It’s All a Blur: Lessons Learned From Endings & Beginnings

Jami Fowler-WhiteBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Reflect on the lessons learned from the endings and beginnings you experience. To prevent the blur, reflect on the beginning and identify what you learned at the end. Create concrete ways to apply those lessons. How often do you reflect on your life, instructional practice, or progress towards accomplishing goals? Do you wait until it’s time to create resolutions … Read More

Evaluating EdTech, Content, and Other Classroom Tools

Douglas KonopelkoBlog, Engage Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Assessing Content in Education Systems (ACES) is a strategy for evaluating educational content created by the author of this post. ACES is based on four key spectrums: active or anchored, creation or consumption, educational or entertainment, and social or solo. Knowing how to assess content is a foundational skill, especially because the technical aspects change often in our fast-paced … Read More

Avoid Tech Burnout with Strategic Ed-Tech Integration

Darcy BakkegardBlog, Tech Better

TL;DR: To make sure we avoid tech burnout, we need to rethink how many ed-tech tools we use. And we need to refocus on how we deploy ed-tech to address problems. Pick ed-tech tools that help you do your job better, that make teaching and learning more fun, and are engaging. Shift your focus to what will be easiest for … Read More

Blended Learning: My Fear for the Future

Jenn BreisacherBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: It is important that educators don’t mistake the model of learning in the past year as true blended learning. When blended learning is implemented properly, educator stress levels will decrease and student success levels will increase. I began teaching with a blended learning approach before anybody really knew what it was. I had always been intrigued by flipping my … Read More

Silver Linings

Brandi KellyBlog, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Through these difficult times, the emerging opportunities are our silver linings. Some new tech tools to try are Google Keep, Time Timer App, Kahoot, Watchkin, Padlet, and more. Teaching in a Pandemic Throughout the last year, COVID-19 has created difficult circumstances for many people in our world. For example, sickness, lockdowns, and school closures have taken their toll on … Read More