Internet Awesome

Have you heard about the new collaboration between Google and ISTE to teach digital citizenship in schools? I took a look at the new game Interland and the curriculum today. There are many support materials ready to use and accessible to the average teacher.  The game itself seems engaging for students. I would like to test … More Internet Awesome

Finishing Strong

Do you need encouragement? Try a little Kid President. I don’t care how old, how tired or how much stress you are experiencing, it is not O.K. to be boring. I will admit, this school year has been long. The circumstances are not getting easier in my district and I would hazard a guess that … More Finishing Strong

What is Digital Citizenship?

I am looking for input as I prepare for MACUL 2017 about what people think digital citizenship mean in our current collective environment. Is it just about safety? Does it include introducing the concept of collaborative work in a digital environment? Does it presuppose a certain set of norms? I would like you input.

Tools for Test Prep

I really dislike having to spend my valuable class time preparing students for standardized tests. Most of the time, it just sucks the joy from the room. I have found a few tools that make it somewhat less painful. One of my favorites for making test prep less painful is Prodigy Game. Prodigy really does … More Tools for Test Prep

Hour of Code Options for Elementary Students Of course, Code Studio level 1 is the easiest way to introduce kindergarten and first-grade students to code. I love it, but during Computer Science Education Week, it often has performance issues because of the huge amount of traffic that is generated. While it is wonderful, I always have a fallback plan in case it goes down … More Hour of Code Options for Elementary Students

Three Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Elementary Students

This week is Digital Citizenship Week, and while I try to infuse my lessons with expectations about digital citizenship all year long, this week, I am especially focused on that concept. The following websites contain tools that I have used successfully in an elementary school setting. Netsmartzkids contains videos and activities that I have … More Three Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Elementary Students