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#MakeItReal Moment Number 12

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Measuring Priceless So…this just happened.   I love incredible events like this, so when I saw a former math professor of mine post about it on facebook and noticed the first comment, I had to take action.   Instant Relevance is the idea of using what’s happening now, and what matters to you and your […]

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StackUp Chrome Extension: Fake News Warning, Web Page Reading Level, and More

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I just recently learned about the StackUp Chrome Extension and highly recommend it for any teacher and/or student.  Purpose of the Chrome Extension: Tracks your online reading time Notifies you of a possible fake news (misleading information) website through a ‘Be a Critical Thinker’ header pop-up.  Measures the reading Level of any webpage See the average reading level of […]

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#MakeItReal Moment Number 11

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Halloween Haul Sometimes, as a parent, you’ve just got to let your kids do what they want to do. Take Halloween for example. My kids wanted to run from house to house, so I let them run. They were happy, I got home faster, they slept well. What could be better? About, oh, 2 seconds […]

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Flipgrid for Responses

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Earlier this year, students were very into the hurricanes and how they were affecting our nation. By using these real life events, we were able to create an authentic reading response situation. I had two goals during this lesson, to show the students how to use the online news source, Newsela, and the response app, […]

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Game-Based Learning Resources

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Click the image below to access my Long Island Technology & Education Summit Game-Based Learning presentation resources. Game-Based Learning Resources If you want to dive deeper into Game-Based Learning to unleash the power of gaming in your classroom,  you can take my popular Game-Based Learning online course for in-service or graduate credits. Click this link for more information: Ed Technology […]

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Secondary Math Card Sorts with Desmos

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Card sorts are a good way for students to interact with their learning by grouping concepts that relate to one another, such as vocabulary, geometric figures, graphs, functions, etc. In addition to the sort, it is always best to add high-order questions to engage the students into explaining their reasoning for the groupings. Desmos, which started as […]

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Snapchat Sub

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This summer I went to a conference where a teacher told us she put Snapchat videos into her Schoology lessons for her students. I thought it was brilliant! Fast-forward 3 months and I find myself trying to find a way to help  my students be successful while I am out for 2 days. Why not […]

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New Challenges > Old Successes

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It doesn’t matter anymore.  It just doesn’t. In the words of James Ingram, “I did my best, but I guess my best wasn’t good enough.” Earlier this summer, I decided to respond to regular, repeated, and seemingly desperate requests to improve Google Slides so that it would have the functionality that Powerpoint users were accustomed […]