14 Chrome Extensions to Support Students with Learning Challenges

What is "Assistive Technology"? I vividly remember being back in Elementary school, sitting at my desk during a writing assignment, and complaining that my hand was too tired of writing so much. I also remember that two of my classmates had serious learning challenges. One was mostly deaf and the other had a physical deformity, which … Continue reading 14 Chrome Extensions to Support Students with Learning Challenges

5 Awesome Google Forms Add-Ons

Google Forms is a powerful tool on its own, but you can super-charge it with add-ons. Add-ons are third-party tools that allow users to modify or enhance existing Google Forms (and Sheets) functionalities. Each add-on, which you get from the Chrome Web Store, usually "specializes" in one area, allowing you to tailor your Form or … Continue reading 5 Awesome Google Forms Add-Ons

Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Innovative Designer

  In this blog post, I discuss and provide tools and ideas for classroom implementation of the second standard for students, “Digital Citizen”. If you would like to read the blog post for the first standard (Empowered Learner), click here. For more background information about the new standards, read my blog post “Talking Tech: The […]

Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Knowledge Constructor

  In this blog post, I discuss and provide tools and ideas for classroom implementation of the second standard for students, “Digital Citizen”. If you would like to read the blog post for the first standard (Empowered Learner), click here. For more background information about the new standards, read my blog post “Talking Tech: The […]

Gamifying Assessments- The Easy Way

During a recent team meeting we discussed students' lack of excitement about both existing formative and summative math assessments (which we now call "Celebrations"- because who doesn't like to have a party?!) Thinking critically about what we can do to increase student motivation and involvement, the answer came immediately to me- Make it a game! I … Continue reading Gamifying Assessments- The Easy Way

Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Empowered Learner

  In this blog post, I discuss and provide tools and ideas for the first standard for students, “Empowered Learner”. Future blog posts will include appropriate tools for the other six standards. If you would like to get some background information about the new standards, please read my previous blog post “Talking Tech: The New … Continue reading Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Empowered Learner

SAMR: A Technology Integration Model

When I attended the fantastic Google Apps for Education (GAFE) summit last weekend, I assumed that all participating educators have already encountered the buzzword “SAMR” in one way or another. It was surprising to find out that many educators with at least some experience with technology were not sure what the word means. SAMR is a … Continue reading SAMR: A Technology Integration Model

Teachers vs. Instructional Designers- Some Thoughts and a Personal Reflection

Nowadays, schools do their best to appropriately use and teach technology, as a result, many job openings have surfaced, and experienced "ICT instructors" find themselves needing to match their practical experience with their credentials. This has created a flood of new teachers seeking professional development, and many higher education institutions expanding their programs to include … Continue reading Teachers vs. Instructional Designers- Some Thoughts and a Personal Reflection