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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!

Email Challenge – Taking Control of my Inbox #Productivity #InboxZero @boomerang

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For the past year, I have been doing research with some of my colleagues on productivity strategies. A group of us formed a PLC, and we are continuing our work this year.

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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.

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.

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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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.’.

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.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

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.

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.

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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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.

#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.

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.

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 @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 !

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 – #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.

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.

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.

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.

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 with @Flipgrid – Walkthrough of Setup & New 2017 Features #edtech

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I wanted to share a quick tutorial walking you through the process of signing up with Flipgrid for the first time and also showcasing the new features that the Flipgrid team rolled out this summer!

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.

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 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.

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.

Email Challenge Day 1 – Taking Control of my Inbox #Productivity @boomerang @jkglei #InboxZero

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As I wrapped up Day 1 of my Email Challenge last night, I took a moment to jot down some thoughts… I realized just how much my email drives what I choose to do next on a daily basis. Even though I make a to-do list at the end of each day to guide what I will do the next day, I rarely get to looking at it until after school. I spend so much of my day in reactive mode – jumping around from place to place and activity to activity – driven by what my inbox tells me to do.

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.