Classroom Highlights: Hatching the BEST Chicks

Our BEST (Building Essential Skills Together) Special Education classroom at Liberty Oaks hatched chicks. Beyond bringing cute little chicks into our school, this was a such positive experience for a variety of reasons. Learning was real-world and hands-on. Students experienced how chicks hatch from eggs, what conditions are necessary for maintaining baby chicks, and how to… Continue reading Classroom Highlights: Hatching the BEST Chicks

Synthesizing our work on Collaboration

The tech team at Liberty Oaks Elementary has been focusing our work this school year on collaboration. We spent the first semester learning about collaboration and starting the conversation about what our staff needs to deepen student collaboration. At first, there was some uncertainty about why the tech team was doing this work. It makes sense, though, when you consider… Continue reading Synthesizing our work on Collaboration


This past summer, I discovered Periscope. I immediately wondered how educators could use this tool in their classrooms. Although intrigued, I was not convinced that it would be worth using. My initial hesitation included concerns about unrestricted steaming comments while broadcasting videos. When I saw Periscope used in a classroom, I quickly realized it’s potential. It can be transformative to the classroom… Continue reading Periscope

LEADS Reads: Bringing Innovation to School

This post is in response to Tracey Kracht’s LEADS Reads Challenge. I just finished reading Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World by Suzie Boss. It’s an excellent read with many great examples of how schools, businesses, and social entrepreneurs are using innovation to drive their success. Summary & quotes:… Continue reading LEADS Reads: Bringing Innovation to School

Improving Google Hangouts

This year I’ve explored connecting classes via Google Hangouts. Students have really enjoyed having an authentic audience (another class) to discuss their reading and learning. We’ve used Google Hangouts as a whole class. This format would work really well for connecting your class with an outside expert. There are multiple ways to engage your entire class even if only one (or a… Continue reading Improving Google Hangouts