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Another Snow Day in The South turns Digital Learning Day

01/17/2018 07:10:08 AM

Another snow day in The South; while locals lament the inability to buy more bread and milk than logic allows, something else is happening. One of the largest counties in the state has advertised “Digital Learning Days” again with their... ...

Upgrades to Your Online Content

01/15/2018 03:06:52 AM

The hard part is putting your content online. Once your content is online, different challenges await you. Expect to revise your content at least once per year (ideally, right after you deliver it to your students). Expect to update for... ...

Messy {Digital} Teacher Desk

01/12/2018 05:30:10 AM

Can we talk about your digital desk? Why is it so cluttered? Do you need some help? We all have that one teacher friend with the “pile system” for grading {suddenly hoping you’re not that friend}. This article from Evernote... Continue ...

Who isn’t a visual learner?

01/10/2018 14:49:22 PM

Have you heard the statement: “I am a visual learner.” Have you heard it less than a million times? Oh. My. Have you said it? Surely not more than a million … nevermind. When someone says “I am a visual... Continue Reading ? The post ...

Wannabe YouTubers

01/07/2018 23:38:08 PM

Did your child tell you that s/he wants to be a YouTuber yet? Is your child trying to emulate those How Tos, Minecraft Guided Tours, and self-interview videos which fill YouTube? You may have a wannabe YouTuber. These are not... Continue Reading ...

5 Summer Plans Teachers Already Have

01/02/2018 04:27:32 AM

Yes, it is January. Yes, you are only half way through the school year. But teachers already have summer plans and the (often unpaid) work they want to do. Teachers already have plans for the (unpaid) summer work they want... Continue Reading ...

Who do you Follow?

12/30/2017 21:27:46 PM

Probably for the same reason I hesitated to drink in the same town in which I taught, I am hyper-aware of my social media presence. As I acquire a social media account, I try to identify a purpose early on... Continue Reading ? The post Who ...

Top Ten Servings of the Hot Lunch Tray in 2017

12/30/2017 08:01:08 AM

It has been a great year at the Hot Lunch Tray. These are the top ten blog posts by page views. You can compare to the 2016 Top Ten. Enjoy! Top Ten Servings of the Hot Lunch Tray in 2017... Continue Reading ? The post Top Ten Servings of the ...

Content is King & You Don’t Know Much

12/28/2017 07:03:11 AM

It happens throughout your teaching career, you change something and have to start over again. It is eye-roll-worthy and exhausting, but it happens. New teachers, teachers who move, who change grade levels, or content assignments all go through ...

Tech is no Longer The Barrier

12/27/2017 04:32:09 AM

When you look around and see some classrooms not integrating technology, remember it isn’t tech that is the barrier. Devices Many classrooms, schools, and districts are not yet 1:1 and still need to purchase large numbers of devices to get... ...

Closeness to the Classroom

12/26/2017 04:07:16 AM

When you return to your classroom after an extended break it just feels different. You have a long-term perspective that you cannot replicate without a lengthy break. Classroom teachers are impacted by their closeness to the classroom. Details ...

3 Ways to Grade Faster

12/22/2017 05:02:54 AM

How many weekend television programs have you “watched” while filling the coffee table, the couch, and -surprise- some of the floor with the papers you are attempting to grade? Maybe it is time to consider some grading alternatives? Some ...

Tech Helps New Teachers

12/21/2017 04:35:19 AM

Technology can help new teachers be more successful in their first years of teaching. Careers are often established or abandoned in those first several years, so it is important to remove hurdles as many as possible. Particularly blended learning, ...

Does #EdTech Need Everybody?

12/17/2017 10:00:52 AM

I find myself in a cycle. I want to on-board everyone to everything and then inexplicably when that does not happen I feel disappointed. Beyond comprehension, I find myself repeating this cycle numerous times before I intervene on behalf of... ...

Your Personal Firewall

12/15/2017 04:35:37 AM

A firewall keeps things out. In the classroom teachers have always kept somethings out, a position unique to the teacher alone. Students and families to some extend can only respond to the firewall of the classroom. So as an educator,... Continue ...

Students BYO Channel

12/13/2017 16:35:10 PM

While educators were debating if we should provide students with email a funny thing happened... ...students invested their time in creating, populating, and curating their own channels of social media. Bring Your Own The BYO (Bring Your Ow ...

By the Time it Snows, It is Too Late

12/08/2017 06:03:28 AM

When your most proper teacher friends in The South talk about “The S Word,” you pay attention. Their hushed tones and serious looks barely cover a teacher’s excitement. Because for the longest time around here, a snow day meant a... Continue ...

The Gift of EdTech #blogamonth

12/05/2017 04:23:17 AM

This blog is part of the #blogamonth challenge. Join in our community of educators and give your blogging an audience, a purpose, and accept the monthly prompt! Gifts of EdTech Past I left the classroom with Vis-A-Vis stains on my hands.... ...

Laptop Refresh 2017

12/04/2017 06:58:53 AM

The last time I made a list of the first updates to a new computer was at the end of 2011. I remembered to jot down some notes today when I changed out laptops and thought it interesting to compare... Continue Reading ? The post Laptop Refresh ...

Can you see TPACK in your Org Chart?

12/02/2017 07:57:38 AM

Not to brag, but educators know things. Like how to teach content. And how to turn people into teachers. We’ve known this for while. And because we are good at it, we keep doing it. In fact, we rarely deviate... Continue Reading ? The post ...

The Unasked Question

11/26/2017 13:41:19 PM

I recently heard a great story from a parent on the sidelines of a sporting event. The other parent was a trainer for a season in life and had some great hooks she shared with me. My favorite was about... Continue Reading ? The post The Unasked ...

Paralyzed by Choices

11/07/2017 06:09:11 AM

Maybe you think you do not have choices in your professional growth. Every so often we should check our assumptions though. Do you really not have choice or are you paralyzed by all the possible choices you actually *do* have?... Continue Reading ...

Challenge: Chunking

10/30/2017 12:42:42 PM

I have never said, “You’ve chunked that too small” when working with teachers on creating digital content. Never. Classroom teachers spend years honing year-long themes, semester syllabi, units of study, weekly plans, and lesson plans. ...

Communication Home. Don’t Blow It.

10/21/2017 08:27:43 AM

Your goal is to partner with parents. Yes all parents, even if the reason you communicate with parents differs, you want to communicate to positively move forward. Methods have changed since you were in school. Once paper and the telephone... ...

Create Perfect HTML Pages, Modules in your LMS

10/14/2017 09:17:20 AM

If you have an idea of the content to present in your LMS, your next thought turns to how it looks as just plain text – and how can you dress that up? Most educators did not learn this type... Continue Reading ? The post Create Perfect HTML ...

How You Take Back Your Professional Learning

10/10/2017 04:50:26 AM

For the longest time your Grade/Department Chair, or your building Administration, or your school district has directed your Professional Learning. It is time to take back your professional learning as a professional learner. Because, despite ...

Digital Tootsie Rolls

10/01/2017 11:05:47 AM

There is wisdom in the analog classroom. In this age of what to bring with us from the analog to the digital classrooms, we are challenged. Training is not different. What effective practices do we copy as-is into digital platforms? What... ...

A New Beginning #blogamonth

09/27/2017 14:51:13 PM

This blog is part of the #blogamonth challenge. Join in our community of educators and give your blogging an audience, a purpose, and accept the monthly prompt!   I have struggled with this prompt several times this month and decide... Continue ...