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 […]

Chem Thoughts – 30 Chemistry Bell Ringers to Promote Scientific Thinking and Writing

During one of our Teacher Based Teams meetings, one of our Chemistry teachers (who is also our science department head, honors teachers, and mentor teacher) had left up a slide she was using for her students to begin class. As they entered the room, one slide was projected on the Smartboard. The students would be […]

We Shape Our (Technology) Tools, and Then Our (Technology) Tools Shape Us

Innovation is Not About Stuff, It’s About Our Way of Thinking We often hear about this new innovation that we HAVE to purchase. If we purchase this program, this tool, this technology, it will TRANSFORM the way we do things. And then we wonder how we ended up with all this useless, outdated stuff, laying […]

The Google Big List #GAFE #edtech

Eric Curts, of the Summit Portage Area Computer Consortium (SPARCC)  recently shared his “big list” of Google Resources. Eric is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, which is amazing (I’m a Google Certified Educator) and so he definitely “lives Google.” Here is his set of resources, with a forward: Over time I have created quite […]

Tips, Tools, & Best Practices for #EdTech Trainers & Coaches

The Technology Integration Leaders of Ohio (TILO) put on our first Google on Air Hangout last night. We are a group of technology leaders in education who are looking to help school districts improve in their technology use. Part of our mission is to professionally develop the tech integration specialists and coaches in Ohio. It […]

Best Practices: The “Placemat Consensus” Technique Improved, Using Technology

One of the best practices a teacher can use in the classroom is grouping students into small (3 – 5 student) groups, who then work together to complete a task. Each student spends a few minutes brainstorming, and writing their own statements about a topic, in their own space. Then, a group leader writes the […]

Did I Just Write All That For Nothing??? Recovering Lost Blog Posts

I spent all morning, writing an article for my website. I used several different websites as sources, hyper-linking them, and making the article flow. I had begun the article last night, however, and when I went to publish it – I got the WordPress kiss of death. “Failure to Import. Do you want to try […]

How Not to Be a Jerk to Your Students – Using Kind Canned Responses

I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish. – Chuck Norris One of the biggest obstacles students face in being successful in college is learning that […]

Keeping a Database of Twitter Hashtags

I’ve been thinking a lot about Twitter these days, not just as a “I am writing this” post, but as a huge database of resources. I had been researching, “Popular Education Hashtags,” but I got overwhelmed quickly. So I thought to myself, “What would be useful to me, in order to keep track of hashtags, […]