Friday, September 14, 2018


Nearpod is a useful digital tool that allows the teacher to guide students through a lesson on their device. It would be useful for introducing a new topic and/or reviewing content.  Students can demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways and the teacher gets instant feedback. Visit the website to choose free (and paid) lessons or create your own. The Silver Version (free)of Nearpod has some limitations but is still worth a look.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

4 Cs and SAMR

When used effectively, technology can enhance and transform learning.  

  • Choose the task first and then determine if tech will enhance/transform your lesson and empower your students. Provide opportunities that require critical thinking not just guessing and clicking. In this short video, John Spencer explains SAMR - a framework for integrating technology.
  • Allow students to create to demonstrate and share their learning.  They’ll take ownership of the material when they add their own creative flair. Here are a few creation tools to explore.
  • Don’t let tech take away collaboration. Group work helps build communication and collaboration skills that will be helpful in future careers. Have students work together to research, create a video, a digital board, or a slideshow using one or multiple devices per group. Don’t forget about NCWiseOwl for research and Discovery Education Board Builder for creating.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Photos and Lists- Get organized!

Here are a couple of digital organization tools that help save time
 and eliminate some stress in my personal and professional life.
I hope you find them as useful as I do.

Are you getting the dreaded “no more storage” message on your phone? If you back-up those photos you can delete them from your camera roll.   If your phone should “bite the dust” you might lose your treasured photos. It’s a good idea to backup your photos so this won’t happen.

I ❤using the Google Photos app on my phone to store my photos.  This app allows me to automatically backup photos and free up space on my device. I can still view photos on my phone through the app to share an awesome landscape or waterfall pic with a friend. If something should happen to my device while I’m adventuring, my photos will be safe “in the cloud”.  I can also easily search my photos and create collages and slideshows.

If you love using another tool to backup your photos, please take a minute and share on this Padlet so other folks can check it out.

Need some help organizing your lists?

Google Keep is an awesome tool to help you stay organized and it works across all of your devices. You can add to-do lists, reminder notes, add images, and even create voice memos. Lists can be shared. This is a great feature when a family member is going by the store. I love that you can schedule a reminder to be sent when you're near a location. No more driving by the store and forgetting to stop. Does this happen to anyone else?

If you love another organizational tool, please share on this Linoit so other folks can check it out.


Friday, August 10, 2018


On August 13​, 2018, Burke County Public Schools will host our ​fifth annual Digital Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference this year will be at Robert L. Patton High School.  

The purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for teachers, media coordinators, instructional support personnel, and administrators to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow in their professional development.  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Creative Reflection

I love the reflection questions in this blog entry by George Couros.  This is a great way to end the year and think about how you can challenge yourself next year. Consider posing these questions to your students and giving them an opportunity to create a reflection project for a fun and insightful End of Year idea. Teachers could even model this process by completing a reflection project and sharing it with their students.  "If they see you taking risks in your learning, they will be more comfortable taking their own."

Students can use digital tools or posters to share their reflections and learning goals in response to these questions from the blog or other questions they think of. 

  • What did I do well this year?
  • Why did I do well in this area?
  • Where do I need to grow?
  • What things will I challenge myself with next year?

Some ideas for digital reflection projects:
  • Use Flipgrid,  iMovie, or another recording tool to record responses to reflection questions
  • Create a Google Slide presentation with a slide for each reflection question and add in some visuals 
  • Use Educreations, Pic Collage, Seesaw, Google Drawings,  or another digital tool to create a reflection poster 
  • Use Powtoon for an interactive response to reflection questions
  • Create a reflection infographic 
These are just a few ideas. Consider giving students a choice on the digital tool they use to create.  The questions give them a starting point to reflect on their learning and growth. The creation aspect helps students take ownership and it's fun! 

Articles about reflection and risk taking by George Couros

Thursday, April 19, 2018

This! Teachers GIVE Teachers

These resources shared by Kris Szajner and Beth Leighton are fabulous and FREE! There are over 500 slides organized with a table of contents and sorted by content area and activity type. 

Teachers can... 

  • save these activities to their Seesaw Library to share with students 
  • share the activities via Google Classroom, Google Drive,  or other work flow tool
  • project the activity templates to give students a model for creating their own
  • differentiate, scaffold, and assess easily
  • edit activities to meet the needs of your students
  • check out the "how to" slides to learn how to make additional activities

Students can...

  • share their learning creatively with the graphic organizers (my favorites!) 
  • apply their learning with the number talks and sentence frames
  • practice reading with the fluency activities and short stories
  • collaborate and apply their learning with the game boards
  • check out the templates for ideas to create their own
  • categorize, compare, contrast, classify, compose, design, explain, etc.

Click here to check out these resources. Follow Kris and Beth on Twitter and share your appreciation for the time and work they put  into this collection.  Did I mention they are sharing for FREE?!