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4 Chrome Extensions to Increase Productivity

I use Google Chrome extensions for a variety of reasons, but some of them simply help me work more efficiently. Below, I list 4 Chrome Extensions to Increase Productivity   Google Docs Quick Create helps you do exactly that: simply click on the extension and select the type of Google Drive Application you would like to create:… Read more »

#LDAOrlando Session Extras

Welcome, blog readers & session attendees, alike! My #LDAOrlando presentation, Reading with Google: How App and Extensions Can Help (minus a few simulations and jokes) can be accessed on my Events page. However, as multiple attendees asked about learning more about Google Apps for Education (GAfE), I wanted to share some of my favorite blogs and Youtube… Read more »

Google Chrome Shortcuts to Love

Since Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, love is in the air, so I have been thinking about tools that I love and how they help me. Let me count the ways… Roses are red, Violets are blue, When you make a mistake, shortcuts can help you. Roses are red, Violets are blue, Shortcuts save… Read more »

Google Level 1 Certification

Yay! This morning I passed the Google Level 1 Certification! I had obtained my Google Educator certification about 2 years back, and it was valid through November (despite the new criteria coming out), so I finally decided to renew to the new Certifications. Bearing in mind the NDA, I will simply say that it consisted of… Read more »

Close Viewing Strategies

Below is an infographic I made on @Venngage, which highlights how to learn from and watch videos as you would any other text. It is heavily influenced by Close Reading research (and sources are cited at the bottom). Soon to come: videos with examples of close viewing strategies applied to them. In the meantime: what are… Read more »

8 Reasons I Wish I Were a Student Today

 Click here to Tweet this article I’ve been playing around with Infographics a lot these days. I’ve primarily been using Venngage (@Venngage) since I like their variety of templates, and they’re fairly easy to use (for middle school and up, although I haven’t used it with students yet). If you’re interested in reading more about… Read more »

YouTube Tips for Teachers

Click here to Tweet this article   YouTube is an incredibly useful tool – it can explain information, it can explore worlds that children have never seen, it can increase engagement (don’t get me started on schools that block YouTube). Approach videos the same way you would any other text: with Close Reading (or Close Viewing?). As with… Read more »

Practice What You Preach

Practice what you Preach: Accessibility on Websites Edition. My husband, a web developer, has talked to me a lot about accessibility on the web – everything from the contrast (think NOT your typical geocities or angelfire site) to the font size, and from layout to highlighting the importance of not only having captions on my pictures, but… Read more »

#ISTE2015: Wednesday Round-Up

Last day of #ISTE2015, and what a ride it’s been! @EdTechKaraoke was nuts! Yet I managed to make it to the first session at 8:30 :º) It was led primarily by Mark Surabian (@marksurabian), with assistance by John Calvert (@jcalvert4). Mark is an assistive technologist, and our paths have crossed before at the Everyone Reading conference… Read more »

#ISTE2015: Tuesday Round-Up

Another crazy, learning-filled day! I may have to split it into two parts because there was just! So! Much! My first session of the day was from Erin Klein (@KleinErin) and Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp), two engaging & charming speakers, who are both still in the classroom. I have so much respect for professional development-providers who… Read more »