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iLeap Academy: A Unique Opportunity to Share

Last week, Eanes ISD hosted the first-ever iLeap Academy.  This 3-day academy brought educators from various parts of Texas together for a one-of-a-kind professional development experience.  I was excited to have guests come to my classroom to observe my students at … Continue reading

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Transformations and “Animations”

Several weeks back, Kyle Pearce posted this idea on Twitter: Trying the idea of “Quick Question Solution” videos as a resource for students. Long videos don’t work. Thoughts? http://t.co/A8Nx4cfIjc — Kyle Pearce (@MathletePearce) January 16, 2015   Funny.  I’d been … Continue reading

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Nearpod Popcorn Picker (Student Responses Too)

I’m not going to lie.  It was disappointing that my students so easily fell for Dan Meyer’s Popcorn Picker problem today.  A *very* small subset of students realized that, just because the sheets of paper had the exact same area, this did … Continue reading

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Nearpod Homework Reports: Worth the 40+ page PDF

I had a field day with data after assigning several Nearpod lessons using the “homework” feature this week. What’s great about the homework feature is that students can take on the lesson and embedded activities and assessments at their own pace. … Continue reading

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Kahoot (With Embellishments from Desmos)

Students ask to “Kahoot” practically every day.  They never tire of this incredible (free!) gaming platform.  If you’ve never “Kahooted” before, you can sign up for a free account here. In a nutshell, Kahoot takes multiple choice formative assessments to … Continue reading

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Socrative and Slope-Intercept Form

With new TEKS in tow, my 7th graders taking 8th grade math have been studying proportional and non-proportional linear relationships (wow, right?).  The progression has been a refreshing, concept-based study of LOTS of scenarios featuring “constant rates of change” represented in … Continue reading

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#EanesPLC – Our Second Annual Professional Learning Conference (Buckle Up!)

There’s a fine line between “overwhelmed” and “empowered”. I straddled that line at our school district’s second annual “Professional Learning Conference” this week.  Eanes ISD does a FANTASTIC job of inviting world-renowned educators to work with our entire district faculty. … Continue reading

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iPadpalooza 2014 Highlights #iplza14

This year’s iPadpalooza “festival of learning” was a real treat.  How can anyone summarize in a blog post what it was like to be there? Thankfully, we have #iplza14 on Twitter to help us all reminisce, and to help you … Continue reading

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Radical Nearpod Art

The element of “play” can be a powerful part of learning.  Several weeks ago, my 8th grade algebra students solved radical equations through a Nearpod lesson found here.  When I designed this NPP (Nearpod Presentation) I created the “radical dude” character using … Continue reading

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Student Voice, Screen Casting and Explain Everything

Having iPads redefines many elements of teaching, learning, and assessment.  These past 2 years, I’ve experienced a learning curve not unlike that of a brand spankin’ new teacher.  This year I’ve begun to make the shift from technology-empowered teacher to … Continue reading

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