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Assistive Technology Tools to Empower Students with Online Learning

Assistive Technology Tools to Empower Students with Online Learning

Technology gives us the ability to reach our goals, to complete tasks, and to succeed in ways that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Assistive Technology (AT) is what makes a lot of this possible. Assistive Technology is “any device, software, or equipment that helps people work around challenges so they can learn, communicate, and function better.”…

Edpuzzle: An A+ Assessment Tool for Distance Learning

Edpuzzle: An A+ Assessment Tool for Distance Learning

Assessment is an integral part of education. It can be used to evaluate progress, determine next steps, and monitor the learning that is taking place. The definition can differ from person to person, but the goal of assessment should always keep the child at the center of the process. There are two types of assessment…

Social Media, the Social Dilemma, and Break Ups

Social Media, the Social Dilemma, and Break Ups

The Social Dilemma, a documentary about the impact of social media on society, has made waves since it premiered this year. The film has caused people to think through their online actions and has even influenced people to delete their social media accounts altogether. It exposes some of the challenges that have emerged with the…

A Day in the Life of Distance Learning

A Day in the Life of Distance Learning

This post was a collaboration between Catherine Ready and Amanda Brace. With any school experience, tools are needed in order for students to succeed. When it comes to an online learning environment, there are many online tools, apps, and sites that can support and facilitate learning. With the recent events of COVID-19, education has shifted.…

Stop Multitasking and Quit Typing: Some Thoughts on Productivity

Stop Multitasking and Quit Typing: Some Thoughts on Productivity

Productivity. It’s a loaded word. It means different things to different people. I have always thought of productivity as having the motivation and the efficiency to get tasks done effectively and quickly. However, as I thought more about what productivity means to me and what it means to our society, my perspective started to shift.…

What We Can Still Learn From Sesame Street

What We Can Still Learn From Sesame Street

“…We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.” – Neil Postman (1985) When I think back to my own schooling experience, I remember moments of engagement, moments of…

My Take on Chrome Extensions

My Take on Chrome Extensions

What’s your choice of browser? Maybe it’s Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, or maybe even…. dare I say it… Internet Explorer? When it comes to a web browser, everyone has their personal preference. My personal choice of browser? Google Chrome. Steve Johns says that Chrome “allows its users to customize and control their user experience…

A Look into Learning Theories

A Look into Learning Theories

Learning is something that sustains our society and drives our world. It is integrated into every facet of our lives. Are you curious how to bake bread? Are you interested in becoming a skilled guitar player? Do you want to know how to solve an intricate math problem? You can learn it! You can learn…

The Deeper Definition of EdTech

The Deeper Definition of EdTech

Technology has been a part of my classroom ever since I started teaching. Over the years, I’ve developed a passion for using technology in education, but my definition of Educational Technology, otherwise known as EdTech, has evolved and changed over time. There are many ways to describe EdTech, but according to Wikipedia, it’s “the combined…

Back to the Blogging World

Back to the Blogging World

After a whole summer off, I am back to the blogging world. It’s hard to believe that 2 months have come and gone, but here we are… ready for another semester. I accomplished a lot this summer, but more importantly, I rested and took a break. After rupturing my Achilles tendon, navigating the world of…

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