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TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

I just checked out TimelineJS 3 – Knight Lab’s update to the popular and versatile TimelineJS. Spoiler Alert: I really, really like it. Some key upgrades include simpler date entry, BCE support (yay!) and the ability to add background images. Everything just looks glossier and more sleek, of course. Here’s a quick start video about the… Continue reading TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

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

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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

Digital Literacy · iPads · Lesson Ideas · Professional Development · Student Engagement

Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

I wanted to share some positive experiences I’ve had with the Subtext app for iOS devices – I’ve used it with a 5th grade social studies and have co-led Subtext workshops with Caroline Haebig from Stevenson High School. In short, Subtext is a “social reading” app that allows you to import PDFs, websites and articles… Continue reading Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

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A TED-Ed Club connects with France and Cyprus!

I’ve been facilitating a TED-ED Club for the last five weeks, and maybe you’re asking yourself, what is a TED-Ed Club? You can read more about it here, but in short, a TED-Ed Club is a group of students working on sharing their own big ideas with the world. They can share their ideas any… Continue reading A TED-Ed Club connects with France and Cyprus!

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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!