Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My Top 5 Summer 2018 Reading Recommendations

As the school year wraps up I want to recommend these 5 books for reading this summer. Though these books offer many technology integration tips and strategies they also offer many more techniques and recommendations to empower students and make changes that will contribute to student and staff success.  I hope that you like them and would love to see your response to this post in the comments section.

The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros

In this book, the author encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore and to become forward-thinking leaders. I've been fortunate to hear the author speak a few times and highly recommend checking this one out.

by Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, and Jason T. Green

This is a practical guide for educators to shift to a blended learning model of instruction.  This book explains how properly leveraging technology in the classroom can make a true difference in student progress.  It includes topics such as the basics of blended learning, professional development, digital tools and curriculum, and assessment.

by Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray

This book draws out 8 keys to designing tomorrow's schools, today.  It includes compelling research and evidence-based practices for educators to make the positive changes we need to empower students and make changes in our school.

by Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington

This handy book provides 50 ideas of how math teachers can integrate Google apps into their lessons.  The focus is not so much on the technology but developing critical-thinking skills and how to apply mathematical concepts.

by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis

Bring your lessons alive using the ideas presented in this book.  It provides ideas on how to create interactive digital lessons using Google apps.  The book includes over 60 HyperDocs to get you started.

Monday, May 14, 2018

5 Ideas for Summer Professional Learning

Summertime is a great opportunity to try some new things as an educator.  Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Learn to tweet and/or participate in a Twitter chat.
  2. Join a Google hangout with colleagues. (Need help?)
    • Set aside time for virtual department meetings
    • Hangout with a guest presenter
    • Collaborate on a project
  3. Attend an edcamp
  4. Listen to a new podcast
  5. Read a good book

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Making the Most of Google Keep

Once you switch over to the new Gmail I suggest taking another look at Google Keep if you haven't already.  It is part of the Gmail sidebar now which makes it even easier to use.  Watch this video to learn more.