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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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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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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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Come to the Table!

Come to the Table!

One of my favorite things to do during summer is to sit at the beach and read a professional book. It’s even more fun when the book’s author is a friend and I can TOTALLY hear his voice as I’m reading (especially in his amazing footnotes – I’m usually #TeamEndNotes, but John gets a pass!). So, yesterday, as temperatures at home flirted with 105*, I took off to the beach with a friend who will be teaching TK next year,…

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Big Flippin’

Big Flippin’

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of popping in to my friend’s summer school “credit recovery” geometry class. Kristan teaches Geometry during the school year and does a wonderful job on integrating technology into her mathematics instruction. Earlier last week, she mentioned having her students use Padlet (which I LOVE … see Ro’s post on that platform!) to reflect on a super-interactive lesson, and I asked, via Twitter,  if she had tried Flipgrid. She said that she was excited to…

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Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Good morning! Just a quick drive-by to offer up some work for you to do. 🙂 Because: If you haven’t used Flipgrid yet, you need to. Here’s an opportunity to try it from a student’s perspective. You’re helping me out! It’s summer and I’m nosey. All of the above. I’m also practicing with embedding something (this Flipgrid “Card”) on our blog. Ever learning!