Creating Digital Reusable Lesson Plans

My first principal gave me a very large lesson plan book.  It had lots of space to write in my plans for each hour of each day, and most of … Continue Reading →

Put Your Class in Jeopardy!

Answer: This television quiz show has been number one in the United States and its school classrooms for more than 45 years. Question:  What is Jeopardy? One of the most engaging review methods is the … Continue Reading →

Action Research: An Interactive Way to Make Teaching Better

When I first started taking classes toward my Masters degree at Teachers College of San Joaquin, my first professor, Dr. Joel, introduced us to Action Research. Unfamiliar with the term, … Continue Reading →

Create Online Presentations & Reports with Popplet

Animoto and Prezi are powerful tools, but sometimes your students need something simpler and more user-friendly to get them excited about creating a presentation or report online.  Popplet is a simple, easy-to-use … Continue Reading →

Videos (Homemade & on the Web) Make Science Engaging & Memorable!

When we adopted our Science curriculum more than eight years ago, we also received materials for a few experiments.  The textbooks and workbooks were nice, but my students really loved doing … Continue Reading →

Update: Grants & Contests for Classroom Technology

The 2012 Follett Challenge is offering $200,000 worth of products and services to six K-12 teachers who are crafting curriculum that teaches 21st-century skills.  Successful entries should show that they … Continue Reading →

Online Resources for Teachers

It’s been a busy time at my school with report cards and conferences and days off.  Here are some quick links to some great online resources for my techie teacher … Continue Reading →

Add some Flash to your PowerPoint!

When your presentations need to be great, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Recently, I was asked to put together a presentation that incorporated PowerPoint, Animoto and Prezi. … Continue Reading →

News & Websites for Techie Teachers

Here’s a great column about showing support for your local teacher (who spends lots of his/her own money for classroom supplies & tech) by becoming their “Fairy Godparent.” Become a Teacher’s … Continue Reading →