Google · Professional Development

We gamified a Google Search PD session, and it was awesome!

It was Monday night in Wisconsin Dells, and my friend Corey and I were putzing around the local Walmart (a couple of devil-may-care scamps painting the town red, clearly). We were leading a session called “Building Digital Literacy Skills with the Amazing Google Scavenger Hunt Challenge” at the Midwest Google Summit the following morning, and we… Continue reading We gamified a Google Search PD session, and it was awesome!

Google · Professional Development

9 Tips for Passing Google Educator Exams

About to embark on a new adventure? No, I’m not talking about tagging along with a gaggle of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their homeland, or depositing the One Ring into the fiery pits of Mount Doom (Hobbit release week…my apologies). I’m actually referring to the epic journey of passing the Google Apps for… Continue reading 9 Tips for Passing Google Educator Exams

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

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

Professional Development

Is your EdTech plan a Marvel or D.C. plan?

I can’t escape finding analogies between my hobbies and the EdTech world. It’s just the way my brain works, and I can’t stop myself from doing it. So when I settled in for the opening night of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (which is awesome, by the way), while my brain was enjoying the… Continue reading Is your EdTech plan a Marvel or D.C. plan?

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!

Professional Development · SXSWedu

SXSWedu Day 4 Recap!

And so we’ve reached the end of SXSWedu 2014. Fittingly enough, it was 35 degrees and raining when I touched down in Austin on Sunday, and it was 65 and sunny on Thursday when I went wheels up back to Chicago. Yeah, it’s been that kind of winter. But enough about weather. The final day of SXSWedu began… Continue reading SXSWedu Day 4 Recap!