Tools for Digital Communication with Students and Families

Meghan DeeganBlog, Connect Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Communicating with students and their families is necessary to fully support students. Tools for digital communication include Remind, Google Classroom, emails, Seesaw, Flipgrid, Google Meet, ClassDojo, ClassTag, and more! When we think about a normal school day, we as teachers spend hours each day with our students.  Then our students go home and spend hours with their families.  This … Read More

Powerful Podcasting at the Hands of Students

Whitney ChoateBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: How podcasting can benefit student engagement AND meet content standards. Basic tips for starting a podcast with your students. Why Podcast with Students According to George Washington University, “Students who said they aren’t that motivated at the beginning of class score higher on tests when they listen to podcasts featuring content.”  Besides being a fun and engaging way for … Read More

Next Level Hyperdocs with Google Sites

Ryan StephansBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: A quick overview of Hyperdocs. Video explanation of an integration between Google sites and Hyperdocs. One of the best ways I’ve found to help students access content is by collecting and storing resources and activities in one central location.  Many of us do this through systems like Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom. We mainly link resources through the assignments. … Read More

Gamification: Show Me The Evidence!

Ryan StephansBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Manage Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: The difference between playing games and gamification. Elements of gamification… that are also best practices of pedagogy. Research & evidence that supports using gamification for student success. As a teacher of a fully-gamified class, I often hear phrases such as, “That’s really cool, but how do you know the system is working?”  Most of the time this involves a … Read More