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 […]

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 […]

Live Blogging the “Back to the Future Classroom” #FlippedClassroom Presentation #CFS2016

I’m trying something a little different today, and live blogging the presentation I’m attending at The Battelle For Kids “Connect For Success” conference in Columbus. The presenter, Dan Jones of The Richland School of Academic Arts, is discussing his Flipped Classroom approach. He created his  classroom, and then was asked to share it  with John […]

How Can I Write About Technology in Education, When I’m Not the Expert?

A lot of people have been asking me why I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve given the standard “I’m busy right now” answer, but I hadn’t realized that wasn’t why I wasn’t posting. I haven’t been posting, because in the position I’m in right now, I’m not the expert. Let me explain. A lot […]

Creating a “Culture of Sharing” is Vital to School Improvement

It used to be that teachers had no idea what was going on in the classroom next to theirs. Some teachers are great sharers. My very first teaching job, I had a wonderful co-teacher who shared everything with me. We had a common planning period, and he absolutely taught me everything I knew about how […]

Closing the Gap in STEM Education #Infographic

What do students want from math and science courses? What do they expect from the technology used in the classroom? This Closing the Gap in STEM Education Infographic shows the challenges students face as well as the resources (and support) they believe would help them succeed in their courses. Continue Reading

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online #Infographic #edtech

Every parent wants their child to learn. With online activities, especially free ones, being released every day, there is always something new your child can learn. We don’t want them wasting time on smartphones or stalking celebrities, so we need to give our children something useful to do. The Pumpic team has carefully selected 20 services […]

What This Teacher Said to Me, Has Lasted a Lifetime… and It Hurt

When I was in the 7th grade, one of my teachers used to call me “Hollingsworthless.” I tried to laugh it off, and play it cool for the rest of the peers around me, but it hurt. It stuck with me, forever. I think a lot of what I’ve done with my life, was me […]