We Must Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools

Our education system is out-of-date; not enough research drives our instruction, as it does in every other impactful field. Harvard’s Thomas Kane believes that “the problem is that we don't have any kind of mechanism for connecting [research] to the decisions that [are made]” (Westervelt, 2016). One area of research that is not communicated to... Continue Reading →

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What’s in a Remix?

I have watched numerous remixes online. They are either motivational or amazing pieces of art and I absolutely love them. Well, I was given the assignment to create my own remix addressing the maker movement. Well, it is NOT as simple as it seems. Using Mozilla Popcorn, I spent a lot of time creating this... Continue Reading →

A Time to Reflect

As my Michigan State University class, Teaching Understanding with Technology, comes to an end, it's a perfect time to reflect on everything that I've learned and decide what I still need to learn and where I want to go next. New Ideas I was already aware that technology is all around us, but I hadn't considered that... Continue Reading →

Cooking with TPACK

To truly live TPACK, I was given the assignment from my technology course to cook a dish, but with some serious rules. I called upon Matt, giving him no background information, to help me by choosing a plate, bowl, kitchen utensil, and draw a number from 1-5. He chose a large plate, small bowl (ramekin, more like), cheese grater,... Continue Reading →

21st Century Lesson Plan

There are many technology resources at our fingertips, and teachers need to ensure that the ones they choose to use in the classroom support meaningful learning objectives and their students' development of understanding through play. Thomas and Brown (2011) recognize that "A growing digital, networked infrastructure is amplifying our ability to access and use nearly unlimited resources... Continue Reading →

Learning Through YouTube: Update!

I've spent hours scouring YouTube to learn how to style my hair (Click here for the introduction to this project). The first, and most important "skill" for me to learn was forming voluminous curls that would last throughout the day. While there were many videos that told me a curling iron could work, I completely disagree since... Continue Reading →

Tips to Make Evernote Your Personal GTD Assistant

I just discovered the true power of Evernote. Instead of just being a place to jot down notes, diary entries, phone numbers, etc., it is becoming my personal Getting Things Done (GTD) assistant. I just add an actionable task as an individual checkbox with special tags. Ta-Da! Thanks to detailed instructions by Ruud andMalc, anyone can figure out how to... Continue Reading →

The Internet is Now My Favorite Teacher

After creating an image of my PLN on Monday, I was blown away when I realized how many of my sources that I turn to for help in developing myself as an educator come from the internet. As a teacher in this digital age, and one who has been living abroad for almost seven years, I have been deeply concerned that... Continue Reading →

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