Power Up Thinking Routines Using Technology Tools

Debbie TannenbaumBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Using technology to enhance thinking routines transforms students from consumers of information to creators, as they share their thinking visually. Technology tools such as Padlet, Pear Deck, Flipgrid, and Google Slides can help students synthesize their thoughts to make their thinking visible. During the 2018-19 school year, my administration at the time introduced the staff to thinking routines. Thinking … Read More

Using Household Tech to Project Your Teacher Voice

Alex OrisBlog, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: It can be difficult for students to hear you through a mask and face shield in a virtual setting. You can use common devices around your house and classroom to prevent this issue. This post includes a step by step guide for using settings on your Windows 10 device to project your teacher voice. I’m worried about going back … Read More

5 Design Strategies to Come Back Better

Neil GuptaBlog, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Qualities of a design thinking mindset. Five strategies to Come Back Better this fall, including engaging with empathy, defining needs, challenging the process, innovating, and being flexible. Seven years ago, a group of high school students participated in a design competition, building a robot to perform various jobs.  Each week, they sent programming code to a company design firm for … Read More

Everything I Know About Leadership, I Learned in First Grade

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: It is important to lead with a vision and a clear direction. Modeling effective leadership can inspire new leaders. I do not have numerous significant memories of my first grade year at Delight Elementary School. Except for the occasional favorite lunch of square pizza with a side of kernel corn and my introduction to the bizarre cuisine termed Shepherd’s … Read More

6 Steps to Start Your Edupreneur Journey

Jeff GargasBlog, Innovate Better, Teacherpreneur Better

TL;DR: Using your strengths and skills as an educator to start an entrepreneurial journey. Finding your passion, planning, building a team, forgetting perfection, reflecting and adapting, and committing are 6 simple steps you can take to become an edupreneur.  I’ve been saying it for quite a while now: educators make awesome entrepreneurs. You’re built for it. You’re passionate, driven, educated, … Read More