Category Archives: School

7 Steps to App Smashing with Google Slides, Screencastify, and Flipgrid

I had a fantastic idea while working with the Flipgrid Explorer Series for this year! I saw a lot of students posting short videos using iMovie & iPads to respond to the first topic, Birds in Your Neighborhood. Since we’re a Chromebook school, I wondered how we might go about doing the same thing. It will be easy with Google Slides, the… Read more »

A Sense of Wonder

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Our STEM classroom was recently blessed with the addition of a 3D Printer. Now, we had a few small printers last year, but they gave us some trouble and haven’t been used much. Our new printer is bigger, faster, and louder. Whenever the students come into the room and they hear it running, there is always a big crowd around… Read more »

The Power of an Open Door

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Admittedly, due to some Issues I’ve been having recently in this thing we call life, I’ve been feeling moody. There’s so many things to be positive about right now, including the release of a collaborative book! (Yikes, I’m a published author now?? Who would have thought.) I’ve let myself wallow for a long time in this space, so I have… Read more »

My STEM Wish List

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The countdown is getting closer to single digits! In just over two weeks I’ll be welcoming a batch of Kindergarten through 6th graders into my new STEM classroom! I’m so excited (and, admittedly, nervous) about starting in a new school, with new families, a new district, and a whole new program for the district. Because I’m me, I’ve been scouring Twitter,… Read more »

Reflections on #edcampHome

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in my first ever virtual edcamp. (For those of you wondering what an edcamp is, I wrote a little bit about my previous experiences here.) EdCampHome is different from other edcamps in that it’s not a face-to-face in person experience. All of the sessions took place over Google Hangouts On Air. Session topics… Read more »

Teach Like a PIRATE Book Whisperer

Yadda yadda, haven’t posted in a long time. Course load increased, prep time decreased, musical production, mentoring a first year teacher, supervising a pre-service teacher, etc. etc. etc. BUT I just finished reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s our book for our WELS Book Club this summer. We’re discussing Part 1 of the book… Read more »

International Dot Day (Week) 2013

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For those of you who may not know, a book called The Dot has commanded my mid-September reading for two years now. The Dot follows Vashti, an art student who believes she has no art talent. “Make your mark and see where it takes you,” encouraged her teacher. Vashti jabs her blank paper with a marker, and proclaims it finished…. Read more »