Author: <span class="vcard">nthndgrt</span>

In case you haven’t noticed, most of my blog posts have covered a specific topic: immediate feedback. In my postĀ Five Tips for a Technology-Infused PE Class, I talked about using Google Forms with pre-filled data to grade students’ performance as well as using Formative. I also gave my take on Kahoot!, Quizizz, and Quizlet in a post about quiz games. And one of my first blog posts was about Four Tools for Instant Feedback, featuring Khan Academy, No Red Ink, Quizlet (again), and Spelling City. The reason why I am promoting this so much is that I believe it provides…

G Suite

If you haven’t completed an hour of code yet, you are certainly missing out! I have been involved in computer science education for the past several years, and I knew that with the way large technology and software companies were pushing that computer science would make its way to the elementary level. The Hour of Code event has been a great gateway to introducing students to what programming looks like. Millions of students and teachers have been exposed to computer science in fun and engaging ways. However, what do you do when you want to go beyond the maze and…

Programming

I have been listening to quite a few podcasts and reading blog posts about professional development models. Several schools are going to a professional learning model where teachers have choice in what sessions they attend and what they learn. I always thought that PE teachers had it rough with professional development because most of the content in these conferences or training focused on the academics in the classroom. I felt bad that they had to be there when it had very few benefits for their instruction. When it came to technology, I thought it was even worse. Who was going…

PE

I am sure that you have a classroom management system to keep order within the class. You expect your students to act a certain way, treat others with respect, and overall, display good citizenship. You most likely put a lot of effort in during the first couple of days to establish this culture, and I am sure that you address issues that conflict with your expectations throughout the year. You, my friend, are teaching citizenship, a non-academic skill that we expect students to learn in school! So why wouldn’t we want to do the same with our students’ digital behaviors?…

Digital Citizenship

When it comes to practicing or studying for an assessment, sometimes a simple game can change the viewpoint of a student. By introducing competition, images, feedback, and fun music, you can make studying and reviewing an exciting activity! Now I will throw my two cents in right here. Multiple choice tests and quizzes are not always the best choice. Often times these are meant to recall information and are low on the DOK chart. However, that doesn’t mean they are bad or irrelevant. Often times you need to know facts, terms, and other things in order to build upon them.…

Study

Recently I was inspired to teach a small unit on children’s literature to my eighth grade students. The goal was to understand how children’s authors use plot, illustrations, and characters to tell a story that captivates their audience. After reviewing many children’s books in small groups, students collaborated on a Google Slide deck to discuss techniques that authors used, finding what was similar among their group. After discussing as a whole class, we prepared to write. Students brainstormed ideas based on personal experience and shared a story. We focused on our feelings during this time, which truly helped the students…

Storytelling

One of the most important aspects in learning is to know whether you have succeeded or need to continue practicing. Often times, teachers assign homework to students. The students do all of the problems or finish the worksheet, practicing the skill over and over. But what happens when the student practices 20 problems incorrectly? They have practiced failing over and over. That is where instant feedback plays a pivotal role. When practicing a formula or process, receiving instant feedback lets students know if they are on the right track or need extra help. Students want to be successful. If they…

Study

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” This quote by Helen Hayes ought to calm our fears of inadequacy, not being good enough to do a task because we can never measure up to the experts. That is how I have been feeling about blogging. I have tried my hand at it before, but it is always shortlived. Now I read blogs from fellow educational technology instructors and listen to podcasts. Wow, it is even more of a daunting task than I first realized. These leaders provide so much insight into the educational technology world. How could I offer…

Philosophy