Sketchnoting with Students

Sketchnoting with Students

At a workshop in July, another teacher shared that she does “Graffiti Notes” with her students. I have been calling them “Picture Notes” for decades. Now, all over the education world, “Sketchnoting” is the word. Most of the folks I know who sketch, do so on an iPad … mostly using Procreate … and make beautiful pieces of digital art. But as much as I have digitized my life, I have not been able to give up my Sakura PIGMA…

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Teacher Feature: Eric Garcia

Teacher Feature: Eric Garcia

For our inaugural YouTube  “Teacher Feature”, we called on our buddy Eric Garcia.  We love Eric’s enthusiasm for teaching and how much he cares about people (especially the little ones). We had a great time talking about his experiences in primary classrooms,  Google Geo Tools, technology fails, and he shared an awesome new Doc Add-on with us! Eric teaches 2nd grade in McFarland, California (just north of Bakersfield). We met him at Google’s Geo Tools Institute this past summer and…

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I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

When I first met James Sanders (and his dung beetle), it was January of 2015. We were in Las Vegas, and this was Ro’s and my very first EdTechTeam Summit. There’s a lot more funny backstory to that first Summit (it’s been told and will continue to be told, but let’s just say that we truly didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into and arrived… umm… illprepared? for a full day of learning), but this blog post is not…

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Teacher, Educate Thyself

Teacher, Educate Thyself

During times that I feel overwhelmed, I shut down. This self-protection mechanism doesn’t work well for me, because when I feel overwhelmed and go into hiding, not much gets completed. This leads to more things to do. I totally understand this about myself. I do it when going to pay bills (the money is THERE, but I procrastinate it until I’m feeling anxious about my finances). Totally curable. I do it with with school work. I’ll find a million other…

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Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Maybe it’s obvious to me because I grew up surrounded by celebrities – Newport Beach, California in the 70’s – home to and vacation destination of many Hollywood stars. My sister’s baby shower was hostessed by Nancy Ebsen, wife of Buddy (“Jed Clampett”, “The Scarecrow”, “Barnaby Jones”). My family had dinners with “Tarzan” (Ron Ely), President Nixon’s Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, and we have a photo of my sister sitting on Lloyd Bridges’ lap. I went to preschool with Ethan…

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Design Your Own Digital Planbook

Design Your Own Digital Planbook

I currently use Planboard as my digital planbook and it works fantastically especially for leaving sub plans. However, I wanted to be able to customize it more to fit my schedule and it is set-up in sections which is not very elementary friendly. In addition, its week and month view still need work for it is hard to view on different devices. I do love that you can create units and have access to your Google Drive but the set-up…

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Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

So. Yesterday was a PD day in our district. We are lucky enough to have an administrative team that understands the value of “Choose Your Own PD” (most of the time 😉 ) rather than making us all sit through the same presentation, and we had a day full of 50-minute sessions that covered PE, our new ELA/ELD adoption, break-out grade level PLCs, and technology (YAY!). Ro and I were “split up” – she worked with K-2 while I worked…

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Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

I have really enjoyed using PicCollage‘s new app called Pic Kids to document and blog about what I have been learning and doing this summer. I am very thankful that Ann Kozma got me hooked on this! Microblogging has truly been a great way to share my adventures without having to use my computer or trying to set time aside to write a full blog post…like I am doing right now LOL!  It is so simple and easy to use. I love…

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Microblogs of CA Geo Teachers Institute #CAGTI17

Microblogs of CA Geo Teachers Institute #CAGTI17

Microblog is different from a traditional blog because it will have content that is short usually with more pictures and will be posted more frequently. At ISTE17, I was overwhelmed by the experience. I took notes, pictures, videos …but now to write a blog about my days at ISTE.  Well, that is a lot of information to discuss but I did a post about my takeaways from it. However, during my time at ISTE, I loved Ann Kozma’s idea of microblogging using PicCollage….

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No Coffee – Just Add Love

No Coffee – Just Add Love

When Mari, my sweet digi-daughter, asked me to write for her project, I said “YES!” I love to write and take far too little time in my days to put “pen to paper”. Though outside of my doodling, I don’t much use pen and paper anymore. I love using a computer to compose, and being able to cut and paste to move ideas and sentences around.  I also love the ability to let some writing “simmer” (a term I stole…

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