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#ISTE17 Reflections Post 2 (of 3)

My #ISTE17 Post 1  focused on ways to thoughtfully and purposefully let go of classroom control to foster a growth mindset, while also providing students with brain breaks.  Up next… 2. Giving students choices!  3. Having students create, create, create! We … Continue reading

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Using Desmos on iPads… for the Math 8 STAAR Test… Take 3

This past week, we completed our third lap of using the iPad app “Desmos Test Mode” on the Math 8 STAAR test (with the option of also using a TI handheld graphing calculator).  If you’d like to see what we’ve … Continue reading

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Nearpod “Best Practices” For Math Class v2.0

Folks often ask questions about how various apps and tools can be used “for math”.  I’ve always felt that, to some extent, math as a content area can be a tricky fit for apps, tools, strategies, P.D. etc. etc. when … Continue reading

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How Old?

The other evening, I was sitting with my husband and son at a candlelight Christmas service, singing carols and feeling merry.  One of the carols mentioned “shepherds” and right on cue, my 11-year-old son leans over and whispers… “There are … Continue reading

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In The Moment

The SAMR Model is a fundamental framework often used to help educators consider how and why to integrate technology.  Teachers are encouraged to aim “above the line” to provide students with potentially transformative experiences, rather than simply enhancing tasks with technology. … Continue reading

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“5 Practices” in a 1:1 Classroom

While I’ve never fully implemented the “flipped classroom” idea with students, maybe I have done a few short-term “mini flips”.  Many digital tools permit students to explore content at their own pace, and asynchronously, which can make “homework” an experience beyond handouts. … Continue reading

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Desmos Activity “Labs” – Create Your Own Card Sort

Recently, I lived virtually and vicariously through all of the wonderful #MTBoS #TMC16 and #descon16 attendees.  I have so. much. stuff. to sort through, between blog posts, Tweets, Periscopes, Google Docs, and more!  One feature that prompted immediate action for … Continue reading

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Using Desmos on iPads… for the Algebra 1 EOC STAAR Test… Take 1

For the first time in history… (too strong?)… my Algebra 1 students excitedly embraced the opportunity to use Desmos Test Mode *AND* TI graphing calculators during their End-of-Course STAAR test this past week. In years prior, TI handheld graphing calculators … Continue reading

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Teamwork and Communication Using Quizlet Live

My colleague Gary Raygor happened to post a photo online, showing his students having a blast in his classroom, working in teams, arms flailing with… joy or regret…I couldn’t quite tell.  But what anyone could clearly see is that his … Continue reading

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Using Desmos on iPads… for the Math 8 STAAR Test… Take 2

Last year, our district pioneered using the Desmos Test Mode iOS app on STAAR (state) tests.  You can read about that here. For the 2015-16 school year, we knew that the Texas Education Agency updated its calculator policy to extend the … Continue reading

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