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Device Dilema

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on February 6, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I've been infusing technology into my classroom for at least the last ten years. In that time, my students

have gone from a few with cell phones, everyone with...

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Doctopus and Goobric

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on April 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As I've written before, this is my first year using Chromebooks in my classroom.  Prior to this year a few colleagues (Thank You Patrick Donovan) started talking to me about Doctopus.  This Google extension allows you to distribute copies of a Google Doc to the entire classroom so that each student can edit the doc as they see fit.  Another Google extension called Goobric allows you to distribute a rubric to go along with each document shared with...

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Primetime Timeline!

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on March 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the years I’ve opted for timelines over various presentation tools because (as a history teacher) they tend make it easy for students to demonstrate a historical narrative and or demonstration causation among events. I’ve used quite a few timeline generators in my classes: Timetoast, dipity, capzles, etc. However, HSTRY is by far the best, most user-friendly tool that either I, or my students have used. HSTRY makes organizing your classes eas...

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Math: It's Elementary!

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on January 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I teach Social Studies, which carries with it the presumption that I cannot do math. In my case, this is an accurate stereotype, but I don't think that it needed to be. Growing up I had conditioned myself to believe that I was not "good at math". Truth be told, I didn't practice enough at math to say that I wasn't good at it. Once I had my own children I resolved myself to make sure that my children were of the mindset that there ...

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Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on July 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As you may have read on this page before, I am a huge fan of the "flipped classroom" concept and tools that you can use to "flip" your instruction. Regardless of whether or not you're a flipper EdPuzzle is an awesome tool for formative assessment. Edpuzzle allows you to embed questions, reflective pauses, and overlay audio into virtually any video (youtube, vimeo, etc). The analytics provided by using these interactive videos are awesome as well. More import...

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Google Classroom vs. Edmodo

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on May 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

"If it aint broke, don't fix it." I've been using Edmodo as a platform for my classes for about five or six years now. I'm happy with Edmodo and how it's grown in that time. It seems like every few months a new site that I use with my students is adding a "sign in with Edmodo" feature. However, this past year my school went Google. I'm a huge Google fan and I'm extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of using Google Apps Ed in my classroom on a full time basi...

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Zondle & Kahoot: Fun With Formative Assessment

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on December 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Last year I conducted and action research project on Mastery Learning using Instructional Technology.  Much of what found and researched dealt with drill and practice and it was pretty boring.  I found flash card apps, study stacks, study website, but nothing that to me seemed to catch my eye (which meant it would probably never catch a student's eye).  What I needed was something that was attention getting...

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Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I know, it's the end of the year and many of you have only days remaining in the school year. However, if you're anything like me (an I think you are) summer is when you lay most of the groundwork for what you hope to accomplish next school year. It's also the time of year that you get a chance to test out all of those neat looking tools that you didn't get to test out during the year. The first tool that I will be exploring this summer is called Curriculet.

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Why you need to try Educanon!

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on May 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Those of you that are frequent visitors of this site know that for some time now I've been an outspoken proponent of the Flipped Classroom model of instruction and Mastery Learning.  While both of these methods are not for everyone, I highly recommend Educanon for you class flippers out there.  Educanon provides the best of both worlds; you can upload virtually any video to Educanon and create prompts and or questions for students to answer while they watch. &#...

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App of the Week: Educreations

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on November 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Flipping the instruction is all the rage these days.  If you've Flipped your class or you're thinking about Flipping your class you may want to give Educreations a try.  Educreations is one of many interactive white board apps available in IOS on the iPad however, I've found it to be the most student/teacher friendly.  

Teachers can easily create their own accounts and receive a course code that students will use when the...

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