your instruction by providing feedback and helpful content all while collecting data. With Formative, teachers are able to create powerful formative assessments in a snap. … Continue reading Formative: A Fabulous Assessment Tool
Coaching Question: Are there rubrics to evaluate student mathcasts? This month, many teachers have been using Google Drawing and the Screencastify extension to capture student thinking about math. The results have been amazing! Allowing students to access a rubric in advance has proven to be extremely beneficial. Rubrics allow students to know exactly what is expected … Continue reading Mathcast Rubrics
Today's Coaching Question: How can students share their screens with the classroom? Google Cast for Education has made it extremely easy for students and teachers to share their desktops with the classroom. Teachers will download a FREE app in the Chrome Store, which allows students to cast their devices onto the teacher's computer. If the … Continue reading Google Cast for Education: Allowing Students to Share their Screens.
This Valentine's Day, consider having students express their love for education by creating a customized card for their school! Using Google Drawings, students can drag and drop tiles onto the card. Teachers may modify the tiles if needed. Students may then use the paint bucket to color the tiles, add images, change fonts, and personalize the … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Drag and Drop K-2
The most challenging part of "coaching" teachers with technology, is finding the time to plan lessons and explain how different tools work. Teachers have very limited planning time, and many would rather the "coaching" take form as a modeled lesson or a co-teaching experience. Therefore, I have found it extremely beneficial to flip my instruction with teachers, by offering them personalized screencasts that they may view whenever they have time.
Objective: Students and teachers will create a math screencast explaining how to solve a problem or explain a concept. The tools needed are Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Forms, a screencasting extension such as Screencastify.
Objective: Students or teachers will use Google Drawings to redefine word sorts.
It seems like everywhere you go, you hear the buzz words "flipped learning" or "blended learning" as a key to technology integration in the classroom. But, you may be wondering what that looks like and how you know if it is effective in your classroom. These days, many schools have literacy, math and technology coaches that will help you figure out that missing piece. But, what if you don't have that option? Or, what if your coaches do not have ample time to meet, discuss, and present PD on blended learning? Hopefully, this this blog can help you!