Google · Professional Development

Steal My Stuff! Google Apps for Collaboration, Communication and Innovation

I recently finished teaching a course amongst colleagues at Lake Forest High School entitled, “Google Apps for Collaboration, Communication and Innovation.” The course description: “Interested in team-based challenges that get you collaborating, communicating and learning within Google Apps with fellow faculty members? This course invites you to get amped about the innovative features of Google Apps –… Continue reading Steal My Stuff! Google Apps for Collaboration, Communication and Innovation

Google · Lesson Ideas · Student Engagement

Peer Review through Screencasting

I love trying out new ideas with students – taking a traditional activity and reshaping and enhancing it using the digital tools that are readily available. So when it was time for an 11/12th grade AP Environmental Science class to evaluate their peer water quality projects, we (the teacher, a fellow instructional coach and I)… Continue reading Peer Review through Screencasting

Google · Lesson Ideas

The Amazing Race – Chromebook Style

If there’s one thing that still resonates from my time at Google Teacher Academy, it’s this: teamwork, teamwork, teamwork. Everything we did was collaborative and team-based. Every. Single. Thing. And while I pride myself on facilitating hands-on trainings with staff and students, the lovely folks at Google and CUE showed me that I can be… Continue reading The Amazing Race – Chromebook Style


5 Things I Learned From Google Teacher Academy

Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View (#gtamtv) is in the books. I returned from California three days ago, and I’m still buzzing about the experience. There was such a build-up for GTA, and now it’s over – but not really. Because in a way I still feel like I’m there. It wasn’t meant to be two… Continue reading 5 Things I Learned From Google Teacher Academy


How I got accepted to Google Teacher Academy

I’ll be honest – I don’t know the magic formula to get accepted to Google Teacher Academy. I don’t have the answers, nor do I know exactly how the 2014 Mountain View and Atlanta classes were evaluated. All I know is that I applied, I was accepted to Mountain View, and I am beyond honored,… Continue reading How I got accepted to Google Teacher Academy

Digital Literacy · Google · Lesson Ideas · Professional Development · Student Engagement · Wikipedia

Illinois Reading Conference!

I’m leading two presentations on Thursday and Friday at the 2014 Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, IL. My two sessions are: Digital Literacy and the Common Core: Catering to Curiosity Technology and Common Core Fusion: 10 Ways Google Apps Helps to Improve the Writing Process If you happen to be at the conference, drop in… Continue reading Illinois Reading Conference!