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Using @PearDeck w/Embedded @Flipgrid Question to Develop Deeper Connections – Modeling Optimization Problems #edtech #mathchat

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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I recently tweeted that one of my new goals is to use Pear Deck to create student-paced activities with questions that ramp up in difficulty to help students discover new ideas & promote higher-order thinking skills.

My Essential Tools to Create #FlipClass Videos: @Wacom DTK-1651, @Camtasia @USAudioTechnica @NotabilityApp

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One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what tools I use to make my flipped classroom videos. It took me a number of years to perfect my flow, to be honest. One of my major issues was that I use a Mac but in making my math videos, I absolutely needed a way to handwrite.

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A #PerfectPear: The All New Pear Deck for @Google Slides @PearDeck @GoogleForEdu #edtech

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Pear Deck has released a super exciting update that I’m so excited to share — integration with Google Slides! All you have to do is install the Pear Deck add-on and then you’ll be able to add in the interactive question types available through Pear Deck right within Google Slides!

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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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.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning @PearDeck @EDpuzzle #flipclass #blendedlearning #edtech

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When I first began flipping my math classroom in 2010, the ability to screencast, upload to the web, and have students be able to watch lectures at their own pace was exciting and innovative.

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.

Inspiration: Ideas for Using @SutoriApp #edtech #reflection

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Sutori is a great tool 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.

Using #EdTech to Enhance Creative Learning, f/t in @InnovateMySchl @EDpuzzle @Flipgrid @SlackHQ

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I am excited to share a post that I had a chance to write as part of Innovate My School’s Accelerating Creativity series! I am entering into my 11th year teaching. Looking back on my journey, it is clear to me that my fascination with technology and its role in the classroom has been the most transformative element of my teaching career.

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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?

Using @SutoriApp for Students to Track Study Progress & Reflections #edtech

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In our final three weeks of AP Prep, I give students a variety of resources to study from. Though I still give some full class assignments during this time, I want to make sure that each student is studying based on their specific needs.

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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.

Use @PearDeck to Analyze Incorrect Answers, Discuss Model Student Work, & Other Ideas/Inspiration #edtech

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I don’t make genius decks. Most of them are quite simple and ordinary. For me, it’s more about the way that I use Pear Deck itself to engage each student in the classroom, get a sense of individual and group needs, highlight student work anonymously, allow students to ask questions without having to raise their hand, etc… In a traditional class discussion, students must raise their hands to respond and might be conscious of what their peers think of their answer.

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!

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.

Time Pressure, Mistakes, and Hand Raising

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Pencils down, time’s up. Flashcards out — and ready, set, go! Capture all multiples of 5 before the timer is up, or game over. In elementary school, this is how I felt about math. I was always being timed. And I could never finish in time. Tests made me panic, I had to count on my fingers and toes, and my friend was always faster than me when we practiced flashcards. So I didn’t know the material well enough and my friend was smarter, right? That’s what my teacher said.

#Productivity Hacks — #InboxZero, Part 2: @NewtonMailApp vs @SparkMailApp – Pros/Cons/Wishlist

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Last week, I wrote a post: #Productivity Hacks – #InboxZero with @Newtonmailapp: First Impressions. In that post, I shared that I had been using Spark for nearly a year, but was running into some stability issues with the App. So, I decided to trial Newton. In this post, I wanted to share some things I love about each app, some things that I don’t love so much, and some things I hope might be on the roadmap for each app. Newton Pros.

Using @Wacom’s #BambooSlate, @zoom_us, & @SlackHQ to Teach Online #edtech

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I wanted to do another quick post on how I am running my Online AP Calculus class this year. As I’ve mentioned before, I am loving my Wacom products (especially my new Bamboo Slate this year). And, my students are absolutely in love with Slack !

Online AP Calculus – Parent Newsletter #edtech @zoom_us @SlackHQ @PearDeck @Flipgrid @SocraticOrg @lucidpress

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For my Online AP Calculus course, I send a newsletter home at the end of the first month to explain the various tech tools we use and why we use them. To me, it’s important that parents understand the class format and expectations, and the exciting opportunities for communication and reflection that students will have in the online environment. For those interested in how I have set up my online class or what I communicate home to parents, I have included the newsletter here.

How & Why to Use @PearDeck’s New @Google Slides Add-on #edtech

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A huge thank you to Alice Keeler for the opportunity to write a guest post on her very amazing blog – Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler. In my guest post: Pear Deck + New Google Slides Add-ons , I talk about how I use Pear Deck to: Engage each learner in the classroom; Gauge how students are thinking about bigger picture questions; and. Give each student in the classroom an opportunity to ‘talk.’.

Using @Flipgrid in Online #APCalculus to Allow Students to Verbalize Their Thinking Process #mathchat #flipclass

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One of my biggest goals in teaching my section of Online AP Calculus this year has been finding ways to continue to hear my students “talk.” I want to hear how they are thinking through the process of solving problems.

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.

#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.

#Productivity Hacks PLC – Creating Norms & Sharing Strategies as a School #edtechchat @BullisUS @BullisSchool

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At my school, to support teacher professional development on campus, we are given time to meet cross-divisionally in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). For the past year, I have been working with a group of colleagues in the Productivity Hacks PLC. One of our primary goals in this PLC is to think about not only what we are doing to boost personal productivity but, very importantly, the message we are sending students and how we are helping them manage work and stay organized.

#Productivity Hacks – #InboxZero with @Newtonmailapp: First Impressions

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I am an Inbox Zero kind of person. For years, now, I’ve used this method. How I manage my inbox is largely in thanks to email apps that allow you to “Snooze” emails. Now, I don’t abuse this feature just to get my email down to 0 at the end of the day! But using the Snooze feature to schedule my emails for a time that I know I will be able to deal with it has helped me tremendously. I was in love with Mailbox before it shut down.

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.

Email Challenge Half-Way Mark: Taking Control of my Inbox #Productivity

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I have hit the half-way mark in my email challenge. I will start by saying that one of the strongest takeaways from this experience has been the importance of setting a daily intention. I am no yogi, but I do incorporate yoga into my regular routine.

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.

Flipgrid: Ideas for Using Newly Released @Flipgrid Features #edtech

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Flipgrid is a wonderful way to spark video discussion in your classroom. One of the best things about Flipgrid is how simple it is to use.

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.

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.

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.

#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?

#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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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.

Documenting Growth & Reflecting on Connections in #APCalculus Using @SutoriApp + @Flipgrid + @SocraticOrg

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Since the start of the year, my AP Calculus students have been documenting growth, reflecting on new connections formed, and talking through learning strategies that have been working for them through Flipgrid reflections, corrections to homework, and in creating self-made study guides. In the second trimester, we will formalize these activities, with a final project that will require ongoing effort.