Add Video Conferencing to Your Schoology Classroom

Obviously, Google Hangouts seems to get most of the attention when it comes to video conferencing and for good reason. “Hangouts” is a great platform to host an online meeting or webinar, especially when you want to record the session and have it available to a wider audience after the meeting has ended. But if you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you know that I like it when I can manage my class by housing students within one program with everything they will need. So in comes The BigBlueButton, hidden within Schoology’s app center. Continue reading “Add Video Conferencing to Your Schoology Classroom”

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

“Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.” – Alice in Wonderland

For a long time in education, much of the focus has been on answers. But as Alice’s journey through Wonderland has shown- the focus, should be on the questions. There is a great moment in Lewis Carroll’s novel when Alice meets the Caterpillar. The Caterpillar asks, “Who are you?” Alice, stumbling to find an answer, replies that she doesn’t know. The Caterpillar follows with the all important response that many teachers ask their students: “Explain yourself!” Thus this sets Alice on the most important part of her journey- seeking her own identity, something so many students are looking to find during their high school careers. Continue reading “Inquiring Minds Want to Know…”

The Engagement Evolution

Education is constantly changing. Ever evolving in the midst of varying pedagogies, changing models, and new technological trends. And we, as teachers, continue to look at our curriculum to determine if so much of what we do, is making any difference at all. And the one constant- that seems to be negated – and we try ever so hard to fix, is student engagement. The status quo, in regards to student engagement, isn’t working. So we continue to look at ways to change this trend. To engage our students and to reinvigorate life into the classroom to a captured audience. It’s hard to get someone’s attention… But even harder to keep it. And with everything going on in a student’s life, sometimes school just seems to take a backseat. So how do we continue to evolve and succeed in engaging our students in the classroom? Continue reading “The Engagement Evolution”

The Power of the Schoology Embed Code

If you are a Schoology LMS user, you have hopefully witnessed some of the magical things you can do within the program itself such as backchanneling, creating digital assignments, creating auto-grading tests and quizzes, tracking student work submissions, and so forth. But the true power of Schoology… is held in the ability to embed other content into it.  Continue reading “The Power of the Schoology Embed Code”

The Right Tool for the Job- The EDU Version

I have been asked by teachers in my district lately, what ed tech tools were a staple of my classroom and how I used them. To me, the best tools are the ones that help UP student engagement and are also adaptable and flexible to my classroom productivity. I am a big believer in tech as a tool- used for a specific function. The greatest tech tools cannot and will not be a substitute for great teaching. But when used in the ideal scenario, can help stimulate and create something more. Continue reading “The Right Tool for the Job- The EDU Version”

Great Reads: Books that Make You Think

The following are a few books I have read (and reread) that I have applied to teaching, professional development, and activities for my students. If you are looking for some professional development reads, consider sitting down with one (or all) of these books and thinking about how you too, can apply it to your profession. Continue reading “Great Reads: Books that Make You Think”