Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Symbaloo – Setting Up and Adding a Tile

Check out my video on how to sign up and create a Symbaloo page for your students. Symabloo is used to bookmark websites, videos and documents for your students to easily access and safely use. The video is only about 4 minutes and 30 seconds, check it out now or view it when you are…

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3-D Printing in the Classroom

I had the amazing opportunity to visit a local Catholic school St. John Regional Catholic School (SJRCS) in Frederick, MD. A wonderful teacher, Lisa Cutchin showed us how to work her 3-D printer. She went through a program called, the Digital Harbor Foundation to obtain training and her 3-D printer. The Digital Harbor Foundation is dedicated to fostering…

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Google Timer

I am starting a new Tuesday Tradition! I will be posting Technology Tips each Tuesday for my readers! Check back for new, quick and easy ways to make your classroom run smoother! Today’s tip is on the Google Timer! Do you ever need a quick countdown clock in your room? I know my timer is always…

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Number Talk Videos

Do you use the Number Talks strategies in your math class? Use my videos to help you learn all of the multiplication strategies before teaching them with your students. The strategy videos include: Repeated Addition and Skip Counting, Partial Product, Making Landmarks and Friendly Numbers, Doubling and Halving, and Breaking Factors into Smaller Factors.  

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ClassDojo

Want a classroom management system that is FREE and helps your communication with your parents and other teachers in the building? Want to encourage students, engage parents easily, and save time? Try ClassDojo! ClassDojo helps classrooms to improve by giving students positive feedback for any skill in any subject you choose. You are able to…

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Money Money Money: Integrating Financial Literacy Into Instruction

I had the pleasure of presenting at conferences around the state of Maryland on Financial Literacy. I was selected to become a Master Teacher by the Maryland Department of Education and traveled around Maryland presenting on K-12 standards and resources. At the 2015 College and Career Readiness Conferences we focused on Financial Literacy (FL) in…

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Plickers! Ever Heard of them?

Plickers! Ever heard of them? I hadn’t… until now. Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Where have you been all my life? Photo Credit: https://plickers.com/ I teach in a community where the students do not have access to devices at home or at…

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Four Ways to Ensure your Training Session is Effective

  Have you ever had to present at a faculty meeting or school professional development? Here are five tips on how to ensure your training goes smoothly and your guest get the most bang for their buck.   I am a teacher and I truly enjoy professional development sessions that cater to my interest and…

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What is a storyboard? & How would I use it in my classroom?

There are many reasons why someone might want to create a screencast to give/show directions. It is not an easy task if you don’t know what to say or how to navigate through your computer to show the user where to go during your screencast. A great way to help your screencast become professional and well…

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Why are screencasts so helpful?

Have you ever wanted to know how to do something that you have never done before or didn’t remember? Did you try googling it? You can find a video on how to do about everything. The video can be anything from a person talking, a catoon or animation or a screencast. A screencast is a…

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Using Kahoot in the Classroom

Do you want a need way to assess you students in the classroom? Have you heard of Kahoot? “Kahoot! Is One Of The World’s Fastest Growing Learning Brands. Loved In Over 180 Countries, Our Free Game-Based Platform Enables More Meaningful, Playful And Powerful Experiences, In Classrooms And Beyond. Here’s how: Stimulates collaboration and social learning….

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Instructional Design

  A Wikipedia Article defines Instructional Design as “…the practice of maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences.” In my grad class we spoke about all the careers that have Instructional designers and what their job entails. As an educator, the way I see instructional design being used in the classroom…

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Professional Training site

Want a place to store all of the training materials you have so that it is easy to access when you are presenting or facilitating a training session? Google Sites is a great way to save and organize all of your materials (links, word documents, YouTube videos, pictures, and much more). To see an example,…

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