Friday, August 25, 2017

Disengagement from the Learning Task

As of today 6, 7, and about 1/3 of our 8th graders now have Chromebooks in their backpacks here at school and in our classes.

Are we feeling...
....  overwhelmed?

In timely fashion, I came across this article Digital Distraction vs. Engagement in Action. This quick read features teachers talking about their first experiences with Chromebooks in the classroom.

"... our recommendation for encouraging responsible use of technology is to be sure that our learning tasks are engaging, the consequences of not finishing work are clear, and the spirit of productivity guides our lesson planning."

Sunday, August 20, 2017

30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom

No fewer than a couple of days after our introduction to Padlet, I find this gem on Twitter 30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom for Teachers and Students.

This might be the best, single resource to find new and exciting ways to use Padlet with your students in your classroom » enjoy!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Remember our "What I did over the Summer" wall at our first staff meeting of the 17-18 school year? If not, here it is

The app I used to make this is Padlet. Padlet is an interactive, web based environment to post, share and comment on any topic you want to help generate discussion. Need an example on how to use in the classroom? Lisa Rosa took Padlet for a test drive last spring in 5th grade

As always, am more than willing to help setup and get you started on your first Padlet!

There's No Place Like Chrome

Imagine an app store for Chrome...

I went to a local edtech conference hosted by the Krauss Center for Innovation at the beginning of the 17-18 school year and wandered  into this amazing session on useful, practical and fun Chrome extensions presented by Brian Briggs.

Brian's presentation slides are here with super helpful - and free - Chrome extensions that are just.... awesome! Please do let me know if you'd like help installing these extensions into your Chrome browser.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tools to Show Your Students the Reach of Their Blogs is a great website to show students on a real time map where their website is being viewed in the world.    A great way to show students the reach of their website/blog, and the reach of the internet.

Use of clustermaps would be a beneficial addition to a lesson on digital citizenship.  Students can analyze the data from their clustermap to get a snap shot of how and where what they put online is being seen.  Sharing the data from their websites in small group discussion can lead to further conversation about out digital footprint.