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Creativity in Schools – A Vision from Chicago

This summer I got the privilege of visiting Bennett Day School in Chicago. I got to sit down with Martin Moran and listen to their vision, ask questions and look around the campus - and needless to say I was beyond impressed. I have thought about their vision - nearly every day since I left their school. [...]

Connected Students: The Creation Literacy of Font Selection

As students begin producing a plethora of digital work - and connecting and sharing that work with the world - we need to take a step back and teach them to think a little more about typography and design. This was not important when I was in school because I either wrote everything by hand, [...]

Fun Ways to Use Book Creator in the Classroom

This summer something magical happened for teachers everywhere!  Book Creator came out for Chrome (insert excited shrieks here). What this means for teachers is that if you have Chromebooks in the classroom, you have just hit the creation jackpot. Why do I love Book Creator for Chromebook so much? Book Creator | Book Creator Blog [...]

App Awards 2017!

  This year has been amazing for teachers everywhere! We have experienced some great apps that have really made their mark on classrooms! I love apps that put pedagogy first by being simple to use, and make it easy for teachers to gather rich information about student learning and growth. I don't like to to [...]

Disrupting the Students Role in the Classroom

The words "student voice" have become vogue around educational circles, conferences and tweets - and for good reason. Teachers who have been around a while - know that jargon is something that comes and goes and as a result, we are often very weary of fashionable terms . For me,  there is something very special about this term because [...]

Reading Wonder in a Technology Infused Classroom

  NOTE TO READER: If you are reading Wonder - please consider joining our FlipGrid collaboration (just fill out form below). We are so lucky to be starting our first reading unit of the year,  based around one of the best children's books ever written: Wonder! If you know this book, then you understand why I get [...]

A Quick Guide to Making Thinking Visible Using Thinking Styles

  As we talk more about Student Voice and Making Thinking Visible, I always go back to these thinking styles  - because they are so spot on about thinking and learning .  As an example, I am a Concrete Random Thinker -  and use this knowledge all the time -  to help people understand my actions and reactions [...]

8 Tips for Creating Great Student Video Responses

What makes a good video response? A good video response is probably in the eye of the beholder - but there are some truisms in any public speaking scenario. Understanding and dissecting good responses is an important digital literacy our students need to develop. After all, by the time they graduate from college, they will most likely conduct [...]

4 Favorite Updates for #flipgridfever

The Flipgrid updates are amazing - but here are the four I love the most! Stickies - These are available on the actual question right where students go to leave a video response. They are a brilliant way to have students prepare for expressing their ideas.  Stickies gives students a way to leave themselves reminders of what they want [...]

#FlipgridFever – 10 of the best updates

This summer I fell in love, but it wasn’t a romance or a summer fling -  it was the love of a new app and all the ways I will be able to use it with students next year.! As a teacher who values the idea of making thinking visible as a foundational pedagogical strategy [...]