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I am a 5th-grade teacher from Temecula, CA. I enjoy training students and staff in using GSUITE tools and other Web 2.0. In addition, I am a Google for Education Certified Trainer & Innovator (#COL16), Educator Levels 1 & 2, and an Apple Teacher. I have and continue to provide district training to teachers of all grade levels and to administration as well. I am proud to be co-founder of the TechFairies with MO (Michele Osinski).
Engaging Activities for Virtual Classroom Meetings

Engaging Activities for Virtual Classroom Meetings

All teachers in the nation engaged in distance learning with students this Spring it was an experience that I will never forget. In fact, that experience has led me to rethink many of my routines and procedures for my virtual classroom. I want to increase engagement and build community during our Google Meets. My students and I had been together since August so our community had been established so maintaining that was not as difficult. This time around I will…

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10 Google Jamboard Activities

10 Google Jamboard Activities

If you have not heard of Google Jamboard and are curious about it, read my first post! You will be glad that you did 😉. In addition, I have discussed the benefits of Google Meet and Jamboard with my friend, Meagan Kelly of I-Heart-EDU. Here is the webinar I was a part of. Enjoy! Having used Google Jamboard for this past year, I admit that I only used it as a whiteboard and sketching tool.  I did not realize its…

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What is Google Jamboard?

What is Google Jamboard?

Google Jamboard is a large interactive screen that is similar to a Smartboard or Promethean board. That’s right it is a physical product! Google Jamboard software is what most educators like myself use because the device is around $5000 and I know my classroom budget is well under that amount. When I deliver sessions about the Jamboard App and web version, I usually get the following questions: IS Google Jamboard free? YES! Both the app and the online version are…

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Top 5 Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Top 5 Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers

When I get asked about which extensions are the top 5 Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers, I always state that I will always present ones that are essential in functionality and to help increase a teacher’s workflow. We need to work smarter not harder right? However, before we get started I want to explain what are extensions and how are they different from apps. What are extensions? Extensions are extra features that extend Google Chrome’s functionality and are easy to…

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Mote Voice Commenting with Google Classroom & GSuite

Mote Voice Commenting with Google Classroom & GSuite

First of all, how is everyone doing? Distance learning has become the new normal in our household. Thank goodness for Mote Voice Commenting! More on this extension in a bit. I have tried to stay on a morning routine, to my surprise…I like it. I wake up an hour earlier and use that time to plan my day. I am actually crushing my goals in the morning. I know, right?! Baby steps, I have realized that if I am going…

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Planning for a Successful School Year

Planning for a Successful School Year

Back to school season is by far my most favorite time of year other than Christmas and my birthday! I know, for some, seeing the back to school items cause others to cringe but only because we do not want to give up naps and the freedom to use the restroom whenever we want. Right? For me, the back to school season gives me an opportunity to rejuvenate myself, revisit and review strategies and begin anew all over again. I…

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

With Valentine’s Day almost a week away, I am excited to host our book exchange, pass out Valentine’s Day cards and celebrate with some skinny cow ice creams. I am always surprised when parents ask me if upper graders (4th & 5th) still pass out cards. YES! They love it! For many students participating in our book exchange is a new experience for them. I ask each student to bring in an age-appropriate wrapped book. I remind them to use…

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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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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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