Enhancing A Reading from the Anthology

One story in our 4th grade Reading Street textbook was “The Man Who Named the Clouds”

It was pretty bland and needed a serious face lift. I decided to make the lesson way more exciting and creating a lot of background information that connected to science. See the link below to explore my new and improved lesson!

Man Who Named the Clouds – Lesson Game

21st Century Learners

Students today need to be prepared for the 21st century world.  This means they need to think in a different way.  They need to creatively communicate, collaborate, and connect in ways with digital technology that we never had to in the past. Students need a unique skill set to be “College and Career Ready”.  I have created a visual to represent this, encompassing some of the important skills that our students today must embody. 21st Century Learners

Assessment Tools


Here is a review of some of my favorite assessment tools to use in the classroom.  All of these tools are engaging and allow teachers to receive prompt and immediate feedback about their class’ understanding of the material, however they have their pitfalls as well.  In classrooms where 1:1 technology is lacking, I suggest using plickers.  They are WONDERFUL and I have included the link to the download the free plicker cards. All you need is 1 smartphone with the app downloaded on it. The other sites work best with multiple or 1:1 devices.

*These are even a wonderful way to engage teachers and staff members during Professional Development or staff meetings!


The New ISTE Standards for Students (2016)

ISTE Standards for Students, 2016 – click here to download the new standards.

The ISTE conference was held in Denver from June 26th to the 29th to refresh the standards for students.  714 people from 52 countries (including 295 students) participated in the effort to refresh the ISTE Standards.  The voices of those nearly 300 students are perhaps the most innovative part of the 2016 student standards. After all, when empowering students emerged as a core theme in the refresh, ISTE knew that it could not release the 2016 standards without getting students’ input! Many people thought the standards from 2007 were still relevant, however, ISTE saw a need for the standards to reflect not only the current state of education, but also and its future.

Here’s why these standards are more appropriate: 

  1. Empowered students are prepared for the future.
  2. Human life is no longer solely digital or physical – it’s a hybrid.
  3. It’s about the teaching, not the tools.
  4. Being a global citizen is no longer optional.
  5. Students care about their lives and learning, and the role of technology within both.


Why High Techspectations?

This is the post excerpt.

Elon Musk. Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs. Alexander Graham Bell. Mark Zuckerberg. Albert Einstein. The Wright Brothers. Bill Gates. Marie Curie

What do all these people have in common? According to writer for the New Yorker andbestselling author, Malcolm Gladwell, innovators, pioneers, and trailblazers are all “obsessive characters.” They fixate on questions or issues and incessantly work to solve it. He says, “They take something that had been a feature of a closed, marginalized community and they make it accessible to everyone else.”innovation

Innovation is the process of creating something new that makes life better. Innovation is impossible without passion. Innovators see the world differently.

As educators, we are all innovators. Being innovative in our planning, implementation and reflection must become “part of the job” no matter what. Technology is redefining every aspect of the world today. Acording to EdTech magazine, “The technologies of tomorrow are already being tested in classrooms today, laying the seeds for the future of how students could learn.” Read the full article here.

Follow up ReadingClick here to read the Big Think article on leaders and innovators taking risks, the fear of failure, and “disruptive innovation.”

*This blog serves as a place for me to share information, articles, apps, websites, activities, suggestions, questions, photos, and basically anything related to the education world and technology in the classroom.