24 Insights From NYSCATE

It does seem strange that in my decade-plus of educational technology instruction that I have attended multiple national conventions like ISTE, but I had never, before this year, attended NYSCATE, New York's equivalent EdTech conference. There are a number of reasons for that. It's a 6-hour drive to Rochester in the cold close to Thanksgiving. … Continue reading 24 Insights From NYSCATE

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

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: A Fresh Face For Flocabulary

Some EdTech tools work great but simply need a fresh coat of paint to make them easier to navigate. That's essentially the story with Flocabulary. Flocabulary added several new features last year and redesigned their instruction process. Now they're redesigning the look of their sight and added a few more details to make it even … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: A Fresh Face For Flocabulary

EdTech Updates 2018: Bloxels EDU, A Walkthrough

Bloxels had one of the biggest overhauls of any edtech platform recently. While the same basic elements of playful creation from Bloxels Builder remain, the entire structure of the Bloxels EDU system has shifted. They are no longer meant for small individual activities, but they are now able to support a whole classroom structure. I'm … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Bloxels EDU, A Walkthrough

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