Creation, not Consumption – Technology Use in Schools/Districts

Recently I was asked to answer some questions about technology use in schools and districts. I wanted to share my reposes here: -What do you all see as the major issues with students using technology and the internet at school? How have you/we tried to combat these issues? Students are often more technologically-savvy than their […]

10-Part “Advanced Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind!” Part 1 – Fundations Progress Monitoring Sheet

On February 16th, 2017, I gave a presentation to a packed house entitled “10 Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind (plus some tips and tricks).” Here is the description of my talk (you can skip it if you were there 🙂 : Google Sheets is a free online data management tool that is part of […]

5 Google Shortcuts to Jump Start Your School Day

I am pretty much all Google, all the time. I use Google Email, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and most other products (except Sites, I still never liked Sites). There have been a few instances where I’ve learned shortcuts, to save time, improve my efficiency, and recover lost work. Instead of spending two to […]

Citation Makers – Should the Students Cite by Hand, or is Technology Better?

In a recent discussion in a Facebook Group, a teacher asked “The teachers in my new English department are completely against online citation makers. They feel that they (the websites) occasionally make errors and kids should learn all the commas, semi-colons, etc. of typing their own citations. I respectfully disagree and believe the most important […]

Reaching Out to Like-Minded Educators – Exciting or Scary?

I just had one of the coolest things happen. I received an email from someone who has a similar position in their school district, and she asked a few questions (I redacted her name and school, just for privacy’s sake): Hi Amy, My name is “Ms. Technology” and I’m a Tech Integration Specialist with XYZ School […]

Tech Tuesday – Using GradeCam to Scan, Score, and Assess on the Fly

My district is into its second year of GradeCam. GradeCam, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is like the old-school scantrons we used to fill out in school, but with the added reporting and analysis features that help teachers formatively assess their students. The following Google Slides presentation addresses the following topics: Item analysis […]

Nice Kids Get As, Bad Kids Get Fs? Shifting from Chapter-Teaching to Standards-Teaching

I can remember sitting in my classroom, with a pile of papers to grade. I’d take a cursory perusal of the stack, looking at certain students’ work. Smartest girl in the class? Wow, her work looks wonderful! Look how nicely she writes! Complete sentences? Check! Smartest boy in the class? Wow, his work looks great […]

Real Math v. Fake Math? Is Common Core Making Our Children Stupid?

I saw another one of those “Common Core Math is stupid” posts on Facebook again today. The post introduced the idea of “Fake Math.” And here is my answer to that post (I’ll update if I get cussed out by any of my friend’s friends): So, I’m going to explain this in the “What has […]

Can Your Teacher Teams Answer These Reflective Questions?

As our district moves through the OIP (Ohio Improvement Process), we are on our second year of TBTs (Teacher-Based Teams). Last year our TBTs didn’t come together as well as we hoped, so this year, we have some new strategies. One of those strategies to assist us in moving through the process is to ask […]