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Using @Grammarly to Improve Writing – Reviewing Grammarly Premium #edtech

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I have been a fan of Grammarly for some time now. I have the Chrome extension and find it very helpful to eliminate errors, particularly before I hit that send button on an email. A couple of weeks ago, though, I decided to sign up for a trial of the premium plan.

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AP Jeopardy Review – Using @PearDeck & @Wacom Tablets to Engage, Gamify & Reflect #edtech #mathchat

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Note: I am editing/revising an old post to reflect some updates in the process of how I run AP Jeopardy Review in my AP Calculus Class! Have you ever been super excited about “gamifying” a review session (ie: Jeopardy review) only to realize that the competitive feel in the room becomes overwhelming?

My Top #EdTech Tools for Teaching Online AP Calculus @wacom @PearDeck @SlackHQ @EDpuzzle @OneNoteEDU @SocraticOrg #flipclass

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I am teaching a purely online section of AP Calculus AB this school year! I am excited (and nervous) but mainly pumped for the challenge, learning, and growth that teaching in a purely online environment will bring.

Teaching Online AP Calculus – Trimester 1 Recap & #EdTech Tool Favs

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My students and I have officially made it through the first trimester of Online AP Calculus AB! This has been my first experience designing and teaching a fully online course. Honestly, I could not have anticipated it going as well as it has so far. Teaching an online course is time intensive and I’m still trying to figure out how to balance the workload myself. But, my students are doing an amazing job, and I am so, so proud of them!

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Ideas for Using @Buncee – Interactive Storybooks, Oral Assessments, and Interactive Worksheets #langchat #edtech

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One of my favorite tools to use with teachers this year has been Buncee. It meets so many needs and is an extremely easy tool to use – for students and teachers. To get started, I suggest watching this 3 min video overview of Buncee.

Highlighting #EdTech Projects, PD, & Reviewing Quick Tips!

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I wanted to close the year with some inspiring projects that I was able to work on with my wonderful colleagues this year: Bullis Tech Blog. Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Public Speaking Self-Critiques. Here & Abroad: Technology to Promote Communication.

From Notepad to Computer Screen: Projecting Handwritten Work in Real-Time w/out a Tablet PC – Using @Wacom’s #BambooSlate

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Tablet PC’s are a popular tool for teachers to project handwritten work in the classroom. However, this is not an option for all teachers. Many prefer to use a Mac and many who use a PC prefer a non-tablet PC (especially since these machines are typically more expensive). Personally, I use a Mac. When I first started teaching, though, I used a tablet PC.

Using @TodaysMeet to Enhance Socratic Seminars in English Assessment #edtech #edchat

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Our English Department uses Socratic seminars as an assessment tool. Typically, these are used at the conclusion of a unit, though sometimes they are used to spark curiosity at the start of a novel.

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#TeacherPD: Teacher Coaching & Evaluation- Using @Zaption as a Classroom Observation & Feedback Tool

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We all know that reflection is critical to growth. As I’ve been using Zaption this year for my flipped classroom, I’m constantly thinking up ways that Zaption can be used beyond simply a tool to insert quizzes into video lessons.

Student Check Ins – Using @Flipgrid to Ask Students How Things Are Going & What Supports They Need #edtech

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As teachers, we identify many personalized needs for our students – from coming up with individuals topics where a student needs review to strategies that can improve their performance. But how many times do we remember to allow students to tell us what they *think* they need? I feel this activity is powerful on multiple levels: It helps students think about big ideas.

Flipping Back to School Night #flipclass #flippedclassroom #1st5days @VideoScribeApp @Zaption

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One of my biggest pieces of advice for ensuring a strong start to the school year is making sure that I’ve thoroughly explained my flipped classroom expectations, how my class runs, and *why* I run class the way I do.

Human Geography Cornerstone Assessment Infuses Tech to Demonstrate Learning @Weebly @PowToon @ThingLink_EDU

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For the third year in a row, 9th grade Human Geography students have engaged in a Megacity Project as their final cornerstone assessment for the course. In this project, students engage in an extended study analyzing how megacities (10+ million people) are transforming the world.

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Public Speaking Self-Critiques using @Zaption #edtech

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Traditionally, students submit their work on an assignment, the teacher gives feedback on that work, and assigns that student a grade. Sometimes, we build reflection into the next step of the process and ask students to make corrections or comment on the feedback.

Holiday Tree Activity Using @Desmos and @PearDeck #edtech #mathchat

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I’m excited to share this really successful activity – perfect for Algebra 1 students! You’ll see in the below writeup how using Desmos and Pear Deck made this difficult task not only doable but also fun.

AP Jeopardy Review – Let’s #ePortfolio That: Using @PearDeck, @Wacom Tablets, and @msOneNote #edchat

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Have you ever been super excited about “gamifying” a review session (ie: Jeopardy review) only to realize that the competitive feel in the room becomes overwhelming? Each year, around this time, I play a game of AP Calculus Jeopardy with my class. We have just finished learning “new material” and are ready to hit review mode. The game is a way to begin synthesizing material from the beginning of the course through to the end.

#TeacherPD – Three #EdTech Tools to Better Engage Learners During an In-Class Lesson Ft. @PearDeck @plickers @Socrative

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I wanted to share a series of video tutorials that I am working on in case they might be helpful to you, personally, or useful to share out with colleagues at your school. I am creating these tutorials using Zaption. Why use Zaption?

The Flipped Classroom: A Student Perspective #flipclass #flippedclassroom #flippedclass

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And we have another school year successfully down in the books! As I had my students reflect on their year in math class, one of them mentioned that we should make a video. So of course, we made that happen! Any student who wanted to be filmed had the opportunity.

Student Projects in @EDpuzzle: Tutorial & Examples for English, Science, Math, Foreign Languague, & PE #edtech #flipclass

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Let’s dive into some ideas for student-created EDpuzzle’s in this post! I have written a couple of blog posts on how I use EDpuzzle in my classroom ( how I use EDpuzzle analytics ; favorite tools for teaching online AP Calculus ). I am beginning, now, to turn my attention to a topic I began exploring last year with Zaption — digging into uses beyond a flipped classroom tool.

#TeacherPD: Screencasting – Where do I start? + Using @Zaption as a Video Editor #flipclass #edtech

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In this video, I share 3 very simple screencasting options that I most often recommend: Option 1: Mac Only — QuickTime. Option 2: Mac & PC — Screencast-O-Matic. Option 3: iPad — Educreations. As a bonus, you will get a sense of how Zaption can be used as your video editor.

Getting Started w @PearDeck – Some Essentials

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Pear Deck is one of my go-to tech tool recommendations for the 2015-16 school year. We have a site license at my school, so I have assembled some getting started information, which I will share below: Introduction: Pear Deck will help engage students during lecture and presentations.

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Reflecting On My #Flipclass Workshop w Faculty at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia @OfficeMixTeam

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During my visit to Saint Stephen’s College , I had the opportunity to work with small and large groups of teachers to think about how to leverage technology to personalize learning, enhance teaching, and differentiate instruction.

Pursuing Passions, Lifelong Learning, Signature Programs & #BreakoutEDU @breakoutEDU #STEM @edtechteam #gafesummit

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I am extremely lucky to work at a school that is so focused on allowing all students, teachers and staff to truly pursue their passions.

#FlipClass Tools & Preparation @TechSmithEDU @Zaption @Surface #edtech #edtechchat

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This lesson showcases the essential tools I use to create my flipped classroom video lessons and the preparation and setup for creating those videos. As well, best practices for engaging students during the video lesson are discussed. Feel free to copy & edit this lesson for your own use.

Putting Pedagogy Before Tech with @PearDeck @EDpuzzle #EdTech @isteconnects

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I’m so excited to see my post featured on the ISTE EdTekHub ! Full article: Put Pedagogy Before Tech

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Neuroscience & Class Engagement: Strategies to Max Std Attention, Focus & Potential w @judywillis @learningandtheb

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I had the opportunity to spend the week out at UCSB for a Learning and the Brain conference presented by Dr. Judy Willis entitled “Neuroscience and Classroom Engagement: Strategies for Maximizing Students’ Attention, Focus and Potential.” ” The Program. Schedule. Below you will find links to my full storified notes for each of the 5 (half day) sessions. Day 1 – Engaging Students from the Start. Day 2 – The Impact of Emotions on Learning and Memory.

My Flipped Classroom Resources and Tips, from Beginner to Advanced #flipclass #edchat #edtech

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I’ve gotten a lot of requests recently for resources on my flipped classroom, best practices, tips & tricks, and advice for getting started. So I wanted to compile some of these things in this post! Here is a presentation summarizing my process and evolution through my flipped classroom journey. A paper I wrote on my AP Calculus flipped classroom was recently published – The Flipped Classroom: Touch Enabled, Academically Proven.

MaKey MaKey Bird Chorus Project #STEM #STEAM #makered #edtech

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Last weekend, I had a chance to work with some young campers (3rd & 4th graders). They were learning about birds and nature and I had an hour to work with them in their computer lab. I did some searching around and stumbled across a neat project idea – MaKey MaKey Bird Chorus Project.

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The New @Buncee Creation Experience: Tutorial & Ideas for Back to School #edtech #edtechchat

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Buncee released a brand new experience for users this summer. I have been using Buncee quite a bit at my school for student-created presentations. The two stand-out features that drew me to Buncee initially were: 1. ability to record audio (slide voice-overs) right within the web tool; 2.

#APCalculus Cram Video – Tips & Tricks for the #APCalc Exam #flipclass

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I wanted to share a massive review video that I created with some of my final tips & tricks for AP Calculus test takers! This video is *not* meant for one sitting.

#TeacherPD: Using @Zaption Presenter as a #Backchannel (with an introduction to Presenter) #edtech

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Zaption released Presenter last month, a way to stream a video lesson for the entire class to watch together while allowing for students to join the presentation on their own device to interact and respond individually. Presenter allows: teachers to ask questions on the fly.

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What is a #TwitterChat and How Do I Participate? #edchat #edtechchat

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Twitter chats can be an amazing opportunity for educators to connect and engage in discussion with colleagues around the world. I have created a quick overview to help people understand some twitter chat basics — including how these chats work and some tips for participating.

#TeacherPD: Using @Zaption to Dig Deeper into @ramusallam Inspirational #TEDTalk: 3 Rules to Spark Learning

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In Ramsey Musallam’s 3 Rules to Spark Learning TED Talk, he asks educators to think about how they can cultivate a culture of curiosity in their classrooms.

NAIS Summit: Teachers & Teaching #NAISDeepDive

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Notes from NAIS Summit on the Science of Learning and 21st Century Schools , continued… Our third and fourth sessions focused on: Teachers & Teaching, presented by Rick Hess , Joel Rose , Jal Mehta , and Carolyn Strom. Leaders need to reach out to teachers and let them inform the design process & curriculum building @rickhess99 #NAISDeepDive. Stacey Roshan (@buddyxo) May 19, 2015. How do we get teachers as co-creators of what great schools look like?

Getting Started w @Zaption – Some Essentials

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Zaption is one of my go-to tech tool recommendations for the 2015-16 school year. This is the first year that we will have a site license at my school, which I am super excited about!

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Here & Abroad: Technology to Promote Communication #edtech @Zaption @VoiceThread

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I’m excited to share some projects that I’ve had the chance to work on with the French teacher at my school as part of their preparation for an exchange with students in Toulouse!

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Sutori: Documenting Student Process & Work Through a Timeline @SutoriApp #edtech

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In this post, I wanted to share how Sutori can be used to help students document their work throughout a project, to create a final presentation, or to create a timeline of events. Sutori will help students tell their story and process in a visually appealing format.

Digital Differentiation w Google Apps w @ShakeUpLearning #FETC

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In the 21st Century Classroom, it can be difficult to design learning experiences that both incorporate student choice and differentiation for learning levels and styles. This session will show you how to make that happen with student choice menus created in Google Apps, creating a paperless classroom where the students take ownership of their learning.