So you’ve been using your Xperia to capture all of the great learning that has been going on in your classroom, but after the moment has passed, those pictures have a tendency to just pile up and sit unused on your device instead of being organized and enjoyed. Ideally, there would be an easy way to organize photos quickly into albums that can be flipped through on your... More →
Thank you to all the teachers for your dedication, time and energy. Our learners need your passion and expertise to guide their learning. Your work is inspiring and much appreciated!
As a teacher for over 35 years, I know that teachers love, and need, free stuff. So I was on a mission to find stuff for you. I haven't read all the fine print and haven't requested all of... More →
Reading comes to life with interactive eBooks using the Storia app by Scholastic. Get five free books just for downloading the app. It's easy, just download and install the Storia app, launch, sign in and read.
Teachers like that they get five free books and that they can use their Scholastic bonus points to buy eBooks. But what teachers really like about Storia, is the built-in book manager. Books... More →
The other day, I visited the classroom of a friend of mine. She is an amazing teacher who is very creative and is constantly finding ways to create a sense of wonder and joy in her high school language arts classroom. Given her artistic talents, I am never surprised to see something new and unique in her room. Over the years, she has furnished her classroom with chairs and tables... More →
From a special education perspective, two of the largest challenges to student academic progress that teachers face are engagement and age appropriate material. I would also step out on a limb and say these are major challenges to all teachers. For instance, if you want one of your middle school students to improve or master his punctuation usage, providing him handouts with See Spot Run excerpts is neither... More →
In my first “Common Core Connections: Time to Study” post I mention how the Xperia can help reinforce the concepts we are teaching to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This post focuses on another Web-based program that has a corresponding app, VocabularySpellingCity. This is a popular and versatile Web/app combo that like Study Stack/gflash+ (see my previous post) allows... More →
What if I told you that you could provide your students with an entire collegiate semester of foreign language instruction in just 34 hours? Now, what if I told you that you could provide that instruction anytime of the day or night and right on their tablet? No really, this isn’t a hypothetical. That would be pretty awesome right? Well, you can do this very... More →
The school year is winding down and my students just completed the New York State Common Core assessments for English Language Arts and Math. The reality is that assessment has moved to the forefront of every educator’s mind as we raise the rigor and expectations of our students’ skills and knowledge.
The use of flashcards as a study aid is definitely not new, but I have... More →
Colleagues often ask me where I find new tools and ideas for enhancing learning with technology. Obviously, I always learn from and share the great resources available from my fellow Sony Education Ambassadors, but beyond that, with so much content available on the web and so few hours in the day, I try to be as efficient in my learning as possible. As a result, I’ve gradually assembled... More →
Yesterday I posted a piece about how we see limitations in our students, and this morning, a friend pointed me to a new and impressive video from Dove called Real Beauty Sketches.
This is a thought-provoking piece that calls into question both how we see others and how we see ourselves. In the video, an artist who can't see his subjects sketches them according to their descriptions of themselves,... More →