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

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

Student Blogging

“Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills, and promotes meaningful learning experiences” (Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Washington). Student blogging is one of my favorite ways to engage students in the learning process. I have seen firsthand how having a… Continue reading Student Blogging

Google Hangouts

In effort to show teachers and students the power of connecting with other classes (in a different building/district), I set up a series of Google Hangouts between fifth grade classes. It’s been a learning experience. We started our first Hangout as part of The Global Read Aloud, since Alexander Doniphan was participating school-wide. After tweeting that… Continue reading Google Hangouts

Hour of Code

   Last year my fifth grade class participated in the Hour of Code. Kids loved it. This year, I encouraged all classes at both of my buildings to try it out. I’m fortunate to be in a district that also promoted participation. My reason for classes trying the Hour of Code this week was because from coding, kids learn:… Continue reading Hour of Code

DAY 5: 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers

This year my classroom is the entire school. Even though I have office space at each school, as an Innovation and Learning Coach I spend most of my time working with other teachers and students in their classrooms.  Alexander Doniphan Elementary makes me think Google. The door frames (and accent colors throughout the school) are painted blue,… Continue reading DAY 5: 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers