The Latest From Minecraft EDU

I have long advocated playful learning for students that incorporate hands-on design and learning. I began using Minecraft in the classroom about 7 years ago because I saw it's potential for both of those. Then a couple of years ago Microsoft purchased Minecraft and created an education edition that I was eager to explore. I've … Continue reading The Latest From Minecraft EDU

2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

For more insight check out How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week and Responsible Digital Citizenship. So as we venture once again into Digital Citizenship Week I'm worried that the focus will, as it usually is, be placed on avoiding what is scary on the internet and all the problems modern students face in a digital world. While … Continue reading 2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

What’s New With Google EDU

On Google and Growing As An Educator Whether it makes you feel good, bad, or indifferent Google reigns in the world of educational technology. There are several reasons for that. Some of them may be about marketing. Administrators are happy that Chromebooks allow them to claim to have a 1:1 program for a small price … Continue reading What’s New With Google EDU

EdTech Updates 2018: Book Creator

Storytelling is a crucial part of education and life in general. We don't simply see things as a string of events. We tell ourselves our life is a story with meaning and purpose. We see ourselves as the central character of that story even if our vision of that character isn't wholly accurate. We also … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Book Creator

EdTech Updates 2018: Breakout EDU

It wasn't that long ago that I shared some of what was new with Breakout Edu along with some games I created this past year. In it, I shared how Breakout EDU has moved towards a subscription model. That doesn't mean you can't still access tons of amazing content or create your own Breakout resources for … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Breakout EDU

EdTech Updates 2018: Quizlet

Find more information on Quizlet and other platforms in the post Making the Most of Assessment Digitally. While I had previously thought of Quizlet as the best digital flashcard site around (and it is), they have recently added a number of features for learning and assessing content that have made it even more valuable. So here … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Quizlet

Professional Development

STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

Living in NYC gives teachers a distinct advantage in their ability to seek professional development from both inside and outside of the NYC Department of Education regularly partners with great city science, sustainability, and educational technology organizations to improve student learning and professional development. These outside organizations often provide free resources and training, so they are … Continue reading STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

A New Accessible Math Game From PBS

This was originally part of a guest post on the WNET Education blog. Introduction Educators have long been familiar with PBS as a go-to source for educational materials, and teachers like me striving to create a playful classroom environment enjoy their wide selection of learning game from Mission U.S and Nova Labs for older students … Continue reading A New Accessible Math Game From PBS

EdTech Updates 2018: Ed Puzzle

As I have explained in previous posts, it's important to provide multimodal learning is important for students to improve both understanding and retention of information. Simply having a movie day though isn't enough to make content worthwhile or impactful. Sure sites like BrainPOP, Flocabulary, Discovery, and even YouTube have quality educational content. What the better … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Ed Puzzle

The Latest Ways to Catch Flipgrid Fever

For those who haven't yet caught the fever, here are the basics on Flipgrid. Flipgrid has been enticing more and more educators to try it in their classrooms because it is wonderfully collaborative with other applications, encourages personalized learning and student expression, and because the community of educators using the platform is so excited about … Continue reading The Latest Ways to Catch Flipgrid Fever