Differentiation With BrainPOP

I have shared in the past how BrainPOP is much more than a movie site and is great for providing a broad range of learning opportunities. I want to focus on the way it allows teachers to differentiate learning opportunities for students. My background in New York City’s District 75, citywide special education, makes personalizing … Continue reading Differentiation With BrainPOP

What Is Differentiation Really?

This post provides an overview of the differentiated instruction (DI) model. For more insight on DI, see my posts Is Differentiation a Dirty Word? or The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. An Overview There seems to be a lot of confusion about what differentiation actually entails. There are problems with conflicting definitions. In one sense … Continue reading What Is Differentiation Really?

Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?

This post addresses many of the challenges presented by those who oppose the differentiated instruction model. For an overview of differentiated instruction, see my post on What Is Differentiation Really? and The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. Having worked with some of the most severely challenged students for the vast majority of my teaching career I have found … Continue reading Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?

One App to Rule Them All: Merging EdTech Companies

It seems like large companies everywhere are gobbling up so many smaller companies. We see it in major media mergers where companies like Sinclair have tried to own and control local news across the country. And while examples that or the historic monopolies like Standard Oil point to a dystopian concept of these massive consolidation … Continue reading One App to Rule Them All: Merging EdTech Companies

Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

So on the evening of the 31st, I presented on 21st-Century Learning at the 2019 New Visions Innovation Throwdown along with other educators. I will attempt to link the actual recording if that’s possible, but here is what I covered. Below is additional information on related topics 21st-Century Learning: The 7 Cs, 3 Rs, and … Continue reading Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

Google Accessibility: All That’s New & All That Needs Work

Related: Check out the post on Accessible Add-Ons & Extensions. You can also learn more about Apple Accessibility, Microsoft Accessibility, and An Overview of Differentiation. I’m glad to see how much effort Google has put recently into making accessibility a key part of its mission when developing its products. They have a whole series of … Continue reading Google Accessibility: All That’s New & All That Needs Work

In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

For other content related to the 2018 ISTE Conference, check out 25 Insights From the ISTE Conference or What’s New With ISTE. Where It Was Right Recently Medium published an article titled Google, ISTE, and the Death of EdTech written by Belgian administrator Mike Crowley. It is a purposefully provocative title that ventures into the type … Continue reading In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

So let’s begin with the basic premise that there is no one perfect lesson plan or format. That’s simply because there are a variety of different needs across subjects, ages, and ability levels. The best lessons are personalized for the needs of your students, so some cookie cutter lesson is bound to be shortsighted. In fact, many of the … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft

You can view the related Office 365 vs. G Suite Smackdown as well. Event Overview New York City schools do things a little differently than most places. Due to the sheer size and complexity of needs, there is no overriding educational technology solution that’s chosen to work across the board. Yes, there is a citywide Office … Continue reading The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft