Building Relationships Online

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Connect Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: You can build relationships online just as effectively as you can in person. Online relationships can be formed despite the barriers of time and distance. The relationships you build online can lead to long-lasting friendships. Build meaningful relationships with students in an online learning environment the same way you build connections online with colleagues. Building Relationships Online Started Early … Read More

Using Google Classroom to Teach Digital Citizenship

Becky ThalBlog, Manage Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Google Classroom can be used as a platform to teach digital citizenship. It is important to set clear guidelines and expectations with students for the use of your school’s LMS. These tips and strategies could be applied to any LMS, as well as other tools like Google Meet, Chat, Docs, Slides, and Jamboard. We should continue to give students … Read More

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

Bridging the Digital Divide

Jeremy RinkelBlog, Tech Better

TL;DR: Implementing strategies to teach and stay connected with limited technology infrastructure. Bridging the digital divide by working offline, and utilizing microlearning and paper options. While it is 2020 and a large part of the country has adequate internet access, it is important to acknowledge and understand there are still areas without the infrastructure for broadband and fiber internet access. … 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