October = Conference Season Has Begun

October is always a busy time for teachers due to the first quarter ending and parent/teacher conferences starting up but yet we also have another thing to look forward to, educational conferences.  At least in Iowa, October is when the educational conferences start up.  We have ICTE (english teachers) next week, ITEC (ed tech) the…

Updates to Padlet

Padlet is one of those tools that I keep finding uses for when I am using it.  It helps that they keep rolling out new features that add to its usability.  It is a great tool for collaboration and getting feedback but the recent updates make it even more useful as both a curation tool…

Start a Virtual Book Chat

One of the advantages to having books available on electronic devices is the ability to quickly share out key ideas and statements in order to start or continue a discussion.  I have seen many groups try to start an online discussion about something they were reading and by using the digital form of that book…

Tech Time 2.0 Episodes 4 and 5

We just finished the latest Tech Time 2.0 Google Hangout on Air.  These are just a way I thought we could have teachers share out what they are doing with technology that is effective in their classrooms.  This is just another way to support collaboration between teachers. If you look at the topics of the…

Tech Time 2.0 Episodes 2 and 3

In case you haven’t seen my previous post, here, I am trying something new this term to help share out the effective uses of technology that are happening in our classrooms at my school.  I fully believe collaboration and sharing are integral to a program’s success and this is one way that I am trying…

The Case for a Google Doc versus a Paper Doc

True learning involves a process that never ends, we are continually growing and changing as we learn.  The learning process is one that should make us continually evaluate what we “knew” before and allow to us make changes to everything as we learn something new.  Learning involves a process of trying things out, possibly failing,…

Ditch the Physical Binders for Projects

   As a teacher, I never envied the teachers who did large projects and had to lug around huge collections of binders as part of the final project.  As a science teacher, I did not even like to haul around the science journals my students would turn in.  Collecting resources and developing different parts of…