Student Engagement without Technology

Jennifer AppelBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Schools can keep students engaged without the use of technology by using hands-on approaches. Giving students choice and voice in their learning are two simple ways to increase engagement. Makerspaces allow students to innovate and be creative! Engagement without Technology: Foster Creativity and Student Choice During an era of YouTube, Netflix, and Google, can we capture the attention of … 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

Addressing the Different Educational Needs of Our Students

Colissa R. BrogdenBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Educators must address the different educational needs of our students by setting high expectations, building relationships, desiring and implementing change, understanding our own biases, and choosing to connect. Teachers, administrators, and parents should establish and maintain supportive roles in this process of learning. Share your expectations with students by using I can statements.  At the beginning of this school … Read More

209: Bruce Reicher chats with us about his journey in becoming a digital media teacher and the passion he has for empowering students to be creative in a digital world. 

Teach Better TeamTeach Better Talk Podcast

Bruce Reicher chats with us about his journey in becoming a digital media teacher and the passion he has for empowering students to be creative in a digital world.  Bruce’s Recommendations EdTech Tool: WeVideo Books: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon  Who to Follow on Social Media: @dongoble2001 @ProfJPizzo @The_tech_lady YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Wakelet (Website) Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Go on Twitter and take … Read More

AWC Episode #29: Starting the Year Right

Jennifer AppelAWC Podcast

In this episode, Hans shares the top 3 things educational leaders need to implement in this new normal.  Later, Jennifer shares about her yearly night before school dream. Listen on your favorite podcast platform! More Episodes